True, but what can sometimes happen is that even the best of investigators are "young 
shoots" and can be easily trampled upon, as it were, by exposure to anti-Mormon 
material. That's where apologetics comes in -- it doesn't replace missionary work, it 
just enhances it at appropriate times.

"John W. Redelfs" wrote:

> At 08:36 AM 9/30/02 -0600 Marc A. Schindler favored us with:
> >2) He started the trend to look into LDS doctrinal claims which could potentially
> >be verified by history, especially by discoveries of writings after Joseph
> >Smith's time which authenticate Joseph's claims, particularly in regards to the
> >Book of Mormon and the Book of Abraham. This has given our missionaries
> >ammunition to counter anti-Mormons from contaminating investigators.
>
> Generally, good contacts don't have to be "countered."  Rather, the Spirit has been 
>teaching them, and they believe most of what the missionaries are teaching.  I don't 
>see how countering anti-Mormon claims can actually help a missionary.  Do they teach 
>this "countering" in the mission home, or do they teach that the missionaries are to 
>avoid arguments over doctrine, and to stick to basics?
>
> John W. Redelfs                                       [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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> For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
> principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
> darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in
> high [places]. (Ephesians 6:12)
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> "All my opinions are tentative pending further data." --JWR
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Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling 
short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
--Michelangelo Buonarroti

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