When trying to convert me
Dear overzealous religious person. Hello my name is Shawn and I am a Mormon. Have you ever noticed that I am still a Mormon even though you think you have won several religious debates with me? Perhaps by some rationalization you think that I simply operate by a means of lunacy as you have clearly pointed out to me and proven beyond doubt (in your own mind), that I believe in the wrong Jesus.
Although this strange hardheadedness on my part may tend to boggle your mind as time and again you fervently attempt to show me the light, please allow me to give you a few tips which will aid in your endeavors to convert me.
1. First off, I don't like the word "cult", in fact when addressing the church which I belong to I believe that it would come across much less hostile when you use the correct name of my Church which is; "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints"
2. The cryptic lamentation for that poor, lost soul." When they have found that arguing with me is pointless, a lot of people like to give me the I feel sorry for that poor lost Mormon message as though they have thrown their hands up in the air and told Jesus nothing more can be done. In all actuality there is much more that can be done. You could always walk around my temple waving around my religious undergarments, touting anti-Mormon propaganda through a megaphone. That always works!
3. Character assassination; it is a constant theme among many people who like to debate Latter Day Saints to rail against the character of us and our past prophets. Now clearly men are men and flawed as they are you seem to like to hold them to some kind of divine standard. Perhaps you think that we believe that the prophets were perfect, or otherwise infallible. it is to the point where I have actually seen LDS prophets held to a higher standard than biblical prophets. Absurd! No one is perfect except for Jesus Christ, you don't think otherwise do you?
4. A little advise on debating me. Please, please, please! Quit assuming that I don't know anything about the scriptures or my own religion. I've been a Latter Day Saint for 33 years and I have read everything I could get my hands on about the history and teachings of my church. And don't act like you are an expert on the subject just because you have visited a few Anti- Mormon web sights. i know that you didn't come across the information you have found by thumbing through LDS doctrine in your leisure time. In fact I will assume that you most likely went out of your way to find something wrong with my church to prove to me how flawed my religion is and how much smarter than me you are. Remember when speaking on behalf of "The real Jesus" you had best keep your ego out of the conversation and attune yourself to the promptings of the holy spirit.
Lastly, it is important to know that the ones who benefit the most out of religious debates are the atheists, they love watching religious people squabble among themselves. So be nice, forgiving, dare I say, polite, even Godly in your communications, remember the Lord want's fruitful Christians not religious nuts!