Answer the Question They Should Have Asked

When someone asks you a question they shouldn’t have asked, you answer the question they should have asked. Don’t get defensive. Just answer the question as if it had been an honest inquiry.

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For example, if someone says, “Why does the church force people give all their money to the church?”

Don’t get defensive. Pretend their question was, “What is tithing? What’s it’s purpose?”

Obviously the second question is much easier to answer, and it doesn’t put you in a defensive mode.

Another example:
Someone asks, “Why do the mormons need another billion dollar temple, and keep everyone but other mormons out?”

Pretend they said, “What is the purpose of temples? Why does the church emphasize temple work so much? How does one qualify to enter the temple?”

See? Same question, really, but answering the second will help you keep your cool, answer honestly, and maybe even bare testimony. Remember that on most forums, networks, and websites, the author of the question is not the only reader. How you frame your response will say as much about you and the church as what you say.

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