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               Telling the Good News About Jesus to Mormons
                                   The Rev. Paul J Cain, Jr.
                  Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Green River, Wyoming

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Let us pray to the Lord.

Almighty and everlasting God, who desires not the death of a sinner, but would have all
men to repent and live, hear our prayers for those who are members or leaders of the
Mormon religion, remove them from Satan’s darkness, the shadow of death, and the
prospect of spending eternity separated from You by bringing them to faith through Your
Holy Spirit and our loving proclamation of the Good News of Your salvation, that all
who hear Your Word, the Holy Bible, may receive Your gift of salvation; through Jesus
Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
forever. Amen.

       Welcome to Telling the Good News about Jesus to Mormons. I am Pastor Paul

Cain, and I serve the Lord and His people in Green River, Wyoming. If Utah were a

rectangle, we’d be in Utah. My interest in this topic is out of necessity. Green River has 7

Wards spread among three meetinghouses. Christians are in the minority in our

community, with up to a 70% LDS majority, according to some estimates. Many families

in our community and several in our congregation are split between Christianity and


       Over the last two years I’ve learned much from those who live and work with

members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have done so for many

more years than I have. In addition, I’ve done a lot of the necessary book research on

Mormons reading from LDS and Christian sources. I do not consider myself an expert or

an authority on Mormonism. I have much to learn, as experience continues to teach me.

All the books in my study keep me humble in reminding me how much I don’t know.


       I pray that you will come away from this session with some new insights about

sharing the truth of God’s Word with Mormons lovingly and out of a loving motivation. I

have been blessed by being exposed to many helpful resources on the Mormon religion

and I think they’ll be a blessing to you as well. As we begin, I’d like to take a few

minutes to hear about some questions you have. That way, I can answer some and more

fully address those issues in my presentation. I will reserve some more time for questions

and answers at the end of our time together. And, I’ll be honest and tell you if I don’t

know an answer.


       I stand on the shoulders of those who have come before me in reaching out to the

Mormons and safeguarding those in Christian congregations. Much of what I share with

you today has been gleaned from Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Pastor Mark

Cares and his book, Speaking the Truth in Love to Mormons. His supplemental tracts and

videos are phenomenal.

       Secondly, I want to credit Salt Lake Theological Seminary for its recent 5

segment video series called Bridges, subtitled, Helping Mormons Discover God’s Grace.

Not only were their insights into Mormonism as a culture helpful, but they have learned

from experience that arguments seldom win converts.


       Finally, I am indebted to countless laypeople and pastors who have shared their

personal experiences, hurts, successes, and frustrations in reaching out to members of the

LDS Church in their own communities, congregations, or families.

       The usual responses Christians have to members or missionaries of the Church

of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) are anger or arguments.

       The anger often comes from a sense of frustration with a Mormon majority, the

perception (or reality) that Mormons run the Boy Scout Troop, the School Board, the City

Council, etc, or our personal inability to understand how so many people could fall for

such a blatant lie. Out of frustration we want to scream, “Why don’t they see the errors of

the Book of Mormon, the lifestyle of Joseph Smith, and how Mormon doctrine has

changed according to what’s socially or politically expedient?”

       We often carry this baggage with us into our witnessing. We want to show them

how wrong they are. We may research the history of changes in the Book of Mormon,

learn all about Joseph Smith’s polygamy, and his mistranslation of Egyptian funeral texts,

delve into Brigham Young’s Adam-God doctrine, or the similarities between Masonic

rituals and Mormon temple rites. Then, feeling armed for bear, we dump it all on some

Mormon, another sinner like ourselves, in need of God’s grace and His Truth.

       Even if a well-meaning Christian convinces a Mormon that the Book of Mormon

isn't true and that Joseph Smith isn't a prophet, the former Mormon still

isn't a Christian. He’s just an ex-Mormon who distrusts Joseph Smith and

the Book of Mormon. At this point, he’s an agnostic. He may no longer believe in

organized religion. And, such a person will be less inclined to trust another organized


Church, even if it is true. Utah and other Mormon-majority areas are full of people

similarly turned off to religion.

       More often than not, such an argumentative approach to Mormons will lead to

anger—them being angry with you. They don’t want to hear any more. They want to

slam the door on you. And now, there’s little opportunity for them to hear the Biblical

Gospel. There are many inactive LDS members, sometimes called Jack-Mormons, who

may or may not believe the teachings of the Mormon church, but because of all the good

things the church does, and the nice people who are in it, and the family values it

espouses, will resist this argumentative approach.

       A     more      helpful      approach   is    to   speak   the   truth    of   the

Gospel lovingly and out of a loving motivation. Our attitude when talking to Mormons or

anyone who does not know Christ should reflect Ephesians 4. (ESV)

       1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the

calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience,

bearing with one another in love, …

       11And [God] (he) gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and

teachers, 12to equip the saints[,] for the work of ministry, for building up the body of

Christ, 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of

God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14so that

we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every

wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15Rather,

speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into

Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with


which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it

builds itself up in love…

       25Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with

his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26Be angry and do not sin; do not let

the sun go down on your anger, 27and give no opportunity to the devil.

       The devil has opportunity when we think we’re going out to convert people. No

one can come to faith through a rational argument. At most, we can prepare the soil of a

unbeliever’s heart for later seed-sowing by removing some thorns or stones. A person

comes to faith by hearing the Word, used by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit works where and

when He wills. Christians don’t convert people. The Spirit does. We are given to share

the Word of the Bible.

       The idea of arguing someone into the Christian faith comes from false doctrine.

Reformed Christians see human reason on par with or superior to the Biblical text. For

example, the Reformed reject the Real Presence of Jesus’ Body and Blood in the Lord’s

Supper because it doesn’t make sense to reason. Since it doesn’t make sense to reason, it

can’t be true. They say, when Jesus said, “This is my Body,” “is” must mean “represents”

because human reason can’t comprehend how Jesus could make bread also His Body.

       Similarly, since reason is believed to be so powerful, and not totally damaged by

original sin, they are led to the false assertion that you can argue someone else into the

Christian faith. Another Christian tradition takes this a step farther. They claim one can

and must make a decision to have Jesus as your personal Savior, in direct contradiction to

Jesus’ words in John 15:16. (ESV) You did not choose me, but I chose you and


appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that

whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

        The faculty at Salt Lake Theological Seminary, although they are of Reformed

background, have learned that arguing doesn’t work in practice. Either the Mormon gets

angry and tunes you out, or he is convinced, but not yet a Christian, merely distrustful of

everything LDS, and still ignorant of the Good News about Jesus.

       The goal in talking to Mormons about matters of religion is not to win an

argument. We want them to become Biblical Christians! Let us not lose sight of that goal.

We are to share the Word and let the Holy Spirit work with it in their hearts and minds.

Later, I’ll share some specific ways how we can tell the good news about Jesus to

Mormons. Before we discuss that, I have more helpful insights that affect our motivation,

how we approach Mormons, and how to decide what not to bring up.

       We are accustomed to thinking about Mormonism as a cult. And it is. It just

happens to be a very large one with more money, missionaries, members, and slick media

campaigns. Presenting the LDS church as a cult is helpful in safeguarding our own

members and children, but it is a hindrance when witnessing.

       When witnessing, it is much more helpful to see the Church of Jesus Christ of

Latter-day Saints as a distinct culture. They have their own, although false, additional

Scriptures. They see themselves under numerous figures of authority, culminating in a

President and living prophet. They have a colorful history full of leaders with charisma.

They have a martyr, Joseph Smith. They have their own exodus narrative, the trek from

Illinois to Utah. They have a communal sense of being persecuted, even when in the


majority. They have unique practices, including family home evening, three hours at the

meetinghouse on Sundays for sacrament meeting, doctrine classes, and groups, General

Conferences, and temple ordinances. And, there is the family friendly lifestyle of clean-

cut young missionaries, the teaching of “families forever,” and the practice ofavoiding

alcohol, tobacco, and in some cases, caffeine.

       Seeing Mormonism as a culture is a lot easier in areas where the LDS is in

majority. One can’t help but notice the Mormon religious instruction building, the

seminary, right next to the high school. Seeing Mormonism as a cult is helpful for

safeguarding our young people, but remember the cultural aspects when preparing to

witness to Mormons.

       At this point, I’d like to take a big burden off of your backs. Hand in hand with

the argumentative approach to talking with Mormons is spending a lot of time and

sometimes money researching Mormon history and the changes in Mormon doctrine.

Breathe a sigh of relief! You don’t have to do all that to tell the Good News about Jesus

to Mormons.

       We can best prepare for witnessing to Mormons by reading and studying and

pondering the Bible, and Luther’s Small Catechism. If you’re really motivated, your

research time would be well spent in reading the Lutheran Confessions, the Book of

Concord. The Book of Concord is available for free online.

       Rather than spending your valuable time researching obscure LDS teachings that

many average Mormons don’t know about, or don’t believe, or have never been taught,

ask instead, ”What are the Mormons teaching now?” Two official sources are your


best bet in finding out current LDS doctrine: ENSIGN magazine and “Gospel

Principles,” the official LDS “catechism,” if you will.

       ENSIGN is one of several official church magazines. Published monthly, like our

Lutheran Witness, it is probably more accessible and read more often than any other

piece of LDS literature, including the Book of Mormon. It outlines and supports the

current church Continuing Education topics and gives official church information.

Impressive and attractive art and visuals are on nearly every page. ENSIGN is available

by subscription and is also online.

       The LDS “catechism,” if one can call it that, is the official book, “Gospel

Principles.” Inexpensively, and in one short book, you can see for yourselves what the

Mormons actually teach officially. Both ENSIGN and “Gospel Principles” are available

on the official LDS website, an even less expensive way to go, and avoids sending money

into Mormon church coffers.

       Both of these resources are called “official” by the LDS church. Why do I

recommend official documents? First, the average Mormon is more likely to be familiar

with them. Second, even though unofficial books and articles may be closer to the actual

beliefs of individual Mormons, unofficial publications are easily discounted in a

discussion with a Mormon. Finally, photocopies of 150-year old LDS documents rarely

seem relevant to a Mormon. You don’t want your witness of Christ sidetracked by the

comment, “I’ve never heard that. They don’t teach that in my Ward.”

       Lutherans have known for hundreds of years that one does not become a Christian

by deciding to follow Jesus or by being rationally convinced in an argument. Christians


are made by baptizing and teaching, when a person hears the Gospel and the Holy Spirit

creates faith within that person. After all, it only makes sense to do evangelism using the

evangel, the Gospel, the Good News about Jesus.

       Let us do evangelism using the evangel, the Holy Gospel. As I mentioned before,

arguing a person into the faith is based upon false theology. Arguing doesn’t usually

work. Even if you win the argument and the Mormon believes you, winning an argument

doesn’t make a Christian. The Gospel used by the Spirit does. So, let’s use the Gospel!

       In sharing the Gospel with Mormons, we would do well to heed St. Paul’s advice

in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (ESV) For though I am free from all, I have made myself a

servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order

to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being

myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21To those outside the law I

became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of

Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22To the weak I became weak, that I

might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save

some. 23I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

       How can we, as Christians, tell the Good News about Jesus to Mormons and have

it sound like Good News in their ears? We first need to realize that although Christians

and Mormons use many of the same words, there are radical differences in the ways those

words are defined.

       For example, consider the statements, “Jesus Christ is God. He is the only-

begotten Son of God, and the Savior.” You and I can communicate because we agree on

what the words mean. You and I believe that Jesus is the divine second person of the


Holy Trinity, being of one substance with the Father. You and I also believe that Jesus

was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus also is our Savior,

meaning that He has saved us from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil,

and that we will be resurrected and have eternal life.

       When a Mormon hears the statements, “Jesus Christ is God. He is the only-

begotten Son of God, and the Savior,” he can say, in all honesty, “I believe that, too.”

What? Well, here’s why. Mormons do believe that Jesus is God. They just happen to

believe that He is a separate, different God than the Father and the Holy Spirit. They

believe Father, Son and Spirit are three Gods united in purpose, but not really One.

Mormons claim that Jesus was not conceived by the Holy Spirit, but by the Father

Himself, “born of a mortal mother and an immortal father” similar to Zeus fathering

Hercules in Greek mythology through an act of physical intercourse. In conclusion, a

“savior” in Mormonese is one who provides for your resurrection. Salvation, in LDS

terminology, is equivalent to resurrection, and nothing more.

       Pastor Cares’ Dictionary of Mormonese in the back of his book is one of the best

tools available for decoding what Mormons are saying. It is also helpful when preparing

our witness. Think about how you would like to share the Gospel with a Mormon. Then,

look up the words you want to use in the dictionary of Mormonese. Try to use words that

won’t be misunderstood or misinterpreted due to an alternate LDS definition. If you can’t

find a good synonym, carefully define your terms before you use them.

       Think about terms that would be easily misunderstood. “Gospel” is one of the

most obvious. Their “catechism” is called “Gospel Principles.” Principles are rules, laws,


ordinances, so their catechism title really means “Gospel Laws.” Is that what the Gospel

is, new laws? No.

       How about Old Testament? The LDS Church Education System urges Mormons

to study the Old Testament in 2002. They don’t just mean Genesis through Malachi. The

Old Testament is to be understood in parallel with Book of Mormon events and, more

significantly, according to the rewritten history of Adam and Eve found in Joseph

Smith’s book called Moses.

       It is appropriate, on some occasions, to translate portions of our message into

Mormonese. Two helpful concepts are heaven and hell. Hell has little meaning in

Mormonism compared to Biblical Christianity. Mormons believe they have missionaries

there to give people a second chance to receive the teachings of Mormonism. If we want

them to think of punishment and an eternity separated from God’s presence, the term

“outer darkness” is the one we need to use. Similarly, “heaven” doesn’t carry all of our

Christian hope with it in the LDS understanding. Instead, we can refer to being “eternally

in the presence of Heavenly Father.”

       Also, it is most helpful to use the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Most

Mormons will refuse to hear anything else. So, quote Bible passages from the King

James, and, use a modern translation of the Bible to better understand those passages


       Now that we have a common background in attitude, the kind of message we

want to present, and some help on how to say it, let me introduce you to three messages

you can share with a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These


three approaches are discussed in Pastor Cares’ book, Speaking the Truth in Love to

Mormons, and are available in the form of tracts for you to give to and discuss with a


       The first tract, The Miracle of Forgiveness, borrows its title from a famous LDS

book by Spencer Kimball. In order to receive forgiveness in Mormonism, a person has to

totally and forever abandon that particular sin. If you slip up and do that one again, it

negates the forgiveness you had. You’re no longer forgiven. Does that sound like a

miracle to you?

       In Mormonism, forgiveness is not free. Yes, they believe Jesus paid our debt of

sin to Heavenly Father. What is different is that the Mormon Jesus says to you, “Will you

receive me as your creditor? I paid off your debt. Now you will pay me back with

interest.” After trying to live with that concept of “forgiveness,” think about how

comforting Hebrews 10:17-18 sounds. “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no

more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.” Wow!

       A Testimony About Jesus Christ will catch a Mormon’s attention just with the

title. Testimonies are usually something like, “I know that this church is true. I know that

Joseph Smith was a true prophet and that Gordon B. Hinckley is our living prophet today.

I know that the Book of Mormon is true because I’ve had the burning in my bosom.”

And, if the person is a child, “I love my mommy and daddy, too.” I’ve sat and listened on

a fast Sunday and heard this same thing over and over again for about 35 minutes. If

that’s what you’ve heard since birth, you can brainwash yourself!

       Testimonies tend to be very emotional and subjective, based on feelings, intuition,

and what the LDS church says, rather than what the Bible says. The tract shares St.


Paul’s testimony from 1 Corinthians 2. “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not

with excellency of speech or wisdom declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I

determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

Objective Truth from God’s Word, the Bible, is a perfect prescription for the malady of

subjective religion.

       Perfection Now is a powerful tract. If you’d like to see how it plays out in

practice, watch the video, Speaking the Truth in Love to Mormons. You can see how a

husband and wife share the Biblical verses in this tract with two Mormon missionaries.

The video is also excellent because of an incredible interview with a former Mormon

woman, now Christian, who struggled with Mormon “forgiveness” and the demands of


       Christians know John 3:16 by heart. An equally popular verse in the LDS church

is Matthew 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is

perfect.” Perfection causes a lot of stress for Mormons. They need to be organized, busy

bees to do all that is necessary for them to do. Utah road signs have a beehive on them.

The word “Deseret,” used for many LDS businesses, is a Book of Mormon word for

honeybee. Seven Covey, LDS himself, wrote The Seven Habits of Highly Effective

People to put Mormonism into practice in your day planner.

       The ultimate goal of such striving to be perfect is what Mormons consider

“salvation,” known as the Doctrine of Eternal Progression. The fifth Mormon President

claimed, “As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become.” This is one of the

many unique teachings of Mormonism. Surprising to many non-Mormons is that these


distinctive teachings, apart from Jesus’ supposed appearance in the Americas, are not

taught in the Book of Mormon.

       With godhood as the ultimate goal, Mormons feel the pressure of trying to

become perfect. Nail them with the law on this. Joseph Smith didn’t change this verse in

the King James. Jesus says, “Be perfect,” not, “Become perfect.” If your boss told you to

be on time, would he be satisfied if you finally got around to it years later? No. Once this

law sinks in, share the Gospel from Hebrews 10:14 (KJV), “For by one offering He hath

perfected forever them that are sanctified,” and Hebrews 10:10 (KJV) “By which will

we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.“

       I pray that Pastor Cares’ Law and Gospel witnessing helps will be a blessing to

you and the Mormons you reach with the Word. And I pray the Spirit will bless your


       When working with Mormons, don’t assume they believe the party line.

Individual Mormons are different. It’s better to ask them what they believe rather than

telling them what they believe. Listen to what they’re struggling with. It’s not impossible

for someone to attend a Mormon ward and still reject most or all of the unique LDS

teachings. Find out what you have in common, theologically, and after you have shared

the true message of the Good News About Jesus, then delve into the more minor issues.

       Don’t be sidetracked by morality. Many Mormon people are very nice, decent,

respectable, friendly, patriotic people. Remember, we aren’t saved by being nice. We’re

saved by what Jesus did for us. Morality isn’t the issue. And, I’m sure you’ve heard the


stories of scandals, divorces, Mormons drinking beer or Mountain Dew, or one ward that

refuses to do anything with another ward. Mormons are human beings. All human beings

are sinners. Therefore, under the veneer, Mormons are sinners, too. They need to hear the

Biblical Law and Gospel just like any other sinner in need of grace. Jesus died for them,

too. Let’s not gossip, but do something more productive with our tongues, telling the

Good News about Jesus to Mormons.

         Sometimes people need to be reminded of the honest differences between

Mormon theology and traditional, Biblical, confessional, Christianity. Both Christians

and Mormons realize that there are differences of belief. Some just don’t care, like

Mormons are no different from Lutherans than the Methodists. We need to remind people

that Truth exists. It’s God’s. And He has revealed it to us in the Bible. Truth matters

because un-truth leads to death, hell, separation from God, and outer darkness. We tell

the Good News about Jesus to people so that they will avoid outer darkness.

         It is important to reach youth early. Give them a solid Lutheran Christian

foundation in the Bible and Small Catechism, and then expose them to the differences

between Mormonism and Christianity. Be patient and answer their questions. Especially

in Wyoming, with 1 in 9 residents of the state being LDS, they need to be prepared. Tell

them about smoking, drugs, sex, and the Mormons. They are all real dangers to our


         Brother pastors have shared with me the importance of an active Christian father

and the faith lived in the home. Children who have grown up Christian, even Lutheran,

only later to convert to Mormonism, often came from families with at least one inactive

parent, or one who was less than enthusiastic when it came to the Christian faith.


Another pastor tracked ten classes of teens confirmed in the eighth grade. None who

came from families with inactive fathers were active members themselves a decade after


       In Green River, the LDS church does a lot to reach, and ultimately convert our

young people. The local high school has an LDS seminary next door that offers release

time classes every hour of the school day. Peer pressure is tough on our youth, especially

if all the “cool” kids are LDS. Also, the seven Mormon wards organize at least one dance

a month. LDS dances add to Mormon influence over our youth. It’s best not to attend.

The Mormon religion has such a strong emphasis on the subjective, including feelings.

Adding dating, teenage hormones, and the blindness of infatuation and love make for a

spiritually dangerous combination.

       Individual and family Bible reading and devotions are part making your family

Mormon-resistant. Pray with your kids, take them to the Divine Service and attend Bible

Class during Sunday School yourself. Don’t just drop them off. Kids watch. If church is

not relevant for you, or isn’t part of your Sunday, or your Monday through Saturday,

you’re just teaching them that Jesus and Church are something they’ll grow out of.

       Pastor Mark Cares, a Lutheran pastor belonging to the Wisconsin Synod, has

produced many resources to accompany his book, Speaking the Truth in Love to

Mormons. In addition to the three tracts I’ve already outlined, there are two guides for

witnessing, similar to Cliff’s Notes, for speaking the truth in love to Mormon members

and Mormon Missionaries. The video that shares the same name as the book is quite eye

opening. A second video, The Prophet from Palmyra, is a respectful, tactful, and truthful


examination of the influences upon Joseph Smith which culminated in his authorship of

the Book of Mormon. It is an excellent alternative to The God Makers.

       Bridges, Helping Mormons Discover God’s Grace, is an excellent five-segment

video series with accompanying workbooks produced by Salt Lake Theological

Seminary. The price for a basic kit is $150. This is a good complement to Pastor Cares’

material, but if I had to recommend one for you to acquire first, it would be Speaking the

Truth in Love to Mormons. Bridges helps explain the LDS culture, current teachings, and

will help us to make easier an ex-Mormon’s transition from Mormonism into Biblical


       I would also like to offer myself as a resource for your congregations and pastors.

Several original tracts for Christians and for Mormons are downloadable from our

website, listed on your handout. I hope to post this presentation online soon.

       Recently, I was appointed as the Wyoming representative for the Inter-District

Resource Committee on Mormonism. The Committee’s mission is to provide good

resources for LCMS pastors and congregations in the districts of the intermountain West,

especially in Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming. We are currently in the

process of revising the Committee’s previously released material and distributing the

LDS “Gospel Principles” book and a Lutheran study guide to pastors new to our districts.

In addition, we are considering setting money aside to provide grants for congregations to

purchase an introductory kit with Speaking the Truth in Love to Mormons resources.

When the revised materials and grants are available, I’ll let Wyoming pastors and

congregations know through a letter or the District newsletter.


           I would also like to bring to your attention some helpful online resources for

reaching Mormons with the Good News about Jesus, listed on your handout.
Our own Synodical publishing house produces the succinct and popular “How to
Respond” series as well as the text, “The Religious Bodies of America,” the Bible study,
“One God, Many Gods,” and other helpful witnessing resources.            Or, if the link is broken, call 1 800-944-1722
Bethany is a bookstore of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, in fellowship with WELS (the
synod that produced Speaking the Truth in Love to Mormons) and gave our congregation
a bulk discount when ordering Pastor Cares’ book.
This official website has current versions of their “catechism,” Gospel Principles, and an
online version of their monthly magazine, ENSIGN. It is generally a waste of time to
quote “unofficial” books, articles, or websites since LDS members are taught to ignore
and disbelieve them, especially when Christians use them to support an argument.
The Tanners’ online presence has a bookstore and helpful articles and resources.
“Mormonism—Shadow or Reality?” is a classic, full of historical documents.
Pastor Mark Cares (WELS) is continuing the work of his book and videos with this web
presence. There is nothing else like it online!         
Our congregational website has sermons, a sample video sermon, Bible Studies, book
recommendations, links, and resources for witnessing to Mormons. Two tracts are
currently available. Several other items are in the works.
This website has the entire English text of the 1921 translation of the Lutheran
Confessions. The Book of Concord includes the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the
Athanasian Creed, the Augsburg Confession, the Apology {Defense) of the Augsburg
Confession, the Smalcald Articles, the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope,
the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord.
Salt Lake Theological Seminary is not Lutheran, but their BRIDGES program can be a
blessing to us. I would recommend purchasing (or borrowing) it after your congregation
acquires “Speaking the Truth in Love to Mormons.”
SLTS is thrilled to announce that the Bridges Training Series has been accepted for national publication and distribution by
Serendipity House (, one of the country's largest distributors of Christian educational material. From


early next year and beyond, the Bridges start-up training package (complete video set, Facilitator's Training Guide and one Bridge
Builder Workbook) will be sold for $195 by Serendipity House.
The seminary is offering this same set of materials directly to selected individuals for a
special price of $149, while supplies last. To take advantage of this special offer, visit
our web site at Workbook prices remain the same.

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           In addition to these resources, materials from CPH are available in our

Convocation Bookstore. Also, we have available some of each of Pastor Cares’ Speaking

the Truth in Love to Mormons materials as well.

           You may have noticed that I haven’t said much in my presentation about Joseph

Smith and his scandals, Brigham Young or the other Presidents of the LDS church, or the

Book of Mormon and other so-called LDS “scriptures.” Our focus is presenting the good

news about Jesus in a way that sounds like Good News and how we can avoid putting

stumbling blocks in an individual Mormon’s way. For these reasons, I discourage the use

of The God Makers books and videos. They have been very popular in Christian circles,

but unfortunately, when they speak the truth, it is not done lovingly, and is often done for

shock value. That turns me off and turns Mormons off as well. Such an approach may

help us win an argument, but it would be a hindrance to sharing Jesus’ true Gospel with


           To wrap up this lecture part of my presentation, I wish to share with you, 1 Peter

3:13-18. St. Peter would commend your presence at today’s convocation to be better

prepared to share your hope in Christ. In addition, he calls us to share that hope in

gentleness and respect.


        1 Peter 3:13-18 (ESV) Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for

what is good? 14But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be

blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15but in your hearts regard Christ the

Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a

reason for the hope that is in you; 16yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good

conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in

Christ may be put to shame. 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be

God's will, than for doing evil. 18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for

the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made

alive in the spirit…

       Other Questions & Answers

       God bless your telling of the Good News About Jesus to Mormons and others!

Let us pray to the Lord.

O almighty, everlasting God, through Your only Son, our blessed Lord, You commanded
us to pray for our enemies, to do good to those who hate us, and to pray for those who
persecute us. Since Mormons who believe the teachings of the LDS church show by their
confession that they are enemies of the Gospel of Christ, we therefore earnestly beseech
You that by Your gracious visitation Mormons may be led to true repentance, hear the
Biblical Gospel of Christ, may have the same love toward us as we have toward them,
and be of one accord and of one mind and heart with us and Your whole Church; through
Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now
and forever. Amen.


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