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Often the church member will invite someone over for dinner, along with the LDS missionaries, as a means of introducing the person to Mormonism.” Indeed, Mormon leaders encourage their members to go beyond the comfort of their own homes to engage with nonmembers.
Many assume that the Mormon Church’s best tactics to entice potential converts are through direct contact with two of the church’s 52,000 missionaries as well as media campaigns.
In addition, many Christians are pressured to join the LDS Church when they become involved in romantic relationships with Mormons.
While Mormons apparently can date outside their faith as long as their partners are pure and wholesome, they are not supposed to marry nonmembers.
Louise, the local neighborhood gossip, decides she isn’t a fan of these uncouth people, so she warns Kate Jaynes, the wife of the local LDS Church leader, not to be so outgoing to them. It is certainly not a strategy of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a group that is more likely to knock on our doors, but who will shun their own neighbors and refuse to participate in neighborhood social activities.
“We are setting a standard,” Kate ends up sarcastically responding to her complaining neighbor. According to Sandra Tanner, the founder of the Utah Lighthouse Ministry in Salt Lake City, Mormons have found success through friendshipping.
SYNOPSIS For many years, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) have practiced what they call “friendshipping.” This coined word describes the attitude that Mormons are told to have in their relationships with less active members or those who have no connection whatsoever to the LDS Church.
By going out of their way to do kind gestures, Mormons hope to present a positive image of their church and possibly entice friends and neighbors to enter into the missionary lessons.
Sunday is a sacred day for members of the LDS Church; Mormons are not supposed to work or recreate on the “Sabbath.” Since more than two-thirds of Utah’s population is LDS, many stores and restaurants throughout the state are closed on Sunday.
But I wondered if “friendshipping” was his main motivation.