Maybe that's the criteria by which we define "sin" rather than "illness"?
Your experiences are familiar to me. I had a close fellow-introvert friend in one ward, and we used to discuss this very question: Is extroversion better, or more righteous, than introversion? Are we morally obligated to try to force ourselves to be extroverts? I am not sure, but I lean toward, "No". Because while extroverts might be better at Home Teaching, introverts might be better at the Law of Chastity. Not joking. I think extroversion absolutely makes it easier to tick off the checkbox-type behavioral displays of "correct" behavior that members consider outward manifestations of righteousness.
I wonder whether the church unintentionally weeds out introverts. I mean, I wonder whether the retention rate is higher among extroverts, because the social aspect of being active is much more rewarding for extroverts, making them more likely to stay in the event of a faith crisis. If so, then introversion within the church (not within the broader society) may be rare enough to be considered a mental illness!
Thanks. I'm adopting the grace-filled understanding of eternal progression. It is beautiful. It gives me hope. It's what I imagine a loving God's program to be like. It's how I had reasoned things out as a kid. It made sense then; it still makes sense. It's so cool to see quotes supporting it and to know others hold this view/hope, also.Roy wrote: ↑16 Mar 2017, 14:57A grace filled understanding of eternal progression (Ray has described it simply as progression at the pace that is right for you until you insist on stopping) IS one of those bridges for me. It is not part of the dominant narrative that I hear at church. It is not something that my SS teacher, EQP, or Bishop will validate for me. However, the ingredients for this belief are found in our scriptures and the concepts are just as well reasoned, beautiful, and inspiring as any other teaching you may find.
For me, the concept of progression between kingdoms is useful. It is a tether that anchors the kite of my personal beliefs to the monolithe of Mormonism. It helps to keep me from floating away. I hope that answers the question.