Mormon Missionary Discussions – Intro

26 August

In the series to follow I hope to give you an idea of what Mormon Missionaries teach those they encounter who are interested in hearing more about the Church. Before switching over to their Preach My Gospel discussion manual a few years ago, the Mormon Missionaries taught six lessons to the investigators.

Over the next few days I’ll be going over each of the discussions. As you read over these discussions (links below) keep in mind the people the missionaries are talking to probably know little, to nothing about Mormonism. In these discussions, they aren’t going to be taught the core, deeper doctrines of Mormonism. This comes much later when they have been a member for a year, and have gone through the endowment ceremony in the temple.

To give you an idea of what we’ll be talking about the titles of the discussions are:

“The Plan Of Our Heavenly Father”

“The Gospel Of Jesus Christ”

“Eternal Progression”

“Living A Christlike Life”

“Membership In The Kingdom”

As you read over the discussions you’ll notice the frequency the Missionaries testify of their feelings toward Jesus, Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and other Mormon doctrines. You’ll also notice how often the investigators are asked how they feel about the information presented to them.

This is to begin training the soon to be member to rely on what they feel, instead of what they can reason or discern from the things they’ve been told. This is done purposely to sow the seeds of doubt into the hearts of the investigators, so when they’re confronted with conflicts between God’s word, and Mormonism they’ll go back to what they ‘feel’.

In Christ,

Melissa Grimes

References:

Original 1986 Missionary Discussions

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