mom3 wrote:I believe the essays and the reason for them is going to be added to pile under the rug. Yes, there will be obscure references to them. And only those who know where to look will find them. And the why they were ever created will be void of answer. I believe it is the continued hope that we just won't look, don't ask, don't tell, or any other reference like that.
Last Sunday the essays were brought up during both SM and SS. Unfortunately in my ward the essays are being used to attack people outside of the church or people that have left. It looks like the essays have become the new apologetic, another tool used to highlight the line that divides us from them.
You know how the phrase "so-called" sometimes gets tossed around in a condescending manner? Well in my ward both the SM speaker and SS instructor used the word "critics" spoken in that same tone that conveys disgust. Without getting into too much detail they both implied that there were perfectly valid answers to issues people were having, the criticisms were invalid, and people that let that stuff get to them are in error. Meanwhile I'm thinking, "You really don't want them back, do you?"
I didn't find the experience that out of place for an orthodox group. What other conclusions are there to arrive at? I was more disappointed than anything. Here was something new to discuss for the first time in the 20 years and there's no discussion, it's all lecture, and it's presented as "critics
will say there are issues, but the differences are all very minor, like you'd expect if you told your story to different people over many years, the multiple accounts can only increase your testimony in the FV." So there it was, sandwiched between two other topics that also had no questions or discussion. Shotgunned across the congregation and gone in the blink of an eye. If you feel there's an issue you're wrong to feel that way. Next.
I have to remind myself that the purpose of SS isn't to have a discussion, it's to indoctrinate.
I'm off topic aren't I? I will say that I didn't get angry. I was more disappointed than anything. The new SS material won't be used to have discussions, it will be used to separate the wheat from the tares. At least in my ward.
I don't think there's anything wrong with occasionally being triggered. No one taught that polygamy was essential to be in the CK? Laughable. And to state it so definitively? If I didn't know any better I'd say they were trying to get a rise out of some people and give a move along, nothing to see here to others. The rest of the article boils down to "your speculations are wrong, my speculations are right, so stop feeling bad."