So Sunday afternoon I was visiting family and asked my dad, what happened at church today (being testimony Sunday and all). His response as usual was it was all about Temples. Temples this, temples that, how thankful we all are for these the latter days and temples, temples in all three classes, and more about temples.
I know folks (especially seniors) who work in them regularly, they "serve" for hours on end every week. Others spend hours and hours a day doing genealogy at home everyday. just going back and forth deleting duplicates, searching for what they think is incorrect temple data, trolling other members genealogy and changing things. Some members go on family vacations and instead of sight seeing and being a tourist they actually search out a mormon temple to "do the work."
But why are dead people so important? Are mormons escaping from the world and it's problems, from actually trying to help people who are alive?
Of course it can. But that's merely a side effect for mormons....if they can get it. The first priority for mormons is saving the dead, not interest in genealogy. Don't put the cart in front of the horse.
escapism exactly. There are so many things that need to be done in Utah such as: 1) building better public transit, 2) cleaning up the air quality, 3) trying to get the thousands of homeless away from temple square and living in residences, 4) getting everyone a job that uses their talents, intelligence, and abilities 5) using all the millions of acres of land that just sitting around in the desert 6) fracking for oil/gold/gas/silver 7) fixing utah's overcrowded public classrooms, motivating Utah's below average population to want to be innovative and industrious, and have a work ethic. 8) stop drug trafficking, meth labs, the dark industries. 9) getting all the teenagers and young people gainfully employed doing something, there are thousands that spend the summer doing nothing but playing xBox, and loitering.
But what do mormons care about? ...Temples, and dead people...
I do find it wasteful that hours are spent "saving dead people" when there are living people all around with actual needs. And those that "serve" have this holier than thou smugness about them as if they're doing this great thing, while in reality it is beyond meaningless!!
One thing that's really cool about doing temple work for those who have passed on from this mortal, fleshy realm is that as the matter stands now (you know, science 'n stuff), there is no proof that these faithful saints are completely wasting their time!
That's my opinion...
And their contrary opinion, that they are doing something noble and absolutely necessary, is also unprovable! That's the best they can do because just about everything else they assert as a truth CAN be shown to have lots of evidence against it.
If it wasn't for the inertia of about 4 million marching "morons", the church would grind to a halt.
Like I've told a couple of family members: If genealogy and temple work are your chosen hobbies, go for it. Just quit looking down you nose and trying to make me feel inadequate because I'm not doing that stuff.
"busy work for idle minds" I interpret that to me that secretly mormons are being lured into laziness.
there seems to be a genuine desire of humans to want to be involved in something important. But having an inventive mind and creating something takes work and is frustrating to troubleshoot mistakes. Helping young people in their studies takes patience. Helping in a soup kitchen presents you around poor people. Working in a job for pay can be very tiring.
mormons want to escape reality, and they are lured into laziness and don't even know it.