Date: November 29, 2017 11:42PM
I just read one more leaving story, and it struck me how different things are now than when I was young. Back then nobody wanted to leave. The church was vibrant, quirky and fun. It has, as we are all aware, an empty shell of its former self. People are leaving as never before,and nobody wants to join any more. I know all the reasons- internet, takeover by right-wing demagogues, SCMC, correlation, the failure of Jesus to return as expected in the the year 2000. Do you think that the leadership (I use the term loosely- straw bosses is more accurate) will ever figure out that in order for the LDS church to thrive again somebody needs to put their foot down and say that business as usual simply is not working any more?
I realize that the LDS church will never be able to deliver on its most distinctive promise, which is easy access to heavenly messengers. But surely something can be done to stop its slide into total irrelevance for those looking for spiritual events in their lives.
I don't know if a return to the old days (David O. McKay, the King Sisters TV shows, trying to connect with the non-Mormon world and so on) can ever be recovered. It would need to be a new style of Mormonism, and it would need to be much more of a bottom-up organization. I repeat: can it ever happen? Thanks.