Here’s what’s supposed to happen: Ordinary church members find people in their daily lives who are interested in learning about the church.
They arrange for those people to meet missionaries.
Denton converted to the church while in college back home in Arizona with help from his Mormon friends.
That’s a bigger increase than the church is seeing overall.
Last year, it lowered the minimum age for men and women to serve.
The members are encouraged to have their friends meet the missionaries in the members’ home and then help their friends throughout the conversion process. But he admits it can seem a bit like selling Scentsy or Pampered Chef to friends. He first learned how to sell working for a pest control company during college.
In some parts of the world this ideal scenario is rare simply because there aren’t many church members. “I absolutely use that every single day as a missionary, talking with people, trying to connect with people trying to figure out what people’s objections are, how to overcome them, how to move past their barriers,” he says.
Denton is serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Boise mission.
Last month, LDS leaders created two new missions in southwest Idaho, and by the end of the year missionary numbers in this part of the state will likely triple.
Since we met Colby Denton (right) two months ago he finished his two year stint as a missionary and went home to Arizona. The typical image of Mormon missionaries going door-to-door with pamphlets is antiquated.
He immediately started back in his old sales job for the month of August. Colby Denton says in Boise they only do it if they have a few minutes to kill between appointments.