Originally Posted by EviesMom
This is fairly OT, but why isn't there (or is there and I don't know it) a religion or organization that goes door to door looking for ways to tangibly assist people? Say, asking if elderly people need help getting to the doctor or if homeowners need help painting the house? I suspect such a religion would gain lots more converts by actually actively helping and giving to others as opposed to wasting paper handing out masses of literature that, even if people convert, will mostly be thrown away. I mean, even if I were JW or LDS, other than the actual Book of Mormon, people are going to toss the monthly/periodical literature, right?
I've had the Mormons at my door exactly 3 times. Each time, I have lived at a different location, each time it's been 2 nice looking young men in suits (different men each time). Each time, they have offered to help me.
The first I was on my way to a college final exam and my ride was late I thought the ringing doorbell was my ride, but it was the young, Mormon men. I was in a panic and said I didn't have time to talk, going to final exam, ride late and they offered to drive me to my exam! I didn't accept the offer and luckily my ride showed up while they were there so it was easy to excuse myself.
The second time, we'd bought our new house and were renovating and they came by, saw we were too busy to talk but offered to come help us paint, tear down walls, whatever we wanted. We politely declined.
The third time was in the next new house we lived in and my DH was building a deck and they offered to help with building the deck. Again, he politely declined and told them it wasn't a good time to talk as he needed to finish before dark.
The JW's that have come to our door have never offered to help, likely because it's always been 2 older women that were too frail to be able to do manual labour. Don't know if they'd offer if they were younger, stronger, etc.
Makes sense as this has been my experience.