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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Missionary Work can be Tough
Evansville IN Courier & Press 11Jul00 N1
By Denny Simmons: Courier & Press

EVANSVILLE, INDIANA -- The trials of missionary work are portrayed in an article in today's Evansville Courier and Press. Elder J.D. Haslam and his companions struggle to get anyone to listen to them, or in some cases even reply. Haslam is one of more than 60,000 LDS missionaries serving worldwide.

Sometimes, the missionaries don't even get the courtesy of a reply, such as with one man who simply walks around the Elders and continues on his way. The missionaries even offer to help two guys passing old drywall through a window in their home, hoping to get a conversation going, only to be met with a "No, thanks. We're almost done," without eye contact.

But, they continue their work, trying to get anyone to listen. "Although we don't always get through to the people we talk to, sometimes somebody will stop to listen," says Elder Haslam, "And that's a blessing."


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