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I found that I had to as a missionary so that I could find things again and just for my own survival, but after my mission the Church came out with the new edition of scriptures and I’ve never felt the need to mark scriptures since (my scriptures are pristine).
Having gone through the exercise completely once, I found that I could pretty easily find whatever I was looking for.
I told the kids how this was actually a motivating factor for me.
The bishop pointed out that people really just want assurance we aren’t doing something weird or satanic or sacrificing goats or something like that in there. I used this as an example of needing to correct a mistaken background assumption before addressing the acutal question, since the Bible was not originally a book. I said this was a great question, which I could relate to, because when I was a law clerk after my second year of law school the other clerk in my office asked me over lunch one day “What’s it like to be Mormon?But I quickly learned that answering big, grapefruit-sized softball questions from my teachers in their catechism-type lessons was a very different experience from answering genuine questions from skeptical investigators.I was saying “I don’t know” all the time, and while there is no shame in that, I was getting sick of it, so it was a motivation for me to learn more so that I could talk more intelligently about my faith.I began with a number of general suggestions: – Try not to be overdefensive.Since we experienced persecution in our past, it’s easy for us to play the victim card and think someone is attacking us, even when they’re simply curious and asking about our beliefs and practices in good faith.