Latter-day Saints know that the gospel has been restored through a prophet. It is a knowledge that uplifts and gives life and meaning to everything we do. It is powerful and comforting to know Heavenly Father has again opened access to heaven and reaffirmed that Jesus is the Christ, His Son. With that knowledge comes a desire to share it with everyone.
Here is our dilemma: Who will believe us? How do we share it?
Most of us are hesitant. We have spent time building good, strong relationships with our neighbors and coworkers, and there is the fear that if we broach the topic of religion, if we invite our friends to a church meeting or to a missionary lesson that our friendships will dry up.
Since Mormonism is such an integral part of our lives we’re worried that a rejected invitation equals a rejected friendship.
I’d like to ask you, our non-Mormon readers, to imagine yourselves in a scenario. You are talking to a trusted Mormon friend and somehow the LDS Church comes up. You talk for a few minutes about it pleasantly, but not in much depth. Then your friend invites you to learn more, maybe saying something like this:
We’re having the missionaries over for dinner on Wednesday. It’s their job to teach people about the Church, and I’d love for you to learn more. Will you come over for dinner and a short lesson?
What would you be thinking and feeling? What would you say? Be honest.