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Romney’s rise boosts Boston’s Mormon missionaries

Mitt Romney is currently the most well-known Mormon on the planet. That means his presidential candidacy may be a boon for LDS missionaries, especially on his home turf in and around Boston. At the very least, it has softened some normally aloof residents of the area.

"People are definitely more curious," Mormon missionary Katie Palmer told The Boston Globe. "It’s a big conversation-starter."

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These missionaries don’t go door to door, the story said. "Instead, they focus on converting friends and relatives of people already connected to the church."

They also approach commuters on trains and buses. Some ignore them, it said, while others "snap at them."

Apparently, the Romney publicity cuts both ways.

Peggy Fletcher Stack



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