Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Do 3 things, ask 3 questions.

The simplest distillation of how I give out material is this.

Do three things: Eat out, shop, do laundry.

Ask three questions: Where are you from? What languages do you speak? Would you like a free book in your language?



At 8/14/2007 02:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I've been thinking about this for a long time. Do you ever give out English BOMs? Do you think it is harder?

Matt W.

At 8/14/2007 04:10:00 PM, Blogger Bookslinger said...

To answer your literal question, yes, all the time. Just about every foreign-language speaker also receives an English copy. It's the bilingual/ESL nature that creates the excitement.

But you probably meant to ask if I give out English copies to people who only speak English. The answer to that is yes, but less often.

There are usually three situations where I give out just English to someone who speaks only English.

1. They ask for a copy, or indicate they'd like to read the Book of Mormon. This happens. See #669.

There are a few other examples too, but I can't find them right now.

2. The person gives off spiritual light. Do a search on "spiritual light" and you'll find a few entries.

3. The Spirit indicates to offer it to them. This usually happens on road trips, but my last road trip I chickened out several times.

Generally my approach is to offer a Bible first, by saying I like to give out free Bibles. People know what that's about, and can understand someone giving out Bibles. So I give them a Bible if they want one. Then, whether or not they already have a Bible, I offer a free Book of Mormon, saying that we believe in both.

At 8/15/2007 01:00:00 AM, Blogger Joseph Antley said...

Unfortunately around here we don't have many immigrants except for Mexicans, and they're not always too keen on taking copies (I think probably because Spanish literature is easily accessible, so offering a Spanish book isn't really a big deal).

At 8/15/2007 02:07:00 AM, Blogger Bookslinger said...

Joseph: That's pretty much my experience too. My SOP for offering material to Spanish speakers is pretty much the same as for people who speak only English.

Anyway, if you live in a town of 3,000 or more, you probably have at least one Chinese restaurant. They are often interested in bilingual material. You just need to learn the difference between Simplified script and Traditional script Chinese, see here.

At 8/27/2007 06:42:00 PM, Anonymous makakona said...

bookslinger, you amaze me! each time i check in on your blog, i am moved to tears by how brave and loving and humble you are. you literally amaze me.


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