How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE [tan lined] FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” (Romans 10:15)
Yeah, they tanned in Sacramento, but they didn’t burn. I had put on the world’s greatest sun block- Bull Frog. I just put it on at the beginning of our shift and didn’t worry for the rest of the day.
I figured this picture would be a good way to conclude the reports about the Sacramento, CA Mormon temple opening. Regardless of our intentions and actions, some folks didn’t think we had good news. I was talking to one of the Living Scriptures (Mormon) guys and he was trying to prove to me philosophically that you can’t know anything for sure. We debated about this for over an hour.
Once I realized that I was not getting anywhere with him, I decided to take another angle. I asked Chad to bear his testimony to me. If you don’t know much about Mormon testimonies, they are all the same. It is always some variant of, “I know the LDS Church is true, I know Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and I know that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God.” Chad was hesitant at first because he thought I was going to mock him. I assured him that I would not do that so Chad started, “I know the…” I gently interrupted- “No you don’t.”
Chad smiled once he realized that he had just nullified his own testimony by declaring that you can’t know anything for sure. I could have kicked myself for not thinking about this during our conversation, but right after he left, it occurred to me, “How do you know that you can’t know anything for sure?” If you know that you can’t know anything for sure, haven’t you just defeated your argument?
Overall the outreach was good. It wasn’t the greatest that I have been involved with, but we did manage to pass out some papers and get a lot of people to look at the web site. It is all in God’s hands and we thank Him that he was able to use our feet.