Putting together the puzzle pieces of Mormonism
For many Christians, the various teachings of Mormonism are like a bewildering pile of puzzle pieces. As hard as they try, they can’t see how they fit together. Adam’s and Eve’s fall was good? We lived before we came to earth? We can be married vicariously for our deceased grandparents so they can be married for all eternity? Christians hear about these and other LDS teachings and come away totally confused. Even Christians living in heavily-populated Mormon areas often struggle to put it all together.
Over the years, many people have responded very positively whenever I walked through the Mormon plan of salvation and explained how the various teachings fit together. Because it has been so well-received, we have videotaped it. We are now excited to announce that it is available on our brand-new educational website, witnessinlove.org. It consists of five brief videos. There is also an accompanying study guide with outlines and questions for reflection. I would love it if you checked it out. I am confident it will help you better understand Mormonism.
Understanding Mormonism, however, is not our ultimate goal in offering this brief course. Our ultimate goal is to increase your concern and empathy for Mormons. As I walk through their plan, I repeatedly show how their doctrines burden many Mormons. The truth is, doctrine always affects people – either for good or for bad. Just think of the wildly positive effect the biblical teaching that Jesus has already done everything for our salvation has on people. In contrast, Mormon doctrine repeatedly burdens people because Mormonism doesn’t take the pressure off them. Instead, in various ways, it relentlessly keeps the pressure on. So much so, that many Mormons feel beaten down.
So, hopefully, after taking the course, not only will you understand Mormonism better; you will also better understand the stresses Mormons experience.
Finally, I have a big favor to ask of you. We need your help in getting the word out about this course. We have designed it to be used in a number of different settings: whether by individuals, in families, small groups, teen classes, or even Bible Classes at church. Recommend it to your friends. Gather a small group of friends to watch it together. Encourage your pastor to review it for use in your church.
We sincerely feel it will help you and many other Christians speak the truth in love.