This book will help traditional Christians understand and relate to friends and acquaintances involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by giving insights into Mormon life and culture. It highlights essential elements in the experience of life as a Mormon—stories, practices, teachings, community activities, and beliefs—to help Christians form faith-sharing relationships with Mormons.
The book is supported both by the author’s experiences growing up Mormon and by current research that utilizes many Latter-day Saints’ own sources. It explains the core stories that form the Mormon worldview, shares the experiences that shape the community identity of Mormonism, and shows how Mormons understand truth. The author shares how most Mormons see themselves and others around them, illuminating why people join the LDS Church and why many eventually leave.
Understanding Your Mormon Neighbor suggests how Christians can befriend Latter-day Saints with confidence and sensitivity and share the grace of God wisely within their relationships.
The book includes discussion questions for individuals and small groups, black and white photographs and charts, and an appendix that includes “Are Mormons Christians?” and “Should I Vote for a Mormon?”
Chapters Include: 1. Mormonism: Cult or Culture? 2. The Mormon World View. 3. The One True Church. 4. Life in the Local Congregation. 5. Families Are Forever. 6. Sacred Space. 7. Latter-day Saint Piety. 8. Us and Them. 9. Joining and Leaving. 10. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Appendices: 1. Can I Vote for a Mormon? 2. Are Mormons Christians? 3. Resources for Further Study.