September 2019 Newsletter - "Reaching Mormon Missionaries" by the Harvesters
Have you ever been driving and as you approach an intersection, you see two young men riding on the side of the road, in formal black and white apparel, on bicycles? If you have, they were most likely Mormon missionaries, and they’re on a 2-year mission trip to share with you and your town their message of the Gospel and their prophet, Joseph Smith.
Mormons believe that in the year 1820, a New-Yorker by the name of Joseph Smith had a vision from God the Father and God the Son. This resulted in the writing of The Book of Mormon, Doctrines and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price. (Whether or not Joseph Smith passes the Deuteronomy 13 & 18 test, will be for another time.) Today, the religion has over 16 million members in the United States.
In recent months, the Harvesters have had the pleasure of speaking and meeting with Mormon missionaries, from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In this article, we would like to share what the Father revealed to the Harvesters through first-hand experience, so that you, an angel of the Gospel, will have a few helpful insights when interacting with others of different faiths, especially the Latter-Day Saints (LDS) church and Mormon missionaries.
Insight #1: When you speak to Mormons, at your door-step or in public, focus on them first.
This is what the Lord leads us to do when speaking to anyone. Get to know a little bit about them. If the Creator of the universe is about relationship, then we should be also. The Torah teaches us that God meets us where we are within our lives as we pursue Him. In our natural and carnal state of mind, “the Word becomes flesh,”1 for us, in order to lead us, “through the veil, that is, His flesh.”2 Most missionaries are around 18-20 years of age. Many of them suffer from depression and home-sicknesses during their trip. Not to mention, they are lacking real revelation of who God is, despite being greatly involved in the LDS faith. They appreciate when you are interested in who they are, and they open up when they see you generally care and you treat them like you would any other person. Focus on relationship and finding common ground, not what you disagree on.
“To those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law… I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”
– I Corinthians 9:20, 22
Insight #2: Sincerely listen and ask questions.
When someone begins releasing doctrine and seed to you, the Lord will begin to divide logos and rhema, the light and darkness, the wheat and chaff, the truth and the iniquity. This is manifested according to our eyes to see and hears to hear. The more someone speaks, the more you begin to know them on a spiritual level and the state of their soul. When you see where they are in their spiritual maturity, you can begin edifying and bring atonement through mutual fellowship, as the Lord leads you. If you are led to a particular topic about God’s Word, ask them what they believe. For example, as you speak with Mormons, you’ll find out they believe in physical temple rituals, called, “endowments.”3 You could ask, “What do you believe about the temple and what does it mean for you?” Ask questions that allow them to expound and explain their perspective. As they expound and share, it gives you better precision, wisdom, and discernment on how you will minister and begin taking them higher.
“I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction.”
– Proverbs 24:30-32
Insight #3: What’s your motive when you share revelation?
Pastor Michael once said, “You can be right, and still be wrong.” Meaning, you can tell someone the truth all day long, but if you don’t have the same love and Spirit as God has for that person, we should reevaluate our hearts and our intensions before speaking. Are we trying to merely correct someone’s theology, or is our heart to give this person a real revelation of Christ? Jesus didn’t say to worship only in truth but “in spirit and truth.”4 To have God’s Spirit means we have the same nature and character that He does. When we are obedient to His voice, the revelation of the Word comes in power and demonstration of the Spirit. When the Lord is guiding our tongues and lips, seed is not forced but planted in the hearer. What you’ll say to that person will be exactly what they need to hear. Pray for those whom the Lord allows you to encounter within the LDS church and that the Spirit will cultivate His seed and bring forth fruit in their lives in due season.
“We do desire to instruct all men in the word of God, so as to give to young men the exhortations which are appropriate to them, and to show to slaves how they may recover freedom of thought, (and) be ennobled by the Word.
– Origen of Alexandria 5
1. John 1:14
2. Hebrews 10:20
4. John 4:24
5. Origen- Against Celsus, Book 3, Ch. LIV, Vol. 4