Proselytizing: Keeping Answers Clear & Simple
New Era is a Mormon magazine for teenagers. They posted a link on September 3 for questions and answers. It’s titled “Answering Difficult Questions about the Church.” This, of course, is preparing teenagers for when they will go on their missions to spread the Good News and the Book of Mormon. People are guaranteed to ask questions about what the missionaries are trying to get us to believe. No. 3 on the list is: Keep answers clear and simple. It goes on to say:
Most people do not expect or want long, complicated answers. Stick to the point and make sure to use plain language and avoid words or phrases that are not understood or mean something different outside of the Church. Keep your answers focused on gospel doctrine rather than speculation or rumor.
I guess I’m not most people. I’m Christian. When other denominations try to proselytize to me, I want the nitty-gritty details. I want to know the beliefs before I join. When I ask a question, not only do I want the truth, I want the details of the beliefs so that I can truly examine the differences and similarities between their beliefs and mine. People are always surprised what the members believe, when they join a group.
If they can’t answer me, I will likely not be interested in joining or learning more. I may decide to examine their scripture or their traditions. If I have a question, I want the answer. It’s fine if you don’t know the answer, but if you do know the answer, tell it to me. Simplifying the answer may make you generalize or leave out some parts that may pique my interest. If you want me to seriously consider joining your faith, I want the full answer.
Thank you for taking the time to read my rant. I’m also sorry for not posting for a while, but I’m back!