This weeks topic was judging. For stuff like the pictures you post to Facebook and surfing the web while watching your kids at the park. And taking it to the next level: shunning. (And someone finally asked the question about BYU that I’ve always wondered about!)
Who’s not pat of the fold is the ever-present question. Sadly, while the CoCJoL-dS can excommunicate people for apostasy (however arbitrarily), they can’t seem to define it. Maybe Rock’s book will help. Or this week’s Old Testament Lesson:
However, if I went around saying that Mormons were like prostitutes, not only would I evoke howls of protest from Mormons, I’d probably have ex-Mormons telling me I was going a bit far. Yet here we have the reverse situation, posted not by some weirdo on Facebook, but proclaimed openly in every Mormon Sunday School class this week, using the church’s official teaching materials.
One thing the church has always done very poorly is understanding the motivations of those who leave. Over and over again, we have lessons about the Dangers of Personal Apostasy, and it seems to be beyond their comprehension that people might have good reasons for leaving.
Inactive, struggling with faith, lost testimony, fell away, gave in to temptation, led away, allowed Satan to have influence, lost the spirit, not truly committed, not truly converted, not obedient enough, having a crisis of faith, didn’t endure to the end, didn’t keep covenants, relied too much in the understanding of man, proud, offended, wandered off the path, focusing on the wrong priorities, complacent, selfish, not worthy, chose to sin, blinded by arrogance.
In the department of introspection fail, Jeff Spector explained to Mormon women why they need to shut up about their relatively trivial problems. Also, a reader pointed out that on this post the commenters sympathize with the author’s difficulty getting to church while ignoring her statements regarding the inhumane treatment of the Palestine people by the Israelis.
In church fun, we have the joy of Sunday. And is “soaking” a real thing or what? (This other parody article OTOH is only too believable.) Also, the CoCJoL-dS wants to improve their Search Engine Optimisation with this instructional video, but leave it to the redditors to identify the fatal flaw:
This video is self defeating, the part at 1:42 about choosing a restaurant is a SPOT ON analogy for the LDS church.
They church says they are awesome, but there are a TON of bad reviews online. 😀
Well, I’m off to play with my kids! I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday as well!