I was encouraged by this video of a Mormon missionary coming to Christ; and my wife and I have been trying to share with Mormon missionaries over the last couple of years.
I also enjoyed Ravi preaching at the Mormon tabernacle, and found his approach was to build bridges and find agreement but leave them with the question ‘Have you got the Son?’ (sorry for the spoiler):
The more you look into their doctrine the more you realize just how much Joseph Smith added to the Bible. In their ‘quad’ (King James Version, Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrines and the Covenants) They read the KJV so our approach has been to simply ask ‘what do they do with contradictions between the KJV and the Book of Mormon’ in 3 key areas
Who is God
Who is Jesus
What is the Gospel
(these are from Jeff Durbin videos)
Some important areas where their doctrine has departed from orthodoxy is:
The atonement of Christ was for universal resurrection. Works based salvation is ‘exaltation’ to godhood; trying to reach 3 different levels of Heaven.
You can discuss topics such as justice; we used the example of Hitler as the epitome of evil; and asked if universal resurrection is the case; How does God carry out justice. ‘Is Christ now still interceding for Hitler?’.
I’ve had a good response showing this diagram and asking what they think of it. At least two said, yeah, that’s really cool and started think through it. Biblical Gift of Eternal Life-1.pdf (1.7 MB)
One of the most important things I’ve learnt is the young missionaries are only 19-22 year olds; and so it’s really important to show Christ’s love as the highest priority and I personally find it hard to know what not to say; as most of the time I have to hold back from just throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at them. Some of these doctrines they’ve not heard of themselves, so I ask ‘here is what your doctrine teaches, what do you personally believe?’. This helps to reach individuals for Christ, and avoids just assuming they all believe the same thing.
The thing we think about is to just rest in the fact that you are sowing seeds, and you personally won’t see the results of it. It might be that these thoughtful conversations are the start of them searching for themselves exactly Who Jesus is.
Just some thoughts… Prayer is the most important thing while sharing; only the Holy Spirit can open their eyes.