A Message to the Most Ardent Critic of the Mormon Church

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During fast and testimony meeting a brother slowly made his way to the podium as one sister wept while talking about her soon-to-be-missionary son.

She expressed how hard it was to be a mother in this situation, soon having to let her son go. “I would never let my child go on a mission if I didn’t know this Church was true.”

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After the sister closed with “Amen”, this good brother took his place at the podium and turned to her and said, “Just wait until you drop him off at the MTC. That’s even harder.”

He then shared his two recent experiences, as he and his family dropped of his 19-year-old daughter to serve in Australia and his 18-year-old son to serve in Malaysia.

“I stood there waiting for the long line of cars to each pull up to the curb, unload their son or daughter, along with their luggage, and say goodbye for 18 months to 2 years. I was completely overcome with emotion as the reality of what these families were doing set in.”

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“These families, which come from all walks of life and arrive in anything from a beat up mini-van to a $60,000 SUV, send their children off to unknown countries where they trudge through mud, eat bugs, and endure poor living conditions .”

As this brother silently watched each family say their goodbyes, one after another, after another – he felt the weight of their sacrifice.

His mind drifted and thought of those who have left the Church and those who are now ardent critics, and he wished at that moment they could be by his side.

“I wish I could go to those who have walked away from the Church, and those who are its ardent critics, and say, “Come with me to the MTC on a Wednesday morning and let’s just watch. Let’s stand together and watch these families say goodbye to their sons and daughters.”

saying goodbye to a missionary mtc

“You mean to tell me you think these people are brainwashed? These individuals and families who in all other walks of life, in their education, in their careers, and in their communities are successful, smart, and industrious – you mean to tell me in this one area they are so ignorant and brainwashed that they would send away their sons and daughters?”

“Never. They would never do it.’

“But the reason they do allow their children to sacrifice two years of their lives is because the gospel of Jesus Christ is true.”

As this brother concluded his testimony, tears streamed down his face, and the hearts of those in the congregation burned as they felt the power of the image that had been painted in their minds and hearts.

The image of a young missionary slowly exiting a car with luggage in tow. The image of family hugs and tears being shared one last time. And the image of a missionary called of God, waving goodbye to his family as he turns his efforts to invite all to come unto Jesus Christ.

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  • I am so grateful to the missionaries who taught my aunt and uncle, who then bore testimony to me of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to the missionaries who taught and baptized me and gave me the Git of the Holy Ghost. They gave me my greatest eternal gift. Thank you Elders Jensen, Goates and Guymon. May the Lord bless you always.

  • We are just about to send our 6th of hopefully 8 Missionaries into the field. What a wonderful sacrifice (one could actually call it a Sacrament since it is so spiritually transcendent) to serve the Lord and invite others to “come unto Him”. They are truly The Best Two Years that will always be used a the benchmark for “Goodness and Love unfeigned” for the rest of our lives. The Church is true and everything that goes along with it.

  • Even though it’s been well over a decade since our son served his mission in Spain, I still recall the feelings and emotions we had when we dropped our son off at the MTC. So hard at first to realize he’d be gone for two years. But my wife and I were blessed in so many ways. The Lord’s spirit was with us like no other time. Our testimonies grew, and we felt peace. The Lord does bless the families of missionaries.

  • Let`s dedicates our families for the work of God as this family did,
    for there will be a grate reward from God.

  • Some still say the holicos is a fake, but it does not change the fact that it did happen. God the father and Jesus Christ did restore the fullness of the gospel and that fact cannot change just because some are not willing to ask god if it is true really wanting to know. All are promised to receive that knowledge if they truly want to know, l did and testify that it is true.

  • Ahaha the antichrist that is a new one. The funny thing is that the Book of Mormon is filled with verses all about Christ and faith and it corresponds with the old and New Testament which every other church in the world uses. On top of that with the pearl of great price which is from Moses and then the doctrine and covenants it is filled with more verses of Christ. It is an arch pillar each part holds the other as strong foundation up the thing is I used to do as you are but I know now without a doubt the Book of Mormon is true yes some members have ventured away from the teachings but it is how you hold fast that matters and denying Christ is the last thing you want to do as it’s in alma and 3 nephi where Jesus Christ himself testified himself to the people that it is he that shook city’s into the ocean and caused fires and destruction and destroyed places now think of ancient history where is Pompeii where is city of atlantis it is in 3 nephi he says I smite them before my face for brig wicked now think about your hurricane Harvey and now Irma that is about to hit. All you critics that have walked away will face him and I know a lot of you have been to temples and taken covenants your wrath won’t be light. Yes I’m on probation but I do not judge you I just challenge you read from book of alma thru and then ponder it. But as for the antichrist your very wrong.

  • I believe this church was true, because of the fact that I knew in my heart being raised in a church, that there was MORE, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterdays Saints, answer that feeling there is more that Heavenly Father has for us. This long for more was satisfied.

  • I’ve been studying this for a few additional weeks, and I would like to redact my previous comment. Neither parents or their children are “brainwashed” (“brainwashing” wouldn’t be the term psychologists would use to describe the processes motivating this kind of action). Rather, this phenomenon is best explained by socialization. The well-respected psychologist of religion, Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, explained:

    > Social learning, despite its seeming simplicity…remains the best explanation for most religious actions. It is the best explanation for the overall prevalence of religion, for individual religiosity, and for … the most dramatic of religious acts and movements. … The variety of religious traditions and the correspondence between the dominant tradition in the social environment and the religious beliefs of the individual are the most obvious proofs to the validity of the social learning approach, which is also able to explain what are considered intense religious experiences. Supernaturalism is inherently accessible, and children learn just one local version of it and in most cases become inexorably attached to it.

  • Its important to see what the beliefs of the LDS Church are and how they have impacted the lives of its members. I measure the correctness of a doctrine or principle by how it influences the behavior of those that believe them. Are they happier in their lives? Are they productive and positive influences in society? I can see how many of these people have. Missions have saved the lives of many youth, converting them to mature and family-oriented individuals, anchored on their faith in the living Christ. I have friends before who thought the Church was just another good church that teaches good morals. After i eventually joined many years after, i began to understand where the goodness is coming from. It is spiritually founded. Church doctrines to those who will carefully study them, would see the relevance and how they can impact our daily lives positively.

  • It was 6.30 a.m. My son, about to leave on his mission to Wisconsin and the MTC in Provo had come to the hospital to say good bye. I had leukaemia and my survival had been in the balance. Can you imagine our good byes? Yet we felt blessed and privileged. This was his choice and it was a prayer answered that he would serve. This was what he wanted because he had faith and a testimony. He had not been brainwashed. His father was less active. Missionary service had not been preached in our home, because father had not served. Our boy made his own choice, served faithfully and returned home with honour. These are the sacrifices people make because they love the Lord and want to share what they have.

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