Ever wanted to meet a Jew turned Mormon? How about a female, in her mid-20s, living in South America, who is a former Buddhist? I haven’t, really, but a new feature on Mormon.org allows you to search for them: Meet Mormons. (FYI, lots of former Jews, no former Buddhists meeting my target criteria). Strangely, there’s one more box without dropdown options. I’m hoping they add a sexiness rating. (You know you are too!)
So, two questions here:
- Do you think anyone will actually use this to investigate the church?
- What social psychological research is the LDS Church drawing on to think this is a good idea for converting people to the religion?
My guess for number 1: Virtually zero and the feature will be gone in a year or so because it will actually be counter-productive. Most of the people who use it will be flamers. The few genuinely interested will ask honest questions and get back bizarro answers from ordinary members, leading them to conclude the Church is bizarro.
My guess for number 2: Social contact theory; getting to know someone in an outgroup reduces prejudice against them.