Sunday, August 07, 2005
Recently I had the pleasant surprise of meeting an ex-Mormon in the halls of an LDS building who appears to be on his way back. He asked for his name to be removed a few years ago and wanted no further contact with his family. It was painful, but we respected his wish and stopped the visits. Contrary to what one might assume after listening to some antis, we did not "love bomb" him or send a stream of people over to bring them back. But we did and still do love him and his family, and were friendly and cordial when we occasionally met. I don't know the reasons for the change, but what a wonderful change it is to see him coming back with his family. I know some wonderful people who have been tempted with leaving the Church at difficult times in their lives, or who did leave or were excommunicated, and yet came back. And even those who leave and don't come back, like David Whitmer, may still stay true to key parts of their testimony and faith. Don't give up hope for those who leave. Respect their wishes, but continue to minister if they will allow it, and always be available as a friend in spite of religious differences. People do change. Even current antis, like the famous anti once called Saul, can become pillars of faith. Don't give up hope.
Posted by Jeff Lindsay at 5:05 PM