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Ted Ottinger begins his letter [“Belittling Beliefs,” Jan. 23, City Weekly] by casually informing readers of rumors that Mormons are “leaving the church in droves.” 

He then mentions that as part of an overall “desperate” campaign to gain new converts, two sister missionaries entered his gated complex “in violation of community rules,” though he notes he “welcomed” them into his home.  

That’s when things apparently got really intense. According to the traumatized Ted, who states he’s well-educated, the young missionaries became “hostile,” yelling that he’d “learn the truth” when he’s “dead” and will be “punished in the afterlife.”

Making matters worse, Ted shares that he and his wife are senior citizens in poor health, adding dramatic tension to his spellbinding account of an otherwise calm afternoon in Taylorsville.
All week long, I tried picturing these two young female missionaries scaling the walls of his complex, moving quickly from door-to-door, hurling hurtful claims of eternal damnation.

Sorry, Ted. It doesn’t have a ring of truth. Next time, state your critical feelings about Mormons without all the embellishment.  

Alex Bennett
Salt Lake City

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