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Questions for Mission Presidents


To the Leaders, God sent Isaiah to prepare His covenant people for judgment by, of all things, proclaiming truth (Isaiah 6:8-13). The imminence of God’s judgment and the response of Isaiah’s listeners made a challenging task nearly impossible. Proclaiming truth is always hard. And it always makes enemies—when Jesus applied Isaiah's words to Himself, the Jews in his hometown tried to kill him (Luke 4:16-30)!

As the leader of LDS missionaries, we hope you don't believe the caricatures that many of our LDS friends believe about evangelical Christianity. We don't hate you, we don't want to make life hard for you, nor do we want to persecute you. Please do not think of our questions as "anti-mormon," but rather "pro-truth." As strange as it may seem to you, truth is our primary concern. Our mission can be summed up in 2 Corinthians 4:2 "But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God." Do you encourage your missionaries to demonstrate that same integrity? Or do you hold back major components of your faith that you know are offensive to non-Mormons?

Jesus told the woman at the well those who worship God, must do so in “spirit and in truth.” Our desire is to truthfully and lovingly share the Bible with those whom we interact. As you compare the LDS Church’s teaching with the Bible, we pray you will know this life-altering truth.


  • 2 Nephi 25:23 and Ephesians 2:8-9 teach different gospels. Have you considered the implications of sending missionaries who teach a gospel different than Paul’s? (Galatians 1:6–9)
  • When one of your missionaries struggles with his faith, do you encourage him to practice 1 Thessalonians 5:21 or Acts 17:11?
  • Have you made the statement, “We’re Christians just like you?” If the LDS church teaches a different Heavenly Father, a different Jesus, a different gospel, and uses different Scriptures, how is Mormonism similar to Christianity? Is saying that you’re Christian a violation of 2 Corinthians 4:2?
  • Have you considered your calling in light of James 3:1?
  • Will you really live with your family together forever? (Luke 20:34–36; Matthew 20:30; Mark 12:25)
  • If the Great Apostasy were true, does that make God a liar? (Matthew 16:18; Romans 11:2–6; Numbers 23:19)
  • To what tribe of Israel do you belong? Can you biblically hold the restored Aaronic Priesthood? (Numbers 8:18–19)
  • Can you really hold the Melchizedekian Priesthood? Have all your priesthood blessings come true?
  • Are you able to save to the uttermost? Are you able to intercede eternally? Or will you die just like all the other priests? Are you sinless? Have you been made perfect forever? Are you able to atone for another’s sin? (Hebrews 7:23–28)
  • Have you considered the implications of Matthew 7:21-23?
  • Why doesn’t archeology support your claims like it does in the New Testament? (John 5:2)