Witnessing here at the Nauvoo Visitors Center, or anywhere else I have witnessed over the years, I've always found one thing truly missing from the Mormon person that I have been witnessing to: Love. Witnessing, especially with knowledge of Mormon false teachings, will normally generate elevated levels of emotion in the Mormon; sometimes this emotion will reach high levels of anger.
Very often witnessing conversations end by the Mormon making an exit with a statement like: "We'll just wait and see who's right!" What truly sad words. From my perspective, I don't believe Mormonism is a false religion - I know it! I have done the research. I have studied the origins and history of Mormonism to a level perhaps 1 in 10,000 Mormons have ever gone. I know Mormonism is a false religion because the evidence is irrefutable and overwhelming. So, to hear a Mormon walk away saying, "We'll just wait and see," breaks my heart. I know if something doesn't happen in their life, they'll die in their sin and spend eternity separated from a Holy God
The second thing about them walking away with such a statement is: "Hey, what about me?" I will always give my contact information and say to the Mormon that I am witnessing to, "Call me. Email me. I'm always available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your eternity is worth my time." Never, ever, have I had a Mormon reciprocate that offer. Never! Jesus said in Mark 16:15 "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Aren't I an "every creature" of this earth? If the Mormon Church is the only true church on the face of the earth, as it claims of itself, aren't I worth the Mormon's time as well? The answer is: NO!
Here are a couple of emails that have come into us here at the Center and one of my responses. No matter how nice, logical or reasonable the answer to these, the responses from Mormon's can sometimes be venomous.
An email with the subject line: Web site.
I read some of the articles on your web site. They are typical anti Mormon propaganda, which I guess would be expected of a sincere misguided person.
I seriously question your claim of being Christian when you include a complete summary of a "temple endowment" recorded without consent by a dishonest person. Although you could not be expected to really understand such a thing, it obviously is something very sacred to the Mormon people.
When I visit Nauvoo next week, I will be sure an bypass your visitor center. You would have nothing worth seeing.
It must really burn you that inspite of your best effort, and those of your like minded friends, the Mormon faith spreads slowly and steadily throughout the world.
Your fate will be a scriptural one in the end... "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matt
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An email with the subject line: Still Confused?
I DON'T believe your DIRTY anti-Mormon LOAD-OF-CRAP - It's garbage!
Like John said, "No LIE is of the TRUTH." Does this include telling FILTHY anti-Mormon LIES?
If it makes you feel any better, I would not be a Mormon either if I were as stupid as you. You can't keep telling DIRTY anti-Mormon LIES and expect reasonable people to believe you. Rest assured, there is lots of intelligent Christians who are not LDS that disagree with everything you do. You do NOT represent all of Christianity.
Is this a good time to do an idol worshipers "Alter-call" and recite your non-biblical LOSERS prayer?
I was born and raised in the Mormon Church - 6th generation on Dad's side, 4th on Mom's. If Mormonism is true, I need to know; if it's not true, you need to know. You made several statements that the material on our old website, we've recently become the Directors of the Nauvoo Christian Visitors Center, was "FILTHY anti-Mormon LIES." Would you be kind enough to point them out, so that I may see the error of my information and correct it? Our phone number is 512-238-8693 I'm available to answer any and all questions you may have - will you reciprocate that Christian offer to me?
In His service and yours,
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A VERY NICE EMAIL IN RESPONSE TO THE JUNE 2006 "VOICE OF TRUTH":
Dear Rocky and Helen -
Thank you for your ministry.
After reading the apology about possibly missing something or not getting things done in a timely manner, and the negative letter objecting to asking for funds to get the job done I felt your supporters needed to hear from someone who has seen you in action and can testify to your efforts.
Rocky and Helen came to my local area and gave an excellent presentation about Mormon teachings versus Bible teachings, and the faulty foundation and conclusions of Mormonism. I am sure Rocky and Helen would be pleased to be invited to many more areas to give their presentation and testimony.
I also observed Rocky in Iowa City, IA at a seminar held as part of a weekend celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Mormon handcart trek. Rocky was hoping there would be the opportunity to publicly ask questions after the seminar about the false prophecy that caused the trek. There was no public opportunity but Rocky did go to at least two speakers privately to talk about the false prophecy. I was very favorably impressed with the way Rocky handled himself. He obviously wants to reach out to Mormons in love and truth to help them find the Jesus of the Bible so they can be truly free and saved.
If you want someone who will stand up for the truth of the Bible and bear a strong witness to a people who believe a lie and work hard to bring others to believe the lie, then support this ministry.
You also need to educate yourself. 2 Tim 2:15, 1 Pet 3:15.
If you don't care about truth and saving people for the Jesus of the Bible then do nothing and more people will believe the lies and receive eternal damnation. Mark
Iowa City, IA