Date: May 30, 2011 06:39AM
Here in the UK our youth have so much available to them that is not driven by religion.
Our sons attended Catholic High School, chosen for their superior moral/educational high standards and ethics. Whilst it is true that secular schools at the time had lost the plot in general there were good students who ploughed through the mire of anarchy and did well, without the influence of religious dogma but by sheer will to grow and make it through. It is clear that humanity is driven by such personal goals and long may it be so, despite the fact that some will not make it. Religion won't fix that.
Our sons chose their friends from amongst those with a vision, like their own, to succeed through hard work and commitment.
Their interest in mormon activities was quite low, frustratingly for me at the time. However, I supported their nevermo father's wish that they find their true passion and pursue this with everything they could muster.
At the age of 14 the older two followed their passion for swimming/racing and became able competitors whilst becoming fit and strong young men, both psychologically and physically. They were also keen scouts (Baden Powell's lot). This has brought them many benefits in later life and they are fully rounded responsible, committed adults with happy family lives. Church was nowhere in their grand scheme of things.
The youngest, at 13, joined the Sea Cadets and spent so much time at sea that it would have been cruel to rip him away from his joy to sit him in church for hours at weekends.
His favourite activity was sailing on this vessel:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TS_Royalist
Every time he sailed he came back more confident, rounded and driven. His school work was excellent and he quickly became a man. How could the mormon church compete with all this?
This post is talking about the boys only and the girls deserve their own accolade at another time. Needless to say, none of our kids had time for mormons, despite baptism at 8 and all the other stuff, they never considered themselves members and found the whole shebang a complete turn-off.
I would sit in church alone, or with my mother and siblings, wondering where I'd gone wrong.
Can you believe that?!
Mormonism is crazy-making for sure.