The last two messages (this one and this one) have both been about my church marathon experience where I visited 3 Protestant churches on one Sunday.

I’d like to share one final lesson from that experience.

It is simply this…

Latter-day Saints and Protestants should never be afraid to walk into each others’ church services; in fact, we need to do it more often.

It’s easy to highlight the contrast of these different experiences and consider which one is “better” or how you might wish we could improve the music or sermons in our faith tradition.

But maybe the difference is good because it gives us a reason to visit each other.

On Easter, my family attended our one-hour church service to worship Jesus Christ and reflect on his resurrection and redemption.

We then drove down the street to an Evangelical church so my family could worship with them in a different way.

I am glad my children experienced it.

I want them to find a reason to look forward to both types of traditions.

Again, the biggest thing I gained by visiting these different churches was that I’m not afraid to visit again.

I can even do so while still maintaining a deep faith in the Restored Gospel and what is offered through authorized ordinances and established doctrines.

Maybe you already have an interest in attending other faiths or you already have such a practice.

Maybe you never have and you’re nervous to try.

Maybe you have no desire at all.

I would encourage you to give it a try.

Do it to stimulate connection in your community.

Do it to appreciate what they do.

Do it to appreciate what we do.

Drive down the street and sit in their pew.

Kurt Francom
Executive Director
Leading Saints

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