How Can I witness to Mormons?

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  1. JRG39402

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    I am just a teenager, but the idea that people can believe they are Christians when they are in a false religion hurts me. What can you do to reach Mormons?
     
  2. Humblesmith

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    Mormons are taught that the test for truth is an experience that they have. So it's very difficult to argue facts with them. They will ask you to pray about the Book of Mormon and ask God if it is true, and God will give you an internal feeling that it is true. they call this a testimony.

    The best way to witness to them is to say, in these exact words: "I have prayed to God, I have received a witness of the Holy Ghost. My testimony is that..." and then give them your testimony...but always base your testimony in the facts of scripture. Whatever the mormon says to you, they will have to accept your experience of a testimony. Be sure to use those exact words.

    Then quote them these verses:
    Isaiah 43:10 (this contradicts their view of God)
    2 Cor. 11:3-4 (then ask them "which Jesus do you believe in?)
     
  3. mountainrun

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    I wouldn't waste my time.
    Not that they aren't worth my time, but it is extememly rare to have any success at this endeavor.

    My daughter converted to Mormonism some years back and I learned all that can be learned about the religion.

    In dealing with her and others, I have found that their church has instilled a mistrust of the Bible, in spite of what they claim and since the word of God is your only weapon and they don't believe it...

    It is pretty much in God's hands to convict them and if you are truly concerned about the lost it is best to learn to present the gospel and do not throw your pearls before swine.

    If you tell them the gospel, they will say they already believe it, but it is a counterfeit gospel.

    Focus on the unchurched lost.

    As a teenager I would not encourage you to go into this.

    It is dangerous.

    My daughter was a Sunday school child, church going Baptist and was lost to Mormonism when she went off to college, older than you.

    If you insist on this, please check out this site, run by former Mormons who have devoted their lives to confronting their former cult.

    http://www.utlm.org/

    You will be able to counter their beliefs, but it won't do much good.

    Please reconsider this, but I will help if I can.
    Mainly because I am more concerned about you than them.

    MR
     
  4. DeeJay

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    Ouch, I am glad the person who wittnessed to me did not read your advise.

    I do agree that Mormons are very well traind at deflecting your questions and attempting to cause doubt. If the Mormon is male and older then 20 chances are great that he has spent 2 years on a mission practacing that is 2 years after his 3 months of training where he will learn what to say when you say..........

    Know your stuff and be well grounded in your faith first. Study a subject well and keep the subject on that one topic. They will attempt to change subjects at the first hint of you making a good point.
     
  5. mountainrun

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    If JRG insists on doing this, DeeJay, I would advise simply presenting the gospel and making sure they can defend it.

    They should not bother going on the offense against Mormon doctrine.

    A teenager going up against a devout, studied Mormon is at risk.

    I doubt that you were converted by a teenager.

    My advice stands.

    MR
     
  6. Calvibaptist

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    The best thing you can do, if you want to engage a Mormon, is to share the Word of God. Don't try to argue their views with them or even try to argue Christianity with them. Most of them know what we believe more than we do. Pray for them. Share the gospel from the Word and leave the results to God. Then pray again.
     
  7. Brian30755

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    Have you seen these "Warning Tracts" from CARM? LINK

    I mailed one to every home in the neighborhood where I used to live, and am planning on doing it in my new neighborhood.

     
  8. DeeJay

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    Mountain

    I both agree and disagree. I guess it depends on JRG and his abilitys. Since we do not know how grounded JRG is I would advise he speak with his pastor.

    Another thing I dont know where JRG is from. If he was here in Utah he would not have a choice but to discuss with Mormons as they would be trying to witness to him. This would build his skills fast. Amazingly there are Christian teenagers even in Provo Utah and they remain in the faith. They must defend and discuss with there mormon friends and family every day.

    Last most Mormons are good at the tricks they ask questions that can cause doubt they deflect questions. With a little training these things can easly be seen for what they are. Most all Mormons have very little knowlege of the Bible except the few passages they use and twist. If you learn what the meaning of these few passages (like 6 or 7 passages) you can stump them.


    I would advise JRG to speak with his pastor about what he wants to do. His pastor can assess his skills in this area and provide training to him.

    PS. I was converted when I was 19 by a person who I think was maybe 22.
     
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    A couple I know who came out of Mormonism have a website at www.hismin.com
     
  10. DeeJay

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    One more thing. Know when to bail.


    If you start witnessing and the person seriously knows his stuff and you find yourself lacking. Present the gospel fast and exit. Study hard for next time.
     
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    Agreed. As a matter of fact, I think this is a good practice with anyone, regardless of their religious background, or lack thereof.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
  12. Marcia

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    DeeJay is right. The Mormons who have come to my door only know a few passages and they don't know them in context. For example, they try to use James to say that we are partly saved by works, but James does not say that. I point out to them that works justify our faith before men - it's not that we are justified by our works. Then they switch the topic. I usually try to stay focused on one topic, such as the nature of God (since they are taught that God used to be a man and we can become gods, or at least males can).

    By knowing how to respond to their misuse of the Bible and staying focused, they were often stymied. I was praying it would cause them to think and sometimes, I could see one of the Mormon missionaries looking puzzled like he was wondering about what I said. I can tell you that they were surprised to talk to someone who knows the Bible and were not expecting that. So study and know your Bible!

    Here's another good site of a Christian ministry to reach Mormons run by a friend of mine:
    http://www.mrm.org/

    chart that compares the Biblical God with the Mormon God:
    http://www.frontiernet.net/~bcmmin/b2.htm

    Stories of ex-Mormons:
    http://www.exmormon.org/stories.htm
     

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