“Hello! My name is Elder Hawkins, and this is my companion, Elder Thompson. We are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and we would love to share the true words of Christ with you today. May we share our message of Christ’s atonement with you?”
I can’t count how many times I uttered that phrase. Over and over again. Of course, as a Mormon missionary in the Philippines, I was required to speak the language of the people, so it sounded something closer to:
Kumusta! Ako si Elder Hawkins, at ito si Elder Thompson, ang aking kasama. Mga misyonero kami sa Simbahan ni Jesucristo ng mga Banal sa mga Huling Araw. Gusto naming magbahagi ng totoong salita ni Cristo sa inyo ngayon araw. Puwede ba kaming magbahagi ng mensahe namin sa pagbabayad-sala ni Cristo sa inyo?
It’s quite the mouthful, isn’t it? Good thing I learned how to speak the language on the fly during my stay. Gift of tongues.
As an active member and missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I first spent nine weeks at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. Although I was raised Mormon, most of my friends and family aren’t, which means that they are merely being deceived by the wiles of Satan, who is always getting good, god-fearing, non-Mormon Christians to follow him to hell.