Date: January 09, 2019 05:39PM
I was speaking to our high council dude yesterday about an assignment that I have and how the program does not work. I thought it was futile for the stake to continue to ask dozens of people to participate three times a year for months at a time when 90% of participants were not benefiting.
He offered a couple of thoughts to try to help me stay enthused.
1.) The program was worth the cost even if it only helped one person. (This is essentially the "how great will be your joy" justification.)
2.) Our willingness to continue working with the failing program says more about our faith and obedience than it does about the program. (I realized later this was the Zion's camp justification.)
3.) He trusts the leadership of the church. (This was an obvious appeal to authority.)
4.) Sometimes there are blessings that we don't understand now or that will not become apparent until later. (This is basically an argument from ignorance, or maybe even an argument for ignorance.)
5.) He cannot beleive that the prophet would authorize a program that would not work, so we must not be doing it correctly. (Authority?)
6.) What else can we do? The program is the most comprehensive, thorough and inspired attempt to help members yet. (I am not even sure what this equates except maybe abdication of thought.)
He could have kept going, but I had to leave.
I am so ready to walk away from this mess but my otherwise good marriage will hit the skids when I do.