Ideas for Sacrament Meeting

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Re: Ideas for Sacrament Meeting

Post by nibbler » 09 May 2019, 06:59

I don't believe anyone set out with the goal of making our meetings torturous but I know many, many people that have a similar opinion to the people in Roy's examples.

If the meetings aren't filling someone's needs they may move into the model where they attend out of a sense of duty. Attending solely out of a sense of duty for a prolonged period of time usually isn't enjoyable for people.

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Re: Ideas for Sacrament Meeting

Post by dande48 » 09 May 2019, 07:12

SamBee wrote:
09 May 2019, 06:39
I always maintain church isn't supposed to be torture. Even if you do think it's true.

Paid clergy are no guarantee of better entertainment, trust me. LDS talks are no worse than the sermons in many churches.
Well... you either need to offer a good service (i.e. be entertaining, engaging, effective), or have a monopoly. Most Churches that are not entertaining, claim to have a monopoly on salvation (us included). Being the "one and only true Church", we can get away with a lot more, than the more universalist Churches.
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Re: Ideas for Sacrament Meeting

Post by On Own Now » 09 May 2019, 08:04

A long-ago, but related thread.

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Re: Ideas for Sacrament Meeting

Post by SamBee » 09 May 2019, 09:21

dande48 wrote:
09 May 2019, 07:12
SamBee wrote:
09 May 2019, 06:39
I always maintain church isn't supposed to be torture. Even if you do think it's true.

Paid clergy are no guarantee of better entertainment, trust me. LDS talks are no worse than the sermons in many churches.
Well... you either need to offer a good service (i.e. be entertaining, engaging, effective), or have a monopoly. Most Churches that are not entertaining, claim to have a monopoly on salvation (us included). Being the "one and only true Church", we can get away with a lot more, than the more universalist Churches.
I've been to some major denominations' services which have been truly dreadful. Episcopalians have been among some of the worst I've heard, I've been left scratching my head at some of the vagueness and dullness of some of them. Not saying all of them are bad, but good grief! I've heard some on the radio that have completely lost me - one example I remember was by a Presbyterian woman, talking about an old lady dancing around. I wish there was more to it than that, but there really wasn't. In Presbyterianism, if you don't have a good minister, the entire service can become boring, because it is so dependent on them. A good sermongiver is great to listen to, but I've heard a lot of bad ones - mostly paid too.
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