Dr. Dean Helland
On Saturday, March 11, 2006, at about 11:00 in the morning, there was a knock at my door, and when I opened it, there were two Mormon missionaries on my doorstep. I was overjoyed to see that I was going to have the opportunity to share with these two young men, so I opened the door wide and invited them into my living room, sat them on one couch and myself on another, and asked them to proceed with whatever they had to say.
Elder White and Elder Smith asked if we could start with prayer. I said, “Of course!”
While Elder White crossed his arms in the typical Mormon prayer posture, I was surprised to note that Elder Smith did not. It was a short, but appropriate prayer, followed by Elder White’s declaration that they were there to declare to me the Gospel of Jesus Christ, how our Heavenly Father loved us, and how important our families are. He asked about my own religious affiliation, and I told him that I was a born-again Christian, a member of Evangelistic Temple in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was of the Pentecostal Holiness denomination.
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