formosa wrote:almas john, the Mormons i met here in Korea last week told me that they cannot even read the newspapers overseas for two years? Tomas, is that true too? So they cannot read the China Post or TT while they are in Taiwan? Yikes! How do they get the news?
Tomas, your stories are great, thanks. You will be damned to Hell for telling us, but thanks. They really wear special underwear? OMIGOD! and that initiation ceremony is positively BONKERS SUPERNATURAL HOCUS POCUS. unbelieavble!
God bless you,f or being so honest to tell us the truth. I hope you do not suffer any negative repercussons from Mormons in Taiwan reading your posts...
Yes, it is true that missionaries are not allowed to read newspapers or non-church related magazines. They are cautioned to stay focused "on the Lord's work," and not become distracted by worldly issues.
The rest of your assertions are pretty out there. There is no English-teaching bonanza among the missionaries. There was no particular "target" when proseltizing, so I'm not sure where you're getting the idea thea missionaries only go after lonely, single people. The main goal was in fact families, as they are considered the bedrock of any church organization.
The emotional manipulation claim could be made of any organized religion, and bear in mind that these young missionaries are themselves victims of that manipulation. They honestly believe that they are doing the right thing, and doing it out of love and a sense of duty.
I don't feel badly about having introduced Mormonism to some people. I think that people are capable of making their own decisions about staying in or leaving the church, and most Taiwanese people I know who were at one time Mormons have no feelings of bitterness about the experience, so I'm not sure whether your getting the "emotional swindling" from. To be sure, some manipulation is involved, but not to the degree that you imply.
But then, if you weren't a little "out there," you wouldn't be our beloved formosa, now would you?