No more asking for referrals at Church historical sites?

In the summer I wrote about our trip to Palmyra. You can read about it in the following posts:

If you’ve been to a Church historical site, you are aware that after sharing the message with you, the missionaries usually hand out a card of some kind and ask you to consider friends that you feel inspired to have the missionaries visit.

On Friday and Saturday we went back to Palmyra (the tours are usually much better when it is “off-season”) and had some great visits. I’ll write about those separately and post some pictures. The point I wanted to share was about the referrals…

On Friday at the Hill Cumorah Visitors Center, the senior missionary told us that rather than ask for referrals, they were asking for our own email address. He said he would send us some links to some sites that explain a bit of the history of the area. The next morning the email came in with the links he had mentioned. He suggested that we could invite someone over for a family home evening to learn more about the sites.

Then on Saturday at the Peter Whitmer Farm, the sister missionary there started to mention the same thing. Her little spiel about it actually used the word “creepy”, as in “it was kind of creepy to have a stranger call them up” and ask them if they wanted to learn more about a place they had never visited. We let her know that we were happy to give her an email address, but that we had already given it to the other missionary. She said that if we had already done that, then that was fine.

I don’t know if this is now the norm, but it was kind of nice. I appreciated the suggested links, and we didn’t feel the pressure that often accompanied one of those referral cards.

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