ANSWERS: 100
  • Nice. Polite. They don't deserve to be treated poorly just for trying to spread their message.
  • I'm not rude but definately not friendly because I don't believe that way and I don't like people knocking on my door to try to convert me to a false religion. If they want to come in and have me tell them the truth, I don't mind. But they won't listen.
  • Honestly? I try not to answer, and if I do, I politely (and sometimes not so nicely) tell them to scram. I hate the door to door thing. But then sometimes I like to pick up thier bill in a restraunt, most missionaries are dirt poor.
  • I remain nice, yet firm and advise them I have my beliefs and thank them for stopping by and tell them to have a great day.
  • I was nice and polite when they used to stop by... I try not to be mean to anyone who honestly believes they are doing a good thing. They dont come by anymore, though, since I told them that I am athiest and that I had a very close friend who was a member of LDS and after 4 years of friendship she couldn't convert me either. I guess I'm on the "Don't Bother" list now.
  • I try to be nice to anyone that knocks on my door until given a reason not to be.
  • G'day John1513, Thank you for your question. I am nice to them and politely tell them that I am not interested. They then try their luck elsewhere. Regards
  • I do what I can do best to be polite. I do not answer the door.
  • Im rude to most people without even thinking about it. Why should the missionairies have it easy?
  • Holy Cow, I met two boys today in the subway. They came in the subway and wished me. They were wearing a uniform and had batch with something as Jesus Christ church. They started to speak veses from the Holy Bible. Thank God, I had good knowledge, so in return I threw some tough questions about Jesus and faith. They were speechless and had no answer. They said they will come to my home with these answers and I said. "thank you for your offer, I am extremely busy in coming days" I got down and they followed me till my car. Said, TA TA, Bye bye, and of I left.
  • At 9 in the morning on the Saturday after a really really really great Friday what passes between myself and the various door to door missionaries and salesmen can be heard quite a few houses away. Otherwise I'm polite but firm.
  • They are just doing their thing and are harmless. Most will accept an 'I'm not interested thankyou' and move on.
  • First Im always polite. I have had many Mormons knock at my door. they have always been very smartly dressed. Always been very polite. I have seen people be rude to them and they have turned the other cheek. I have on times invited them in and discussed religion with them - Im an atheist but love discussing such things. They have always left in a polite way. So they dont deserve any rudeness in my opinion.
  • I am very nice and respectful to them, as I would be to anyone else. I don't blame them for trying to witness to me, because, as a missionary, I would do the same to them. Their faith leads them to believe that witnessing is tantamount, as does mine, just I have a different story behind my faith than they do. If they came, I would invite them in and we would have a calm discussion so that I would be assured that if they are going to reject Christianity, they at least have a true understanding of what they are rejecting (most Mormons I have talked to have no clue what an evangelical Christian actually believes). I am always open to religious discussions with anyone, and won't bash anyone for their faith. I just want them to have an understanding of my faith as I seek to do the same with theirs; hopefully the result is a conversion, but the choice is theirs.
  • This depends entirely upon when they knock. I'm not very nice anymore, though, because I've asked them to stop coming. If they ignore that, they are being rude to me.
  • I used to be polite to them, but after asking them repeatedly not to return (they were coming every Saturday for awhile) I had to resort to other means to get a good late sleep on saturday. I'm not rude to them, but I enjoy putting them in awkward situations. No one else rings my doorbell so early on Saturday So I started doing things like answering the door with porn and booze in hand and a cigarette dangling out the corner of my mouth. When that didn't scare them off I just stopped putting on clothing all together before I answered the door (since I was always still in bed when they rang). They stopped coming shortly there after.
  • Since I have a "No Soliciting" sign on the door, I generally don't get strangers knocking! :) Were they to knock on the door and were I to open it, I'd simply politely reply "no thank you" and shut the door without further conversation. I do the same to telephone solicitors too (except I hang up the phone).
  • I disagree with most of these responses. I think that folks have the right to lead by example, and then to answer question when and if I come to them. But I believe that door to door sales of religious ideas is,in every sense of the word,pure coersion. As this is unsolicited, they have no right to politeness. this is just wrong. However I am generally polite but firm. I'll tolerate NO further discussion of the matter and they must go away. Others are required to have a permit to sell things door to door. Why would these folks not be required to do the same?
  • There is never any point in being rude. That is never called for. Besides, they are doing what they believe is right and sacrificing two years of their lives for that prupose. I will be polite.
  • yes i use to be nice to them and infact thank the 2 missionaries that stopped by my house b/c if it wasnt for them i would of never been converted. i have been baptized in the mormon church and now live one of the most happy times of my life. i really must say that anybody whose door gets knocked on by 2 mormons do listen to their message b/c out of all the religions it is the one that makes the most sense. serioulsy. i was a die hard baptist that had been brain washed my entire life but i eventually coudlnt deny the fact that they could answer all my questions while the preachers could not.
  • I do not answer. I dont answer the door for anyone if Im alone. But if they caught me outside, which they have, then Im polite and listen to what they have to say.
  • When they're fully decked out in their missionary garb accompanied by their bikes they're pretty cute, so opposed to my normal slamming of the door I am only slightly rude and shut the door in their face.
  • I would be nice. Why would someone want to be mad at them? It's not like they were doing anything bad. I wouldn't be mean, but NICE. :D
  • Just because you may not agree with someone's particular beliefs, is no excuse to be rude.
  • Nice . They are polite why would I not be the same?. I hope I am polite to everyone that rings my doorbell
  • I am polite the first time, but if they continuously come around, I just pull out my bible, and say "I will listen to you, if you listen to me also". They normally do not want to. I also let them know that God never spoke of a second bible, anytime during the first one, so I do not take it as my belief. You do not have to be rude, just honest with them. They do respect that, and I respect thier beliefs, and what they do, despite all the door slams in thier faces.
  • It hasn't happened to me yet (one of the benefits of living in a truly secular country), but if it does, I'll ask them if they want to talk about Islam and get out the Qur'an.
  • We very rarely get mormons knocking on our door. We live in the countryside (UK) and it would be hard for them to find our house. In the past though, when I lived nearer to Manchester, we occassionally had them come a knockin' . I would always be polite but firm, it would always be a Sunday morning, and they would have usually got me out of bed, sometimes after I'd just got back in after turning the Jehovas Witnesses away. I'd feel sorry for them, so I wouldn't be rude, even though I found it rude of them to wake me up on a Sunday morning....
  • I consider it polite, although they might not. It annoys me slightly that they come to my door trying to convert me, as though I did not have a brain and could not think for myself. I tire of them very quickly if they are anything less than respectful. It depends on my mood really; most times I tell them (as nicely as I can) to go away and never to bother me again with their stories and beliefs. Occasionally if I am in the mood I will listen to them, if they listen to my beliefs first for an equal time, which seems more than fair. Overall I think I am as polite to these people as their behaviour warrants.
  • if they are cute il be nice and deny them politely but if not... il kick their asses :p kidding!! il deny them politely, they are still humans who deserve to be respected and just want to share what faith do they have...
  • Yes, I try to make the time to talk with them. I am polite because I respect their zeal in preaching publicly. I frequently go out in my ministry from house to house myself. I will speak with them about the Bible, but they seem to prefer to speak to me about the book of Mormon.
  • As a former Mormon missionary, I always appreciated polite people. As well, I always respected people's wishes, meaning if I was asked to leave I would leave. Therefore, I always allow other such to come into my home. I know how hard it is to be out there simply trying to help the condition of the world in any way possible. I know how discouraging it is to talk to people only in the interest of showing them something that I have come to love only to have them slam the door in my face, yell or swear at me, throw things at me, spit at me, threaten to call the cops on me and many other things. On the same note, those who claim what I was doing was arrogance are in error. I was simply trying to spread the message I have come to love to the most possible people. If you bleieve something but don't care about it enough to tell everyone you know and more then perhaps you should reevaluate your motives. I got nothing for my Missionary work except the opportunity to speak with hundreds of different people with many different beliefs. You don't have to listen - that's your own personal choice. You don't have to let them in - also your choice. Just please be pleasant. It helps them. They're people too. But the funniest stories often come from the people who slam, yell, swear, throw and spit. So, if you must, so be it.
  • I've never had any Mormon missionaries knock on my door. I'd be nice. What I've always wanted to do if they ever did come around was answer the door in the nude just to see their reaction. XD I probably never will though lol.
  • i despsise any missionary that attemps to sell their "truths" about "god" and their enlitened beings. theyd do better as silsmen if you ask me.
  • I am nice
  • I try to be nice and polite, but in a way that I know will scare the Bergeezus out of them. I'll invite them in, making sure that I have the curtains on my satanic shrine at least partially closed, and I'll try to mop up most of the blood before I let them in. Make sure to have a full glass of red wine in my hand when I open the door, and maybe offer them "Something to drink," in a vaguely menacing sort of way shortly after they sit down. That sort of thing. I like to send them running and screaming across the yard. But I don't really like to be overtly mean about it.
  • I hide and don't answer the door. I'm usually at work when they come by but they'll also stand in the parking lot and hand out stuff at my job. I try to be nice to them but sometimes it's so inconvenient (I'm late for work or something like that). They're doing what they feel they are called to do by God so I have to respect that.
  • Depends on what time if day it is. Too early and I am most likely going to be extraordinarily rude to anyone, missionaries included. I try to be polite to everyone. For me there is no difference in how I would treat missionaries or any other unexpected caller.
  • I go for the middle ground. Nice + Rude = Nude.
  • I've never had it happen, but if it did - I'd question them to no end until they went away.
  • I don't believe in treating anyone rude as I am treated rudely at times in my door to door visits as a J.W. Yesterday, when this man came to my door trying to sell me a book of coupons for Midas, I was even nice to him and let him give me the sales pitch even though I did not purchase it.
  • I'm polite, but direct. I just say, "Thanks, but I have no interest in your message.." they don't usually press further.
  • I am Nice. About 5 years ago I allowed two men into my home, one was young and apparently a trainee. They confirmed that I have Christian beliefs and told me that the Mormon faith is also Christian. I responded that I find that the Book of Mormon conflicts with the Bible. They went into defensive mode and tried to show me that their book has no conflicts. They failed to find Bible passages that support the Book of Mormon, but asked to return next week and I agreed. After about 5 return visits with a rotation of unsuccessful missionaries they stopped returning. They have not returned since, so I presume I am on the “Do Not shake-up the Fledgling Missionaries List”.
  • Im nice to them even though I dont think I agree with them. I have never really heard the whole message, but have heard a lot of people badmouth them for things that are probably not true. No one deserves a door slam for doing what they think is "saving" your soul. Even if they are wrong.
  • I'm very mean to anyone who tries to peddle something when I don't ask for it. If I wanted to join your religion or take advantage of great rates on magazine subscriptions, I'll come to you.
  • Neither, i don't answer the door to them, nor do i answer the door to any other religion or any door to door sales person.
  • I like to ask them in for a cup of tea and get their addresses out of them. Then I like to call around their house at dinner time or even better, late at night and talk to them about the benefits of AMWAY.
  • When *any* missionary knocks on my door I will send them away immediately, but politely. "No thanks." If they do not get the message I will stop being polite.
  • THey haven't knocked on my door- Jehova's witnesses do. I am always polite though and say that I'm not interested. If they persist, then I start sounding like a broken record if I'm in a good mood: "Oh that's nice- however, I'm not interested...... Ah is that your opinion, however, I'm not interested. When I'm in a bad mood, I say: No thanks, and close the door in front of their faces. Thank you, don't call again!
  • Is dressing up as a vampire considered rude? I reckon I'm just being imaginative. The ones round here won't leave me alone. It's not just mormons, or Jahovnah Witnesses, but all of them, as if just because I am 16 years old, ill and look nice that I am going to adopt their religion if they pester me enough.
  • Depends on what kind of mood I'm in :D
  • I answer them politely that I'm an atheist and wish them well. Then I close my door. I hope that the last thing about closing the door is not too impolite..
  • nope, i answer my door, in boxers, bed head and my Evil inside t-shirt, they look at me and say "There isnt hope for you" and leave. then i got back to bed
  • I was nice until I told them I was Hindu and not interested (very nicely, by the way) and they continued to push Mormonism on me, then used GANDHI to convince me. that pushed me over, i don't answer the door anymore when they come
  • I give respect to everyone, unless they prove otherwise. And that's what Mormon's and Jehova Witnesses do in less than 15 min.
  • John1513, Do you think that it's ok to offend someone else who believes that religious belief is an extremely personal thing by taking up the challenge of converting them to their own porch? What of that other persons beliefs? Don't they matter? Is my own porch not my own sacred territory, as is yours?
  • I am polite and listen to what they have to say, and then explain to them that I have my beliefs and thank them for sharing their Word with me. There's no point in being rude when they're trying to get the message of God out.
  • I am always nice to them for what they are doing is nobel and couragous. They are actually DOING what Jesus asked them to do in the bible. How many of us are that selfless? And I know what I just wrote will make some angrey at me but that's what happens when one puts their head up above the crowd: others try to cut it off. This saying holds up for the missionaries too for I guess these good people make bad people feel bad and thus they attack (the bad people that is).
  • I'm very secure in my faith and am happy to talk to the missionaries. I came from their faith into a relationship with the TRUE God and am happy to tell them about Him. I know how they feel since I was once a missionary and I know how I feel in my relationship with God and that is something I want to share. What does it speak of our character if we are mean or ugly to them?
  • As a practicing J.W. who also does the door to door ministry, I have had two young Mormon men come to my door. after a ten minute discussion on the Bible, they felt a bit outclassed as to their Bible scripture knowledge. I was quite willing to even compare the scrioptures from their K.J.V. Aand my N.W.T. They seemed keen to give the Bibles a miss and get to the book of Mormon. I insisted we stay with God's word. They left me standing at my own door.
  • depends on what sort of a hurry I am and how pushy they are. but I have heard some good lines: one friend, a pastor's wife, opened the door to hear a Mormon say "The Lord told me to come here today." she replied " That's funny. I was just talking to him and he didn't say you were coming!" And my sister to one who said 'Your husband said he would accept some literature,"-----"Don't listen to my husband. He's an idiot." ;-)
  • i show them the heads of the ones before them. usually they run away screaming.
  • I am nice and polite. I take the papers they offer, just like the Jehovah's Witnesses do, but I have my own beliefs and I prefer not to be persuaded from them. However, these people are just doing what they believe to be right, so no reason to be rude and hateful to them. They're human too.
  • I'm very nice. I ask them to come in, and then when they do, I utilize Socratic dialogue until they see the logical fallacies inherent in their thinking. They get so frustrated, they leave on their own accord, even after I offer sacrificed lamb blood. "Please, stay for dinner."
  • I'm very nice. I actually invited them in for tea once. It was fun, though my roommate was not amused. When they asked for my name and phone number, I gave them my real phone number and a fake name. Now, whenever anyone asks for Hristo, I know who it is, and tell them he's not in.
  • How does get the F**k out now or I'll Go Joseph Smith on your A$$ sound.
  • I either hide, or I'm nice to them, listen to what they say, take their pamphlets and let them go. While I am against people forcing their beliefs onto others, if they are polite to me, I am polite back.
  • yeah i'm one of those people who will pretend not to be home. but if it CLEARLY appears as though I am, I answer it and I'm nice to them, but I don't let them in. I do not want to talk to them and I tactfully let them know I'm not interested.
  • Mormons don't knock on doors. But if they did, I would witness to them.
  • I turn down the telly and dive on the floor.
  • In high school we used to answer the door with the cat and the butcher knife with the words "You're just in time." Now I just flat out tell them that in my religion what they are doing is considered very rude and disrespectful and to go away. And if they continue to pester me I tell them I used to be a Mormon till I was kicked out at 9 for getting my ears pierced and wearing pants. And that started me down my path to my religion. Care to hear about? Give me your address and I'll come bother you at an inconvent time. To me what they do is very rude and insulting. If I wanted to be a Christian I would be one. I don't need them to enlighten me.
  • When I was 16, I answered the door, Invited them in. I thought Why not listen to them? I tried telling them why I believe what i do. They wouldn't accept me having my own beliefs.To make a very long story short, I was litterly in tears, told them I will believe the way I have a right too, Asked them to leave because I had things to do... they would not leave, kept on and on, my "husband" yes at 16(but thats not what this is about) came in, told them to get the hell out, I no longer am polite, I just tell them I don't have time, and say good bye.(then don't answer when they knock again.
  • I was nice the first couple of times but my MIL kept sending them so I just had to get rude and tell them I will never convert, no matter what my MIL says!
  • I just ask them to leave, never rude
  • i would say be nice, i would invite them in all the time becuase i love the missionaries i hope to one day do what they do preach the gospel!!!missionaries are great people and they do their best.
  • absolutely not. i don't go around selling my religion door to door and neither should they, especially since theirs is totally false.
  • "When.." They don't do it anymore - at least theyre not supposed to.. but I usually have a debate with them.
  • I am nice to them. I answer their questions about my faith and politely but firmly decline their offers for literature about their faith.
  • I explain I just got fired from the Post Office, am cleaning my guns, then invite them in for a nice frosty beer.
  • I am nice to anyone who knocks on my door to share something with me.
  • I make it a point to be polite and courteous to all who come to my door. What choice do I have? I leave my gate unlocked, my sidewalk paved, my doorbell working. Each one are invitations to "come and knock on my door." If I don't want people knocking on my door I should lock the gate and post a "No Trespassing" sign. I refuse to do that, sooooooo.
  • Or perhaps nice AND rude to them ? Only kidding - I always find them interesting. I usually invite them in and try to convert them to my own weird ways. They are never impolite, though sometimes vaguely hurt and puzzled. I respect them in that believing what they do, trying to save the rest of us is their duty, crazy or not from my viewpoint.
  • I tell them "you won't change my mind, and I won't change yours." Then I offer them refreshment and send them on their way.
  • I simply tell them I know about thier religion & I tell them no thank you...
  • Depend's at what time they knock, I read the book of mormon, so I can point at passages when I feel like getting into a debate about why I won't join.
  • I tell them that I worship the almighty chicken and that the Colonel is the prophet. I figure it's as plausible as what they're preaching. What a bunch of MORONS!
  • NiCE! They led my to my new home :-)!
  • I feel rude, but I act polite.
  • There are signs on my property: No Soliciting No Politicians No Religious Zealots
  • Long story short: As I came home from work, I opened the front door saw my wife sitting next to a man with black hair, jumped over the back of the sofa, threw three punches, and realized he had a Bible in his hand. As he started screaming, his friend walked out the bathroom. When I calmed down I realized these were the people who knock on doors preaching. I felt bad afterward. *Note - they dont knock on my door anymore!!!
  • Neither, I don't answer my door. I don't like to be rude to anyone & its not just them its door to door salesmen as well. If I'm home I don't like to be bothered by any uninvited guests. Friends & family are different but they usually just leave their lil pamplets which I collect because I don't intentially throw them away for fear of going to hell or some kind of damnation for disposing of it. But I don't push my beliefs on anyone or like pushy people so I just ignore them. Usually they get the picture & not show back up.
  • They don't come to my door any more, especially since I called in a complaint for harrassment. For some reason the pair who knocked on my door thought that because I was Native American they had the right to come over to my house every day and ring my doorbell 50 times or so. Really though, as long as they are polite, I let them say their little speach, then explain to them that I am not interested.
  • Always nice to them, even before we converted.
  • I'm always polite, even when Mormon missionaries and Jehovah's Witnesses knock. But, I never answer my door :-)
  • I'm very nice to them. I'm nice and polite to everyone that comes to my door. I think it's a good thing for people to be living what they believe and do something about it. And I'm nice to telemarkers, too because they are just trying to make a living and I find if you are polite, they return it, too. Being rude or curt to people only reflects badly on yurself and it doesn't take any less time to be nice.
  • I dont bother opening the door...
  • Nice. I tell them the TRUTH, unlike what they're trying to get across.
  • What would being nasty accomplish? I'm polite when the Girl Scouts stop by or the neighbor's kid who wants me ot sponsor her walk-a-thon. It costs me nothing to be polite to anyone that comes to my door. Here's a radical idea... if you don't want to talk to them, don't answer the bell. Religious folk that come to your home mean you no harm, they are just trying to share something with you that they feel is good.
  • I respect everyone's right to free will, however, I do assure them that I am not interested in their vist and politely say," Thank you. Goodbye."
  • I politely say no thank you, and close my door. Is that nice? Once, I got into an argument with one and he looked like he wanted to cry because I was in a foul mood and felt (no offense) that what he believed was ridiculous and I proceeded to tell him so and explain my reasoning. I forget what sect he was part of, I think Jehovah's witness or perhaps Mormon like the question asks. Anyways, now I just turn them away.

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