Ouch!...people sure can be touchy about things.
In the big picture of things, for one Catholic — and I’ll go further and say, for one Trinitarian Christian of any denomination — to convert to the LDS church is a greater tragedy than breaking the heads off a million statues.
>>>...in July 1972.
36 years without an incident with about 50,000 missionaries per year a pretty good record. Unless you operate like the liberal media and want to raise the prominence of the few over the many. (i.e. four 9/11 widows get more air time than the thousands).
And of course Evangelicals would never desecrate what Mormon's consider sacred..... Oh wait twice a year we get to see youtube videos of it at Temple square. Anyone interested, is in luck as in les than two weeks we'll have more Evangelicals defacing sacred Mormon sites and objects and yelling at Conference attendees. Nothing like tearing up Mormon sacred garments and ripping up books of Mormon during the time Mormons gather to recognize what they consider the birth of Christ (First week of April).
It has gotten so bad other Evangelical groups have formed to oppose the those who would desecrate. I condemn the actions of the 5 mormon missionaries over these 36 years just as I condemn the action of so called Christians who do it twice a year every year. I commend those Baptists who stand against the wrong actions of a few as well as the other Mormons who condemn the actions of the missionaries.
Mouw is not the only Christian calling for moderation. Similar pleas have been issued by David Rowe, Carl Mosser, Francis J. Beckwith, Paul Owen, Craig Blomberg, and others. Some church and parachurch groups have also made efforts to repair relations with the Mormons. In the 1980s, Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority "took some small steps toward Evangelical-Mormon cooperation for a shared social, political, and ethical agenda". More recently, a Pentecostal congregation in Provo, Utah held a public ceremony of repentance for its negative attitudes and actions toward the Latter-day Saint community. In 2001 the organization Standing Together, based in Lehi, UT, was founded by a Baptist minister for the purpose of "building bridges of relationship and dialogue with... The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Standing Together hosts public seminars in which Evangelical scholar Greg Johnson and LDS scholar Robert Millet "communicate how they have maintained their friendship and at the same time discussed candidly their theological differences and concerns for one another." However, Standing Together is most recognized for their activities at General Conference, where they literally stand together, taking up space to deny its use by those who come to be disruptive influences.