I spent the night thinking about this thread.
Multiple people have given their experiences of getting strange looks or receiving poor treatment from Mormons who notice their cross or crucifix. One poster, who chose to be best man at his LDS friend’s wedding reception, even mentioned an LDS bishop going down the line shaking everyone’s hands, took one look at his crucifix, and moved past him without a handshake to the next person in line. I find these stories to be evidence that some of us mormons have some repenting to do, and we need to step up our behavior.
Since confessing the sins of others is a waste of time, so I look into my own actions to see what’s there. I don’t ever remember acting in such an insulting way when encountering a crucifix or cross, but I have sinned against Catholics in two related ways.
First, back in the mid '90’s, I got on an elevator where I worked. One other occupant made the ride with me - a woman with a black smear on her forehead. At the time, I was unaware of the practice on ash Wednesday, and didn’t know what was happening. But rather than ask her about it, I’m afraid that I just came across with a reaction similar to these stories from that thread. I regret reacting in that way. I don’t remember her name and will never be able to apologize to her directly, so I’m coming here and apologizing to you folks. I’m sorry, and I won’t do it again.
Second, once or twice a year, I see a thread on some LDS discussion board about someone wearing a crucifix. It often generates a lot of activity, as various mormons and nonmormons chime in with a wide range of opinions. I’ve never participated, because I never really cared what people wear or why. Up until last night, I had failed to educate myself about why some of my Catholic neighbors do what they do, and the importance of the crucifix in their worldview. I’m sorry. Now I know, and I commit to participating in these LDS discussions to defend your practice, and spread the information.
So, after reading a few threads here on CAF about confession, I’m a little unclear about a Catholic’s position. I hear some saying you only confess to a priest, others saying you confess to God. But for a mormon, it’s pretty clear. Part of applying Christ’s atonement in our lives involves repenting of sins. Part of repentance is confessing sins. Wherever possible, we must confess to those we have offended. I’ve sinned against Catholics. I’m sorry.