What have I gotten myself into? One week of feeling responsible for the neighborhood–including entertaining the local Mormon missionaries and now I’m stuck in this cycle of visitations.
I guess I shouldn’t blame them. I’m sure I’m by far the most interested and willing converser that they have. I’m not a Mormon scholar by any means, but having a good grasp of LDS basics, I’m sure it’s fun to go into “deeper” stuff. And they were pretty stoked that I had the Book of Mormon-Doctrines and Covenants-Pearl of Great Price (a.k.a. the “triple”), which I guess most non-Mormons don’t possess.
But that one impulsive “putting myself out there” for the Mormons to see while I assembled my son’s bike on the driveway — no longer seems like it was such a good idea. A friend of mine asked me, “So what’s your game plan?” To be honest, I don’t really have one. At first, I thought it’d be good to see who they were. And then I thought — Hey, better they talk to me than to one of my neighbors. There’s nothing there that has any semblance of a plan. I know some of you guys are thinking of the reverse-missionary thing.
Don’t get me wrong. I do respect them; the work of missionaries is very difficult. And I think part of me doing this was out of love for them; just welcoming people who are in the neighborhood. But I guess hospitality isn’t always so easy.
They’ve left me with a copy of “Special Witnesses of Christ” which is a DVD about the twelve living apostles (available at Google Video, of all places). Let’s see what happens next.
In any case, should you ever want to send a care package to your local LDS missionary, www.DearElder.com looks like a great service.