Keith Walker of Evidence Ministries explains what Mormon General Authorities teach about the Impossible Gospel of Mormonism in General Conference. This conference is held every six months and is expected to be received by faithful Latter-day Saints as “The Words of the Lord” spoken through prophets, seers and revelators. Conference addresses are considered continuing revelation and are thought to be on par with Mormon Scripture. The “Words of the Lord” spoken in General Conference are binding upon all Mormons.
On a side-note, I’m back from Utah. The trip was awesome and from what I understand, there were six professions of faith in Christ. As you have no doubt noticed, I have not been keeping up with the blog. After Manti, there is always a need to recharge and reconnect with my family. I was hoping to put up a short report on the trip, but was buried by a number of things that required my attention, some personal and some ministry related. I am still digging myself out from a mountain of… stuff. Summer times are always busy for us so I hope to get back on track this week.
Thanks for your understanding.
This short dialogue is an example of just how cool our God is. Here is the scene. Our team member B. A. sits in a chair in the the street in front of the temple and is drawing the temple. A Mormon guy (MG) looks at the drawing and says;
“I’d like to buy your drawing as a mother’s day gift for my Mom.”
BA- “I’m sorry, but I’ve already promised it to someone else.”
MG- “Well then, I would like to buy your next one.”
BA- “I suppose I could mail it to you.”
MG- “I live in Texas.”
BA- “Really? Me too! Where?”
MG- “I live in San Antonio.”
BA- “Me too!”
MG- “Are you LDS?”
BA – “No, I’m not.”
MG- “I’m a jack-Mormon (inactive) and my wife is not a Mormon so I go to church with her.”
BA- “Really? Where do you go?”
MG- “We go to CBC.”
CBC is short for Community Bible Church. Becky and I have been members there for more than 17 years. Is God cool or what? BA has this man’s contact info. Please join me in prayer that this Mormon guy gets saved and is on next year’s team.
Tonight was pretty slow until right about 8:00. I handed out some tracts and had one left over when Russ Bales, a Christian from Salt Lake City, came over and told me that he wanted a picture of me next to one of the Mormon signs that declares that there is no proselytizing on their property. (Does that apply to their missionaries too?)
As we were walking over towards the sign, Russ asked a teenaged boy if he would mind taking a picture of the both of us. He took pictures on both of our cameras. Right after Easton, the Mormon boy, took the photo, Russ asked if he and his two friends had been properly evangelized today. Russ gave them one of his tracts and started a conversation about the nature of God. The boys didn’t really seem to interested so Russ asked if I had anything to add.
I handed Easton my last tract and started talking about how one obtains forgiveness of sin according to Mormonism. The five of us talked for about an hour. Russ and I tag-teamed pretty well and got the kids thinking. They agreed with our view of what is expected of them and all felt confident that they could stop sinning in this lifetime.
Once it got close to the time the pageant starts, they said they had to go, but they wanted to continue our conversation. They suggested that we exchange emails. Please pray for these three very respectful, intelligent young Mormon men.
P.S. I’ll post bigger version of the pictures once I get the originals.
Manti 2011 Week One
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!