A Mormon Bishop went undercover as a homeless man in his congregation last Sunday in order to use his disguise as a tool to teach on compassion this Thanksgiving.
David Musselman said, “The main thing I was trying to get across was we don’t need to be so quick to judge.”
He was disguised so well with the help of a makeup artist, that he was unrecognizable to even his wife or children.
KUTV reports, “Musselman said he got a lot of mixed reaction from ward members. One member even told him to leave church property. Later that member admitted he had been worried for the safety of the congregation. The reaction that touched Musselman the most was from the children. “I was impressed by the children. I could see in their eyes they wanted to do more,” said Musselman.”
Musselman eventually walked to the pulpit to reveal himself as their bishop. He quoted the song ‘Have I Done Any Good in the World Today?’
He told the congregation what he was grateful for, then revealed his identity while taking off his disguise. A hush fell over the crowd.
Jaimi Larsen said, “I started feeling ashamed because I didn’t say hello to this man. I didn’t offer him anything because I didn’t feel like I had anything to offer.”
“I learned that more people want to be better than I had originally thought,” Bishop Musselman said. “I learned that we don’t know what happened to an individual, and so we can’t and never should try to judge.”
KUTV has a report and video here.
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