We weren't the only ones, we noticed. Missionaries were blanketing the mall parking lot. If someone was sitting in, getting in, or getting out of a motor vehicle, a white shirt and tie was on it. Reactions differed: a kind smile and shake of the head; a hand up with a polite, "Not interested"; and, for one man, "No, no, no, no, no, don't come over here."
We used to hear that LDS missionaries did not proselytize in the Valley. "I think there's a rule," VoU1 said. "I've only been hit up once the whole time I've been here."
"You're never home," VoU2 pointed out. "They come by my house all the time."
Maybe there's more urgency there... Anyway, we think this strategy of approaching people in parking lots (movie theaters? banks? parks?) is a bad idea. For the most part, non-Mormons and Mormons co-exist peacefully in this state as long as neither are, for lack of a better term, in the other's face. A lot of non-members won't care if someone hits them up about the Church and then moves on, but some will, especially because, if you've lived in this valley for any length of time, you've usually had ample opportunity to hear about the Church's teachings. Our Father's Plan? Gift from a co-worker. Book of Mormon? Gift from another co-worker. Come watch Saturday's Warrior with us? Okay...
Part of our concern may be from working downtown for