Hi everyone! I’m interested in your thoughts regarding Catholic evangelization vs Mormon evangelization. Of course, as Catholics, we’ve heard a lot of talk this year about “The New Evangelization,” but I’ve yet to see much evidence of it in my community. In the meantime, I’ve become good friends with some members of the LDS church in my community, and the way they live their faith is incredibly admirable, and frankly, nothing like what I’ve ever experienced in the Catholic community.
I’ll even admit that I’ve been tempted to go check out Mormonism because of how deep a connection my LDS friends seem to have with Christ and how service is at the very core of their lives. They regularly volunteer as a whole family, they study their faith deeply, and place family absolutely first in their lives (unlike many Catholic families I’ve encountered). Not to mention–they all seem so happy and hopeful!
One more point–the LDS presence on social media is strong and youthful. Although most of my Facebook friends are Catholic, I see very little Catholic content on my social media other than the usual political statements regarding abortion :rolleyes:. Overall, the Catholic messages I see are negative (political rants) rather than joyful, and this bothers me. I’ve spent this past year noticing these differences between my own Catholic community and the LDS community that is very strong where I live. So what gives? Why does the Catholic community seem so stodgy and negative as compared to the LDS community, which seems so youthful, energetic, and positive?