Well this week we had a fun experience with a member of the Las FLores HOA. Saturday night we were tracting a street up the hill near our bishops home and for some reason everyone was just being super friendly. Lots of good smiles and I was just loving to talk to everyone. Then we came across a lady as we knocked on her door who came out and just scowled at us. We greet her and she stays silent for a few seconds and says "You can leave" just under her breath. We say that is fine have a nice day, smile and turn around to walk away. We make it a few steps and she says the same thing just a little louder. I turn around and say "Excuse me, mam?"
"I told you, you can leave, we are all born-again christians here so don't waste your time and get out of our neighborhood."
"Mam, There may be someone on this street who is having a really hard time right now and they may just need to see someone smile and there is nothing you can say that is going to stop me from trying to find that person so I can let them know someone cares"
As this is happening there are 4 little girls playing in the street and another neighbor gets up and walks over and ushers them away, thank goodness! You don't need to do this in front of the kids.
"You cultists! You disturbers of all that is right! Get out of our neighborhood and take your evil ideas with you! You don't follow Christ!"
We promptly left it at that and walked away, continuing down the road to knock doors. 10 minutes later we have finished the street and we begin walking to the next appointment when we contact a lady. She explains to us that she is actually meeting with Mormon Missionaries that night! We ask where she lives and she points to a house across the way and it clues in that some other missionaries were trying to teach people in OUR area. Well we quickly get her information and the info on the Elders that were coming so we can figure it out. We say our goodbye and began to keep walking when the inevitable happens. A car pulls up and there sits the lady who we met earlier who looks much like the lady on "Over the Hedge."
"We pay 1.3 million dollars each for our homes with an additional 1500 dollars a year to the HOA to live in this neighborhood so that we don't have to deal with satanist, cultist scum like you. When I tell you that you need to leave the neighborhood you better do it because I'm on a neighborhood watch program and my neighbors are...."
"SEE YA LATER MAM!" We say mid sentence and begin to walk away. We instantly hear this piercing scream and the call of vulgarities proceed from the car as she began to curse us in every way imaginable. We quickly had members pick us up and drive us to safety. Best part is, those other elders are going to let us teach the person they were going to steal. Its so fun to be a missionary sometimes :D!
Well love you all!
P.S. to Mother - I promise I'm totally safe and there was never any cause for alarm. Sticks and stones can break my bones but names can never hurt me and there were plenty of people around to defend us if something physical came up.
Makes you wonder what i ACTUALLY leave out in emails doesn't it? Uh oh. I might get in trouble for that comment.