My absolute favorite two weeks of the year starts tomorrow. Every year tens of thousands of Mormons flock to in Manti, Utah to see the Mormon Miracle Pageant. Scores of Christians come from all over the US (and sometimes other parts of the world) to witness to them. I like the odds. Read More …
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The first week of this year’s trip was AWESOME! We had many things happen for the first time, some good and some not so good. Since I always like to end with the good news, I’ll mention the big thing that happened on Sunday morning. It rained just about all night Saturday night so we woke up to rain-drenched tents. The insides of the tent were fine, but the outsides were all wet. We’ve never had to roll up and pack wet tents before. We dragged the tents under the pavilion and did the best we could.
The good news is that every one of our team members got into a conversation every night of the pageant. That has never happened before. This team has been very fun, extremely engaging and had no problem initiating conversations with Mormons. Even the meekest among us lovingly displayed boldness that can only be given by the Holy Spirit. I am most encouraged to see our team members catch the same vision we have for the Mormon people. They are already talking about next year and who they want to bring. Here is a hint. If you are in our Sunday School class, you are already a target.
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
I should have posted this earlier, but it is that time of year again! We begin training and preparing our Manti Mission Team for the mission trip in June. That is the good news. The better news is that the training is open to Christians who wants to learn more about Mormonism and how to witness to them. We will conduct seven weekly training sessions starting on Thursday, April 28 and will go through Monday, June 9. We will be meeting at Community Bible Church in room P-7B (portable) from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. The portables are behind the building. Childcare is available with advance notice.
Our class schedule is as follows.
April 28- Introductions and The Mormon Puzzle Video.
May 5- The Mormon World View of Exaltation.
May 12- Mormonism’s Impossible Gospel Part 1.
May 19- Mormonism’s Impossible Gospel Part 2.
May 26- Explaining the Gospel to Mormons.
June 2- God Is Not A Man.
June 9- Role-playing to apply what you have learned.
Our training sessions are always fun and informative. You will learn more about Mormonism than you ever thought you could know. You will gain a heart for the Mormon people and will be equipped to reach out in love to those who are lost. Training materials will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you there. Feel free to bring a friend!
It is that time of year again. For those readers who may be new to our blog, every year we take a team of Christians to Manti, Utah (pronounced man-tie) to street witness to the Mormons who attend the Mormon Miracle Pageant. Since 1967 the Mormon Church has presented a pageant every year at the Manti temple grounds. This pageant is an outdoor play that depicts the beginnings of Mormonism through the trek out West and up to its present day.
This highly professional drama is approximately one and a half hours long and includes scenes from the Book of Mormon. Average nightly attendance is 10-15,000 people. The temple grounds open at 6:00 PM, but since the pageant does not start until after dark (9:30), Mormons will typically walk around town and visit vendor’s booths and local stores. The streets surrounding the temple grounds are closed to traffic so this gives Christians a wonderful opportunity to stand in the streets, give out tracts to passing Mormons, and engage in fruitful witnessing conversations.
This short-term mission trip is unique in that before you can share your faith, you must be able to defend it. Evidence Ministries will equip team members to be able to give a reason for the hope we have as Christians with gentleness and respect. (1st Peter 3:15) The camaraderie and fellowship one experiences on this mission trip is worth the cost of the trip itself. The spiritual growth that team members undergo on this trip is amazing to see. The dates for the trip are June 10-15 and/or 15-22, 2008.
Even if you cannot come on the mission trip, you can still attend the training and learn more about Mormonism and how to witness to Latter-day Saints. Although the training is designed to equip Manti team members for the mission trip to Manti, it will be beneficial for those who would like to learn more. The seven weeks of training will consist of;
April 21st- Week one: Introductions and Mormon Puzzle Video.
April 28th- Week two: Understanding Mormon salvation and exaltation.
May 5th- Week three: The Impossible Gospel of Mormonism Part 1.
May 12th- Week four: Impossible Gospel of Mormonism Part 2.
May 19th- Week five: God Is Not a Man.
May 26th- Week six: Sharing the Gospel with a Latter-day Saint.
June 2nd- Week seven: Role playing.
Call Evidence Ministries for time and directions. 210-340-TRUE (8783). Childcare is available with seven days notice.
Here is a short video that describes what it is like to be a witness for Jesus Christ to the Mormon people.