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Andrew Rogers said in June 30th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Great review, Shaun!

I’ve “seen” Latayne around blogs today, so I encourage you to ask her a specific question. She’s happy to answer.

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Latayne C Scott said in June 30th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Shaun, I am deeply grateful for your review. You were so thorough.

Did the reading of my book leave you with any unanswered questions about Mormonism?

Thank you and bless you.

Latayne C Scott
http://www.latayne.com

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Shaun Tabatt said in June 30th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Here’s a question for Latayne. What are the three most important things Christians can do for the Mormons they come into contact with?

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Latayne C Scott said in June 30th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

There are three things, and they’re all associated. One is to make sure you know your Bible well so that you are not persuaded to make your own assessments of what seems reasonable or attractive in a religion. The second is to be able to show a Mormon that you are satisfied and at peace with your God. And the third thing is to be able to articulate that, proactively, offering to help the Mormon find the satisfaction that you have.

I say that because Mormons are trained to put others on the defensive, posing questions that most Christians aren’t Biblically prepared to answer. And, when I was a Mormon, I assumed that all Christians secretly were unhappy and needed the LDS gospel to be happy. How surprised I was to learn the opposite.

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James said in July 1st, 2009 at 7:27 am

Latayne,

I suggest that your former perception of non-LDS Christians as being “secretly unhappy” was not a product of something the LDS Church taught you. As a Mormon myself, I am confident that individuals in every religious tradition have found much peace and satisfaction in their faith.

There is a difference between believing that the LDS gospel can better one’s life, and believing that all are secretly unhappy without it.

As for your three suggestions, they seem pretty good to me.

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Shaun Tabatt said in July 1st, 2009 at 8:42 am

James,

Thank you for your comment. While I can’t speak specifically for Latayne, it seems within the realm of possibility that she was taught folks outside of the LDS tradition are “secretly unhappy”. Chances are that her experiences some 30 years ago and your experiences today in the Mormon Church will probably vary at least a bit. As far as the LDS gospel goes, it is possible that embracing the LDS gospel and becoming a part of the Mormon Church may “better one’s life” and offer some temporal benefits. Temporal benefits aside, if the LDS gospel is unable to deliver on the eternal promises it makes, it is all for nothing. An uncertain eternity seems like a steep price to pay for a “happy”, but deceived life.

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James said in July 1st, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Hi Shaun. The LDS experience certainly isn’t the same for every Mormon. Just as with every faith tradition, ours is one with a broad spectrum of diverse views. I’ve no doubt that some LDS actually do believe that every non-LDS is secretly unhappy. I’ve also no doubt that some Protestants (I assume that is what you are) actually do believe that every non-Protestant is secretly unhappy.

That being said, I’m unaware of any authoritative statements by LDS leaders to that effect. We recognize that truth can be found in all faith traditions, and that it brings much happiness and joy to it’s adherents.

As for your comments regarding the potential eternal consequences to LDS if the case be that the LDS message is false, I simply disagree with the premise (of course). This probably isn’t the right place to dive into this discussion, but I sense that even were one to strip away those elements of Mormonism which are incompatible with mainstream Christianity, we would still find a basic set of beliefs which God would find acceptable. As Joseph Smith once said, a man is never condemned for believing too much.

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Shaun Tabatt said in July 1st, 2009 at 8:37 pm

James,

Thank you for your constructive follow up comment. You are right in your assumption that we both come at these types of issues from a different set of premises. Also, you correctly identified that my previous response implies that I believe the LDS message to be false. I’m afraid you’d have to strip away an awful lot of Mormonism to make it compatible with Christianity. In fact, I think you’d just have to put down Mormonism all together because it offers a false gospel. (See Gal. 1:6-9) Also, I disagree with your final quote. While a man may believe something with all his heart, if what he believes is false, he could very well be on the path to eternal condemnation without even realizing it.

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James said in July 2nd, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Well, if you’re interested in chatting about Gal 1:6-9 I’d be happy to! Perhaps you could write a post about it, or we could just simply exchange emails about it.

All the best!
lehislibrary@gmail.com

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Shaun Tabatt said in July 3rd, 2009 at 10:17 am

James,

Thanks for yet another response. I’ll throw Gal 1:6-9 in my idea bucket for an upcoming post. Have a great 4th of July weekend!

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[…] On the most recent episode of the Connected Kingdom Podcast, David Murray speaks with Latayne C. Scott about her book The Mormon Mirage: A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today (Zondervan, 2009).  You can listen to this episode of Connected Kingdom here:  LINK. I had the privilege of writing a review for The Mormon Mirage back in 2009.  You can read my review here:  LINK. […]