. . . and I’m not sure what to think about this recent visit. When they stopped by our neighborhood earlier in the Fall (two different missionaries then, early September I think) I gave them my Catholic testimony, had some pleasant conversation thereafter and they went on their way.
So, tonight two different ones came to the door again. Long story short, I invited them in–I mean, it’s five degrees out, for goodness’ sake–we talked a little bit, and the one gentleman said that I must be used to talking to people from the LDS Church (probably because I didn’t slam the door on them and that conversation usually comes easily to me, who knows).
But when I told them we were Catholic and how I became Catholic, what I didn’t expect were their questions about why I considered the Catholic Church rather than the LDS Church, and what were some differences that made me become Catholic.
Egads, “some” differences??? Basically, and caught off guard, I just said the temple rituals, eternal progression, their idea that we can become as God is. . . and of course, they nicely refuted the “as God is, man may become” issue. Then I just said that, as a Catholic, I have the fullness of the faith, something I never had as a Protestant. Some other conversation followed, after which I offered them each a small bag of homemade oatmeal cookies I’d just baked earlier in the day, and bid them farewell with God’s blessings.
The thing is, though, is that I feel like I failed somehow. And I’m not sure why this is??? Maybe because I was caught off-guard by their questions about being Catholic, rather than their just accepting it and moving on? In hindsight (gah, and I always think better in hindsight) if I ever encounter them again, I can say with all truthfullness that they DON’T have the Real, True, Living Divine Prescence in the Eucharist! But, will they refute even that?
And more concerning, will they come back?