By Melissa Mc
Having not been a missionary, I’m totally unfamiliar with what goes on in the MTC. Other than obvious doctrinal and language lessons, I’m not sure what else is taught. And I pose this query after the following incident happened yesterday to my dearest friend:
F was loading her groceries into her car, alone, when she was approached in the in the parking by a pair of missionaries. Although not alarmed, knowing the two young men in suits and ties were non-threatening, she was startled and curious as to why they were targeting a single woman in a parking lot. After a few cursory questions about beliefs, etc., F made mention that she knew us and was familiar with the church, but that she was Catholic and not interested. After which a missionary responded, “But do you understand what they are saying to you in church?” F, having no idea what this young missionary was asking, responds, “Well of course I do.” To which he says something to the affect of, “but I’m sure it’s still hard for you to understand.” F finally realizes that these missionaries were referring to mass being recited in LATIN, a tradition that was eliminated 40 or so years ago. At which point F says, “That is the end of our conversation, thanks, gotta go.”
So, I have several questions:
1. Are grocery store parking lots fair game in tracting?
2. Are missionaries free to approach women who are alone?
3. Do they not realize that they are at risk for getting pepper sprayed?
4. Who failed to tell them that mass is not said in LATIN?
5. What is taught in the MTC that prepares 19 year olds to avoid such inappropriate behavior?
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