Elder Joey Dutson and Elder Danny Radford, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints missionaries
Are people receptive in Union Square?
Dutson: We’ve found that the African-Americans are very open and accepting and willing to listen to the message. It takes time, because we go back and forth with writing. As deaf people, we communicate like that.
What do you tell people?
Dutson: We’re trying to create a bond and then lead them to the church family. We ask where they’re from, do they have any idea what’s going to happen to them after they die.
Radford: People think we worship a guy called Joseph Smith, but we worship God. But really, in New York, everyone just thinks we’re polygamists. That HBO show doesn’t help.