The following appeared in BYU Magazine/Spring 2010. It’s an article from the Family Focus section written by M. Sue Bergin. Bergin highlights the need to teach our children (or in my case grandchildren) about other religions.
“One reason Latter-day Saints often give for learning about other religions is that it will make them better missionaries. (James E.) Faulconer (current coholder of BYU’s Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding) believes that reason has value but carries a hazard. “If we value people because we can convert them, that’s not valuing them or their belief.” If we don’t pay true attention to what they believe, we deprive ourselves of deepening our faith about things they might understand better than we do, he says.”
“In his assignment with the Richard L. Evans Chair, Faulconer ha heard with new ears the pleas from Church leaders to learn about, respect, and value diverse faiths. “They’re really emphatic that this is part of our mission–what we have to do–and it isn’t only for the purpose of gaining converts. It’s for our own and our children’s edification and enrichment.””
I love this message.