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Mormon church to end door-to-door missionary practice

Posted by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:10 AM
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Mormon church to end door-to-door missionary practice

Published 4:00 am, Sunday, July 21, 2013

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  • Elder Beaver Ho Ching, left, talks about some of the content in the pamphlets they hand out going door-to-door as Elder Joshua Limb, right, pulls more from their trunk.  Officials with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, (Mormons), recently announced they would extend missionary service to the Internet and other mobile platforms to reach out to more people, possibly ending, or cutting down the amount of time spent on the practice of door-to-door missionary work in the future.  Dave Ryan/The Enterprise Photo: Dave Ryan
    Elder Beaver Ho Ching, left, talks about some of the content in the pamphlets they hand out going door-to-door as Elder Joshua Limb, right, pulls more from their trunk. Officials with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, (Mormons), recently announced they would extend missionary service to the Internet and other mobile platforms to reach out to more people, possibly ending, or cutting down the amount of time spent on the practice of door-to-door missionary work in the future. Dave Ryan/The Enterprise Photo: Dave Ryan

When The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints fully implements its new online missionaryprogram, it will - if nothing else - at least minimize the occasions in which a firearm is brandished to ward off a pair of Mormons.

Elder Joshua Limb and Elder Beaver Ho Chinghave some experience with that.

Both missionaries, who have served Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana for the past two years, have looked down the barrel of a shotgun while out spreading the word about the Mormon church. But those days may soon be over.

Officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced late last month that the practice of sending its young missionaries door-to-door should come to an end.

Missionaries have started incorporating the use of social media and the website Mormon.org to communicate with people who are interested in learning more about Mormonism. One mission in Houston, a test group, stopped going door-to-door last year, said Don Davis, a leader in aBeaumont Mormon church.

The move effectively ends the era of sending young men and women into neighborhoods where they might meet some unsavory characters.

"Believe it or not, we don't meet the nicest people," Ho Ching, 21, said.

Ho Ching and Limb encountered a shotgun-wielding man who demanded they leave his property when they visited the house of a church member who had not attended service in a while. No shots were fired that time.

Limb, 20, was not as lucky before he came to Beaumont. In Cleveland, he stumbled across a man who fired an AK-47 assault rifle to scare him off. He was not harmed.

Those two occurrences did not deter the young men from continuing their missions. Ho Ching said the only option in a situation like that was to turn the other cheek. Limb said there was a reason for what happened - other than having a good story to tell later.

"It comes down to your belief in God," he said.

Limb and Ho Ching still go door-to-door, but they recognize it is the least effective tool in their mission toolboxes.

"The world in general is not the same," Ho Ching said. "People aren't as trusting as they used to be. They're not as willing to let two strangers into their homes."

The best method is to build a relationship with non-members, he said. Missionaries receive referrals of people who are interested in learning more about the Mormon faith from members and Mormon.org, where people can fill out a form to find a local church or request a Bible. Then missionaries might go knock on their doors.

It is this hybridization of legwork and web-work that Limb thought was best for reaching folks, he said. Missionaries would use the Internet to contact people during the early part of the day when most people are at work and seek out people in the late afternoon and evening.

Most likely, this is the approach more missionaries will take in a year. Missionaries will use social media, blogs, email, text messages and the church's website in their ministry, but the details have not been determined yet, according to an announcement on the church's website.

"It's a way for non-members to feel comfortable on their own terms," Ho Ching said.

The announcement comes at a time the church is deploying the most missionaries around the world in history, according to the church's website. The number of missionaries surged from 52,000 to an unprecedented 70,000 since last October's announcement that the minimum age for missionaries would be lowered from 19 to 18 for men and 21 to 19 for women.

"Someone once told me that a mission is not just the best two years of your life but the best two years for your life," Limb said.

"It shows you who you are," Ho Ching added.

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by Pepperlynn on Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:11 AM
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The times they are a changin...

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:19 AM

How will they increase their numbers?

little.worthen
by Tess on Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:20 AM
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So I don't think the goal is to quit door knocking. It's just to expand the outreach...
So don't get your hopes up ;)
Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:36 AM
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I just want to point this out:

"Elder Beaver Ho Ching, left, talks about some of the content in the pamphlets they hand out going door-to-door"

So for the CM member in this group who kept arguing with me about gettin pamphlets from Mormons... I say LOOK AT THAT!!!!!!
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Arroree
by Ruby Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:56 AM


LOL

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

I just want to point this out:

"Elder Beaver Ho Ching, left, talks about some of the content in the pamphlets they hand out going door-to-door"

So for the CM member in this group who kept arguing with me about gettin pamphlets from Mormons... I say LOOK AT THAT!!!!!!



Arroree
by Ruby Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:56 AM

I find it telling  that one of the men who pulled a gun on them was actually one of their own members...

Goodwoman614
by Satan on Jul. 24, 2013 at 1:02 AM
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Yay!! Bye bye!

now..about those JWs...

tnmomofive
by Bronze Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 1:18 AM
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It honestly does not bother me that much when I recieve a visit from any of these religious folks.I guess I just have more important things REAL problems that I let myself be bothered by.Besides the majority of the time they are very polite folks and when I tell them I am not interested and wish them a good day..well...they leave..big whoop.

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Jul. 24, 2013 at 1:19 AM

I find it interesting that those who are actually on missions are not allowed to go on social media ....for religious reasons.

Now...those same religious reasons are put aside (for the greater good) to "reach" out to those people they may miss.

Religion the scurge of the earth.  ....but but its not about the money *insert eye roll*

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Jul. 24, 2013 at 1:21 AM
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Quoting tnmomofive:

It honestly does not bother me that much when I recieve a visit from any of these religious folks.I guess I just have more important things REAL problems that I let myself be bothered by.Besides the majority of the time they are very polite folks and when I tell them I am not interested and wish them a good day..well...they leave..big whoop.

me too.  I never really found it funny those who would get that worked up if they saw a pair of people walking up to their door...that they went out of their way to say and do stuff that is quite offensive....yet to say "sorry not interested" gets the same outcome.  They leave.


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