What would you say to someone considering joining the LDS church?
if the commercials are any indication of what they teach and how they behave I would wish them the best of luck .. I wish the whole world would follow what they seem to be teaching .. love and respect, hope and kindness .. we all need that.
But in all seriousness:
I would tell them that each person finds truths in different ways. I would also suggest to be careful of the pitfalls in any religion they chose. Mormonism has many good points and it's own brand of bad, as any religion does.
Read the doctrine, and listen to the teachings of the hierarchy of the church. If it jives with who you are, then there will be much to learn from it. But be wary of letting others do your thinking for you. It is easy to fall into the idea that the "fallible men" have all the answers laid out for you. I use the term "fallible man" because this is a common idea in the Mormon church. "Man is by very nature fallible and thus all teaching is tainted by his error." Yet Mormons commonly stop questioning and let themselves fall into accepting everything from their "superiors".
In the end, we each must choose what we believe and allowing another to make that choice for us is giving up our free will.
I would hope they would find what I have found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or "Mormons", if you will): A confirming testament of Jesus Christ as Son of God, Savior of mankind, Prince of Peace, and Redeemer; A Heavenly Father who would never leave us without a great teacher/prophet any more than He ever has; A community of believers who tithe, abstain from harmful substances, and who strive to care about each other and all mankind (to the extent of having over 53,000 dedicated missionaries teaching in 150 countries in 92 languages) while doing so in keeping with the Gospel and in a church setting which duplicates the original church as established by Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
I am sorry I did not know how to see this question so it would seem to have taken me a long time to answer it. But her is my answer.
First. Anytime you are going to make a life changing decision like joining a church you should investigate and learn enough to make a good choice.
Second. Turn to God for answers. If you believe in a God then you know he must love you and want for you his very best. He will answer you if you ask with your heart.
Third. Be prepared to follow the answer what ever it might be.
Forth. Stay with it till the end. Never turn your back on what God has given you by way of an answer.
That is what I would say. There are other reasons such as the LDS church has great programs for the Youth, for the Women, fantastic social interactions in the ward family. But that is not why one should join. One should do it because they believe it is truly the Church of Jesus Christ restored in these the Latter Days.
Thank you for asking. Would love any dialog you might give.
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