Sex chats between strangers
In the past few decades, however, the number of converts has shown a concerning drop, from a peak of 331,000 a year in 1990 to just a little over 272,000 in 2012, according to official church records.Sometime between the car phone and the i Phone 5, people stopped opening their doors to the itinerant pairs of neatly dressed proselytizers.Just as it did nearly 200 years ago, when the church pioneered mass-market distribution of its Bibles by printing a half-million texts, and a century ago, when it released a feature film on the Book of Mormon, now it is pinning its hopes on the marketing muscle of a technology with even broader reach: the web.In an age of Internet-enabled instant gratification, the church is betting the demand for instant salvation can’t be far behind.
The first online-only mission -- and the official headquarters of “Chat with a Mormon” -- launched as a call center-type operation set up to answer basic questions about the church and accommodate injured or disabled missionaries who’d have difficulty marching through neighborhoods.
I thought you would be interested in this Facebook post to one of my groups today.
It was the Blue Mountains Community Social Group, over here in Australia.
The person who posted it reported that she saw it pasted up in a local shopping centre.
We’re a fairly small, regional community, about 100km from Sydney."Before I even knew much about the church, I really felt its power immediately." The teenager’s unlikely route to baptism helps explain why the white-haired patriarchs of the Mormon church stunned their followers last summer by lifting a ban barring missionaries from social media.