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SallyT On February - 4 - 2012

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I moved to Salt Lake City, UT for a job.  I was divorced with two young girls.  The job was great and within a year I was able to buy a twin home for the girls and me.  We were excited!  Only after we moved in did I learn that more than half of the homes had been purchased by the LDS Church.  The church is very good about seeing to their own and helping families with more than 4 children get a home.  Well, there were a lot of kids, let me tell you!  My daughters friends were those of the other two single mothers that had moved into the neighborhood at the same time as me.  We had know each other before the move.  We had lived in the same apartment complex.  Of course, we were looked at by others as if our horns were showing.  Oh well, I was going to make the best of it.

While moving in and unpacking the door bill rang.  I answered and found a man, woman, and a herd of children standing there.  He said,”I am Brother Dan and this is my wife, Sister Joan and our children, Brother, Brother, Sister, Sister, Sister, and little Sister. (He named off all the names but you can get the drift I am sure.)  We are here from the Ward to greet you and check how you will arrange your food storage.”  Uh-uh??  “You are of the faith, aren’t you?”  Un no.  “Oh, may we talk to you about our church?.”  No.  “May I ask why?”  Look, I just moved in and I am unpacking.  With a look of disgust, they left.

Another month and the door bell rang, “Hello, I am Brother and this is my wife Sister, and Sister, Sister, Sister, Brother, Brother, and little Brother.  We are here to check your food storage.”  I looked at them cascading down my steps and said, I am not of your faith!  He answered, “You are not Mormon and you live in our neighborhood?  You don’t belong to our Ward?”  Well, I didn’t know it was “your” neighborhood.  He turned and shooed his family down the stairs and away.

Another month and the door bell rang, “Hello, I am Brother and this is Sister, and Sister, Brother, Sister, Brother, Sister, Brother, and little Sister and little Brother.  We are here from the Ward to discuss the Book with you.”  Look, I am not of your faith nor do I want to be.  Could you please record that in your “Book”.  With a look that could blow you through a wall, he gathered his brew and left.

A few days later the door bell rang, “Hello, I am Bishop Price from Ward (such and such) and I would like to talk with you.”  Oh great Brother and Sister must have tattled to the main man on me.  I answered that I was about to go out.  He said, “Sally (He called me by my name!) I think it would be benefical for us to have a discussion.”  I don’t think we have ever been introduced before.  How do you know my name?  He chuckled, “Why I know a great deal, Sally, and your daughters go to the school my children attend.”  Well, I am sorry but I really don’t have the time and I don’t feel comfortable about this, so, if you don’t mind……”Perhaps it would be better if my wife and I came back later?”  I really don’t think that is necessary.  I don’t have any interest in your church.  “But,  your daughters might need…. ”  I cut him off and said I don’t think so and really I have to go.  Right then the phone rang.  Sorry I have to go the phone is ringing and there is no need for you to come back and I shut the door.  Wow, these people have a lot of nerve.

And, a few days later the door bell rang.  Okay, now I have had it!  I was so sick of this and going to let them know about it!  I flung open the door and shouted, I am not Mormon!  Got that?!  Didn’t you see that big X in front of my curb?  I’m  sure they have put one there by now.  I do not have a food storage!  Well, I did just get back  from Safeway and my cabinets are full.  And, in them I have coffee and Pepsi!  But, you aren’t going to look at them!  I don’t play chess, so, I don’t know your Bishop from a Knight to a King!  I don’t have any Brothers.  I do have a Sister but she is in Missouri.  I only have two kids and the baby factory is closed!  The only Ward I belong to is Montgomery Wards and I have a credit card.  I don’t want to see your Book and I am not interested in your church.  I have my own Native American beliefs.  We worship corn!  And if you crossed my threshold you will be hit with a dead chicken!  Now do you have all that?  The lady looked at me and answered, “Yes, I think I got all that but would you still like to donate to the Heart Fund?”   OMG!  I stood there silent, finally.  She started laughing and said, “They have really been bothering you?”  Yes, and I am sorry.  “No, don’t be.  You have made my day!”  Let me get my purse and I will donate to the Heart Fund.  I pulled out a $20 and handed it to her while she was still laughing.  She said, “I can’t wait to tell my girlfriends about you!  Cross my threshold and you will be hit with a dead chicken.  That is priceless.   Thank you for the donation and the laughs.  Take care, they will give up.  But, if they should come back, please, please, use the dead chicken again!”

She left laughing all the way to her car and I crawled back into my house.   And, they never came back again.  They crossed to the other side of the street if they saw me but they never came to my door again.

Written by SallyT

Retired, not by choice but the body said sit down! Married with two grown daughters and 3 grandchildren. Best friend is Mansion, my great dane. Love to laugh, love to make someone laugh, love to make new friends. I think I am a lot of fun but you can be the judge of that.

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  1. Khirad says:

    You know what is so annoying about the LDS missionaries? They’re so damn nice. They’ve got the sell down. And the niceness is creepy.

    Of course, the run of the mill brothers on a bicycle doing their mandatory mission around the neighborhood isn’t so bad. They just say, “would you like…” you say “no” and they only seem too happy to be on to the next door and get their rite of passage over with.

    • SallyT says:

      I never got Missionaries there. In that neighborhood I was suppose to already be one. They sent the tribe in for me. I don’t think any of their mothers would allow a young man to come to my door. I did have a reputation. I was a divorced woman!

  2. Great story Sally. Thanks for sharing it. I just don’t open the door when I see people in white shirts and ties holding books but that’s just anti-social me.

    That said I guess it’s better than the way my wife’s family was invited in a previously all white neighborhood in VA during the ’80’s with a burning cross on their front lawn. Ah don’t ya miss the Reagan years?

    • SallyT says:

      KQ, your poor wife’s family! That was terrible! I never got a burning cross, Mormons don’t like crosses, but I did get a lot of notes left in my mailbox. And, KQ, the only reason I openned the door was because I had just moved in and I didn’t have a peek hole in the door yet. That was something I got as soon as I could get someone to install it!

  3. Kalima says:

    You certainly scared them off Sally, well done. I had a similar experience with Jehovah’s Witnesses over here, and eventually called their Head Office here in Tokyo to give them a mouthful.

    Some have started to come again, so I pick up the phone for the bell, and just say “I’m Roman Catholic, goodbye”. When that didn’t work, I now answer them in German. :)

    Sorry I couldn’t reply to the email, but my outgoing mail isn’t connected to The Planet yet. The last time I tried I lost almost 3,000 emails. Your post looked fine to me.

    • Khirad says:

      Ah, the great “I don’t understand” play in another language. How to think of any better dodge than that?

      • Kalima says:

        Aha, but if they do understand German, they won’t be coming again. I don’t waste my time being polite in any language if they come more than once to my door. 😉

    • SallyT says:

      Thank you, Kalima. We do get the occasional Jehovah’ Witness here in Portland. Of course there were a few in SLC but just a few. Now, I never thought about answering the door and speaking German. I don’t speak German but I could make something up. I’ll have to try that.

      • Khirad says:

        My best friend from High School who was an atheist married a Jehovah’s Witness, there’s quite a few in upper Clark County.

        His FB info now lists him as Roman Catholic (as he had lapsed after meeting me, mwahaha). I haven’t talked with him about it, but I’m guessing he said, fine, we’ll raise the kids Christian, but not in your loony church.

        • Khirad, there is a big JW population in Seattle. I think their headquarters is just outside the city.

        • SallyT says:

          Khirad, I had an aunt that became a Jehovah’s Witness. We don’t know why, when or where but she did. I would go visit her because she had been my favorite aunt before she converted. She would pull out the bible and tell me it says this in there and not that and this and that. She could do it without taking a breath! I’d just say, “Auntie, I love ya but I just don’t get it. And, there is no way I am giving up Christmas presents!”

  4. jjgravitas says:

    Proselytizers. Gotta love ’em (not). Makes me wonder how all the other non-Mormons get by in that city. Do they have a club (non-Mormans Anonymous or something)?

    • SallyT says:

      Believe it or not, they do have a club! They also associate at the bars which when I was there were private clubs. Because Mormons don’t drink, they only allowed liquor to be sold at private clubs. You paid $10 to join the club for a year and you could drink. The good thing about it was that they could not have an open bottle of liquor behind the bar. So, each drink had to have a full mini bottle in it and the bottle thrown away. You did get a good drink that way. After the Olymbics and needing more tourist, Utah did away with that law. They can use regular bottles and shots. Before they changed the law, you could bring your own bottle of wine (bought at the state liquor store) into a resturant but if you didn’t finish it, you had to leave it there. It was a strange place in so many ways!

      • Khirad says:

        The problem is that the wine and beer they sell at restaurants might as well be non-alcoholic it’s so low, less than 5% in beer, and the wine tastes like water.

        This will change too though. The barn door has opened and isn’t going back.

        • SallyT says:

          Gee, Khirad, when I lived there they wore those long dresses with ruffles. Things have changed!

          • Khirad says:

            Oh wow, I only knew of one girl in school that even approached that. Most of them dressed like any other teenage girl.

            Only time I saw that big frilly dress thing was at a Denny’s in Flagstaff, where the whole big family looked FLDS.

            • SallyT says:

              In the Salty City there were a lot of long dresses in my days there. But, others dressed like other girls were in those days. They did wear a lot of make-up and of course big hair. My daughters still go back to visit friends there and they always tell me when they come home, “Mom, they still have big hair there!”

  5. kesmarn says:

    😆 Sally, I’m sure they thought you had a cauldron in the basement and were muttering incantations over a dead chicken in it. Or what we Hungarians refer to as cooking…

    Like KT, I used to be on the Jehovah’s Witness route. Fortunately I had a helpful neighbor whose house came before mine on their rounds. She would always call me. “Jehovah’s Witness Alert! Lock your doors; they’re headed in your direction.” So I would just lock up and refuse to answer the bell. Lifesaver!

    • SallyT says:

      P.S. Kes, that is a bigger picture up there. Do you see my Mansion now?

      • kesmarn says:

        Yes! I was gonna mention that, Sally. You’re both beautiful.

        😆 And the image of you (mentioned below) mowing the lawn with a rubber chicken attached to your waist is too funny!

    • SallyT says:

      Kes, it is always good to have a look out! My girlfriends bought me one of those rubber chickens and hung it on my front door as a joke once. I kept it and would somethings go out and mow my lawn with it belted around my waist. At times it could be funny living there but other times, especially the problems my girls had at their schools, wasn’t. You were either one of them or you were a bad girl. My daughters were neither. However, they handled it much better than I did.

  6. LOL! Thanks Sally for the laugh. That’s a pretty funny story. I used to get bothered by Jehova’s Witnesses, and they too just didn’t understand the word “no.” Finally, after several visits, or invasions, I told them I was a Satanist! That seemed to do the trick, because they never came back.

    • SallyT says:

      Hey, KT, that made my day if I was able to make you laugh. That was my intent. With so much other stuff going on, I just wanted to make someone laugh. I am glad it was you!

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