Rob at new Hartford TempleHartford, CT
Those who say that advertising my sign does not work and that I am wasting my time simply don't know what they are talking about. I have Google Analytics to check the stats. Basically every time I advertise my site, the stats go up, and in some cases, way up! For example, I went out to the Hartford, CT LDS temple opening from October 12-18, 2016, and was standing on a very busy street corner. From October 1-11, I received only 3 visits from CT, 4 from MA, and 17 from NY. For simply the dates of my trip, CT had 1,393, NY had 394, and MA had 228. During my trip and continuing for a week afterwards, CT was first every day among all the states visiting my site.
Not only did I advertise, but I preached outside the temple as well as at Fishkill, NY Baptist Church (you may watch the video here), got into a handful of good conversations, distributed about 225 of Mormonism Research Ministry's temple opening newspapers, distributed quite a bit of Jesus Christ/Joseph Smith DVDs as well as my business cards, and made a number of friends.
After taking the tour lof the temple and talking with a couple of sister missionaries, I went outside to evangelize. Just like the last temple opening in Wyoming, the local police were claiming that the sidewalk on the north side of their property was LDS property until the dedication (the police were called by LDS security at the CT temple after a confrontation I had with one of them). Not only the sidewalk, but the whole grass area in between the sidewalk and the street! This time, though, I knew I could get a fair shake from the local city authorities, so I called and talked to a police lieutenant the following day. He talked to the city engineers and told me that I couldn't stand on the sidewalk, but I was allowed to stand on the grass area whenever I wanted. I went back out on the grass area, and sure enough, the
After a great long conversation with LDS Ulyssescops came and told me that they made it clear to me the day before that I couldn't stand there. I told them that they must not have got the memo from their lieutenant. They called, and sure enough, I could stand there. No more problems with this legal game.
However, the cops told a couple buddies of mine that came to evangelize for a couple days that they couldn't put the newspapers out door to door in that particular city where the temple was (Farmington). Then an off-duty cop in his truck flashed his badge to me and told me that I couldn't come out into the street to distribute newspapers to cars waiting for the signal. Fortunately, my buddies were basically done with their door to door work when the cop confronted them, and I was only 20 minutes from leaving to return home to Utah when the off-duty cop confronted me!
Unfortunately, the area hardly had any pedestrians. Those who I talked with were primarily individuals who came out of LDS property where all the parking was to specifically talk to me.
Of those handful evangelistic conversations I had, a good one was with a couple that ironically lives on the other side of the mountain from me! The Cluffs were really nice LDS, and were former missionaries themselves. They immediately took my paper. They did tell me, though, that my sign--JosephLied.com--was very negative. So I told them that their belief that I am wrong about this is also a negative belief. They said they agreed with all my positive beliefs. Then I told them that this wasn't true, since they are negative about my belief that there's only one true God of everything outside His own being.
In contrast to the Wyoming outreach, CT for the most part was extremely supportive of what I was doing there. I 've never been to a temple outreach where so many people yelled out their cars that Mormonism is a cult!
We had a small group meet at our home for our monthly fellowship. We provide the main course and invite people to bring a dish to share. Our friends Evie and Jordan Wilson (mother and son) shared their story and experiences of coming out of Mormonism and coming to Christ. You may see the pictures here.
On this night, my daughter Charis and I not only passed out candy to the trick or treaters, but we also passed out Mormonism Research Ministry's Joseph Smith million dollar bills. They were quite a hit!
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My husband and I just drove past your volunteer at the Farmington [CT] location [the actual location of the LDS Hartford, CT temple]! Good job! !!!! Keep it up! !!!!
Thanks again for sharing your ministry with CFC [Christ Fellowship Church]. I still hear comments about how helpful your Sun. AM presentation was.
I just wanted to thank you for the work you're doing for God's kingdom here in... CT. The information you gave me will be useful when talking with my Mormon co-worker next week. I pray that God will bless your time here and that your ministry will bear much fruit.
What is the best way to evangelize to missionary's on there bikes... like if I was to stop my car ahead of them and wait for them and engage in conversation...
[I replied:] Keep pressing them at first on how they know it's true. So ask them, "Why do you believe Mormonism is true?" Then keep pressing them about their burning in the bosoms and how do they know that God really answered their prayer. Then ask them if they're perfect, if they ever make mistakes, and why couldn't they be making a mistake here. Don't feelings ever lead you astray? Then ask them if they believe Prov. 14:12 and Jer. 17:9 and 2 Thes. 2:11. Then ask them if they've ever read the Bible. Read Ps. 19:7-11, 119:105, and Gal. 1:6-9. Ask them if they ever see any contradictions. Then start going through all of them with them. Use my Home page chart of differences as talking points: www.JosephLied.com.
Thanks for engaging these lost souls with the truth of God's word! Keep at 'em!