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Ministering to Mormons in Utah Day 6

Friday July 6, 2012:  Again we tried to do a free car wash and this time the weather cooperated.  We had a handful of customers and some great conversations.  I had two that stood out.  One was with a LDS restaurant owner who volunteered at rest homes to give the last rites.  We spoke briefly about grace before his car was done.  I tried to leave him with the truth and a crack in his worldview foundation.

Another gentleman couldn’t believe we were giving free car washes.  I explained we were doing this to serve the community and to share the love of Jesus.  He said he was LDS.  We discussed the issue of the Book of Mormon and the lack of archeological evidence.  He said the LDS church had a special vault in Salt Lake City where they kept the sword of Nephi and other artifacts.  They kept the evidence locked up so they wouldn’t get stolen.  I said this practice was highly unusual because Biblical artifacts are freely displayed and they help establish the historical reliability of the Biblical record.  These artifacts in the vault would help the Book of Mormon.  And I asked why they don’t use them to lend historical support. He said he didn’t know.

I then began to talk about the burden of Mormonism.  I asked if he had assurance of reaching the highest possible heaven according to the teachings of the church.  He said he was working on it.  He then said he was trying to live by all the commandments.  I asked him how he was doing and he said not so well.  I told him in the Bible God said he needs to be perfect.  Matthew 5:48 “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  1 Peter he wrote something similar: 1 Peter 1:14-16 (NASB) As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” 

I asked are you following the commandments perfectly.  He said no.  I then shared why we need a savior.  Jesus lived the life we were supposed to live.  He lived a sinless life and then went to the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.  He did what we could never do.  I said because of Jesus I have assurance of being in the highest heaven with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

As he was leaving I challenged him to read Matthew and 1 Peter.  He said he’d look into it.  He seemed extremely interested in what I had to say.  It was a great conversation!

On our last evening in Salt Lake City we met with Rob Silvulka and his family.  He invited the team over for dinner.  Rob currently is the president of Courageous Christians United–a ministry that reaches out to all sorts of cults, false religions and philosophies. His mission work is primarily street preaching to the LDS.  Rob also runs a web site called Mormoninfo.com.  I enjoyed my interactions with Rob.

It was a great evening of relaxing and sharing stories of our week.  I told the group the week was like fishing in a hatchery.  It was so easy to get into a spiritual conversation with people who are out to convert you to their religion.  All you had to do was to be friendly, ask questions, and soon you would be talking about Jesus.  It was great!  I loved the entire week!

Temple Square from the roof of the Conference Center

 

Saturday July 7, 2012:  After a quick breakfast we drove the 13 hours back to Escondido.  All of us had special memories of the week.  We were now headed back to an environment where it is difficult to get into spiritual conversations; we are going to have to work much harder.  Looking back, our hope is through the power of the Holy Spirit, God will use our conversations and friendly demeanor to convict the hearts and minds of the LDS we spoke with.  We share and God saves.  Lord thank you for letting us participate in your plan.

Steve Bruecker

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