Date: May 13, 2019 04:55AM
Our daughter said the last hour of church today had a member of the stake presidency telling the members they needed to teach their children to attend the temple. They were to focus on the temple more than serving missions.
Then she got a email from the stake president saying he is alarmed at how little people getting their first recommend know about the temple ordinances and their meaning. He also said he was alarmed at how many said they disliked all the mechanical symbolism and had no understanding of the spiritual significance or blessings that come from them.
In short. A lot of people seem to be not feeling anything spiritual about the temple. In short. The temple is losing it’s luster with the members and they are getting temple burnout.
Staying on the covenant path was used a lot by the stake presidency and clearly this is coming down from the first presidency.
I think the new strategy of the church is to put more and more pressure on the members to attend the temple. The missions aren’t bringing in new converts and they really aren’t retaining that many returned missionaries. Plenty go inactive when they return home.
So it’s temple mania now and that’s the new focus point. The problem is it’s showing the members can’t handle the temple on a large scale. I doubt most members like the temple that much.
Also the home based church and come follow me program now opens the members up to questioning on how this is being implemented their homes. My daughter said the stake presidency even said parents were failing to teach their children about the temple. So the guilt tripping has begun.
I can say this is all going to fail. The church is going to have under used temples all over the place and the more they beat the drum the less special the temple becomes and the more people will hate it. This of course will result in more exmormons.