Date: October 29, 2018 06:13PM
The church used to be more hardcore so I have heard and they have watered many things down.
The Mormon (aka LDS) Church removed the "penalties" from the endowment ceremony in April, 1990. In addition to pantomiming their own disembowelment, all participants would also draw their right thumb across their own throat in a slitting motionhttps://www.lds.org/ensign/2002/02/adoption-and-the-unwed-mother?lang=enghttps://www.lds.org/church/news/lds-family-services-no-longer-operating-as-adoption-agency?lang=eng
It seams to me that lds ink is loosing power over its members and now is saving money by not hiring janitors. The average lds family has gotten smaller. The average age at marriage has gotten older. More men are coming home from missions early. Before a missionary would leave on a mission there used to be a big celebration for him/her they stopped that too. The building of the many mini temples is another way to try to keep the members active and to pay tithing.
In my opinion they need to start the indoctrination early in nursery because as children start getting older they could start thinking for them selves so they need to get them early. They mission age got reduced from age 19 to age 18 to make sure they don't loose anyone during that one year in college.
Guilt probably brings in more tithing money than fun. So let's increase the guilt :)