Men posing as LDS missionaries rob Las Vegas resident

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  • Richard Larson Galt, CA
    Aug. 29, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    Missed the mark & tardy to the party there DN.
    THEY HAVE BEEN CAUGHT and are in jail....
    But then, you and yours have always been behind the times.....

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 1:43 p.m.


    [missionary ping] Hello, I'm a rep... have you ever heard about the CoJCoLDS?

    [reply ping] Hold on a sec, let me google it.... Oh, you're the church that believes Native Americans are descendents of... founded by a ... located in SLC... can't drink wine... or have tea or coffee... MUST PAY 10%? No thanks.

    [missionary ping] Never mind, have a nice day.

    Doesn't seem like a particularly enjoyable mission to me... (just sayin).


    Ciao bello.



  • LittleDrummerMan ,
    Aug. 23, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    Any real missionary is asleep at 6:20 am, having to get up in 10 minutes. Sleep is very valuable as a missionary, because no matter how much of the 8 hours you sleep, you're still tired.

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    Aug. 21, 2013 7:31 p.m.

    Folks, our missionaries here do not tract door-to-door at all. They're too busy going to pre-set appointments. And they also tend to wear short-sleeved shirts in the summer when the temps are 110 daily. Just FYI.

  • DMJ Newbury Park, CA
    Aug. 21, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    Note to robbers. Better disguise would be Relief Society sisters bearing casseroles or better yet, deacons with the blue Fast Offering envelopes.

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    What did they talk about for 5 minutes before the robbery? I wonder if they gave him a Book of Mormon.

  • LovingMormons Bakersfield, CA
    Aug. 21, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    @JcB in TX- Re: How will they spend their time now?

    Reading God's Word and trying to figure out why door-to-door really is unproductive.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 9:57 a.m.

    I hope the mission president in Las Vegas does not require his missionaries to wear long sleeve shirts in the summertime. On a more serious note, I have often worried that some missionary looking guys would be arrested in some foreign country as CIA spies. Imagine the backlash from something like that.

    Aug. 21, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    @ Brother Benjamin Franklin
    I am not sure what you mean by "the Church puts their emphasis in the wrong places."
    Since I was a youth in the 1950's and President McKay said, "Every member a missionary," the leaders of the church have been putting emphasis on member involvement in finding people for the missionaries to teach. The only reason that missionaries must resort to knocking on doors is that, we as members (and I include myself in this) do not provide them with enough people to teach. Put quite simply, they would rather be doing more productive activities (like teaching lessons), but too often there are not any 'more productive' activities for them to be involved in.

  • DUPDaze Bakersfield, CA
    Aug. 21, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    What losers. And hint to folks: Don't open your door at 6:20 to anyone!

    Aug. 21, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    Certainly most members of the LDS Church would know that missionaries are not out knocking on doors at 6:20 a.m., but I am fairly certain that 99.999% (a number not based on any scientific research) of the rest of the population of the world is cognizant of that bit of knowledge. Yet, when put into the larger context of door to door solicitation in general, it should seem more than a little odd to even the most casual observer that representatives of any organization would be soliciting door to door at that hour.
    Still, I am sure that it will put a damper, especially in Las Vegas, on the success of door to door contacting for everyone who does it. When I served a mission, years ago, it was the least successful method of introducing people to the church and there were many more stay at home moms then, I am sure that now the percentage is even lower now. Yet we spent most of our daylight hours doing that because we never had enough people to teach from the other more productive sources. How will the missionaries fill their time now?

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 7:45 a.m.

    When I was on my mission, there were a couple thieves who attempted this as well. For a few weeks were were told not to do the door to door thing. This was in Italy.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Aug. 21, 2013 6:40 a.m.

    "It would be great to also get more involved in community service and be out and seen that way."

    There is already a 10 service hour requirement for Missionaries. In Dallas, they average more than that.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 6:14 a.m.

    Here is a few clues:

    1. They didn't have name tags on (big red flag)
    2. They approached the door at 6:30 a.m. (they wake up at that time)
    3. They looked down for the camera (my guess is they had the place staked out)
    4. I can't think of a missionary that starts off a door approach that they want to discuss religion, especially at 6:30 a.m. They would start off with their title, name and then the name of the church.
    5. Hopefully there is a law with higher consequences against those who impersonate missionaries much like impersonating a cop etc.
    6. It's 6:30 a.m....Really? What missionary would ever think that is an effective time to try and teach someone without an appointment? It's 6:30 a.m.

  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    Aug. 21, 2013 5:39 a.m.

    MoJules. It's required by law for missionaries, LDS or otherwise, to wear ID tags? In what states, cities or jurisdictions?

  • Brother Benjamin Franklin Orem, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 4:00 a.m.

    I am saddened for the victims.

    In my opinion if the LDS Church just had missionaries stop going door-to-door, then this type of stuff would never happen.

    Why not just have them on Facebook, at the temple, in the family history centers, on Temple Square, and other safe places where people will know they are legitimate?

    This is what happens when the Church puts their emphasis in the wrong places. I hope they reconsider their proselytizing strategies after this incident. When is enough going to be enough?

  • Arizona Rocks Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 21, 2013 1:50 a.m.

    If I were these two, I would not be standing outside during a thunder storm ...

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Aug. 20, 2013 10:58 p.m.

    Six twenty in the morning ?

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Aug. 20, 2013 9:50 p.m.

    Fact one, missionaries are doing their study and such at that time in the morning.

    Fact two, it is required by law to wear ID to identify who you are. I have never in all my years around missionaries seen them without their name tag.

    Sadly, the shoe can be on the other foot, sometimes missionaries can be invited in and treated poorly. Both sides of the door need to be cautious.

  • scodyshootfight KC, MO
    Aug. 20, 2013 8:44 p.m.

    This will have a negative impact on the church's door to door efforts. And in today's world, I don't blame people for not trusting door to door strangers, even if they're missionaries. At our house we have a peep hole and will not even answer if it is someone we're unfamiliar with.

    How cool it was to see that the church is already changing their approach. We're moving away from door to door and going more online. It would be great to also get more involved in community service and be out and seen that way. That was the best way to build relationships and find interested people on my mission.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    A couple of twisted minds. What happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    Gee, that would have been news...back in June.

  • Euroskeptic Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    Looks like it's getting harder and harder to live on MSF (Missionary Support Funds)...

    I hope they catch these imposters quickly.

  • splitme2 West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 1:01 p.m.

    Seriously? What people won't do for their 15 minutes of fame! Who thinks missionaries would knock on your door at 6:20 am? I'm sure this is no laughing matter but it struck me as funny.