“We were always invited to Church activities but never pressured to go,” the convert continued.
“When we did decide to go, our neighbors’ sweet, dependable daughter came over to babysit for us—and sometimes even refused to be paid for it.
Often the church member will invite someone over for dinner, along with the LDS missionaries, as a means of introducing the person to Mormonism.” Indeed, Mormon leaders encourage their members to go beyond the comfort of their own homes to engage with nonmembers.
Many assume that the Mormon Church’s best tactics to entice potential converts are through direct contact with two of the church’s 52,000 missionaries as well as media campaigns.
Then, when these families show interest, arrange through your ward or branch mission leader to invite them and the missionaries into your home to share the message of the restoration. In the months that followed, [our neighbors] proved to be the best friends…had ever met.
If you will follow this simple procedure, you will bring a number of fine families into the Church.” One church manual provides a four-step list to “sharing the Gospel effectively”: “1. They were not afraid to be too friendly and took our family in just as though we were their own family.” The efforts proved to be successful.
“We are setting a standard,” Kate ends up sarcastically responding to her complaining neighbor. According to Sandra Tanner, the founder of the Utah Lighthouse Ministry in Salt Lake City, Mormons have found success through friendshipping.
SYNOPSIS For many years, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) have practiced what they call “friendshipping.” This coined word describes the attitude that Mormons are told to have in their relationships with less active members or those who have no connection whatsoever to the LDS Church.
By going out of their way to do kind gestures, Mormons hope to present a positive image of their church and possibly entice friends and neighbors to enter into the missionary lessons.
But I wondered if “friendshipping” was his main motivation.
Regardless, he was one of the hardest workers of the afternoon, sweating profusely and refusing to take a break.