I need your help. The nice Mormon missionaries dropped by my house again, though at an inconvenient time that kept our meeting short (convenient enough for me!). However, we made an appointment for next Wednesday at 5pm.
On one hand, I am genuinely interested in their beliefs and tradition, both from a religious perspective and a sociological perspective – I’m fascinated by the Mormons. Yet, on the other hand, I have to get them to stop coming to my house. Here are some ideas:
- The keep blowing them off option: Every time I see the Mormons coming down the sidewalk, I can pinch my daughter so she is screaming when they come to the door. Or, I could simply not be home when we’ve scheduled a meeting. And of course, there is the generic, "Gosh, this is not a good time right now. Please come back later." But this is unlikely to work.
- The you’re-wasting-your-freakin’-time option: "Thanks for coming by my house, but we’re dedicated to our Lutheran church. My wife is a Lutheran pastor, and the daughter, niece (three times!) and grand-daughter of Lutheran pastors. I’m a seminary graduate preparing to be a Lutheran pastor. We love the Lutheran Church, and we ain’t switching. Sorry."
- The you-believe-that? option: "Thanks for coming by my house, but I really do not believe that Jesus came to the Americas, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that the Book of Mormon or other revelations of Joseph Smith are the Word of God. Nor do I believe that I’ve already had a pre-mortal life, or that this life is a result of my pre-mortal acceptance of God’s plan. Baptism is for the living, not for the dead. I like wine with my communion and coffee with my breakfast."
I am appreciative for the reflection these Mormon missionaries have provoked in me about faith and life, but it’s time to end this relationship.
Yup. I need to dump the Mormons. Any advice would be much appreciated.