thread: 2007-02-13 : Exorcism
On 2007-02-14, Dave Younce wrote:
You’re spot on, except (having been through the language training when I was starting my mission [Spanish, in Los Angeles]) the language training gets you started fast, but sure leaves a lot to be desired when you actually go out and try to use the language. I suspect it was the other 22 months those guys spent speaking their languages while serving that really counted as language training.
Yes, the empathic stuff, and particularly anyone who has served as a missionary whose goal is getting people to do something they otherwise wouldn’t picks up good skills for discovering what peoples concerns are and ‘resolving’ them. Now, there’s a spiritual element and a priesthood stewardship thing at work with missionaries and potential converts, but that doesn’t mean the same techniques don’t work on somebody considering betraying their country’s secrets for money. Also, we tend to make it through the clearance process relatively easier compared to the national average.