Date: August 15, 2018 11:47AM
Mormons generally to me seem to be waiting for their prophet(s) always waiting for their prophets.
Many religious people are waiting for Jesus or God to do something for them that will enrich and enlighten them. Mormons expect this from an actual person and persons.
Like Vladimir and Estragon Mormons are killing time focused on future happiness, prosperity, blessings instead of finding meaning in their present situation. There is always their work towards glory when their prophet's promised happiness will be but it is always in their future.
"Vladimir and Estragon spend their present finding ways to simply kill the time and focus their attention on the future, neglecting their present. Without paying attention to the present, one will not have sufficient memory of it when it becomes the past. From a spiritual perspective, this seems to say that people who spend their lives working to ensure bliss in the afterlife and to understand the meaning of life should instead focus on what they have before them so that they can make the most of life and not end up wasting it by building themselves up to spiritual expectations which are far less certain than the pleasures immediately obtainable in the physical world."https://owlcation.com/humanities/Exploring-the-Existential-Philosophy-of-Samuel-Becketts-Waiting-for-Godot
They are waiting always waiting for future blessings and promises. They have an actual person they are waiting upon to refine their spiritual expectations and help them eschew "the pleasures immediately obtainable in the physical world."
I think this is a sad aspect for Mormons. They have an actual person who represents all of their future hopes and dreams and yet they are always waiting on him. They need him because unlike Vladimir and Estragon's Godot, Mormons can "hear" their Godot and he produces things for them to fixate upon in contemplating their future. They can now focus on "ministering" instead of just waiting to report their visiting numbers.
"Without paying attention to the present, one will not have sufficient memory of it when it becomes the past." Their past of number counting won't be important anymore. Their past will not matter. Racism, sexism, abuse, "will not have sufficient memory" as it becomes their past.
Statistics, financial accountability, organizational goals all pale in comparison to waiting on their prophet(s) to guide them. He doesn't say much but unlike Godot he says things. He exists. He doesn't do anything like a prophet of the future but he represents a prophet for their future. He is a prophet for "people who spend their lives working to ensure bliss in the afterlife and to understand the meaning of life" as presented to them by a large and rich corporation headed by a living and breathing Godot.
Their prophet may be an old goat well well into old age but an almost dead man beats a dead Godot any day of a Mormon's week.