VoU1 here. There are two things on my mind tonight about the LDS Church.
1. Ads. Hearing one of them tonight on KSL reminded me that I really like the Church's ads about spending time with family, talking to your kids, etc. I can't quote them, but they usually end with something like, "Isn't it about . . . time?" or "No matter what you say to your kids, they'll hear love," or such. I think they're well done, and have a nice, upbeat, message without being overly preachy.
2. Parking lot harassment. We wrote about LDS missionaries confronting shoppers in parking lots before, and a letter in Sunday's Trib also complained about it, but what happened to me the other day was beyond the pale. I was leaving a south valley ShopKo when two women approached and said they wanted to talk to me about the teachings of the LDS Church. "No thanks," I said with a smile; "I'm kind of in a hurry."
That should have ended it. Instead, one of them launched into an explanation of why I needed to hear about the teachings of the Church. Still smiling politely, I explained that I am very familiar with the teachings of the Church. By now, she was walking beside me. The word is true and I need to hear it, she persisted. "You know, I'm really not interested," I said. She continued to follow me, informing me of the importance of understanding these truths. "Look, I'm not interested," I said firmly. "I just want to walk to my car in peace." She then stepped up next to the car, physically crowding me, and started in again.
That was it. "You know what?" I interrupted. "It's this kind of thing that is going to turn people with positive feelings about the Church into people with negative feelings. Do you really want that?" Well, the word is important, she said, refusing to budge. "Look, I know you're just doing what you've been told," I said, "but I would like you to relay to your supervisor that this is counterproductive, that you are generating hostile feelings toward the Church by someone who did not feel that way before. Do you see what I'm saying?" Apparently not, because she completely ignored it, instead reiterating that it was important to know the truth of the Church's teachings. I finally had to step around her, almost literally shut the car door in her face, and hope that she would move out of the way.
I don't like being approached in parking lots, but I can tolerate it if the person backs off once I have expressed disinterest. This latest recruiting "strategy" is pure harassment, though. Whoever came up with it: Please stop.