My Mormon Dermatologist
I love my Mormon dermatologist. He helped me get my acne cleared up and I am extremely grateful to him for that!
I am going to be moving out of the area for awhile and so I wanted to make sure I took the opportunity to share with him before I leave about my concerns with Mormonism. We were talking about the mission he had served and I decided to ask him if he was a hard-core Mormon or more of a doubting Thomas. He said he thought he was more of the hard-core type. I then asked him if he would be open to watching a DVD if I sent it to him. He wanted to know what it was about so I explained it compares the prophecies of Joseph Smith with the prophecies in the Bible. He looked a little skeptical and uncomfortable and said he knew there was a lot of “anti-Mormon” information out there, but he felt he had received his answer. He said I could send it to him, but that he probably wouldn’t watch it.
He then jokingly asked me if he could send me a Book of Mormon. I explained I’d already read it and had considered the claims of Mormonism and I simply don’t believe it. I also explained I’m not anti-Mormon, I just want Mormons to follow Jesus Christ and not Joseph Smith. He then said he knew there were a lot of people who thought Mormons don’t follow Jesus, but he thinks they do.
I thought about it later and I just couldn’t stop thinking about him and praying for him. Even though he claimed he was the hard-core type, I really didn’t get that impression from talking with him. I’m thinking I will mail him the DVD anyway and give him the opportunity to reconsider. I’m sure some people would consider that rude, but I genuinely care about him and it kills me not to pursue it a little more.
This is what I’m thinking of writing to him in a letter to include with the DVD. Any suggestions on the content of my letter?
I have really appreciated having you as my dermatologist and wanted to thank you for your help in getting my skin cleared up. It’s been a huge blessing!
I know you said you probably wouldn’t watch this DVD if I sent it, but I’m sending it anyway in hopes that you might reconsider. I have come to care about you as a friend and didn’t want to leave without sharing with you my concerns regarding the teachings of the LDS church. I mentioned to you that I have read the Book of Mormon and have prayerfully considered the claims of Mormonism (including the teaching that my beliefs are wrong and the church I attend is part of the “great abominable church”). I am not afraid of having my beliefs challenged because I believe the real Truth will ultimately withstand the test. Further, we are commanded in scripture to “test all things” (1 Thess. 5:21) and to “test the spirits to see whether they are from God because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).
I really hope you will not be afraid to consider the claims on this DVD that challenge some of the things you believe. My aim is not to tear down your faith in Jesus, but rather to strengthen that faith and to only challenge those beliefs that I don’t think are of God. This DVD strengthens a person’s faith in Jesus and the Bible while challenging the claims that Joseph Smith made. Joseph Smith’s religion was built on the assertion that the Bible was corrupted and is missing many plain and precious things. That is an assertion that can and should be tested! This DVD puts his claim to the test.
I really hope you will watch it and let me know what you think of it. If there is anything inaccurate or misinformed I want to know as truth is very important to me and I certainly don’t want to be spreading misinformation around!
Thank you for reading this. I pray for God to pour out His richest blessings on you and your family and that you will be blessed with abundant and joyful life in Jesus.