My thought is that you're going to hit a wall there Rich. That's taboo discussion area and they will probably quickly retreat so it's going to take some very delicate work to get any traction there. Also, they didn't likely go many times before the mission and you probably know the ceremony better than they do.
However, That's my opinion and a generalization and not necessarily what will happen when you are lead down that path.
I appreciate your advice; what you said is so true. I already know what to do wrong. I've been down that road before.
Thirty-two years ago, in 1984, I was standing in the driveway when I see two Elders walking down the street.
I drove to their housing in Issaquah that evening where there were 5 of 6 Elders and proceeded to enlighten them on problems with Mormonism. After about a half hour when nothing had phased them I brought out the trump card: The secret hand-shake with the man behind the curtain to gain entrance into heaven and I ended up posing the question:
(Peter at the gate) "I don't see your name written in the Book of life; do you know the handshake?"
All five Elders stood up in anger, at least two of them looked like football players; I was thinking:
"Are they going to try to slit my throat as required in such a situation?"
Instead: One of the men actually encouraged me to keep on with my ministry: reaching out to Mormons and having dialog.
I am thinking he went by the LDS playbook of what to do in such a situation.
Side note: As I was getting in my car to leave I heard someone say,
followed by the words,
In my hast to leave, I left behind a new bible case. I did not notice it was missing until I arrived home; then, what I had overheard made sense:
One of them wanted the case; so, he persuaded the other man not to walk out the door and hand it to me.
I learned a few things from that encounter:
• What not to do,
that even Elders on a mission are not beyond coveting.
I would have been left with a better impression if the one Elder had not coveted my property.