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A long-time member of FAIR, Mike Parker, addresses a variety of questions related to apologetics and gospel learning: Where should gospel teaching begin? To what extent should teachers bring up and address troubling historical or doctrinal issues? Should missionaries tell investigators about such issues before they are baptized? What should be the goal of a Gospel Doctrine teacher or missionary? How can a faithful member navigate the challenges that are posed by difficult doctrinal, historical or political issues? Mike provides his insight on this issues and many others.
It was good to get to know you better, Mike.
Good stuff Mike. I appreciate your comments and your thoughts.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I particularly liked the following quote:
“When I know by the spirit that the gospel is true, and I do, then it’s a matter of simply being flexible and not setting rigid expectations of how the Gospel is supposed to be.”
“ Sometimes I have to modify my view of how the gospel works, or how church history works.”
I think these principles are key to building a testimony that endures.
Mike Parker says
Thank you for your feedback, mkprr. I hope I articulated clearly what I believe.
One of the biggest problems we’ve seen at FAIR are the consequences of “fundamentalist” thinking among many Latter-day Saints: They expect the gospel or the Church to operate in a certain way, and when they learn or experience something that goes counter to their preconceived notions, they don’t know how to deal with it. Being open to receiving new truths and new perspectives is, in my opinion, a key to having an enduring testimony.
Joseph Smith publicly stated: