Date: July 05, 2018 11:38AM
How many stories have we read, or talks from the pulpit have we heard about people who courageously chose to follow the spirit and join the Church knowing their families would not approve and possibly even disown them.
Church members love hearing stories like this. I remember many myself. One in particular from my mission. I had an AP that was getting ready to finish his mission and head home. Leading up to that he was paraded around every Zone and honored for his remarkable mission service, but mostly honored for the fact that he had no 'home' to go home to. His family had disowned him for joining the Church and choosing to serve a mission.
Don't get me wrong, he was a great missionary and most likely today is still a strong member and leader. However there are/were many other missionaries I served with that I can say the exact same thing about. But the fact that his family was torn/ripped apart when he chose to join and serve the Church is really what set him apart from all the other missionaries serving in my mission as 'exemplary'.
Go visit LDS.org, or ask any member what the LDS Church is all about and 90% will answer, "The Church is all about FAMILY" Family this and family that. This is what they all preach and use to convince other people and themselves that the Mormon Church is the only true Church in the world. The only Church that believes that Family is forever.....
In one hand, Family is most important while in the other hand, if your family is against the Church it's a badge of honor and courage to kick them to the curb.
Maybe the Church should add an *:
Families are Forever*
*Yes indeed. But only when it benefits the Church, otherwise Family means nothing.