“I’m so glad I was born in this, the one true church of God.”
“Please bless the party leaders tonight [of the Republican Party] that they may be guided to make the right decisions.”
“Please be with our armed forces as they fight for freedom [in Iraq].”
“The Book of Mormon gives us a much clearer picture of Christ than the Bible.”
“The Second Coming must be drawing near. I don’t feel we have a true presidential candidate in the race now. The world is getting worse and worse. Gays want to get married.”
“I can’t believe that Bill Clinton made so much money off of his new book. He is an adulterer.”
“The Lord helped us buy our new house [in a swanky neighborhood].”
If you attend an LDS worship service, you may hear statements like the above. I have heard variations of these statements many times. Next time you attend, try this experiment. Pretend you are a “Gentile” (if you need help imagining a non-Mormon, you can pick one of my top ten non-Mormon lives) and experience what happens during the three hours through their eyes and ears. Imagine their reaction to what you see, hear, and feel. I’ve done this many times, attending church with friends not of the LDS persuasion, and latterly with some extended family, both Protestant and Catholic. The result has been that I have been more careful and considerate about the things I say at church!
Would hearing the statements above make you more or less likely to have goodwill towards Mormons?
What are the positive and negative impressions you receive about the LDS Church from them?
Do you think statements like the above are likely to be taken as normative by non-LDS in attendance?