mom3 wrote: ↑
31 Mar 2019, 09:22
GC is a week away. The web is rife with rumors. Most of them totally bogus. So...what is left to change?
My thoughts on a few of the current changes:
Church hours - I think this is working. Except. Eliminate SS. Perhaps combined meetings once a month, or less like on a 5th sunday.
Home Study - I hate this. So far it seems to be more of a way to get a correlated curriculum of mundane-ness into my home. Used to be I could leave this at church.
Mission rules - This is big on my mind as I have an early returned missionary. My nephew got his call recently and tried really hard to be excited about his mission assignment. It may have even been genuine. We really need to see more options for missions. Service. Internships. Options in length. Let's move away from the pure proselytizing model. I think that is broken. And it's breaking our kids. I just heard an example of a mission president in South America that is completely ignoring the new communication protocol the church just released. That mission president should be released and sent home early.
Some things that I'm hoping to see:
1) Remove WoW from TR. Teach the principle of moderation and good health practices. Let us govern ourselves without the public obedience shaming.
2) Change missions (see above). Make them truly voluntary. Let's go back to celebrating these kids when they go and return (with apologies to the late Elder Packer)
3) Allow temple sealings following civil ceremony without the mandatory 1 year wait period. Let's start including families in our marriages instead of highlighting the "haves" and "have-nots". Allow Elders (or Sisters) to officiate at weddings if you want a religious aspect in a civil ceremony (otherwise bishops time could get even more scarce). I officiated a non-denominational religious wedding for a friend of mine last summer. It was awesome!!!
4) Lets make garments special and spiritual again. Wear them only when going to temple or to church on Sunday. Like the WoW principle above, let's teach modest principles and let people govern themselves.
5) Let's make church open to all. Let's be better with LGBTQ+. Let's be better with long hair for boys, short hair for girls, beards, tattoos, earring holes, shirt colors, suits, dresses, etc. Let's celebrate diversity and reduce conformity.
6) I'm no fan of BYU, but the Honor Code has to go. The expectation of college students being held to a behavioral standard in excess of what is required to have a TR is ridiculous. Add in the culture of "tattling" this whole HC thing is toxic.
7) Enough of the army style volunteerism. Or I also call this "make-up service opportunities." Members cleaning the church needs to go. The worst calling in the church currently is the poor schmuck that has to coordinate the chapel cleaning. Weeding and planting the temple grounds needs to go. Assigned temple endowments and sealing sessions need to go. Can we not look for service amongst the poor, weak, lonely, aged, disabled, ect?
8) Let's even out the male/female dynamic. I don't know if this means priesthood "restored" to women, or if it means moving away from gendered callings, but women need more of a voice in the church.
9) Let's focus on weeding out and replacing Pharisaical behaviors. This perhaps in inherent in all my other changes. But I think it needs a focus from the top down and the bottom up. This culture is toxic and hurtful. I think it's one reason people leave the church. It's hard to live an impossible standard.
Hoping for these things will probably lead to perpetual personal disappointment. But I intend to follow some of these whether or not they are mandated (particularly #9).