Bruce R. McDonkie
Date: May 16, 2019 02:35AM
> Bruce R. McDonkie Wrote:
> > *2-hours on Sunday instead of 3. Priesthood and
> > Relief Society twice a month and Sunday School
> > twice a month, alternating.
> Not your original idea. Some want it down to an
> hour/hour and a half.
BRUCE: I suggested to the Top 15 "ten" years ago they bring it down to 2 hours. Others may have had the idea before me, but I don't remember hearing it before. Three hours was just TOO MUCH boredom. Also, in Third World countries, Meetinghouses have no air conditioning. Think about sitting there, in 110 heat, 90% humidity, for THREE HOURS every Sunday. AWWWWWggghhhh!!
> > *Saturday Wards
> This already occurs in some parts of the world.
> Friday wards too.
BRUCE: Yes, the Church has had Saturday Branches in Israel, and I "think" Friday branch in a few Muslim countries like Egypt. No, my idea, put a Saturday Ward in every Stake. That would better use of Meetinghouse. Also, the Church doesn't have to build as many Meetinghouses in the future if Saturday Wards were used.
> > *Companionships no more than two months (I had
> > four months with a selfish lying immoral bully
> > from Alpine Utah...pure HELL)
> If you don't like someone, two days is long
> enough. If you do, two months is too short.
BRUCE: One week is HELL with some Utah Mormon missionaries. Especially the rich immoral brats. Four Months is OUTER DARKNESS.
> > *"Matrons" in wards in charge of asking girls
> > about their sex lives (instead of Bishops
> > them). Reports to Bishop. Accompanies females
> > Bishop needs to "follow up". No one-on-one with
> > females in Bishop's offices.
> You're assuming women are incapable of being
> creepy. That is far from the case.
BRUCE: Male Bishops should NOT be able to ask women "do you masturbate?" etc. In some cultures, the family would kill the bishop.
> In fact, when I was at high school, one of the
> female teachers was busy at it with my classmate.
> He was underage at the time.
> > *"Feast Day" (pot luck) instead of Testimony
> > Meeting (I'm hearing lots of "dead air" time
> > during F&T meeting, but that's just what I
> They already do this afterwards (after wards?!).
> But guess what? It costs money.
BRUCE: No, get RID of F&T meeting completely, and replace with pot-luck. What money? Most chapels have Cultural Halls, tables, chairs, a small kitchen. Assign people to bring food. Okay, sure, paper plates and napkins cost, but not much.
> > *One year missions for English-speakers, but 18
> > months to 24 months for foreign language
> Why? English speaking countries are widespread and
> there is no difference.
BRUCE: In English countries, what do missionaries "do"? They knock on doors, and doors, and doors, and doors, and doors, and doors, and some more doors, and go to the Mall, and knock on doors, and some more doors, and a few more doors, and go to the Library, and knock on doors, and visit Members, and knock on doors, and more doors. English Missions are excuses to get young Mormon men to read The Book of Mormon. Two years of knocking on doors, going to Malls, Libraries, bookstores, knocking on more doors. You don't need two years for that. You DO need 18 months at least to learn a foreign language well enough to converse in it well.
> > *3 months of the mission must be served in some
> > service capacity such as volunteering for Red
> > Cross, Salvation Army, etc. (today,
> > are expected to "find" their own way to
> The Salvation Army is a different church.
BRUCE: So? The Salvation Army helps people of all religions, and no religion. Who cares if they are a different church?
> > *Language study for young Members of the
> > on Sunday, so they'll be prepared for foreign
> > language mission.
> Good idea, except that there are a lot of
> different languages. For every Spanish, Russian or
> Arabic, there is an Italian, Bulgarian or Maltese.
> A lot of countries have a language which is not
> spoken widely elsewhere.
BRUCE: Maltese are learning English. So, assign different Stakes to teach different languages. Some Stakes teach Spanish, others Italian, etc.
> > *Plain Language Book of Mormon for
> > (no more thee's thous, dosts and "And it came
> > passes").
> We should not pander to low intelligence and bad
> education in nearly any area of society. If
> someone is intellectually disabled, it can be
> explained to them.
> Changing the language does not improve the book.
BRUCE: The Archaic English in the Book of Mormon is almost UNreadable to people NOT grown up in the LDS Church or not growing up reading the King James Bible. Yes, Plain English Book of Mormon would be much more readable; especially with NOT ONE "And it came to Pass" (replace that with "Then...").
> > *Mission Discussions in one "book" in large
> > edition with list of Questions and Answers in
> > back so missionaries don't have to "think" of
> > answers to: "Elders, did your Church ever teach
> > that blacks are cursed?" or "Elders, why can't
> > women hold the priesthood?" or "Elders, can I
> > believe in evolution and still be a Mormon?"
> Have you ever heard of "Preach my Gospel"?
BRUCE: I have not been inside a Mormon Chapel for 10 years. Not active since 1989. I think I saw "Preach my Gospel" but that's not the point. The point is to make it easier for missionaries, so they don't have to "think" of answers to questions THEY themselves have never pondered!
> > *Establishing "More Good English schools" in
> > foreign countries, and training
> > missionaries to "teach" English instead of
> > knocking on doors all day.
> They tried this in Russia and ended up being
BRUCE: Nope! Missionaries almost expelled because Russians aren't stupid. They KNOW Mormon missionaries are NOT English teachers! They have no training as English teachers. Train them as English teachers, and make them "real" English teachers.
> > *Having black Mormons write a book "Testimonies
> > Black Mormons" and have a history of Black
> > and explain, honestly and openly, the
> > and temple ban legacy and when it was lifted
> > being honest about the Church's past). Offering
> > this book via Black college newspapers,
> > door to door pamphlets that missionaries can
> > out, etc.
> Blacks have written about their experiences
BRUCE: You don't understand. Have the Church mass-print a book "Testimonies of Black Mormons" and give them to missionaries to pass out to blacks for free. Non-mormon Blacks don't frequent LDS bookstores.
> > *Building restaurants in Metro areas, and
> > missionaries pass out "free dinners for
> > at doors. Missionaries would spend some of
> > missions as "servers" and dishwashers, etc., at
> > these restaurants.
BRUCE: People "appreciate" a real "gift". Not the BOM as a gift. Give them something they can "USE" like a free meal for the family.
> > *Establish the "Mormon Legion" which would open
> > soup kitchens and "showers and laundries" for
> > homeless, as a way to show 'Mormons care'
> > (actually...they don't).
> They already do have some kind of charity arm.
BRUCE: The Church has a Relief Society, which doesn't practice "charity" other than women visit old women, etc. The Church has "LDS Charities" but what do they do? Disaster relief. I don't mean disaster relief, I mean soup kitchens, helping the homeless, etc. The Church does not want to do this, because the homeless make bad tithepayers. NOT the point. The point is...if people "see" Mormons "helping" others, they will respect the Mormons a lot more and it will attract some of them to the Church.
> > I made a lot more suggestions, but the Top 15
> > rejected most because they "cost money". The
> > Church likes money coming "in" but they don't
> > money going "out". With declining converts and
> > many going inactive or resigning, the Church
> > continue to place all "blame" on "lazy
> > missionaries" and "lazy members" ad infinitum
> > nauseum.