Today, while waiting for Thing 1 and Thing 2, er, the children, to exit their orthodontist appointment, I was privy to an interesting conversation between three young men.
Two were Mormon, and the third appeared to be investigating Mormonism. I’m not sure. I swear, they were NOT more than 17, of course the older I get, the younger everyone else gets. Perhaps the most vocal and VERY LOUDEST of the three was getting ready to depart on his mission. Again, don’t know. They were not official missionaries, because EVERYONE knows how to spot those poor suckers.
These three were in short and T-shirts.
Brother Vocal said many things in the time I was listening to their conversation (and don’t accuse me of eavesdropping, because they were LOUD. Just give me credit for NOT jumping into the middle of it!), but the one that sticks out the most is one I hear over and over again.
The Mormon Church is the fastest growing religion in the world.
NOT! Even the official Mormon Church does not make this claim, and yet it is repeated by members over and over and over.
I wanted to jump up and tell Brother Vocal that he was DEAD wrong, but these WERE teenaged boys, after all. Too much eye-rolling makes me go into seizures, and you can bet there would have been eye-rolling galore if I had stepped in.
What I wonder is, SHOULD NOT the young who are vocal about their religion, KNOW THE TRUTH? Where are they GETTING THEIR INFORMATION? MTV? Get it? MTV=Mormon TV? Oh, never mind.
Anyway, he recounted quite a few sad little myths, but the one thing he kept doing, over and over, was reciting the FLAWS of the other religions. He claimed that Buddhism was created so the Chinese government could control the Chinese people. Considering that Buddhism is based on the teachings of Buddha Siddhartha Gautama, who incidentally is from India, I’m a bit worried about Brother Vocal’s intelligence.
I know, I know, he’s young, but if you are going to scream from the rooftops about something that you believe is true, SHOULDN’T YOU HAVE YOUR FACTS semi-straight?
One thing that his young friend/potential convert picked up was that he had absolutely NO knowledge of the Bible. Young Friend kept pointing out Bible verses and Brother Vocal was totally stumped. And the other guy? He must have been window dressing. He didn’t say too much.
Some of the other nuggets?
“Some people think Mormons are arrogant, but what you need to understand is that we are not arrogant, we are confident. We know we have the only true thing.”
“Those Catholics did the same things the Chinese people, did, too. They just don’t talk about it much.”
“The Book of Mormon is true, and all you have to do is pray about it. You will know it’s true after that. I promise you that.”
Okay. So, how did it end?
Brother Vocal drove off in one car, Friend in another, and I have no idea.
But it was interesting….