Date: July 29, 2014 05:32PM
I have several youth relatives. Who have gone to treks in recent years. They take emotional teenagers, make them push handcarts in hot conditions, and get them tired and hungry. Then they move in with testimony meetings in the evening while in this fragile condition. Such manipulation.
One other thing that disturbs me. Each event, or at least the onnes I am aware of have the young men carry the young women accross the water. Two issues with that. One, it seems fairly unrealistic and sorta reinforces the patriarchal sexist dominance already in lds doctrine. Second, surely this did not happen. I am not convinced that a man carrying a woman was safer than the woman crossing on her own feet, even with assistance if she needed it. Finally, it is again a manipulation. The young woman clings to the young man, and for many there is surely sexual tension. These programs are a manipulative ploy to take advantage of emotional youth. My two cents.