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Ministering to Mormons Who Seek to Become UM (81025-IC-R370)

[This resolution was not included in the 2004 Book of Resolutions.  Therefore, the entire text of the existing resolution is included.  Since the petition seeks to delete the existing resolution and replace it with new material, it is printed in strike-through format.]
Revise and reauthorize the following resolution.

Receive guidelines for ministering to Mormons who seek to become UM
WHEREAS, there is an expressed need on the part of United Methodists for more clarity on the issues surrounding the reception of people baptized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) who seek to become members of The United Methodist Church; and
WHEREAS, there are varying practices in United Methodist churches in such instances, some not recognizing the Latter-day Saints' baptism, and so baptizing them; and some recognizing the baptism, and so receiving thorn as baptized Christians;  and
WHEREAS, United Methodists seek to act in ways that are faithful, compassionate, and just in relationship to other faith traditions, extending hospitality toward all and charity toward those whose faith and practice differ from ours; and
Therefore, while our denomination must continue to seek further clarity on issues of our own faith, we have enough clarity to take steps toward establishing a policy for The United Methodist Church regarding the reception of those converting from the LDS Church.  It is our recommendation that following a period of catechesis (a time of intensive exploration and instruction in the Christian faith), such a convert should receive the sacrament of Christian baptism.
We, further, urge United Methodist churches to utilize Sacramental Faithfulness: Guidelines for Receiving People From The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints( Mormons), published by the General Board of Discipleship  as a study resource and guideline for pastors and congregations who face the challenge of receiving former Mormons who seek to become United Methodists.
The board is further authorized to provide resources in accordance with these guidelines for pastors and congregations to help them receive former Latter-day Saints (Mormons) who seek to become United Methodists in ways that are faithful to our United Methodist heritage.

Whereas, United Methodists seek to act in ways that are faithful, compassionate, and just in relationship to other faith traditions, extending hospitality toward all and charity toward those whose faith and practice differ from ours; and
Whereas, as an expression of such hospitality and charity, United Methodists need to offer the pathways into membership for persons of other faith traditions with graciousness, consistency and clarity; and
Whereas the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints presents itself as a faith tradition outside the parameters of historic, apostolic Christianity:
Therefore, we continue to recommend that United Methodist churches should receive persons from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by offering the sacrament of Christian baptism following a period of catechesis (a time of intensive exploration and instruction in the Christian faith); and
Further we continue to affirm Sacramental Faithfulness: Guidelines for Receiving People From The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) as a study resource and guideline for pastors and congregations who seek to offer pathways to receive former Mormons who seek to become United Methodist; and  
Further we authorize the General Board of Discipleship to provide ongoing resources in accordance with Sacramental Faithfulness: Guidelines for Receiving People from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) to the Church to guide pastors and congregations who receive such persons who seek to become United Methodists in ways that are faithful to our United Methodist heritage.