What are your thoughts of this pilot program of the Church that allows full time missionaries that are in the MTC to use the internet to chat with people who have questions about the Church? Many are doing it for almost a year, 6 days a week from 10:00am to 9:00pm.
I think it's a great idea - how many people these days are searching on the Internet for *everything*?!? To get live answers from the Church on demand is a wonderful tool for those asking the questions, and what a great opportunity to share the gospel! Why shouldn't the Church use these tools? In an ever-increasingly technologically wired society, it just makes sense.
sorry but I hate the idea what kind of mission is that for a young man? I would agree for a couple of months but a whole year or more sitting down behind a desk chatting with prospective investigators? this can depress a young man who has been dreaming in experiencing a real mission, knocking doors, etc you know what am I saying? not to mention the chat is not filtered so they waste too much time chatting with antimormons in disguise and who knows some freaks who may want to have som sort of sex talk these guys are young and vulnerable I say they are putting them in the lion's mouth.
Mormon missionary work moving online
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - For a dozen Mormon missionaries in upstate New York, the iconic tasks of "tracting" and knocking on doors are things of the past. Ref. Instead, they're spreading the good word in high-tech fashion, posting on sites such as Blogger, WordPress and Facebook. Ref. Source 4
Facebook Mormon Missionaries
After 200 years of pounding pavements all over the world, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which counts Republican candidate Mitt Romney among its 14 million followers, has put its faith in digital door-knocking. Its Facebook page has Jesus as its profile picture and "Likes" by almost 650,000 people. A YouTube channel has scored 40 million video views, while the church's UK arm calculates that its own Facebook page "Reaches" 900,000 people. Ref. Source 8
I am quite unsure of the changes made last Sunday. Less time knocking doors and more time online? I don't know if I like the sound of it. I do understand the need to access people through technology but we are talking about 18 year old boys here who will have full internet access in the chapel with no supervision? And they are allowed to be on Facebook and members are encouraged to add them as "Friends" As well as giving guided tours in meetinghouses? I smell trouble, sorry.
The Mormons must be getting desperate to be sending a their salesmen online I wonder if they own any Google stock as well.