The elephant in the room: Why are you saying "Christians and Latter-day Saints?" Aren't Mormon's Christian?
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) adhere to the belief that they are a Christian church.
Traditional Christians will not lay claim to the Latter-day Saints. They believe Mormons are outside the bounds of historical Christian orthodoxy.
All of that to say, you can put "It's Complicated" on our official relationship status.
For the purpose of conversation, Multiply Salt Lake identifies Latter-day Saint members as Mormon or LDS, and traditional Christians as... well, Christians. There's really nothing else we can call Christians. This is not meant to offend LDS beliefs or exclude at all, it's simply two common identifiers that we can use to help conversations move forward.
If you'd like to hear more about the differences between the two, or why Christians don't think LDS members are allowed to claim the label, listen to an episode of the Smartest Person in the Room podcast, where Emily and Nish talk about this very thing! It helps a ton, we promise.
If I show up, is someone going to try to convert me to their religion?
No. Nope. Nada. Nyet.
This is not about trying to convince each other that our side is "right" and the other side is "wrong." There will be no attempts at conversion, and any intention to do so should be left at the door when you walk in. This is a time to learn from one another and build relationships. When it comes to conversion, we believe that's the work of God and His Holy Spirit.
Okay, so I consider myself a member of the "Christian" camp. Does it matter what kind of church I go to? Can any denomination participate?
It doesn't matter what church you go to and any denomination can participate! We encourage Christian denominations of all shades and shapes to join us.
I don't consider myself a Christian or a Mormon. Can I still participate?
Absolutely! There will be discussions around the Old and New Testaments, but we believe there's beauty and truth to be found in their pages for everyone, no matter what faith you belong to. Everyone is always welcome.
Is this event sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
This event is independent, not sponsored by any religious organization or institution.
Will childcare be provided?
Currently, we are unable to provide childcare at the event. We are working toward this being a possibility in the future, so single moms and mothers with traveling spouses can attend anytime. We're sorry for the inconvenience!
Why do you change locations every month? Isn't it easier to meet in the same place every time?
Well, yes. It would definitely be easier for a lot of reasons! However, we genuinely want this to be a valley-wide event, from the Silicon Slopes & Lehi all the way up to Bountiful. We will move around the valley every month, giving women who live in these areas a chance to attend somewhere closer to home. It also gets you to go to an area of the valley you otherwise wouldn't go! It's a great opportunity to see more of the beautiful Salt Lake area.
We also want to meet in different types of venues, giving everyone a different experience every time. We hope to meet in churches, meetinghouses, barns, event venues, theaters, gardens and back yards!
Will there be food?
If there's something we love to do, it's eat. There will be small snacks and sweet treats at every gathering!
What if I forget to RSVP? Can I still come?
Please try your hardest to RSVP in time! That helps us plan for venues, food, drinks, tables and chairs. We want to make sure everyone has a place to sit and something to eat! But, if you forget at the last minute to RSVP, come anyway. We'd rather have you without an RSVP than not at all!