In this day and age of instant verifiability, any rumor should be chalked up to “wishful thinking” until it can be verified (which should take all of about 10 minutes of google-ing).]]>
Bull snot to those who say tracting is lazy!
Jacob M, your comment actually made me think. Having served in an increasingly secular and atheistic Europe where people tend to be more reserved generally, we spent most of my time knocking doors and street contacting, and 90% of the baptisms in our mission came as a result of these activities.
Tracting was especially hard for me since I am quiet and shy, but after two years I was pretty good at it because I constantly analyzed what I was doing, thinking of new approaches, new questions, trying to figure out why certain situations were more uncomfortable than others and how to get around that (for example, I couldn’t figure out why I hated talking to people at bus stops so much until I realized that it’s because they don’t have an easy out. At the door, they can just close it to end the conversation. They can’t very well walk away from the bus stop. Solution: give them a reasonable way out conversationally and respect their answer).
Anyways, I am left to wonder what would happened if we would have applied so much creative energy to member work, service projects, etc. Probably would have had more success. We never did though, because we could always knock door.]]>