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Conversational Pathways With Mormons

By Aaron Shafovaloff

Created July 1, 2021

Starters

  • Where are you from?
  • What is your faith-background?
  • How long have you been LDS?
  • Did you go on a mission?
    • Tell me about that? Highs and lows? Memories?

Have you ever…

  • Have you ever had a friend who was a born-again Christian?
  • Have you ever met a Christian evangelist?
  • Have you ever heard the gospel summarized by a born-again Christian?
  • Have you ever heard an evangelical explanation for that before?
  • Would you mind spending a few minutes explaining to me how Latter-day Saints (LDS tradition, LDS leadership, scriptures) think about that?
    • Do you agree with that?

What would you say…

  • What would you say are the biggest differences between Mormonism and historic/mainstream/evangelical Christianity?
  • What would you say are the most important teachings of Mormonism?
  • What would you say are the biggest reasons to believe in the Bible?
  • What would you say are the biggest reasons to believe in the resurrection of Jesus?

Would you mind…

  • Would you mind if I took a few minutes to explain that?
  • Would you mind if I shared a half-dozen scriptures you on that topic?
  • Would you mind if I shared some reasons
    • to trust in the Bible?
    • to believe in the resurrection?

Explanation

  • Tell me more about that?
  • How did you come to that conclusion?
  • Can you tell me the story of how you came to believe in that?

Probing questions

  • What do you most doubt in your religion?
  • Do you struggle any of the core claims of your faith?
  • What religion would you be if you weren’t a Mormon?

Have you ever…

  • Have you ever visited an evangelical Christian church before?
  • Have you ever attended a Christian Bible study before?

Have you heard about

  • Have you heard about the local churches available to you?

Ending

  • What are you going to do with this information?
  • What is stopping you from trusting the Bible on this?
  • What would it look like to believe this?
  • What would it cost you to leave what you believe?
  • Are you willing to pray right now about this?
  • Can I show you what a helpful prayer might look like?
  • Would you like to pray with me to this God that I speak of?
  • Can we meet for breakfast to discuss this?
  • Would you like to have dinner with my family?
  • Can I pray for you?
  • Can I get your contact info?
  • Would you like to come to church with me this Sunday?

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