Arrakeen wrote: ↑02 Dec 2022, 17:45
Roy wrote: ↑02 Dec 2022, 13:55
The erosion of Mormon attachment, he said, indicates “the breakdown of religious subcultures,” which has been especially profound in places such as Utah and southern Idaho where, in decades past, a person’s entire social and religious life could be spent around members of the LDS church.
I think in the case of the LDS church, part of the breakdown of its subculture might be its own doing. Even though I'm young, I remember there being a lot more church activities solely for fun when I was a kid. More and more over the last few years I've been seeing a push to try to make every little thing spiritual. Hiking trips, ward campouts, Scouts, etc seem to be getting replaced by devotionals, family history days, missionary preparation seminars, and the like.
We had more communities because more people spent time (or more people spent more time?) on arranging them and feeling positive towards them for users to consume. In the last 20 years, the nature of "community" has shifted dramatically - with specialists designing those communities (digitally - forums/blogs/channels), professionally (different government-sanctioned standards), and local programs competing with state and national programs. In addition, people join the "communities" they are passionate about (video game communities, decor communities, etc. - tons of niche resources and interests out there easily accessible). Also, with parents and grandparents living longer, and the increasing competitiveness of employment, people have more demanding outside home commitments.
There are a lot of questions that make it hard to see the church organization as "the truth hub" - especially if you compare "truths" of the church vs "learned truths" and/or "mental health truths". All those forms of truth can be reconciled with God's help, mental facilities, and drive to do so - but in the past, people didn't have to reconcile them as much.
It's also hard to see the church organization as "the community hub" - especially when you consider the other community hubs with lower admission costs/higher payoff like school/community sports, libraries, media, service organizations, or other ministries. There are also communities that might be a closer fit for you as a person - supporting introvert's interests, or the lifestyle you have interests (additional needs etc.).