Dating for mormons
“We can’t convert people past our own conversion,” he said.“I’ve been reading the Book of Mormon almost every single day since I was, like, fifteen.The number has gone up from fourteen since January, when, according to Mission President Tom Morgan, the Church began to add ninety-seven new missionaries from around the world to its “New York New York North Mission.” As often as every six weeks, young Mormon missionaries arrive in Harlem, where Malcolm X once gave fiery speeches about racial separation; where a renaissance of art, literature, music and religion engendered a distinctly black American culture; and where cocaine use and gang violence are deeply rooted.
As the young black men, some wearing hoodies and others baseball caps, raised their hands to the wall, the missionaries just kept singing. From “Joy to the World” to “Silent Night,” their carols were heard from blocks away by chilly Harlem residents, some of whom wandered by to sip hot chocolate and learn a bit about a modern American religion.Elders Mickey Taylor and Seth Montierth were companions in the Harlem Family Ward from August to December 2012.Each morning they would wake up in their Harlem apartment at for a required half-hour of cardio and strength exercises before breakfast. Taylor is nineteen years old with short, wavy blond hair, and Montierth is twenty, slightly taller, with brown hair that he gels up in the front.A year later, a larger room in an old Jehovah’s Witness building on West 129th Street came to serve an expanding membership.In 2005, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened for service on West 128th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard, also known as Lenox Avenue, which runs through the heart of Harlem.
The police appeared without warning one December night in Harlem, hustling five passing young men against the front wall of the Mormon Church at 128th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard.