Ha. I am (or was) right there with you on that point. Hasten the work (HtW) absolutely took over the unit I was in. Every Sunday at least one hour was dedicated to talking about HtW as it pertains to missionary work, some Sundays it was the topic for more than one of the hours. It got absolutely exhausting. Case in point, here's a nibbler vent thread from over a year ago: Has hastening the work become a gospel hobby? It's interesting (for me) to revisit those thoughts, I'd say a few things very differently now.Annie421 wrote:Dont get me wrong ,we attend church to feel uplifted and closer to HF and our Savior, not look for flaws, But week in and week out, it seems like almost every conversation turns to “missionary service”. What about all of the other topics ?
The storm eventually passed. We went back to the manuals for SS. 1st, 4th, and 5th Sunday PH moved on to other topics. SM topics became a little more varied. HtW got repurposed as taking names to the temple. That said, I know how hard it can be when the orchestra decides to only play one note.
Yes, I believe that's a big part of the culture, the notion that any two people can work it out if they both focus on Christ, I've heard lots of counsel in the past to not delay having children, etc. I think another reason we marry so young is because we take no sexual relations before marriage very seriously. I don't know how bad it is for women but for men we might start convincing ourselves that we want to marry someone after the first date.Annie421 wrote:But, I find myself rolling my eyes whenever I hear things like i mentioned before,especially when we hear an RM is getting married within months after returning home. How can they possibly even know the person in such a short period of time? We are told that Mission Presidents tell RMs to “go find a wife” before they break their covenants. Well isn’t choosing the person you will marry the most important decision you will ever make? We strongly disagree with the idea that whomever we marry, even if we are incompatible, we should just “endure to the end.” Excuse me?! Marriage is part of the Plan of Happiness, right? And Why do so many girls who marry so young want to jump in and have kids within a year? What about getting to really know each other without the responsibility of parenthood added so soon?
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