In our recent Stake Conference, we heard from a local man who used to be a drummer in a Christian rock band, and has long been a big fun of rap and heavy metal. He has made many personal sacrifices to join the Church and live the covenants of the Gospel more fully, including his recent personal efforts to enhance his musical preferences. What caught my ear especially was his story of coming to a family gathering to find the box of an anti-Mormon video on his parent’s kitchen table. They and others in his family then confronted him, blasting at Latter-day Saint religion with numerous arguments that he as a fresh new convert was not prepared to rebut. This grilling went on for about six hours, and he was given a choice: he had to choose between his family and Mormonism. Well, he’s done his best to accept both, but his experience is too familiar to many LDS converts, especially when friends and relatives are stirred up in a frenzy of anger by the distortions of typical anti-Mormon literature and videos. It’s so sad how something so wholesome can be reviled and made to seem so evil.
If people would attend a few LDS meetings, they might be able to see through some of the revolting propaganda that is put out in a number of popular works about the Mormons. They would see that we do believe in Christ as our Savior, teach wholesome values, worship God, and rarely if ever conspire to take over the world (I’d be happy if we could just get New Jersey).
Another friend of mine in this area has received a great deal of grief from her family about joining the Church. One weekend she went to her mother’s house to find her mother intently watching General Conference on the local community channel. Her mother, impressed with the speakers but not knowing that she was listening to Mormons, told her LDS daughter that she ought to be listening to preachers like those men on the television instead of the Mormons. When the daughter quietly pointed out that they were Mormons, the mother just turned off the TV and changed the subject. That didn’t end the religious misunderstandings, but it does illustrate one important point: before you believe some of the things people say we do and teach, it might be helpful to drop by or tune in and see for yourself. Mormon.org has a feature to help you find LDS meetings in your area. Give it a try!