Thank you for your books and your site! I recently purchase Beyond Mormonism and Have you Witnessed to a Mormon Lately? and devoured them.
I am very close friends with a former Mormon, and have recently started to get to know his family (mother, siblings, nieces, nephews, etc.). The problem is that his family is all still Mormon. This breaks my heart, because I've come to love them dearly, and I want them to understand the Salvation that my dear friend and I have found in Christ Jesus. I know that there is little possibility that I will reach these people (his mother is very active and one of his brother-in-laws is a Bishop), but could you give me any tips that might be useful?
Also, they, his mother in particular, has started to encourage me to come and "see what they are all about." I am a young, single woman, and I know that she has hopes of converting me. She has had me over for dinner numerous times, so that I can see "what their family is like." She has never had the missionaries over when I've been there, but I anticipate that it is only a matter of time. She also conned me into going to a play that her grandkids were in, which turned out to be a dramatization of the Mormon gospel. She has also openly stated that she wants to bring me to their building again. I don't want to go, especially after reading your books. Is there anything that I can lovingly say to her besides a "no, thank you"? I know she is also trying to bring my friend back into the fold. I don't think he ever officially withdrew, and since he became a Christian in high school and then joined the Air Force I don't think he's been declared apostate. Could you just pray for protection over him? And are there any words of wisdom that you could give? I would greatly appreciate any advice on the matter. Thank you so much!
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I think you need to say to her that you do not want to go to her church and that you do not want to talk to the missionaries. Tell her you are happy where you are and would appreciate it if she "gave you the freedom to worship God according to the dictates of your conscience." That is a phrase from the Mormon Articles of Faith that she will recognize.
ARticle 11: "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may."
If she persists, tell her that you really think Mormonism has some severe biblical problems, but that you don't feel comfortable discussing them with her, but if she would like, you can recommend a pastor she could talk to.
Hope that helps,