I was seeing other connections. Specific similarities I can think of include:Roy wrote: ↑07 Mar 2019, 15:10P.S. I believe that MLM's tend to flourish among LDS because 1) there are a higher than normal percentage of stay at home mom's looking to "work from home" 2) Mormons have a social network that they can leverage (at least initially) to make some sales 3) Mormons are probably more gulible than average.
-Claims of miracles
-The prosperity gospel / plant your seed of faith (your fault if it doesn't bare fruit)
-Requiring large investments of time and money.
-A focus on agency (be your own boss!), yet with an insistance on strict obedience
-Perfectionism. You aren't doing enough, and should be doing more
-Focus on prosyltizing
-Regarding opposing evidence as an evil conspiracy and blatant falsehoods
-No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry
-Conferences, with charasmatic leaders who promise blessings
-No real financial disclosure. Offers intentionally misleading statistics.
-Reliance and trust in feelings/emotion over logic
Ok, I think the biggest one is that last point. But in sharing similar models, while being co-compatible, is very seductive for the LDS, especially LDS Stay-at-home moms, where having only a single income to support a family is becoming more and more a real challenge, and where outward "blessings" are seen as a sign of God's favor. And yet MLMs come along, and make extravagant promises it really can't keep... yet points to miracles and success stories as if it were the norm. Which is what many churches do.