Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Got missionaries in trouble. Vietnamese. Wed, Jul 1, 2009.

07/01/2009. 1160. I picked up the ward's full-time missionaries and took them to an investigator's apartment for a short lesson. This was the neighborhood where I met a Vietnamese man June 4th, and told the missionaries about it, and gave them a Vietnamese Book of Mormon for him. They hadn't been able to find or contact the man. They had gone there, but no one answered the door.

Since they didn't have another appointment immediately after this one today, we walked over to the Vietnamese man's building, and walked past some people who looked like they might be employees of the apartment complex. The Vietnamese man was outside his building, so it was easy to strike up a conversation with him. He accepted the Vietnamese and English Book of Mormon. The missionaries offered to come visit and offer service, and he invited them over in a few days, and they actually made an appointment.

As we walked back to my car, one of the people we had passed, and who had witnessed our interaction with the man, said there was "no soliciting allowed" on the property and asked us to leave. We were leaving anyway. I mentioned that we had a book in the man's language for him. And we left.

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At 7/02/2009 01:26:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Usually "no soliciting" is interpreted in meaning that you can't sell/buy anything. Visiting someone, offering them -free- material, etc., is not soliciting, especially since you had already met the man.

At 7/02/2009 10:34:00 AM, Blogger Bookslinger said...

In one way, yeah, you could say "selling", but in the generic sense, religious approaches come under the same heading. It means taking the initiative to approach someone who didn't invite you to make the approach.

You have to be careful, because even if the other person _does_ invite you, in the eyes of a third party, if they didn't witness the invite, it still may look like you initiated the contact.


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