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Conversation I just had with my dad. . .

me: Hi Dad

Dad: Hi Josh

Me: Dad, I don't EVER want to have a conversation with a member missionary, who tells me that she talked to you at Temple square and that you thought it would be a great idea for her to call me and share her love of Jesus Christ and the meaning of Christmas with me again. 

Dad:. . .  wow, that was a long time ago.

Me: do you understand that I don't EVER want this to happen again?

Dad: but she was really cute and Danish

Me: great dad, do you understand that this will not ever happen again?

Dad: I understand, it won't happen again. 

I hang up.

So yeah, I was sitting down at my desk at work, and my phone starts ringing, all it says is CALL

Thinking it's either my friend Patrick in PDX who blocks his outgoing Cell Number, I answer it, 

Nope, not Patrick, I'm greeting by a voice of a girl, who greets me by name, alarm bells start going off in my head, cute and bubbly sounding, but I'm relatively sure I've never talked with her in my life. She Identifies herself as a Member Missionary in Salt Lake, and that she'd met my dad at temple square. . .  she askes if I've ever seen temple square, I say as a kid. She continues on, telling me how she talked to my dad and he told me about his son's and how much he loved them, and how important the church was to him.

It dawned on me . . .  ohhh   this is the lets try and use a cute girl to get him to come back to the church call. . .

She continues on with her speil, and then asks if she can send me a video, and have it delivered by some missionaries. 

I cut her off and tell her I'm not interested, she asks why I dislike the church. I explain that I don't dislike the church, I've known since I was seven that the church wasn’t for me, and
when I was 8 and It came time to be babtized, I also knew that if I didnt do it, that my mom would be crushed if I didn't and then it took 6 years after that for me to come out to them that I didnt want to be a Mormon, and it took two more years for them to start to believe me, but that it looked like it had never sunk in that I wasn’t going to be a Mormon. 

She backpedaled and apologized and tried to make sure that I understood that she hoped that she had not caused an issue with my dad, I didn’t have the heart to tell her, "no, he started the issue by telling you to call me, it's not your fault. "

I told her I was at work and needed to get working, and thanked her for the call.  And then called my dad.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 16th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
Sounds familiar. My dad has always understood, but my mom still thinks there might be hope for Andrew and me (nope). I had to threaten legal action against the home-teachers here if they did not stop harassing me at my home and with letters of excommunication. I really don't like to be threatened with hell and damnation when I don't belive in all that crap. I feel sorry for the missionaries though, they are just being good little sheep.
Dec. 17th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
My dad is my assigned home teacher, and I live with him.
Dec. 17th, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)
Now that bites.
Dec. 17th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC)
yeah, it's even more irritating because over the last couple of days he's joked around with me about how they've stopped trying to force the religion down my throat, and tried to play off the idea that they ever have as false.

Dec. 16th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
Wow you were SO polite to her! I probably would've been the same way, but really just wanted to hang up. My parents started giving up on me a long time ago. Every once in a while they push me to go with them somewhere.... sigh.
Dec. 17th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC)
I'm not mormon, but I have to tell you every parent come up with something to harp on thier kids with for the rest of their lives. My mom keeps trying to get me to be an artist/ actress. She was a photo journalist, my sister is a photographer/ painter married to a musician. My grandfather was an art dealer. Every few months my mom askes me if I'm ever going back to acting. I haven't been on a stage since i was 19. She sounds so disapointed when I tell her I'm a massage therapist and that's what I'm happy doing. Aparently starving artist is cooler
Dec. 18th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, but these people are SUCH fun to play with. I think I may have converted a Mormon to Satanism once...
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