But it makes me wonder: Does the Mormon church service have to be so boring? I mean, would it be some kind of heresy to have a service that doesn’t leave half the congregation fighting the sand-man?
Or, alternately, is there anyone out there who thinks Mormon church isn’t boring?
To help answer, here’s what some of your friends are saying about it:
Andrew analyzes whether boring church meetings are meant as character-building exercise, and follows-up by asking if forcing your kids to attend may be counter-productive (if you want them to stay Mormon, that is). Simeon recounts his recent fun at church: “You should try policing the random outbursts, fidgety movements and bursts of fighting that accompany kids during such a boring meeting while fighting off the same type of drowsiness that only Benadryl can usually bring on.” Andee compares our modern chloroform-read-aloud General Conferences with the exciting conferences of Brigham Young’s day: you’re not going to be battling the drowsies when you’re surrounded by zealots cheering at calls for “Blood Atonement” of apostates, that’s for darn sure! And, of course, Sacrament Meeting boredom is a bit of a running gag in Exmormon, with Lynn (at Youth Conference) describing how “we Mormons pride ourselves on not having a paid minister to give a sermon but rather just have ordinary members of the ward give inspiring messages every week,” then reliving it at BYU, while Sam is faced with the question “Do you think that that’s the way the Lord intended for you to worship Him?”
Well, is it?