A few weeks ago there was a large, “historic” missionary meeting held. It was broadcast and members were encouraged to attend.
Where necessary, local leaders should adjust scheduled worship services so that members are able to participate in the live broadcast of this historic event.
The meeting largely centered on the “new” ways of conducting missionary work. Tracting is largely unproductive so now missionaries will be using social media (largely Facebook) to contact people who are recommended to them through local members, chatrooms via mormon.org and will use Facebook to build relationships with people before trying to go to their house and talk to them in their living rooms about religion. Also they’ll be doing this with brand new Ipads! Also your local missionaries will be giving tours of the local meeting house to interested parties since now they’ll be hanging out there to access the meetinghouse wifi (hint: password usually Pioneer47).
So… why were so many members invited to attend this meeting of “historic” proportions? Well it was also a pep rally to the fabulousness (yes I just made that word up) of the church and a guiltfest (made that one up too) for members to do their part. The missionaries have better luck teaching people (and let’s keep our eye on the prize- baptizing people they teach) when they are able to utilize the members to find people to teach. So members need to be excited about missionary work and participate in it. But they should be nice even if people aren’t interested in their message… right? Right. Because that’s the the right thing to do.