How bad must things be in the US?

Did anyone else catch the latest change to proselytizing in the US? Mormon missionaries are now surfing the web looking for people. Baptism numbers must be way down if the LDS Church is allowing missionaries to spend time online searching for converts (of course, with a companion looking over their should the whole time). According to the article, they’re cruising Facebook and other blog sites, posting and trying to start up conversations with people. Anyone have their profile on Facebook? I’d totally “friend” them! 😉

Think they’d be up to doing a guest post on MSP?


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7 Responses

  1. Must save a lot of time. They can bail on a chat as soon as it’s not going well. How many times did I wish I could do that while tracting out the elderly and the mentally ill? (Lovely people though.)

  2. chanson says:

    Think theyd be up to doing a guest post on MSP?

    That would be cool!

  3. Craig says:

    That’s hilarious. The church tries so hard to be seen as “hip” and “cool” so it starts a website a decade too late, has online chat rooms 15 years after they were popular, starts “blogging” (aka. corporate PR) several years after everyone else does, and is just now hopping on the facebook bandwagon.

    I’m surprised they didn’t try myspace first. Or friendster.

    Oh, and here’s a quote from the article,

    Its guiding principle is simple: The missionaries selected to participate can go online if they don’t have any effort more productive, such as teaching, following up on previous contacts, checking out referrals or meeting or working with members.

    In other words, they’re on the internet ALL THE TIME. I’m kind of annoyed that I didn’t get to do this on my mission. Spend several hours on facebook (though I didn’t use facebook then), and have who knows how many other tabs open doing other stuff is a far better use of time than street contacting or doing doors.

  4. Andrew S. says:

    Im surprised they didnt try myspace first. Or friendster.

    Clearly, Craig, that they went to Facebook is a sign that the brethren are prophets, seers, and revelators.

  5. Kevin says:

    My favorite part was the uber-creative name they came up with for the program: “Missionaries on the Internet”

  6. mike d. says:


    My favorite part was the uber-creative name they came up with for the program: Missionaries on the Internet

    Maybe they should call it Preaching Over Righteous Networks.

  7. Craig says:


    I don’t know. They’re probably false prophets. I mean, when I was at BYU, the area authority told us to all delete our facebook profiles because they weren’t a righteous use of time, and could lead to devilish things, so clearly whoever authorised this programme is in apostasy.

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