No, it's not dismissive. I think it comes from a diffferent place than myself however. I did expect the Church to somehow be above the things of the world when I was younger, and I was shocked at the attitude of a SP when I approached him about serving a mission.
I left completely bewildered, disappointed, angry, confused at the time. Later, on a mission, he told my girlfriend that after the night he blew me away, he "thought he'd never see me again". When he made that comment, I realized how incredibly disposable we are and how temporal matters trump human kindness or caring -- at least, in the case of that man, and a few others I've encountered along the way.
Taken with my INFJ, my idealistic self as a young adult, and my intellectual, philosophical nature, and my tendency to take the scriptures and prophetic words literally at one time, it makes things like this hard to take. I'm seeing this as the root of one of my problems -- this idealism that was totally blown out of the water by a hard-nut SP with strong business interests.
Someone once suggested that I write to him and explain the impact he had on me at the time, and then later....but I believe he would not care less. Plus he would think I was apostate and not be too concerned.
"It doesn't have to be about the Church (church) all the time!" -- SD
"Stage 5 is where you no longer believe the gospel as its literally or traditionally taught. Nonetheless, you find your own way to be active and at peace within it". -- SD
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."
My introduction: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1576