I am LDS and I know the Book of Mormon is true. I have a brother and sister that try and convince other family that it is not true. What do I do? ~ Dear Miss Mormon

Monday, December 8, 2014

I am LDS and I know the Book of Mormon is true. I have a brother and sister that try and convince other family that it is not true. What do I do?

Dear friend,
 Let me just set this stage for you:

I was sitting outside in a backyard at a table, across from me sat a very smug and confident man with a manila envelope sitting between us in the middle of the table that seemed to be smiling almost as smugly as the man. I came thinking he wanted to learn more about the Book of Mormon and the good news we had to share with him, to strengthen his faith and help him find greater joy; but he had other ideas for our discussion. He quickly explained the rules to our conversation, I was not allowed to pray, only he could, and I could not share anything from the Book of Mormon. He then explained that I was on trial, and the only evidence I could use was the 36 pages of false information he had found on the internet and so kindly packaged in a clean, flat manila envelope--the very envelope in front of me. With the rules stated he sat back and offered me the floor to "state my case".

At least you had the stage set for you, here I thought I was outside at a picnic table, instead I was immediately thrust into a courtroom to stand before my judge and jury...talk about whiplash.

I'm sure the well-meaning man thought he had me, that I had been stripped of all my resources and would be forced to cry 'uncle'. I think he expected an open and shut case, the defendant takes the plea deal, no need for cross-examination and we would even be out by lunch.

Little did he know he had a modern day Perry Mason sitting across from him, and there was no shaking in my boots.

I know what its like to have people try to persuade you and others that your faith is ill-founded

I know how hard it is not stand up, shake your fist, and cry: "blasphemy!"

It may seem when all evidence is laid out, the witnesses have been questioned and testimonials been given that you stand alone stammering "I felt the spirit tell me it was true".

Something I learned that day at that picnic table-turned court room, was that there is power in a testimony.
People can't argue with your spiritual experiences and they can't take them away. They are yours to either hold dear or to forget, to draw strength from or discard; and no one can argue with a personal, spiritual experience.

Your job is not to convince with facts and statistics, historical timelines or breaking news research, your job is to live the gospel and let those who are open to it, be drawn to your light.
Try not to worry about what your family may say, focus on living your life so that when others see you, they see what you believe.

With much love,
Miss Mormon


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