Most people recognize Rainn Wilson from his long run as the character Dwight Schrute, assistant to the regional manager and then the coveted assistant regional manager, from The Office.
On November 15, Wilson posted a picture of two lovely sister missionaries on Instagram with the comment, "I was visited by some very nice Mormon missionary Sisters this morning."
The post set off a host of responses, some glowing about their respect for Latter-day Saints and their kindness, others not so much.
However, when comments began turning negative or harsh, Mormons and non-Mormons alike tended to defend the missionaries and turn the conversation back around to the positive. As one Instagrammer posted, "Awe I love when people are tolerant of others beliefs❤ I admire the dedication that missionaries have."
While Wilson was kind enough to speak with these sisters, he probably already knew a little about LDS beliefs from his run on The Office. Mormons, after all, are mentioned in the show when Michael Scott makes a hilarious reference to LDS beliefs while talking with Meredith, whose drunken antics at the office party got out of hand. The conversation goes something like this:
Michael: Meredith, have you ever used alcohol to alter your mood or deliberately change your state of mind?
Michael: Do you sometimes have a drink to celebrate a special occasion or mark a holiday?
Michael: Have you ever, under the influence of alcohol, questioned the teachings of the Mormon Church?
Oscar: [bewildered] Where did you get this?
Michael: I got it on a website. That's not important.
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Let's hope these sisters made LDS beliefs a little clearer for Wilson when they stopped by his home.