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Praying for Mormons
Baptism, what started all my thoughts.
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 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
Has a Mormon Missionary visited your house?
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
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.
Website for learning about the Mormon Church
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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.