QUOTEA complaint often received from people interested in the church is
they build up courage to stop by an LDS house of worship only to find it locked
and empty, Elder Perry noted. The meetinghouses will now be opened for guided
tours by missionaries.END QUOTEYes!! As a result of having a
lay clergy, we do not have someone manning the meetinghouses 24/7 like many
other churches. It has always bugged me that when/if folks show up at a LDS
meetinghouse, that they are indeed, often locked up and empty. I
definitely like this new idea of having missionaries manning the meetinghouse.
I also predicted, as a positive side effect of this, is a reduction in
What the non LDS person sees is that the main entrance is locked, even when the
building is occupied. But then, how would a stranger know the real
entrance is *not* that front door facing the street ---?
In WA the church has been doing the church tours as a trial. The missionaries
just don't sit at the church all day. You set up a time with them to take
your friends to the meetinghouse. They go over the services and show them
different rooms, so they are familiar with the building before they come to
church on Sunday. It is a great experience and allows your friends to be
comfortable and gain knowledge of the meetings so they know what to expect
before they go.
If they are going to tour the buildings, then the members and missionaries are
going to need to be doing a better job in upkeep. I have spent months trying to
de-junk the library and to make it more inviting. I believe it can be a core
for helping to bring a better spirit to the building on Sundays. I have mat
boards with different photo's from the library posted on them by theme, I
also play church music or a video while in there. So it is time that we get our
houses (buildings) in order.
So great to see the hastening of the work! My son goes in the MTC on Wednesday.
Can't wait to hear about his life as a missionary for the church!
I live in WA and I have heard about the tours. But if the building is still
locked up when a non-member drops by, wouldn't that still be a problem? The
article does state that missionaries will use church computers so maybe they
will be around when some of the interested come calling.
What great ideas! There were several areas on my mission, however, that would
not have access to the kind of technology that they mention in the article,
which is unfortunate.
The missionaries in our ward have been doing church tours for a long time, at
least a couple of years now. I don't know what the difference is.My daughter is on a mission and she uses the computer and texting so I
don't see a big change there either.
We did building tours and had the building open several hours a weeks for years
in Illinois- the missionaries would do study time there and we posted open house
times all over town- never saw much from it but the effort was worthwhile and
hurt no one in the process- the social media thing will be fun to watch- the LDS
mission effort has been time and place based since the beggining- social media
is anything but time and place based- should be interesting
One thing that I hope will be allowed, if it isn't already, is for parents
of the missionaries to be involved with the investigators through social
networking or e-mail. I have children who will be of missionary age in the next
few years, and I would very much like to be a support to those they teach.
Often, if an investigator sees only the 18- or 19-year-old missionary, that
person may very well not get the full picture of what the Gospel is really
about, especially if they drag their feet in going to church. Does anyone know
if this will be allowed along with what I read in this article?
The numbers of missionaries will continue to increase and the word of God will
flood the earth as never before. The rolling stone cannot be stopped now,
it's refreshing to see use of technology now to reach more and more people.
A missionary serving can now have an impact on people anywhere in the world.
My wife and I served as senior missionaries in one of the Washington missions
last year and...: 1) Were impressed with the serious attention each of the three
wards we labored in focused on missionary work — including bishoprics,
ward councils and ward missionary committees. 2) Were also impressed with how
well the "chapel tour" worked with investigators. As far as we know, the
young missionaries always made appointments to conduct these. 3) Personally used
our iPad to show Church videos and other messages to some of the people we
visited. They responded very well, and we remember thinking it won't be
long before the young missionaries will also be using this wonderful tool.Finally, in talking with young missionaries who now serve at our nearby
Temple Visitors Center, they spend part of their time responding to Internet
chat and queries in a back office.
I am a Family History Consultant in our local Family History Center. Church
policy has been that the computers in the FHC can be used only for family
history. What computers will the missionaries be using? The Church have a
strict policy about not using the FHC for proselyting. We want non-members to
feel free to come in to the FHC without thinking the FHC is used as a ploy to
get them to join the Church. How will this new program affect these FH
policies, if at all? I'm sure this issue will be addressed in the future.
I think that having missionaries be tour guides in the chapels is a wise thing
and gives them something to do without bumping into so many of their fellow
missionaries out on the tracting beat.
Thanks for the link that brings up the program without clicking to hear the
beautiful music from missionaries to missionaries throughout the world. What a
great opportunity for everyone on this earth to have a better chance to hear the
word and message of God from his servants.We do live in a great time
with plenty of good leaders, parents and especially the youth going on missions.
They will hopefully set the example for us to do the same as Senior Couples.
This is soooo great! Our Family History Center can now be open 24/7!!! (a little
hyperbole here) The community won't come because of our current
limited hours. We are not allowed to preach at the FHC but at least the
community will come.