I work in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and each day I go for a walk along the Niagara Parkway. It is a fascinating place to be as there are A LOT of tourists around in the summer. It’s nice to see families together enjoying themselves. Since there are a lot of people around, it also attracts others who are looking to speak with a lot of people. Occasionally I come across some tracts that people have left on benches or car windshields.
I recently came across one of the best tracts I’ve ever seen. The ones I normally see are usually just messages about how evil we all are and how we need to repent. This one has that same message, but it does it in the form of a cartoon. Since it is a cartoon, it doesn’t feel quite as harsh. I’ve scanned it to a PDF if you want to download it. I’ve also included it below.
I think my two favourite panels are on page 3 and page 5. The guy with his tongue sticking out as he lusts after a woman is pretty comical. And I love the panel where the guy compares himself to Hitler, a KKK clansmen, Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein and says at least he isn’t as bad as some people 🙂
I wonder how effective these sorts of tracts are. Considering how ineffective door-to-door tracting can be, I would assume that handing out paper tracts or leaving them for others to pick up isn’t going to be any more effective. But I guess if they reach even one person it is worth it.
The tract ends by telling the reader to find a good church. Well, I feel that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a good church. I’m glad it’s a part of my life and that I have the truth of the gospel. I may sin more than 127,000 times in my life, but I know that the Savior died for me and that I can be forgiven. I hope others can find this out as well.
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I live just outside of Niagara Falls, Ontario. I was previously the bishop of a ward that had attendance of just under 150. We have an Apostle come to Stake Conference about once every 8-10 years. It’s not to say that we are forgotten, but we certainly aren’t a focus of attention by the Church or its Public Relations Department.
Maybe that is why I found this article from The Independent in England so cool. Just as the Book of Mormon musical is coming to Toronto, it is also now in London. To try to counter any negative message, apparently the Church mailed 50 video cards to media outlets with people talking about the Book of Mormon (the actual book of scripture) and how it has affected their lives. It looks like it is part of the I’m a Mormon campaign.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I go for a walk every day at lunch along the Niagara Parkway in Niagara Falls, Ontario (I work there). I usually listen to a podcast (sports talk show out of Toronto, various NPR shows, or Church-related shows). The other day I listened to an On Point episode from last week called The Mormon Moment. It was quite a good show. Host Tom Ashbrook had 3 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on to talk about how Mormons felt about this “moment” and what it meant to them and the Church. There was time for a few callers, and the questions were respectful. Unfortunately, many of the comments on the On Point web site are not.
If you have some time or like to listen to podcast while walkin/running or driving to work, you should definitely check it out.