greatly to make the people involved (who have sadly made this a part of LDS culture) as uncomfortable as they make me.
I plead with my fellow CB-ers already involved, get out now and preserve your self-dignity and integrity (not to mention your friendships).
So here is the first story:
A few years ago I had a home teacher who faithfully showed up for the first several months. I did not suspect him of any MLM-prospecting at first. He always came by himself. He really wanted to chat about careers, always asking "so what do you do?", "how's work?" or "how's business?"... I would give him one or two word answers like, "just fine" or "great". Part of my reason of being short was that with young children, I prefer very short and to-the-point home teaching visits. The kids just do not last through long home-teaching visits, especially when the home teachers do not regard them as part of their audience. Anyway, I never asked him any of these questions in return, which is what I think he was going for.
I started to become suspicious when he said he was a "financial planner slash life coach". Just doesn't sound like a legit career, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt. Shortly after that I pretty much knew he was trying to get me interested in his MLM because he would say things that implied he was very successful and financially independent.
When it came to the lesson on tithing, without any prompting from us he said something like (and this part is pretty much word for word) "I am just so grateful for a job that I love and that allows me to focus on blessing people's lives... I never have to worry about income. If my wife wants a new car she can just go and get one." I was completely offended that he would use home-teaching as a means to prospect. What a greedy and sleezy thing to do, but I played nice (although I've regretted this... should have told him off). When I showed ZERO reaction (acted completely unimpressed) to his proclamation of wealth and not once asked him about his job (also warned the wife never to ask this) he promptly stopped doing his home-teaching.
I confirmed through a neighbor that he worked for Primerica or World Financial Group, can't remember which.
*Note to MLM sales-people: non-sleazebag wealthy people rarely brag about their income in this manner.