A recent new convert in our ward shared his testimony and conversion story recently. He observed that once he joined the Church, he got lots of strange questions from his friends in high school (mostly seniors, I think). One of the questions was, “Don’t you guys believe in something about golden marbles in a bag?” Yes, that’s it – Joseph Smith and the famous golden marbles in a bag.
Ignorance can be costly. Much more harmful than confusing gold plates with golden marbles is the issue of our basic religious orientation. The reason I object to the constant denials of our Christianity is not because I’m so anxious to be accepted in the same club as Protestants or Catholics, but because I desire to follow Jesus Christ, and desire to have other sincere seekers of Christ know where to find His restored Gospel.
To me it does matter when other ministers tell their congregations that we are not Christian. Not because I’m bothered by name calling, but because people will be deceived and scared away from the very thing they may be seeking – Jesus Christ and His restored Gospel. The tactic of calling us non-Christian and especially a “cult” is deliberated intended to close people’s mind and frighten them when they meet Mormons. And that does more than offend me with name-calling: it blinds good people to the truth and can ultimately deprive them of the happiness and great blessings that the Gospel brings.
We are Christians, we do strive to follow Jesus Christ, the same Jesus Christ in the Bible, and imperfect as we are, we are happy to share the good news that the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in our days. Come and see!