Annual Meeting with the missionaries

For the past several years I have met with missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My family and friends always ask me why I do this. I’m a protestant Christian of the Methodist line of theology and I’m in ministry to boot. What do I have to gain from these yearly meetings?

Well, I have a lot to gain and think the missionaries do to. When the new missionaries serving in Currituck (our home base county) reached out to me a week ago for this years meeting I was thrilled. Let me tell you some of the reasons why.

We don’t have all the answers

I don’t believe God gave any one man or woman in ministry the answers to the universe. We all have bits and pieces of the story, hearing and learning from each other is important to our growth as disciples of Jesus Christ. Today we meet via zoom due to COVID restrictions, but we had probably the best meeting I’ve ever had with the missionaries.

Another reason for meeting with the missionaries is that I have great respect for their mission, and their willingness to knock on doors. Christian’s of many faiths have moved away from the age old practice of knocking on doors and sharing the Peace of Jesus Christ. These young missionaries by thousands continue this practice. COVID has caused many of their meetings to be virtual but the point is the same. It’s all about effort.

Follow-up with the missionaries

We are going to zoom again in the next several weeks so I can share my thought on the Book of Mormon. Last years missionaries gave me a copy of the Book of Morman and asked if I would read. I think they give a number of books out that never get read. When they came back for a second visit last year they seemed surprised I had actually read it.

Are they Mormons?

In August of 2018 (if I have this right) the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brought an end to members being called or referred to as Mormons. Russell M. Nelson, the church’s president, said that God had “impressed upon my mind the importance of the name he has revealed for his church.” Church members should no longer call themselves Mormons, or even use the shorthand L.D.S., the church announced. The Book of Mormon retains its title.

Looking ahead

We will meet via zoom again in a few weeks and discuss my thoughts on the Book of Mormon. Isn’t it great that another denomination would be interested in what others have to say? I would venture to say that all denominations should give thought to that. I have.