So this probably requires some backstory.
I have a long-standing tradition of having a house that is welcoming to the missionaries.
I realise that it’s not hard to find a welcoming home for the mishies in our area, but my house has several distinct advantages.
First, I’m not a member. This is a big plus. Hanging out with people who don’t have the capacity to get baptised, I’ve heard, does not score well with one’s MP.
Second, at my house the elders are able to exercise their knowledge of the gospel. I’m anything but a soft target. Some incredibly interesting discussions have taken place in my living room. I thinkk a good time was had by all in many of these situations.
Finally, if they don’t feel like being missionaries for a few minutes, they can just chill out and be regular 19 year-olds for half an hour and let their guard down a bit in a stress-free environment.
So that being said, I am surprised that the missionaries haven’t been coming around much anymore.
The elders before the previous elders stopped by once, did their pitch, and I never saw them again.
The previous elders stopped by a couple times, went hard at me the first visit but lightened up on the second and then I never saw them again.
The current mishies stopped by once and soft-sold me and I have not heard from them since.
I’m wondering, do you think that they are under instruction to avoid me because I’m a lost cause?
Perhaps they were reprimanded for wasting time at my house. I’m not sure.
Do you really think it’s a good idea to tell missionaries to avoid a non-member who is not an active investigator, but who is himself welcoming to the missionaries? What message does this send to me?
Usually I just want to be left alone, and I don’t really know why I take such pleasure out of talking to these young men (maybe it’s the Spirit); but I can’t help but wonder to what extent I’ve contributed to the delinquency of an Elder or two…