I mentioned on Facebook that we had a fresh set of missionaries over last Friday. They called kind of out of the blue and since they were both new they noticed our name on the “board” and wanted to touch base. We of course asked them to come over! After a few delays, we scheduled a Friday evening meeting and they arrived on schedule. What was a little different was the (much) older man who was accompanying them, the local mission President.
Dealing with a mission President is a far different matter. Unlike the younger missionaries, he has many years of experience in dealing with questions and was quite slippery. In fact, during much of the conversation you would have thought he was an orthodox Christian believer because he has mastered the ability to affirm truths of the Bible. What is difficult about it is that I know that the mormon church means something completely different but it was hard to pin him down. I recognize that his answers were a mix of dishonesty and evasion but in a limited time it was hard to really dig in. An interesting challenge, it was mostly interaction with him and one of the missionaries. The other guy didn’t say a word and mostly just played with one of our cats for an hour and a half.
So that was interesting but now those same two missionaries are coming over tonight. They seemed a little lost last week. Maybe it was having the mission president accompanying them. Anyway, these two are something of a blank slate. We have typically had at least one missionary each night who had been there before, so now we have two fresh guys who we haven’t worked with. I am looking forward to really digging into some stuff tonight but keeping it narrowly focused. Since the mission president was quick to affirm everything I was saying, perhaps tonight I will ask why they have a separate church. If you already agree with everything I say, just come be part of a Christian church. That will give us the opportunity to talk about the priesthood and prophets. You can be sure I will be busting out Hebrews 1: 1-2 if we go that way!