1) 99% of Mormons will NOT be attracted to the Faith via the Standard Message (i.e. the Baha'i Principles).
*TBMs (True Believing Mormons). Conservative. Go to Church every Sunday. True believers. They can be further divided into:
**Orthodox (never questions, puts full faith and trust in Church leaders/very conservative politically)
**Conservative (believers, but think that Church leaders "sometimes" make mistakes/conservative politically)
**Moderate (believers, but have 'questions' and believe that Church leaders are not infallible as Orthodox Mormons believe: also moderate in political views)
*CMs (Cultural Mormons). Go to Church every Sunday, "say" they are Believers, but they are not. They go to Church because their wife or husband, and parents, brothers, sisters, boss, co-workers, expect it. They are playing a "role". Their "real" personal belief is atheistic or agnostic. They "play the role" of a TBM because if they didn't, their wife/husband would divorce them, their Mormon family would shun them, and they might lose their job, or lose job promotions.
*Jack Mormons. True Believers who don't go to Church because they smoke, or drink, or take drugs, and Mormons shun them. Yet they remain believers, but they have bad habits. Or they are insane. Mormons shun them, so they stop going to Church.
*"Sunstone" Mormons. Liberal Mormons. Most like Baha'is. About 15% of Utah and Arizona Mormons are "Sunstone" Mormons. About 10% of Mormons outside of Utah and Arizona are "Sunstone" Mormons. Named after the Liberal Mormon publication "Sunstone". Usually believe in God but don't define what "God" is. Often accepts a belief in the Afterlife. Usually attend Church for social and family reasons, like Cultural Mormons. Don't trust Church leaders. Many Sunstone Mormons are actually "too Liberal" for the Baha'i Faith, and would not accept what the Baha'i Faith has to say about homosexuality or about no women on the Universal House of Justice. "Sunstone" Mormons believe that the Mormon Church is evolving and will, eventually, come around to their own way of thinking. Just a matter of time. They are moderate to liberal politically.
*Inactive Mormons ("Inactives"). Never go to Church. Usually don't believe in religion. Often smoke and/or drink. Their Mormon family usually shuns them, but not always. Most turned off by all forms of organized religion.
*Moderate TBMs (True Believing Mormons who sometimes "question" the teachings and policies of Church leaders)
*"Sunstone" Mormons (Liberal Mormons)
Orthodox Mormons, Conservative Mormons, Cultural Mormons, Jack Mormons, and Inactive Mormons, will NOT be interested or "open" to the Baha'i Message.
*"The Spirit of Truth"
*"The Holy Ghost incarnate"
*"The Heavenly Father"
REPEAT: NEVER REFER TO BAHA'U'LLAH AS A "PROPHET" AROUND MORMONS OR MORMON SEEKERS!!!. That would only confuse them. Use the title listen above.
*The Challenge of Baha'u'llah by Gary L. Matthews
*Thief in the Night by William Sears
"The Baha'i Faith has no official pronouncement upon Joseph Smith, other than that we do not accept him as a Prophet in the Baha'i sense of that term. However, Shoghi Effendi, the great-grandson of Baha'u'llah, and the Guardian of the Faith, apparently believed that Joseph Smith was a Seer. But he didn't mandate that the Baha'is agree with him on that point. Baha'is are free to accept, or reject, Joseph Smith as a Seer. Most Baha'is have no opinion about Joseph Smith. The Baha'i Revelation does not rest upon whether Joseph Smith was inspired of God or not."
Note: "Sunstone" Mormons remain in the Mormon Church because that is their "culture" although most of them do not believe that Joseph Smith was a Prophet. Some Sunstone Mormons don't even believe in God or the Afterlife. They still call themselves "Mormons" because that is their culture, their "tribe" if you will. Their family, their friends, their co-workers, their bosses, their employees, their neighbors are usually Mormons. They see being a Mormon as a cultural, not religious, identity (like most Jews see themselves as "Jews" but don't follow, believe, nor practice the religion of Judaism).
*Joseph Smith was a true Seer who prophesied (praw-fess-side) of Baha'u'llah in the capacity of a Seer.
*Baha'u'llah is the Holy Ghost incarnate/the Spirit of Truth.
*'Abdu'l-Baha fulfilled Mormon prophecies concerning the "coming of the Lord to His temple" like "a thief in the night" in late September, 1912.
*Baha'u'llah was a polygamist
*No women are allowed on the Universal House of Justice
*Homosexuality is considered sinful and "forbidden" in Baha'i Holy Law
*The Utah Valley University (Orem) student newspaper.
*The Southern Utah University (Cedar City) student newspaper.
*The Utah State University (Logan) student newspaper.
*The University of Utah (Salt Lake City) student newspaper.
*Dixie State University (St. George) student newspaper.
*The Mesa Community College (Mesa, Arizona) student newspaper.
*The Chandler-Gilbert Community College (Chaldler, Arizona) student newspaper.
Note: Brigham Young University (Provo) will NOT accept any Baha'i advertisements.
Note: Printing the "Baha'i Principles" in these newspapers will attract a very "small" amount of Seekers, and the Seekers attracted will usually be "turned off" to the Faith once they hear the following:
*Homosexuality is considered sinful in the Baha'i Faith.
*No women can serve on the Universal House of Justice.
*It is forbidden by Baha'is to participate in even peaceful protests or partisan politics.
Note: It is just that simple! Don't complicate it. Make this simple ad as large as possible, and to run for as many weeks as possible, in the student newspapers. Students will be the most likely to change their religion, and to have the time to "investigate" the Baha'i Faith.
DID JOSEPH SMITH PROPHESY OF BAHA'U'LLAH?
"Baha'is are taught that Satan is not a man, not a human being, but rather the ego within us all."
"The Book of Mormon may be historical, or fictional, or inspired fiction like a parable. The Book of Mormon was NOT written to convince the Jew and Gentile ("jen-tile") that Joseph Smith was a Prophet. The Book of Mormon was written to convince Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ. Baha'is already accept Jesus as the Christ! We don't need another book to convince us that Jesus is the Christ."
The material on that website, and linked to it, is the most convincing material that any True Believing Mormon will ever read. The website clearly tells the Reader the following:
*The website is NOT official.
*The website contains many personal opinions which many Baha'is may not share.
*Baha'is may hold "personal opinions" about things, and disagree on certain things, such as Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon.
*Joseph Smith "may" have been a Seer, or a fraud: Baha'is can choose either, or none.
*Joseph Smith is NOT a "Prophet" in the Baha'i sense of the word "Prophet" but he "may" have been a Seer, and he "may" have prophesied (praw-fess-side) of Baha'u'llah in the capacity of a "Seer".
Use these 28 Tips and your Community and/or Cluster will attract a great amount of sincere Mormon Seekers to the Faith. Thank you!
"Joseph Smith was a Seer, not a Prophet; neither major nor minor. He had a high standard, but the Baha'is have a higher standard coupled with God's power that comes direct from God for this age." (Shoghi Effendi, Pilgrim notes of Ramona Browne, in Memories of 'Abdu'l-Baha, p.117)