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Praying for Mormons

Updated on January 18, 2016

Baptism, what started all my thoughts.

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Are They Going to Drown Her?

Recently, I have reconnected with an old friend on Facebook. Since getting reconnected, I have started to think about the first time I saw a baptism by immersion. I had seen plenty of baptisms by pouring for infants, but never a baptism that someone has chosen to have. This friend that I got reconnected with, was attending the local Mormon Church and she invited me. This was during high school and my seeking days of what truth is. I accepted the invitation because I was curious.

When I saw the baptism fount, I was surprised. I wasn’t expecting a tub and my first thought was, “are they going to drown her.” I was relieved when they didn’t keep her under for more than a couple of seconds. Even though Mormons deny the Trinity as taught by traditional, orthodox Christian theology, I’m glad that I went. It opened my eyes. I believe that God used that moment to bring me to Himself because I began to question my traditions and who God really was.

And the great news! My friend is no longer part of the Mormon Church.

Bible and Book of Mormon

The book of Mormon is thought to come to Joseph Smith on gold plates and is considered to be a third testament by Mormons
The book of Mormon is thought to come to Joseph Smith on gold plates and is considered to be a third testament by Mormons | Source

Understand

The first thing I want to ask you “are you called to witness to Mormons?” If the answer is yes, then learn what you can about what Mormons believe. Look up the Mormon Church on the internet and read any other materials that you might find. Don’t be afraid to read the book of Mormon. But if you do read it, make sure to read it with God. When you do this, pray for God, with guidance and inspiration from the Holy Spirit, to help you understand what it is saying and what He wants to tell you about what the book says. Without God, you would be unable to understand what they believe and risk getting caught up in it. With God, you will be able to understand the canon Bible, and therefore - the truth.

Also, listen. If you know a Mormon or two personally, listen to them. Ask questions. I call this earning the right to be heard. As you listen, pray as well. Ask God where He wants to speak into their lives.

If you understand anything, understand this. Mormons believe that they are following the truth. We need to pray that God will open their eyes to His grace and truth. As you learn, pray that you will stay with the truth and the love of Jesus.

I pray when I drive by the local LDS Church in Bangor, Maine

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Missionaries

One day I had two Mormon missionaries visit me. I wasn’t afraid to invite them in and ask questions and have a conversation (not a contentious debate) . The interesting thing about this religion is that young men and women fresh out of high school go on mission. They might be coming to your door. Pray and be ready for that to happen. The first time I wasn’t ready, but I was the second time. This is what prayer does, it gets you ready.

The second time I was able to share the gospel with them and they let me pray for them. On the spot, I prayed that they will be seekers of truth. After they left, I prayed that they will continue to meet Christians and be challenged by the gospel.

Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City

Utah, where the Mormons have their headquarters
Utah, where the Mormons have their headquarters | Source

Prayer List

This is a summary of what you can be praying for as you reach out to the Mormons in your life and some other suggestions as well.

  • Legalism vs. Grace: Mormons are very active in their church as a way to earn salvation. Pray that they will learn grace.

  • Missionaries: See above. They might be coming to your door. With God’s help, invite them in. Be ready to share your hope that you have in Jesus. Don’t forget to get ready with prayer.

  • Understand: With God, take time to learn what they believe. Seek God and ask him what they need to hear. Then tell them what God is speaking to you.

  • Earn the right to be heard: The key here is to love. Love by listening and eventually, they will be open to hear from you and about grace.

  • Your Thoughts: How are you praying for Mormons? Please share in the comment section or on the social media site where you found this.

Above All

The key here is to remember what you called to do. Yes, pray for Mormons, but follow God’s leading. By doing that, God is going to do something amazing with you life. I suggest that you spend time in your prayer room and ask God to lead into His mission. Get yourself ready - prepare. Note that’s what I did, as I said above. After my first visit from a Mormon, I prepared with prayer and was better able to witness effectively.

So, get out there and pray. When you are done, pray some more. Then pray again. After that, pray. Early and often. And then DO what God is calling you to do.

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    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      2 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      To be honest with you, I don't know much about him. I just now looking him up. What about him does your grandpa like about him?

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      Brian 

      2 years ago

      Do you like Jimmy Swaggart? My grandpa likes him.

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      2 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      Brian, that is true that you are more likely to believe what your parents teach you. That is why prayer is so important.

      I love your honesty about wanting God to work with you on your sin. We all need to remember that we are sinners.

      The idea of going to Cross was the plan of the Father, but Jesus was willing to go.

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      Brian 

      2 years ago

      Hopefully god will take into consideration that is what they were taught. You are most likely going to believe what your parents teach you. Or someone you trust.

      It is probably confusing to some people all the different religions and beliefs.

      My belief is try to do good and when you mess up ask god to chastize you and ask for forgiveness. When I sin that is when I realize I need a savior.

      Was it gods idea for Jesus to go to the cross or did Jesus volunteer?

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      2 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      What I see you saying is that I should be okay with people going to hell. I can't do that. Not when I know I deserve hell myself, but that I have been given grace because of my faith in the cross of Christ. Not only people's eternal resting place, but to have the purpose that will sent them free here on Earth. The purpose of this hub is to encourage believers to pray for this to happen, whether it is Mormons, atheists, agnostics, people who go to church, etc. My point has always been that I do this because God has ordained it. This belief I have wasn't made by a person, but established by God. If I can be totally honest with you, I realize this all in writing and tone isn't known here, but I find you intolerant of my belief. Which I say goes against what you are against. Shouldn't religious tolerance give allowances to me as well? I say this with candor, and nothing else. If I'm guilty of anything it is my total commitment to following my Lord. I believe that you can be tolerant of another's belief and hope that they will be saved.

    • Oztinato profile image

      Oztinato 

      2 years ago from Australia

      Righteousness is doing the right thing. It's total opposite, unrighteousness, is telling other people to do what you do. Leave each to their own without alleging superiority . There really is only one thing to oppose: religious intolerance.

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      2 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      Brian, yes, they need to believe in the cross of Christ. They also need to place to their lives under the authority of the entire Trinity. Currently, they believe the act of salvation was when Jesus was praying before going to Cross because he sweated blood.

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      2 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      Funny that you list Hinduism there, doesn't that have a messianic like figure that is coming at the end of the world to take only the Hindus and destroy the rest of us? I think you are missing point. I believe Jesus when he says that he is "the way, the truth, and the life." It is him and his authority over the world. Not what we think as men. Let me ask you a question. I believe in heaven and hell and I believe how you can get to heaven. What is more loving, telling people how to get heaven or not do anything and accept that they are going to hell? I think you know what I believe.

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      Brian 

      2 years ago

      So the most important thing is that mormons need to ask for forgiveness when they sin and believe in the cross.

    • Oztinato profile image

      Oztinato 

      2 years ago from Australia

      DL

      wrong. There are very large religions which accept the unity of faiths. Buddhism, Hinduism and Bahais for example. Many mainstream western religions are also adopting acceptance of others. Only pockets of fundamentalism are left which give a bad name to religion. By engaging in "someone's gotta be the best " thinking adds to the fundamentalist bad image.

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      2 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      All religions can't be true because all religions claim to be the true religion. Read the words of Jesus, he leaves no room for salvation outside of following him. If Jesus was talking to you he would say that he is sovereign over all.

    • Oztinato profile image

      Oztinato 

      2 years ago from Australia

      DL

      it doesn't matter how "peacefully" you phrase such words. They don't contain peace or truth as there is a Strong sense of superiority expressed between one religion and another.

      I am totally inter-religious and believe in absolute truth. This has nothing to do with any preference to one religion or one Master. Buddha and Krishna are equal to JC etc. This is absolutely true.

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      2 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      Oztinato, first, my friend is also happy that she has left. Second, I'm not writing this Hub as part of a contest, but about speaking God's truth. I don't consider myself religious, just someone who is following Jesus, because I hear him speaking to me.

      I think our differences come to the fact I believe in an absolute truth, and my guess is that you don't when it comes to religion and God. Mormons also believe in an absolute truth, I disagree with them on what the truth is. The truth that I follow is from God, not from something that is made up.

      I like this line from a song by Rich Mullins called Creed about the truth "I did not make it, but it is making me."

      To me, the only superiority that is going on is God's sovereignty in my life. If you think that I have sinned, you can pray and ask to him to let me know. I very much opened to what Jesus has to say to me.

      By the way, I wish I hear your tone and I wish that you could hear my tone. My one is calm and just speaking my mind.

    • Oztinato profile image

      Oztinato 

      2 years ago from Australia

      Yes that's what I'm saying. For example, you say it's a good thing that a friend is no longer in the LDS. This is condescending and paternalistic. Many such statements and attitudes are sprinkled through the Hub.

      There is no "contest" between religions and sects. Such contests belong to the materialistic aggressive world and have no place in the spiritual tolerant world.

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      2 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      Are you saying that is what I'm doing? My desire is to do the will of my father, which is his mission here on Earth. It his desire to have everyone be followers of him. I have a lot respect for the LDS Church. I imagine that the LDS Church will be praying for my conversion to their church.

    • Oztinato profile image

      Oztinato 

      2 years ago from Australia

      Any form of paternalistic condescension towards another religion is actually a sin unless that other religion practices religious intolerance. Ideas of superiority are self righteous which is the opposite of righteous.

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