I will be in Utah from June 18-28 doing missions work among the LDS community. I love getting the chance to talk with Latter-day Saints, and I had many powerful conversations with Mormons when I was there this past March!
June 18-21st I will be in Manti for the Mormon Miracle Pageant and June 25-28 I will be in Salt Lake City!
We see so many lives changed by the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ, and we seek to preach and teach nothing but Christ and Christ crucified! (1 Corinthians 2:2)!
I love listening to Mormons and hearing their stories, and that is why I reach out to the LDS community, to teach the truth in love. Mormons will often ask, “Who is funding you? Where are you getting money to do this?” An LDS perception, and most of the time it is false, is that evangelical Christians and pastors are after money as their goal for forwarding the cause of a certain ministry. This is definitely not true! Money is not a motivator, nor is gaining a platform. The love for God and the love for people drives me to fulfill my calling, as the Lord has called me and trusted me with this work He has laid before me.
Francis of Assisi once said, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” This is so true! This is much easier done in a setting where you see people almost every other day, such as a family, work, or business setting, or even out with your friends. When meeting people for the first time, as in doing outreach to people who you do not know, we have to use the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and so much common sense. We need to meet people where they’re at, join in on conversations, let the Holy Spirit be our guide, not let vain words come out of our mouths, and speak the truth in a respectful way! Obviously we are dealing with a Truth and a Falsehood, so people may get offended, but offense never held Jesus back from proclaiming the truth to the people. Jesus confronted the religious system of his day which was full of vain works and self-righteousness. His words were not always what we would call as “nice,” nowadays, but He always spoke the Truth. First impressions go a long way, and in talking with Mormons, we must not stick out like a sore thumb outwardly, but we must be approachable, having the love of Christ in our hearts, and then and only then will we stick out in the right way.
I thank God that I serve a God who is the only God, the uncreated, eternal God. I thank God that He is ultimate and not contingent upon laws and ordinances, but that He transcends time and everything else! I thank God that He is consistent, does not lie, does not change, and that the Heavenly Father does not have a body of flesh and bones (like Mormonism teaches), but that He is the Almighty, Awesome, Amazing God, who was, and is, and is to come!
I thank Jesus Christ, for He is our High Priest and mediator, and that we as believers (men and women) have the royal priesthood because we have His authority! We are thankful, as Christians, for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and that His presence goes with us.
I thank Jesus Christ for the debt that He paid on the cross, a debt that I could never repay. I thank God for His sacrifice so complete, and that I can rely on HIS work on the cross, and not my own work, for my salvation!
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers during this time of preparation, and God bless you all!