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Mormon Church To Stop Going Door-To-Door, Will Recruit Online Instead

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The Mormon Church has admitted that going door-to-door is a little old-fashioned. Instead, they have announced that they’ll start using sites like Facebook to build a online presence and bolster recruitment.

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Sunday that missionaries won’t be going door-to-door to evangelize and will instead use the Internet to probe potential new members.

They say that they recognize the growing power and importance of social media and admitted that going to the homes of perfect strangers in-person hasn’t been terribly effective lately.

“The way in which we fulfill our responsibilities to share the gospel must adapt to a changing world,” said Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum in a worldwide broadcast.

In the Mormon Church, missionaries were previously required to limit Internet use to once a week and only to communicate with friends and family back home or to log on to official church sites. This rule was meant to reduce distractions for the 70,000-some missionaries dispatched by the church.

But in a few years, Mormon missionaries may “telecommute” their work instead using Facebook and other forms of social media.

It might seem that the shift is partially due to the shrinking number of Mormon missionaries in the field today, but that’s actually far from the truth. Interestingly, Mormon missionary work has grown across the globe, more in recent years than at any other time in the church’s history.

The Mormon Church will lower the minimum age for missionaries and expects to increase their ranks to 85,000 by the end of the year.

The current record for highest number of missionaries working at one time is 61,000, from 2002.

Some religious experts think that lowering the age for missionaries (to 19 for women and 18 for men) and the increased use of social media will attract younger members to their ranks.

“This generation knows social networking, they know how this works,” said Matthew Bowman, assistant professor of religion at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. “It’s much more appealing work than going door-to-door knocking and hoping somebody doesn’t slam the door in your face.”

What do you think of the Mormon Church’s online initiative? Will they attract more members to their faith?

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63 Responses to “Mormon Church To Stop Going Door-To-Door, Will Recruit Online Instead”

  1. Belinda Hall

    Maybe the Mormons are worried about their boys' activities when they climb off their bikes and have those big bulges…besides….who opens their doors to two homophobic men from a racist "church" whose founder saw buffaloes in the sky and managed to peddle a document written centuries after the Bible? Seriously?

  2. Dave Miller

    In recent years the internet has been so successful at exposing this cult for what it truly is and the frauds who continue to perpetuate the fiction known as the Book Of Mormon, that they have finally realized the power it has and have decided to tap into that power. Thankfully, thousands have been able to learn to start thinking for themselves and looking at the world through the eyes of reason, enabling them to gain freedom from their delusion. Their religion is based solely on faith with absolutely no evidence that anything in the BOM ever happened. And faith is the excuse people give when they have no good reason for their belief.

  3. Matthew Randquist

    As someone who was an LDS missionary once I can see the need to change the approach. Knocking on doors was never a great way to reach people because most people aren't home during the day. I hope they give the missionaries a means to exercise on a daily basis though, just sitting at a computer all day is bad on the eyes and being inactive is bad for the health. I am not sure how well this will work in some foreign countries though.

  4. Anonymous

    I think this is hilarious and I HOPE I find some of these people on Omegle or something similar. It would be fun to back them in to obvious corners and point out the fallacies of their beliefs and the stupidity of recruiting more into their brainless flock. Oh, religion…the cult that keeps on giving.

  5. Toni Hopkins

    I agree that the BOM should not be used to teach from, as it is not a Holy book, inspired by God. But, I do not agree with your explanation of faith and those who are faithfully doing the will of God. It takes faith to NOT believe in what is clearly staring you in the face, evidence of a Creator.

  6. Toni Hopkins

    Did they never think to go where the people are! Preaching for me is not restricted to door to door; I speak to people in line at the grocery store, in parks, at the salon, at work during breaks, and standing at the bus stops! We must go where everyday people are. The early Christians spoke in the market places and lots of other places! But we must preach and teach, as Christians, as it honors Jehovah God and his son, Jesus, and it warns the wicked of what is coming upon those who will not listen to God and obey Him.

  7. Cristina Brambilla

    Jesus Christ gave his followers this meaningful commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you. And, look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.” (Matthew 28:19, 20) At Acts 5:42 the words “from house to house” are translated from kat’ oi′kon. Here ka·ta′ is used in a “distributive” sense. Hence, the preaching of the disciples was distributed from one house to another.
    Although modern-day writers of Christendom do not agree with the Kingdom message, some do acknowledge that Christians have an obligation to witness. For instance, in the book Everyone a Minister, Oscar E. Feucht observes: “No pastor can fulfill the ministry God gave to each believer. Unfortunately centuries of erroneous thinking in the church has made the tasks of 500 parishioners the task of a single pastor. It was not so in the early church. They who believed went everywhere preaching the Word.”.

  8. Josh Springstube

    ANY religion requiring door to door recruiting is absurd and not a true religion.

  9. Shanell Heely

    Josh springtube… Acts 20:shows that Apostle Paul preached from house to house. I'm pretty sure he was of the true religion. Also Jesus taught his followers to preached publicly and did so himself. Please do look up this at luke 8:1, Luke 9:1 and Luke 10:1 and 9. He also commanded that this work be done worldwide at Matthew 28:19-20. That is a mark of a true religion

  10. Josh Springstube

    sorry, not a true religion if door to door. Times have changed and you can ask my church (Catholic) I attend to. Do your research

  11. Josh Springstube

    I know, they are afraid to come by mine being met with a barrel of a 12 gauge staring at their nose since these Morons (er, Mormons) cannot read my 'No Soliciting' and 'No Trespassing' signs on my property. Guess you have to scare them away by other means. ;)

  12. Melissa Chaudhry

    Don't you have a life to get back to Josh? Posting abusive comments about someone elses religion says a lot about your own. Is that what they teach you at your church? To have for others?

  13. Reese Brown

    Acts 20:20 and Luke 10:1-12 are two that immediately come to mind for me. Most people I talk to in the ministry have never read that. So when they see it, they at least understand why we do what we do whether they agree or not.

  14. Josh Springstube

    Sorry I offended you, I take it you are a Mormon. We all have hate in all of us, which is why I go to church to clean my sins, how about you? Do you go to church every week? My church also does not interfere with people on their weekends off trying to "sell" their religion and disobeying signs posted on my property. But the big thing is my church and religion teaches from the Holy Bible, unlike the Mormons. But keep defending them, they need your support all they can get. Now back to my superb life involving relaxing by my pool and drinking plenty of beers. Oops, sorry, that must be a no no for you too ;)

  15. Vicky Frees

    I was Catholic, I did do my research (hours and hours worth for months)….WOW many many lies found in the Catholic Teachings. Jesus said at Mtt 7: 21 “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will. 22 Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ 23 And yet then I will confess to them: I never knew YOU! Get away from me, YOU workers of lawlessness.

  16. Josh Springstube

    @ Shannel, based on a quick reading and misinterpretation of Acts 20:20, many believe that the apostle Paul preached the gospel of the kingdom from house to house, to those who were unconverted. But when the entire paragraph is read, starting in verse 17, the proper meaning can be understood.

    Paul “sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the Church,” saying to them, “I…have taught you publicly, and from house to house.” He taught the Church leaders in their own homes. Paul did not go from house to house, teaching whomever answered his knock at the door.

    Also, you stated verses Luke 9:1 and Luke 9:2. But you failed to mention Luke 10:5-7 which states:

    Paul “sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the Church,” saying to them, “I…have taught you publicly, and from house to house.” He taught the Church leaders in their own homes. Paul did not go from house to house, teaching whomever answered his knock at the door.

    I rest my case ;)

  17. Anonymous

    Josh Springstube's interpretation of Acts 20:20 is incorrect. You will note that when he quoted the scripture, he left out much of it. The omitted part is what provides the clarification needed to determine what was being said. The complete scripture from the point where Mr. Springstube begins reads:

    However, from Mi•le′tus he sent to Eph′e•sus and called for the older men of the congregation. 18 When they got to him he said to them: “YOU well know how from the first day that I stepped into the [district of] Asia I was with you the whole time, 19 slaving for the Lord with the greatest lowliness of mind and tears and trials that befell me by the plots of the Jews; 20 while I did not hold back from telling YOU any of the things that were profitable nor from teaching YOU publicly and from house to house. 21 But I thoroughly bore witness both to Jews and to Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus.

    True, Paul was here speaking to the Ephesian elders, but he was reminding them of what he had done when he first set foot into the district of Asia, before any of them had become Christian disciples. Clearly, Paul had been bearing witness to unbelievers, who needed to repent and put faith in Jesus. Those already dedicated to God would not need instruction about repentance toward God and faith in Jesus. They were Jews and Greeks, and Paul taught them publically and from house to house, and through that ministry they became believers and eventually Christian elders.

    The translation "from house to house" is derived from the Greek kat'oikous which literally means "according to houses". The preposition katá ahead of the word for houses (oikous) makes the expression the distributive form. So it could be said that Paul's preaching was distributed from house to house. The form indicates a succession of things following one another. A similar use of katá can be found at Matthew 24:7 which speaks of earthquakes "in one place after another". Following this example, Acts 20:20 could be rendered "teaching you publicly and in one house after another". The form is also found at Luke 8:1 in the expression "from city to city and from village to village.” The latter expression conveys that Jesus journeyed to each city and each village. Thus some have concluded that Paul went to each house in Ephesus looking for ones to preach to. In his book Daily Life in Bible Times, A. E. Bailey writes: “Paul’s general practice was to work at his trade from sunrise till 11 a.m. (Acts 20:34, 35) at which hour Tyrannus had finished his teaching; then from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to preach in the hall, hold conferences with helpers,… then lastly to make a house-to-house evangelistic canvass that lasted from 4 p.m. till far into the night." In doing so Paul was following the pattern set by Jesus for his disciples. At Luke 10:1-7, Jesus sent 70 disciples out to preach in advance of his coming. He instructed them, " Wherever YOU enter into a house say first, ‘May this house have peace.’ 6 And if a friend of peace is there, YOUR peace will rest upon him." Clearly they were to approach people in their homes looking for receptive ones. Jesus also commanded his followers "Go therefore and make disciples". He never taught them to simply establish a church and sit in it waiting for people to come. They were to GO! Certainly that is what Paul and all of the early disciples did, and they set the pattern for all Christians to follow. (! Corinthians 11:1)

    Of course there are many ways to try to bring the Good News to people today. And that is what is important isn't it, that people come into contact with the Good News? Christian disciples are commanded to bring it to them (Romans 10:11-15). Like Paul, Christians should strive to go where the people are, whether at bus stops, on busy streets, or in marketplaces. Yet, going from house to house has advantages over these. Simply put, it works. It allows honest hearted ones to receive personalized attention and individual assistance according to their needs in the comfort of their own homes. Many people will not seek out the Good News on their own, but when approached in their homes may be willing to listen and be taught. Millions have become disciples of Christ in that way. Jesus wants us to search out right-hearted ones in every way we can. Today that may include using the internet. But since the door-to-door ministry has proved to be effective since the first century onward, and is still effective today, wouldn't Jesus expect his disciples to do it? It has been my experience that those who object to it, and try to justify their view with specious arguments, just don't want to do it.

  18. Kent L. Stallard

    It's clear from the context of Acts chap. 20 that Paul was referring to his public door-to-door ministry which resulted in many in Ephesus being exposed to the Good News and thus subsequently becoming Christians.

    It's well-accepted among historians and Bible scholars that the 1st century Christians preached from house to house and in the public square.

    In any case, if one believes that Christians do not go from door-to-door, then just who are preaching the Good News? Inviting people to a church to hear a sermon is not tantamount to public preaching. One should not be required to own a TV in order to hear the message.

    I'm in my 50's and NO ONE has ever preached to me in ANY situation, other than the LDS and, of course JWs. (Both of which groups are, ironically, are considered "cults" by many nominal Christians belonging to mainstream denominations. Now, apparently, only the Witnesses will continue to follow the N.T. model of personal, door-to-door ministry) Where are all these Christian evangelizers in a world in which over 2 billion people profess to follow Christ?

  19. Ilona Brand

    Jesus Christ gave his followers this meaningful commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you. And, look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.” (Matthew 28:19, 20) The principal way in which that work would be done became evident immediately after the day of Pentecost 33 C.E. “Every day in the temple and from house to house they continued without letup teaching and declaring the good news about the Christ, Jesus.” (Acts 5:42) Some 20 years later, the apostle Paul was engaging in the house-to-house ministry, for he reminded Christian elders from the city of Ephesus: “I did not hold back from telling you any of the things that were profitable nor from teaching you publicly and from house to house.”—Acts 20:20.
    At Acts 5:42 the words “from house to house” are translated from kat’ oi′kon. Here ka·ta′ is used in a “distributive” sense. Hence, the preaching of the disciples was distributed from one house to another. Commenting on Acts 20:20, Randolph O. Yeager wrote that Paul taught “both in public assemblies [de·mo·si′a] and from house to house (distributive [ka·ta′] with the accusative). Paul had spent three years in Ephesus. He visited every house, or at least he preached to all of the people (verse 26). Here is scriptural warrant for house to house evangelism as well as that carried on in public meetings.”
    A similar use of ka·ta′ appears at Luke 8:1, which speaks of Jesus preaching “from city to city and from village to village.” Paul used the plural form kat’ oi′kous at Acts 20:20. Here some Bible translations read “in your homes.” But the apostle was not referring solely to social calls upon elders or to shepherding visits in the homes of fellow believers. His next words show that he was speaking about a house-to-house ministry among unbelievers, for he said: “But I thoroughly bore witness both to Jews and to Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21) Fellow believers had already repented and exercised faith in Jesus. Hence, both Acts 5:42 and Acts 20:20 have to do with preaching to unbelievers “from house to house,” or from door to door.
    Commenting on Paul’s words at Acts 20:20, in 1844 Abiel Abbot Livermore wrote: “He was not content merely to deliver discourses in the public assembly, and dispense with other instrumentalities, but zealously pursued his great work in private, from house to house, and literally carried home the truth of heaven to the hearths and hearts of the Ephesians.” More recently, it has been observed: “House to house dissemination of the gospel characterized the first-century Christians from the beginning (cf. Acts 2:46; 5:42). . . . [Paul] had thoroughly discharged his responsibility both to Jews and Gentiles at Ephesus, and they were left without excuse if they perished in their sins.”—The Wesleyan Bible Commentary, Volume 4, pages 642-3.
    Though public speaking has its place in declaring the good news, it is no substitute for personal contact at the door. In this regard, scholar Joseph Addison Alexander said: “The church has yet invented nothing to supply the place or rival the effect of church and household preaching.” As scholar O. A. Hills put it: “Public teaching and house-to-house teaching must go hand in hand.” Jehovah’s Witnesses provide instruction through discourses at their weekly Public Meetings. They also have clear evidence that the apostolic method of spreading Bible truth from house to house is effective. And Jehovah surely approves of it, for as a result of such ministry, he is causing thousands to stream to his exalted worship each year.—Isaiah 2:1-4; 60:8, 22.
    Another authority has said: “People find it easier to remember teaching at their doorstep than at the church step.” Well, Paul was at doorsteps regularly, setting a fine example as a minister. “He was not content with teaching and discoursing in the synagogue and the market,” wrote Bible scholar Edwin W. Rice. “He was ever diligently ‘teaching’ ‘from house to house.’ It was a house-to-house, hand-to-hand, face-to-face contest with evil, and to win men to Christ, that he waged in Ephesus.” Jehovah’s Witnesses realize that person-to-person discussions on the doorstep are effective. Moreover, they make return visits and are happy to talk even with opposers if these individuals will allow reasonable discussions to take place. How like Paul! Concerning him, F. N. Peloubet wrote: “Paul’s work was not all in meetings. No doubt he visited many people personally at their homes wherever he learned of one who was inquiring, or so interested or even opposed as to be willing to converse on religion.”
    What example did Paul set for fellow elders? He showed that they should be bold and tireless house-to-house proclaimers of the good news. In 1879, J. Glentworth Butler wrote: “[The Ephesian elders] knew that in [Paul’s] preaching he had been utterly unaffected by thought of personal danger or popularity; that he had withheld nothing of needed truth; that he had not, with one-sided partiality, dwelt upon peculiar or novel aspects of truth, but had urged only and all that which was profitable ‘to the use of edifying,’ or building up: the whole counsel of God in its purity and fullness! And this faithful ‘showing,’ this fervid ‘teaching’ of the Christian truth had been his practice, not only in the school of Tyrannus and in other gathering places of disciples, but in every accessible household. From house to house, and from soul to soul, day by day had he borne the glad tidings with Christlike desire and yearning. To all classes and races, to the hostile Jew and the sneering Greek, his one theme—that which, fully expounded, includes all other essential saving truths—was repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”
    In essence, then, what did Paul expect of the Ephesian elders? Scholar E. S. Young paraphrased the apostle’s words in this way: “I did not only speak in public, but I labored from house to house, with all classes, both Jews and Gentiles. The theme of my ministry to all classes was ‘repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.’” Putting Paul’s words another way, W. B. Riley wrote: “The plain meaning was: ‘I expect you to continue that which I began, both to do and to teach and I expect you to resist as I resisted; to teach both privately and publicly as I did in the streets and from house to house, to testify likewise to Jews and to Greeks repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ, for these are the fundamentals!’”
    Clearly, in Acts chapter 20, Paul was showing fellow elders that they were expected to be house-to-house witnesses of Jehovah. In this regard, the first-century elders were to take the lead, setting a proper example for other members of the congregation. (Compare Hebrews 13:17.) Like Paul, then, Jehovah’s Witnesses preach from house to house, telling people of all nations about God’s Kingdom, repentance toward Him, and faith in Jesus Christ. (Mark 13:10; Luke 24:45-48) And in such house-to-house work, appointed elders among the modern-day Witnesses are expected to take the lead.—Acts 20:28.

  20. Ilona Brand

    And it's interesting, Josh Springstube, that other scholars outside of Jehovah's Witnesses are testifying to what the Bible instructs true Christians to do: preach from house to house. I rest my case. 8-)

  21. Peter Micciche

    Everything in the Catholic Church is a lie. They have twisted the scriptures and much of their doctrinal teachings come from the old Babylonish teachings, such as a triune God and the birth of Christ falling on the sun god's festival. It's sick, debased lies that I think most Catholics now realize with the molestations in their Churches all over the world. Cases kept secret for decades and that have been most likely going on for centuries. The Catholic Church is at the forefront of False Religion, doomed to be destroyed…

  22. Kay Wilson

    wow, you go sister!! That is where I love to preach and teach the best, informal witnessing has always been best for me!!!

  23. Debbie Colloca

    go sister ,,for they do not have Jehovah God backing them,,,

  24. Debbie Colloca

    Jehovah just booted false religion off his streets,, I don't mean to be blunt,, you go sisters <3

  25. Connie Calmese

    I enjoy every form of witnessing but street witnessing is what I'm most effective at

  26. Robert Ryles

    Josh Springstube “and in private houses.” Lit., “and according to houses.” Gr., kai katʼ oi′kous. Here ka·ta′ is used with the accusative pl. in the distributive sense. Compare 5:42 ftn, “House.”

  27. Robert Ryles

    Josh Springstube Lit., “according to house.” Gr., katʼ oi′kon. Here ka·ta′ is used with the accusative sing. in the distributive sense. R. C. H. Lenski, in his work The Interpretation of The Acts of the Apostles, Minneapolis (1961), made the following comment on Ac 5:42: “Never for a moment did the apostles cease their blessed work. ‘Every day’ they continued, and this openly ‘in the Temple’ where the Sanhedrin and the Temple police could see and hear them, and, of course, also κατ’ οἴκον, which is distributive, ‘from house to house,’ and not merely adverbial, ‘at home.’ ”

  28. Thomas David Cross

    Umm, I am confused then, If he did not go house to house the why does it say so in the bible. and it says he taught in the homes, how can that be if he did not go house to house…..cannot get into the homes unless you first knock ;)

  29. Claire Talltree

    "The shift is partially due to the shrinking number of Mormon missionaries in the field today"… with a high eleven years ago of only 61,000? Sounds like their book is not selling very well!

    I much prefer to listen to the Jehovah's Witnesses — who preach daily door-to-door, at the store, at the gas station, the school, the salon, everywhere they go. Everyone is involved, from youngsters to the elderly… it is not something they consider doing for six months and then quitting. They have almost eight MILLION ministers that consider it a lifelong privilege, to be able to talk about the Bible with their neighbors. I would much prefer someone who is neighborly, especially in these times!

    And their literature is free, as is their time and materials spent discussing the Bible and conducting free bible studies. Nope, I think I much prefer the Jehovah's Witnesses! Thinking of the name, by the way… have you noticed that the King James Bible (not one that they use) has now restored Jehovah's name in their Bible? Wonderful stuff… so glad to talk about God…

  30. Connie Earhart

    I would not rest if I were you. John 5:17 My Father has kept working until now, and I keep working.

  31. Sharon Roman

    What's wrong with letting your Fingers do the walkin`? I don't agree with ALL the Mormons Teach..but they DO have some good morals….

  32. Lester John-Oliver de Freitas

    And here I always thought the Mormons put up a valiant effort in door to door preaching. "The current record for highest number of missionaries working at one time is 61,000" whereas Jehovah's Witnesses increase their ranks by an average of 250 000 every year! :O

  33. Timothy Kelly

    You are much mistaken! Paul 'Did' teach these 'Elders' in their homes as he went from house to house. He went teaching them 'BEFORE' they became believers! He was 'reminding' them of that fact! You are much mistaken, going from door to door and from house to house is the primary way to reach the people with the good news. However, as one of Jehovah's servants we strive to reach the people no matter where they may be. In line at a grocery store, in a bus stop, on the street, in a public restroom anywhere we can as Christ True followers!

  34. Toni Hopkins

    This is another sign that the whole world will soon know, "that you, whose name is Jehovah, are the Most High over all the earth!"-Psalm 83:18

  35. Debbie Colloca

    we can never forget now we are even bigger targets for satan ,,even though we were always his primary target anyway ,,,we have to maintain our relationship with Jehovah and not weaken

  36. Tommy Umehara Hughes

    Well… now there's only one group that goes from door to door, JW's can clam to be the only organisation doing God's will. It's probably just my imagination, but I imagine it to be a sign of sorts.

  37. Jason Doman

    Actually, Josh's interpretation is still correct. You can include the entire chapter if you want and the meaning doesn't change. They were taught both in public, AND in their homes. It is easy to take one verse and make it apply to what you believe, but you are just doing yourself a disservice.

  38. Jason Doman

    You are comparing # of missionaries in one church to the # of converts in another church because???? Or are you saying JW put 250k new missionaries out every year??

  39. Chris Harris

    Claire, I'm not sure if you're implying that the LDS church sells the Book of Mormon, but this isn't true. The Book of Mormon is given freely to anyone who asks a missionary or the church for one. Also, if you read the article, you'll see that they clearly state that if you assume that the number of missionaries in the field is down, you are INCORRECT; there are currently over 80,00 full-time missionaries.
    I understand what you're saying about missionary work. We, in the LDS faith, do consider that every member has the obligation to witness and preach the word of God. However, we also encourage our youth to spend a period of 18-24 months as full-time missionaries. That is, not just proselyting on evenings or weekends, but every single day for two years. This is an amazing experience for the youth and helps them to grow in their testimony of the Lord.
    Finally, the King James Version of the Bible that I use in church does use the name Jehovah.
    I hope you take these comments in the spirit they are intended, just wanting to clear up any misconceptions, not argue. I think that as Christians, we should all spend more time preaching the good news and less time arguing among ourselves.

  40. Chris Harris

    Belinda, frankly I'm disappointed by your nasty rhetoric. It's easy to take things out of context and make them sound absurd. If you've ever taken an Anthropology course, there is an exercise where they tell you about this culture that stared at boxes for hours on end, burnt their hair with all kinds of different implements and poisoned themselves with chemicals. It, of course, was a description of our modern culture. When you use this method to try and paint Joseph Smith in a bad light, it only gives credence to atheists and the like who would use the same method to paint Jesus and his followers with the same brush. Take a look at WHEN the Bible was actually written, or compiled, and then you'll understand that scripture isn't a closed book, just as God isn't a dead god.

  41. John Petrichella

    Chris, I can appreciate how you feel.

    Fortunately, Jesus spoke of those who would be no part of his Kingdom, Heavenly or Earthly, although claiming to be Christians . These being recognizable by their fruits, their conduct and even their history, as a telling factor. (Matt. 7:21-23)

    This was so there would be no confusion between those true Christians and those who claim to be Christian. It was inevitable as you may agree.

    True followers of the Christ would have conform to, and follow, all Christ's instructions, commandments and lead in, all things.

    Being "no part of the world, even politically (John 15:18,19)

    loving ones enemies (Matt. 5:43-48)

    the making other disciple or Christians (Matt. 28:19-20)

    and worship God in spirit and truth, doctrinally (John 4:23-24)

    This would be the measure, for all of us, to distinguishes the truth from the lie, from true Christianity from false Christianity.

    Hopefully, you will pray long and hard on the matter as you consider all things.

  42. Brandon Osborn

    The LDS cult is becoming desperate; growth is in steep decline we're about at Peak Mormon – christianity in gneral is on the decline, and good riddance to bad rubbish – whether they proselytize on the internet or not, it's simply a matter of time before the 2,000 year reign of terror that is christianity will be a bad memory and a caution to future generations.

  43. Celeste 'Jimmy' Kaudewitz

    Chris Harris is it true that you guys are going to give up preaching from door to door? I haven't found a single comment verifying it OR stating it's incorrect