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Editor's Note: I bought this book for fifty cents at the Auction at the FAIR Conference in 2012. I really like it. It might be written for a time that will never return, but the principles are eternal. I have tried to find it online to buy other copies, but without much success. I will continue that effort. Please find the front and back cover, the Table of Contents and a complete Chapter 4 below which should give you some idea of what Brother Anderson is trying to accomplish with his book.
1 Love Your Minister Neighbor 1
2 To Have Clergy Friends, Be One 3
3 How to Start Clergy Communications 6
4 Unkind Feelings 9
5 How Can We Share So They Enjoy It? 12
6 What Do Mormons Have That We Don't 14
7 Rev. Jim, Why Do You Feel Unkind Toward LDS? 17
8 Is the Millennium Near? 20
9 The Golden Rule in Action 23
10 LDS Sermons From a Protestant Pulpit? 26
11 On Whose Side Am I? 29
12 Minister's Children Join LDS Church 33
13 Parallel Positions to Protestant Points 36
14 Impossible to Know How He Did It? 39
15 How Did the Book of Mormon get Printed? 42
16 How Can I Believe the Book of Mormon? 45
17 Similarities between the Apostle Paul and Joseph Smith 48
18 Living Prophets 52
19 A Prophet, Key to Sacrifice 55
20 Who Is of the Apostasy? 58
21 Who Has the Lord's Gifts? 61
22 Temple Wedding - Parents Excluded 63
23 The Endowment -A Gift of Understanding 66
24 Do Mormons Believe In a Physical God? 70
25 Mormons Become God? 73
26 Do Missionaries Steal Sheep? 76
27 Are Mormons Devious Friends? 79
28 Church of Christ or Cult of Satan? 81
29 Hypocrisy -The Dreaded Disease of Religious Leaders 85
30 Christ Centered or Self Centered? 88
31 A Burden on My Shoulders 91
32 The Golden Rule 94
Chapter 4: UNKIND FEELINGS
Our son-in-law, Fred, had been raised in a family in which the father was a Protestant minister for twenty-five years, so Fred understood how ministers react to their LDS neighbors. Years later Fred invited me to speak at a Tucson, Arizona Stake High Priestfs fireside on the subject of gHow LDS offend their religious neighbors.h
It frightened me as I wrote down the many things that I knew of that are offensive, especially when LDS are seldom aware of offending and seldom consider changes. Perhaps it would be helpful if LDS could see themselves through ministersf eyes. Then they would be aware of some of these problems that ministers have expressed to me:
1. RESPECT: Mormons seldom show respect or express appreciation to ministers for their tremendous contribution to Christian faith and behavior in our communities.
2. COMMUNICATION: LDS leaders rarely communicate with other church leaders. Any relationship – family, business, church – without communication usually has trouble.
3. FRIENDS: Mormons donft seem interested in making friends with ministers. Usually any contact is seen as an opportunity to proselyte, brag or bash – not to make friends.
4. PROSELTIZING: This word is loathsome to many clergymen. To them it is plain esheep stealing,f not sharing faith and love or giving answers.
5. BRAGGING: With excitement Mormons tell of their successful church programs – youth, welfare, missionary, etc. To those who donft want to hear it, that is plain bragging.
6. BASHING: Mormons eagerly discuss their erational theology,h well supported by scripture. Defending beliefs of faith often becomes an unpleasant bash.
7. SUPERIORITY: Claims of enew truthf from Heaven and the eFullness of the Gospelf are perceived as an attitude of superiority and elooking down the nosef at them.
8. NEW SCRIPTURES: Most churches feel their foundation of truth and authority is found in the Bible. To admit enew scripturef is like breaking up their foundation.
9. DIVINE AUTHORITY: Mormon claims to eexclusive authorityf in the Lordfs ownf church tends to make them feel second class and unacceptable to the Lord in their service.
10. RESTORATION: If Mormons have the Lordfs original church restored, what do they have?
11. LIVING PROPHETS: If anyone does not follow living prophets they are in trouble.
12. ATTACKS: When ministers give their heart and soul to serve the Lord the best they know, how can anyone say they donft teach the truth or donft have the Lordfs authority?
13. LANGUAGE: Each religion gives unique meanings to words and expressions which limit understanding of each other to some degree.
14. DOCTRINAL CHASMS: LDS are inclined to magnify differences which tend to choke off understanding rather than build bridges from similarities.
15. EXCLUDING: Non-member parents cannot view temple weddings of their own LDS family. This is a festering, ongoing source of resentment.
16. CLICKISHNESS: Much Mormon conversation is about their church since their church touches all dimensions of their lives. Non-members can feel left out and isolated.
17. UNPAID CLERGY: It is irritating when an unpaid Bishop and volunteer staff perform as well as a paid minister and professional staff.
18. COMMITMENT: LDS acceptance of and commitment to a call such as a call to be a bishop or missionary amazes and frustrates other church leaders who would like to see similar commitment among their members.
19. MONEY: Perceived Mormon wealth with churches paid for and many tithe payers is an envy to many who donft have it.
20. LOVE: Ministers hope the gospel proclaimed by LDS – love of neighbor, the golden rule and charity, the true love of Christ – will be more evident in LDS actions toward them.
The list can go on and on when there are unkind feelings and ill will. What can LDS do? Love them. Love them and communicate with them. The Lord gave all of us that commandment. It will solve the problems. With a little concern and preparation each of these irritations can be easily softened to promote goodwill and understanding.