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After nearly 350,000 internet contacts last year, Mormon missionaries are expanding their online teaching

Mar 09, 2018 - The Salt Lake Tribune

What began as a simple social media experiment at Provo’s Missionary Training Center a decade ago has mushroomed into a global online Mormon proselytizing effort.

More than 600 full-time missionaries — almost all of whom are women assigned to 20 of the faith’s visitor centers around the world — are chatting via the internet with potential converts, teaching Mormonism in 30-plus languages.

The approach is hardly new but, since the program’s birth, “the technology has chang...