This is an official statement from the LDS church on the new anti-mormon DVD.
SALT LAKE CITY 29 March 2007 Several news reports have appeared over the past few days in Utah and Arizona about a Christian activist group that has been distributing anti-Mormon DVDs throughout Utah and in some other states.
The Jewish Anti-Defamation League in Phoenix promptly condemned the distribution, saying that “hate directed at any of us is hate directed at all of us.”
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has weathered such attacks throughout its history. At a time when the Church is growing strongly throughout the world, it’s not surprising that some groups try to curb that growth in such ways.
Throughout the history of the United States, the rights of free speech and freedom of religion have been pre-eminent. Groups opposed to the Church have a perfect right to distribute their materials in ways that are legal.
The issue is not one of rights. Rather, it is that one religious group chooses to target another with a DVD full of distortions of its doctrine and history, and misrepresentations so stark that they call into question the integrity of the producers.
When Latter-day Saint missionaries visit homes or engage others in conversation, they studiously avoid criticism of other faiths. They do not attack and they do not condemn. Instead, they declare their own message honestly and openly and allow people the freedom to choose. Above all, they encourage each person to find out for themselves through personal research as well as prayer.
That will continue to be the Church’s approach, not just because honest and open dialogue is what most people want, but because in our view it best represents the spirit of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The only problem with this statement is that I have never had an LDS missionary not try to tell me that my version of Christianity fell away and became apostate. From everything I can gather they are trained and sent out to specifically inform Christians that their faith is lacking because it is missing necessary truth that only the LDS church teaches. This, for all practical reasons, is the same thing as Evangelicals showering LDS with messages that Joseph Smith added things to Christianity which are not true. The methodology is significantly different but the goal is the same in both cases; deconstruct one belief system and replace it with another. I don’t have a problem with it, it’s a necessary part of evangelism, but the LDS church is not really being sincere to say that they don’t participate in it.