Good morning, (afternoon) Mr. Brown, it’s a pleasure to be here. We’re from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. With which church are you most familiar?....Answer....Yes, there are certainly a great many churches in the world today. Why do you think there are so many churches?....answer....Ok, that’s enough.
Yes, I had a flannel board. When it was all rolled up and in its case it came in real handy when riding your bike and getting attacked by a dog.
I think they were something of an improvement over the flannel boards. It was just a collection of pictures and illustrations indexed to the discussions. Basically an analog version of a powerpoint presentation.
We also had filmstrips that could be projected on a wall and they would match up with an audio tape. The "Plan of Salvation" was one of those. It had scenes from that creepy Plan of Salvation movie (the one with the clocks and clowns). Instead of showing the movie, we just played the audio and every time there was a "beep" sound, we advanced the projected image to the next frame.
At the time, I was under the impression that these things had some kind of Holy Ghost magic. In other words, just like the Book of Mormon, all we had to do was expose the "investigators" to these inspired materials and if they were good people, the Holy Ghost would give them all the right feels so that they would want to join the church.
By the time I finished my mission, I realized that there was no Holy Ghost magic. The Book of Mormon was just as pathetic as it seemed when I read it. The hokey illustrations and filmstrips were just as hokey as they seemed to be. The Holy Ghost wasn't bridging the gap for anyone but people prone to delusion and hypnotic suggestion.
Now, when I look back on it all, I feel extremely embarrassed. I don't regret going to a foreign country and learning a foreign language. But I regret not using that time doing more reasonable things.
I could probably spit out both first and second (rainbow era) discussions if I had to. I shutter to think of hundreds of times I taught those lessons. That crap was so ingrained over a two year period. I bet others could do it as well if they had to.
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I, too, remember the flannel board. I think I could still give the first lesson if given the cutouts to use. One of our missionaries developed a slide show with pictures of ancient American sites and related it to some Book of Mormon claims. I think our mission president was a little lukewarm about it, but the missionary was in demand for his presentation.
I never did read the Book of Mormon all the way through. When I got to II Nephi I got a lot of what we now would call cognitive dissonance so I quit. I found I could function pretty well as a missionary and later without reading the scriptures except for proof texts.
to do group readings of something like 10 pages (rounded up to the end of whatever chapter came last) of the scriptures everyday. It was a good way to make sure that everyone could say that they read every page of every one of the "standard works" at least once.
I had already read the BoM and NT cover to cover before my mission. The OT and the DC/PogP I had only read selected parts.
It really was an eye-opener to read every verse. And it was not faith-promoting. LOL. I remember how awkward it was when we were in the group taking turns reading things like the parts in Deuteronomy about taking women as sex slaves, killing everyone else and all that fun stuff. I also remember how we tried to find something of value in the Devil Handshake Test revelation (D&C 129).
That mission reading program really helped me realize for the first time how much complete garbage is in the "scriptures". I could easily get more edification and uplift from the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (and the battle scenarios were 100 times better).
Loved the paragraph about reading the scriptures....sex slaves...haha!! And of course, don't forget the secret handshake! I never could remember exactly what it was and always got it goofed up! So, a demon appears and you offer to shake its hand. If you feel it....shit, I still can't get it straight!
Back in my day we sure as hell did (early 70s). The whole thing was seen as ground breaking and was pioneered by LeGrand Richards, the last GA who actually knew how to deliver a sermon. But I digress, as usual.
In non-English languages it was an easy way to spew the story without necessarily understanding the grammar or even what the hell you were saying.
Most of the LTM (MTC) time was spent memorizing the discussions, (say after the first 2 or 3 weeks which were grammar and vocabulary). From the memorization, I will admit, you did pick up an additional fair amount of grammar and vocabulary.