I don’t know about you, but although I remember hearing claims like this growing up, I haven’t heard this claim for a long time and the idea of taking it seriously is rather startling. How true is it, really, that the interaction with the Saints has “but one effect” that is “favorable”?
On p. 135 of the manual, Pres. Smith noted that the Church’s members “are esteemed for their virtues” and that critics are quickly divested of their unjustified prejudices, by coming in direct contact with the Latter-day Saints in their daily lives. . . . They then judge us by our fruits, from personal observation, and such information, as they impart it, can have but one effect , and that most favorable to us.
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