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Published: Sunday, June 23 2013 7:50 p.m. MDT

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LDSareChristians
Anchorage, AK

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A complaint often received from people interested in the church is they build up courage to stop by an LDS house of worship only to find it locked and empty, Elder Perry noted. The meetinghouses will now be opened for guided tours by missionaries.
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Yes!! As a result of having a lay clergy, we do not have someone manning the meetinghouses 24/7 like many other churches. It has always bugged me that when/if folks show up at a LDS meetinghouse, that they are indeed, often locked up and empty.
I definitely like this new idea of having missionaries manning the meetinghouse.
I also predicted, as a positive side effect of this, is a reduction in vandalism.

OlderGreg
USA, CA

What the non LDS person sees is that the main entrance is locked, even when the building is occupied.

But then, how would a stranger know the real entrance is *not* that front door facing the street ---?

Goooo Cougars
Spokane, WA

In WA the church has been doing the church tours as a trial. The missionaries just don't sit at the church all day. You set up a time with them to take your friends to the meetinghouse. They go over the services and show them different rooms, so they are familiar with the building before they come to church on Sunday. It is a great experience and allows your friends to be comfortable and gain knowledge of the meetings so they know what to expect before they go.

MoJules
Florissant, MO

If they are going to tour the buildings, then the members and missionaries are going to need to be doing a better job in upkeep. I have spent months trying to de-junk the library and to make it more inviting. I believe it can be a core for helping to bring a better spirit to the building on Sundays. I have mat boards with different photo's from the library posted on them by theme, I also play church music or a video while in there. So it is time that we get our houses (buildings) in order.

Orem Parent
Orem, UT

So great to see the hastening of the work! My son goes in the MTC on Wednesday. Can't wait to hear about his life as a missionary for the church!

l.cee
Ridgefield, WA

I live in WA and I have heard about the tours. But if the building is still locked up when a non-member drops by, wouldn't that still be a problem? The article does state that missionaries will use church computers so maybe they will be around when some of the interested come calling.

Aephelps14
San Luis Obispo, CA

What great ideas! There were several areas on my mission, however, that would not have access to the kind of technology that they mention in the article, which is unfortunate.

Pasmith
St Petersburg, FL

The missionaries in our ward have been doing church tours for a long time, at least a couple of years now. I don't know what the difference is.

My daughter is on a mission and she uses the computer and texting so I don't see a big change there either.

XelaDave
Salem, UT

We did building tours and had the building open several hours a weeks for years in Illinois- the missionaries would do study time there and we posted open house times all over town- never saw much from it but the effort was worthwhile and hurt no one in the process- the social media thing will be fun to watch- the LDS mission effort has been time and place based since the beggining- social media is anything but time and place based- should be interesting

JT4
Salt Lake City, UT

One thing that I hope will be allowed, if it isn't already, is for parents of the missionaries to be involved with the investigators through social networking or e-mail. I have children who will be of missionary age in the next few years, and I would very much like to be a support to those they teach. Often, if an investigator sees only the 18- or 19-year-old missionary, that person may very well not get the full picture of what the Gospel is really about, especially if they drag their feet in going to church. Does anyone know if this will be allowed along with what I read in this article?

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

The numbers of missionaries will continue to increase and the word of God will flood the earth as never before. The rolling stone cannot be stopped now, it's refreshing to see use of technology now to reach more and more people. A missionary serving can now have an impact on people anywhere in the world.

Mikaele63
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My wife and I served as senior missionaries in one of the Washington missions last year and...: 1) Were impressed with the serious attention each of the three wards we labored in focused on missionary work — including bishoprics, ward councils and ward missionary committees. 2) Were also impressed with how well the "chapel tour" worked with investigators. As far as we know, the young missionaries always made appointments to conduct these. 3) Personally used our iPad to show Church videos and other messages to some of the people we visited. They responded very well, and we remember thinking it won't be long before the young missionaries will also be using this wonderful tool.

Finally, in talking with young missionaries who now serve at our nearby Temple Visitors Center, they spend part of their time responding to Internet chat and queries in a back office.

DGDENTON
Gainesville, TX

I am a Family History Consultant in our local Family History Center. Church policy has been that the computers in the FHC can be used only for family history. What computers will the missionaries be using? The Church have a strict policy about not using the FHC for proselyting. We want non-members to feel free to come in to the FHC without thinking the FHC is used as a ploy to get them to join the Church. How will this new program affect these FH policies, if at all? I'm sure this issue will be addressed in the future.

Thinkman
Provo, UT

I think that having missionaries be tour guides in the chapels is a wise thing and gives them something to do without bumping into so many of their fellow missionaries out on the tracting beat.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Thanks for the link that brings up the program without clicking to hear the beautiful music from missionaries to missionaries throughout the world. What a great opportunity for everyone on this earth to have a better chance to hear the word and message of God from his servants.

We do live in a great time with plenty of good leaders, parents and especially the youth going on missions. They will hopefully set the example for us to do the same as Senior Couples.

maclouie
Falconer, NY

This is soooo great! Our Family History Center can now be open 24/7!!! (a little hyperbole here)

The community won't come because of our current limited hours. We are not allowed to preach at the FHC but at least the community will come.

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