Missionaries on Facebook (Weekend Poll)

By: wheatmeister
January 18, 2014

“Like” or not?

Have you seen the missionaries on Facebook?  What do you think?  Genius idea, moronic, or somewhere in between?

What do you think of missionaries using Facebook to find people to teach?

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19 Responses to Missionaries on Facebook (Weekend Poll)

  1. Erin on January 18, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    All I’m seeing is a home birthing survey. FWIW, I think missionaries on Facebook is a moronic idea.

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  2. fbisti on January 18, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    While the “issue” of home birthing may be worthy of discussion, it is moronic on a blog supposedly for Mormon-tainted “issues.” And, I am bored with nothing better to do right now than write this comment.

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  3. Erin on January 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    “.. it is moronic on a blog supposedly for Mormon-tainted “issues.” ”

    I’m sure its placement was a mistake, not necessarily moronic.

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  4. babaroni on January 18, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    I don’t want any missionaries assisting with my home birth, thanks. ;)

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  5. dba.brotherp on January 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    wait.. missionary work now includes home birthing?

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  6. Andrew S on January 18, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Haha, everyone, the poll has been corrected. Home birthing is (fortunately) not a new thing for missionaries.

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  7. Syphax on January 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    I just don’t want every missionary who comes through town to be constantly contacting me and asking me for things (referrals, rides, food, more referrals, etc.) on my Facebook. I’m happy to help if they want to ask me at church, but I need boundaries at home and in my personal life. I allowed the missionaries to add me at first but after a few months I’d had enough and unfriended all of them. They still have my phone number (and I have call waiting) so I consider that even.

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  8. babaroni on January 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I’m thinking there’s a lot of potential for things going wrong. When a missionary comes to your door, they are easily recognized. You meet them very forthrightly, and either engage or don’t engage. On facebook, you never really know for sure who you are talking to, if you haven’t met them IRL or at least in some other venue and gotten to know them. Elder-so-and-so could be anyone, and anyone can represent themselves as an “LDS missionary.” The church will have a hard time disavowing someone who trolls, or worse, under the guise. It will be difficult for missionaries to establish trust, and difficult, too, for people to be sure the missionaries aren’t just friending them to “spy” on them for a bishop or other church leader.

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  9. Roger on January 18, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    18-year olds supervised by 19-year olds …. What possibly could go wrong??

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  10. whizzbang on January 19, 2014 at 4:14 AM

    @9-who also put their stuff on facebook so all the other adults and their Mission President and friends back home can see dot dot dot

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  11. NewlyHousewife on January 19, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    I don’t see it lasting. There’s just simply no way to police it.

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  12. Steve on January 19, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Does anyone else thing this is a strategy that will irritate more people than it will attract? I have a non-member friend who feels like he is being stalked by the local missionaries.

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  13. NewlyHousewife on January 19, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Steve, all it takes is one restraining order and your friend will be free of name tags for years to come. (sarcasm)

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  14. Nick Literski on January 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Since these kids, and their well-meaning friends (all of whom are complete strangers to me) now spam my Facebook page, I always post in reply: “Here we observe the Mormon church’s recently announced ‘Flood the Shit Out of Facebook’ proselyting scheme, wherein Mormon missionaries and members infiltrate the Facebook discussions of complete strangers, in an effort to silence any online criticism of the Mormon church.” They generally slink away quietly after that.

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  15. EOR on January 20, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    I’m friends with about 6 or 7 Elders (either currently or formerly in my ward). I haven’t had any privacy problems and we have had some pretty good discussions but it just seems ineffective. All of the discussions are among members–no one is really “inviting their friends”. One of our Elders got in a lot of trouble because he accidentally (according to him) “liked” a picture of scantily clad women.

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  16. J.A.T. on January 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    The missionaries I’m friends with post little feel-happy memes and quotes. These little posts remind me of the church’s old TV commercials that reminded us that “family, isn’t it about time” and “being different is being great”. A message from the Mormons. Considering all the spam we get on FB and elsewhere, it’s not bad.

    Like the old TV commercials, I don’t think it will last forever.

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  17. J.A.T. on January 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    I do think that posting pics of investigators and giving up-to-the-minute progress reports should be banned under some sort of ecclesiastical counseling or pastoral confidentiality law. In the very least, we ought to show more decorum and respect for their privacy.

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  18. Zara on January 21, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Like any other form of advertising, it’s likely to be more annoying than useful.

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  19. New Iconoclast on January 22, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    On a related note, a number of missionaries in my ward have personal journals on WordPress or blogger.com, and they probably should be careful about posting pictures and names of investigators without permission as well. As the expansion of missionary social media presence increases, we’ll probably see some rules come out about this kind of thing.

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