News of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Pittsburgh area, counsel from its leaders, and reflections from its members.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

"If you love what you know, share it!"

Brennen C. Murray, president of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Stake, opened the Saturday evening session of stake conference with a presentation on why it is important for the Saints of Pittsburgh to share their love of the gospel and Church of Jesus Christ with others.

He shared findings of a study by Gary C. Lawrence and others, "How Americans View Mormons," that found that for every American who strongly likes Mormons, almost five strongly dislike us. However, 84% of people who know five or more Mormons favor the Church, while only 16% of those who know only one Mormon favor the Church.

President Clinton D. Topham of the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission concluded, "We need to be 'us' more publicly!"

So what can we do?
  • State facts about the Church in casual, friendly, one-on-one conversation. Share facts about our faith, about families, and about the fruits of Mormonism. Find facts at and
  • Get to know more people who aren't members of the Church.
  • Redefine success as simply having a positive interaction.

President Murray concluded with this counsel: "Invite our neighbors to serve with us. We need to act on what we feel. Work closely with the missionaries. Let's do our best. That's all we need to do, and we will help the Lord to hasten the work in this part of the vineyard."


  1. My experience is that most people like mormons as long as they aren't trying to convert them into their church. Religion is such a personal and private thing, people don't want to constantly talk about it or have someone looking for any opportunity to "share" it with them. It gets exhausting, because the reality is that people are usually the religion they were born into and if they want a new one, they will go looking. Be yourself is great advice, but don't do it for missionary work, do it for real life. Be who you are, find out what makes you an individual and go from there. If however, the ting that makes you "unique" "special" or an "individual" is what you do weekly in a large group, keep looking.

    1. I think that's a really great point. It's important that we are ourselves. For me, the Mormon church has shaped the person I've become and a lot of my behaviors. As a teenager, I was often embarrassed to admit this, and would try to hide this part of me when I was around my friends. I've gradually learned to let it be a part of me--not because I'm trying to convert people, but because it's who I am--and everyone is happier. I've found that a lot of my family that isn't Mormon also feels more comfortable because it's not taboo to talk about my religion or their religion.