The Mormon people are as a whole great folks. Their theology, not so great.
VanSensei, Concerning Mormonism you said:
Really, if it makes him happy, you should be happy.
But is being “happy” the highest good here?
If someone thinks 2+2 = 3 and they are “happy” about that result, should I be “happy” about their happy feelings, even when they have the wrong answer? How about when their are “consequences” to that error? What if he wants to be an architect? Would you want to live in a building he/she designed with that laissez faire attitude toward absolute truth?
Would it not be better to help the person be “happy” within the fullness of truth, would it not be better to help the person be “happy” within Catholicism?
I see no exclusive dichotomy between being “happy” and staying within Catholicism.
There is a deep yearning for truth in mankind. Yes some people reject it, but many don’t understand it either and helping them to understand Catholic truths would be a higher goal.
VanSensei, how would you answer the following questions:
*]Does objective truth exist?
*]If it did exist, can we know truth?
*]If we can know objective truth can we share objective truth to others?
SalesianSDB, I’d keep the ministry of friendship going for many reasons. One of the main reasons is he will need a good friend in the future. As Randy Carson said regarding getting past the feelings:
When that wears off and he begins to think again, he is going to discover the serious historical and theological problems which are unavoidable for all but the most gullible and self-deluded of Mormons.
At that point, you can help him to find his way back home again. But right now, it’s all honeymoon, and his new love has no warts.
Read some of the ex-Mormons items here on Catholic Answers Forums. If your friend begins to question too much, he will be shunned by the other Mormons.
If Mormonism is his whole social structure, than the dis-fellowship process can get pretty painful. Your friend will need you in such times. Keep your ministry of friendship going and teach yourself about Mormonism so when he DOES ask you the theological questions, you will be prepared and you can give him true and persuasive answers.
May I suggest for starters:
Tom Smith’s Testimony (here). He also has a Catholic Answers interview here.
Mr. Smith used to have a 5 audio series (that I still have) but I don’t see it on St. Joseph Communications anymore. It can probably be found with a little bit of work or you could probably just ask him.
Paul Dupre has an excellent series that I have heard and I would also suggest listening to this (can be obtained here).
Pat Madrid does one of the best one-talk series on Mormonism within this series I’ve ever heard too (here in MP3 format if you want it today, or here in CD format).
Any one of these series would be a “home run”; all three of them would be better in preparing you for when your friend wants to talk with you about all of this.