Mormon missions: Door-to-door approach is out; Internet is in

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The LDS Church is moving further into the digital age, unveiling plans to do less door-to-door missionary "tracting" and instead do more social media networking to find potential converts.


In what was billed as a "historic" meeting Sunday, Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry announced that the Utah-based faith’s largest missionary force ever — more than 70,000 strong — will tap online tools to help them connect with and teach their "investigators."

"The world has changed," Perry said. "The nature of missionary work must change if the Lord will accomplish his work."

People today are often "less willing to let strangers into their homes," he said. "Their main points of contact with others is often via the Internet."

And so, LDS missionaries are now authorized to use the Web "during the less-productive times of day," Perry said, "chiefly in the mornings."

Written By: Peggy Fletcher Stack
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  1. They’ve just planted the seeds of their own destruction. It was Mormons using the Internet to study church history — and discovering how MUCH of that history has been artfully hidden from them by the leadership — that are responsible for current the hemorrhaging of membership. The Mormon church is in panic mode, implementing one new program after another to keep it’s influence/wealth intact. This can’t end well.

    • Completely agree with you, this is what happened to me and I just got my name removed from this cult. I only just received the letter yesterday. Very happy.

      In reply to #1 by CoraJudd:

      They’ve just planted the seeds of their own destruction. It was Mormons using the Internet to study church history — and discovering how MUCH of that history has been artfully hidden from them by the leadership — that are responsible for current the hemorrhaging of membership. The Mormon church is…

    • In reply to #1 by CoraJudd:

      They’ve just planted the seeds of their own destruction. It was Mormons using the Internet to study church history — and discovering how MUCH of that history has been artfully hidden from them by the leadership — that are responsible for current the hemorrhaging of membership. The Mormon church is…

      Ha! Forget the church history sites. I wonder how long it will take them to discover the porn sites.

  2. Why bother proselytizing at all? Why not put the fairytale of ‘the golden plates which were not’, aside and invest in something of value? Like science and reason for example.

  3. It is stunning to think that the office of the President of the United States, possibly the most powerful chair for one human in the world today was within reach of this cult. I still am numb over that; it was very real and very dangerous.

    Possibly I’m putting too much into that election, but perhaps not. We MUST keep every sniff of any religion out of politics, forever because there are too many examples of what could happen with god in charge of the meetings.

    Sean Faircloth, what an excellent human; in the right place and at the right time for people like me. I need his clarity and logic and courage and common sense and intelligent pushback to contain the madness of these powerful, rich, dangerous, creeper ‘united states of moronity’ and all others like them that seek to claim power over us, disguised as knowing more than anyone else does.

    Who would you like to have dinner with, Romney or Faircloth?

  4. Ah, the internet.

    The magnifying glass that will, eventually, resign religion to a smoldering cinder.

    If the church leaders thought the printing press was a threat, freely available online access to the crazy contained with their archaic books can only hasten the exodus.

  5. “The world has changed,” Perry said. “The nature of missionary work must change if the Lord will accomplish his work.”

    God must be so excited to finally be using the internet. I remember what I searched for the first time I got on the internet!

    • In reply to #9 by joseywales:

      “The world has changed,” Perry said. “The nature of missionary work must change if the Lord will accomplish his work.”

      God must be so excited to finally be using the internet. I remember what I searched for the first time I got on the internet

      The missionary position?

  6. In reply to justinesaracen

    [Ha! Forget the church history sites. I wonder how long it will take them to discover the porn sites.]

    The Mormons have already discovered Internet porn! In fact, they are quite obsessed with it. Utah has the highest rate (5.47) of subscriptions to adult-content sites per 1,000 households with broadband access, according to a paper in the Journal of Economic Perspectives. Montana has the lowest rate with 1.92 per 1,000 households. (Discover Magazine, May 2009, page 12)

    This is a classic case of repression breeding obsession.

    • In reply to #12 by srlowther:

      In reply to justinesaracen

      [Ha! Forget the church history sites. I wonder how long it will take them to discover the porn sites.]

      The Mormons have already discovered Internet porn! In fact, they are quite obsessed with it. Utah has the highest rate (5.47) of subscriptions to adult-content sites…

      Bless ‘em – with their ridiculous magic underpants, which they are hardly allowed to take off, it’s the only chance they get to see human naughty bits…

  7. How are they keep ‘em down on the farm, after they’ve seen Paree?

    A couple of them once approached me on a train. They were extremely good looking. I mistook it at first for a sexual come-on. They had practiced their come on to skirt religion and be slightly flirtatious. Religion did not come up for quite a long time, once it would have been rude for me to suddenly break off.

  8. Don’t be so certain that the internet is where religions go to die. It’s also where conspiracy buffs thrive on the thinnest “evidence” imaginable. And the fact that anyone can pretend to know what they’re talking about means people can throw bullshit left and right and obfuscate the truth. And it doesn’t help that most internet fora use moderation rules that place a lot of value on “respect” while simultaneously placing no value whatsoever on honesty. It makes these fora impossible places to speak unpleasant truths without getting your posts pulled. For example, if you wanted to point out the true nature of the way the New Testament was written, and how the evidence points to a lot of it being fabrication after the fact to adhere to the message, this is “disrespectful” of Christianity and gets labeled as trolling.

    When person A tells a dangerous lie that can be devastating if allowed to spread, and person B corrects that lie very brutally honestly, but the moderators chastise person B and NOT person A, that does NOT make for an environment in which truth and reason wins out.

  9. In reply to #17 by Steven Mading:

    Well said Steven!

    Comments 1, 2, 3, 6 and 8 are dangerously complacent.

    While the Net is having the effect these well-meaning people ascribe to it they are missing, or ignoring, some very worrying evidence.

    The power of organised religions is such that THE NET IS UNDER THREAT DAILY.

    Legislators and press around the World are attacking the Net for its freedom of expression. It turns out that politicians who call themselves democratic are, in fact, far more interested in manipulation and power – who’d have guessed [/irony].

    Every year Islamic States pressurise the UN to support an international blasphemy law.

    No doubt the above commentators believe it couldn’t happen in their country.

    I lived in Russia during the Yeltsin era. There was real hope that Russia was about to emerge as a democratic state. But Russia’s modern leaders have proved to be just as insecure, neurotic and petty as the Tsars of old. Their democratic support has waned amongst the sophisticated city dwellers – despite State control of the Media. They have searched around for support wherever they can get it, and for minorities they can treat as scape-goats. The Orthodox Church has obliged with pulpits, gay hate and blasphemy. The politicians, meanwhile, have instigated severe and secret censorship of the Net.

    Meanwhile China has spent decades teaching the rest of the World how to monitor Net use.

    Too far away from home, I hear you say.

    Here’s the US list.

    Here’s an excellent summary of the UK position.

    Surely the French Liberté and Égalité would prevent them from censoring the Net. Non, mon ami.

    People who think the Net is where religions come to die are missing the bigger picture – check out the EFF.

    Your inalienable rights to free speech, to fair use and access to information, to be inventive and artistic, to privacy and your democratic right to transparent government are all under attack now.

    The next chapter in human repression is waiting to be written. Unless we work together now.

    Peace.

  10. “The nature of missionary work must change if the Lord will accomplish his work.”

    So is He all powerful or not? Does he need the internet to do his work? Is this why so many have been disappointed waiting for the second coming; because He was waiting for the internet to be up to speed for his divine use of it?

    Time to make some Youtube vids about horses coming to the US after the Lamenite/Nephite wars or about the there being no chariots as the Lamenites (Native Americans to normal people) never used the wheel or maybe the unlikelihood that the swords in the battle could have been metal as a) there was no smelting at the time in the US and b) no one has found a sword off that age in the US etc …

    BTW has anyone ever calculated how many gold plates would be needed to write the Book of Moron in “ancient Egyptian”? I was of the impression that hieroglyphs weren’t very space efficient for telling stories.

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