While I was running last Saturday, I noticed that several of my neighbors had these signs in their yards. Since I had about 3 or 4 hours to go before I completed my run, I had a lot of time to think about my reactions to the signs.
- This shouldn’t be necessary. Every Sunday should be a back to church Sunday. After all, it makes sense that, if someone wants to find God, they need to go where God is.
- Well, there are those who used to regularly come to church, but who have stopped coming because of one reason or another. Maybe an extra reminder might help some of them desire to renew their relationship with God and with Christ.
- There are those who have never been to church or who have decided that religion is a joke for one reason or another. Even if they come with the purpose of proving to themselves that they are right, there is a chance the Holy Spirit can touch their hearts and begin a change. You never know.
This is not a campaign that is support by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My experience with the church is that we prefer a much more personal approach to inviting you to visit with us and learn what we believe.
In that spirit, I would like to invite anyone who reads this post to consider visiting a local worship meeting (which we call sacrament meeting in honor of the weekly partaking of the sacrament of the Lord’s supper). You can find meeting houses and times near you by visiting our meeting house locator.
As you visit, I would encourage to consider the answers to the following questions:
- Do the things you feel and hear stand as evidence that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are following Christ?
- Do you feel different — warmer, happier, lifted, enlightened? Those are the effects of being touched by the Holy Spirit.
- Would you like to know more? There will be people (including missionaries who have volunteered 18-24 months of their time to share what we believe) who will be more than happy to introduce you to our beliefs. You can also visit mormon.org.
- If you want to know if the things you are learning are true, I would point you to two promises in the Book of Mormon:
- Alma 32:26-34: This compares the process of learning about God to planting a seed — you have to plant, water, and wait. In the same way, if you want to know if the scriptures are true, you have to read them and consider the effect they have in your life. If you want to know if God will answer your prayers, you have to pray.
- Moroni 10:3-5: The Book of Mormon is usually the biggest stumbling block for people who are inquiring about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is the promise included. If you will read and consider the things written in the Book of Mormon and compare it to what you have learned from your honest studies of the Bible, if you will pray with an honest desire to know, the Holy Spirit will tell you what you want to know.
So, whether it is National Back to Church Sunday or not, you are welcome to visit — to come and see what we have to offer. I can guarantee that we will love to see you there!