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Getting my priorities straight

For those who don't know, I formally joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints a few months ago. I joined for many reasons that I am not going into here, but one thing I will say is that I feel it is right for me to be at this time in my life. That being typed, I will now continue on with my entry...

I have been getting asked at church about why I do not stay for the entire day. I usually just stay for Sacrament, and then leave. My main answer is that I work on Sundays, and I leave when I do to get to work on time. There is something else, though. I do not feel edified as much as some of the other members do. It's not the fault of those who talk, for I admire the effort that goes into preparing a discussion of any length. However, most of the information is very textbook. What I mean by that is it's taken from the same website (linked above) and follows the same format (order may vary but all the following are present): scripture quotes, first presidency/quorum of the seventy quotes, personal story, 3rd person personal story, comment on preparing the talk. Now, I know the saying about if it's not broken don't fix it, however, the way these talks are prepared border on ennui at times. The Official Church Website is available for all, and if I wanted to get info about a topic, I can go there myself and see what the leaders say or which scripture quotes follow it. I don't want to do that. I want to learn something new. I want to learn to be a better person. I want to see a new angle on that topic. It may be a bit much to ask, as the easy way is to just cut-and-paste from the website, but those that take the time to teach something new are often more rewarded for doing so. If the talks didn't always fit the mold mentioned above, I may feel more inclined to attend past the Sacrament portion. I often find the Historical-Critical De-mythologized elements of a religion to be more spiritual than just sticking with the mystery. With that said, I return to my day of relaxation and meditation. Peace be with you all!

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beetiger
Jun. 18th, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
Interesting! It is not a direction I would have guessed for you based on the little I know about you, but I hope it brings you joy, and would love to talk about it at some point.

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