Date: August 19, 2019 01:22AM
contributed to the lives of members of the church (let alone to the world as a whole).
As far as members of the church are concerned, you really could just have a set of 15 mannequins or wax figures, brought out dressed up in business suits for public viewing and photographs on special occasions. What would be the difference in comparison to what they have now with these stuffed shirts who are, apparently, living human beings?
Most of the core practices and beliefs were settled a hundred years ago.
The WoW and WoW-related policies were pretty much set in stone by prohibitionist fanatic Heber J. Grant almost 100 years ago (no smoking, no tea, no coffee, no booze, no marijuana, no illegal drugs).
The temple stuff (garments, handshakes, etc.) is pretty much the same as a hundred years ago. The only differences are the incremental deletions of the most embarrassingly idiotic features, like the bloody death oaths, etc.
Now, the biggest, boldest, earth-shattering "revelations" that they can come up with is that church meetings on Sundays should be reduced from 3 hours to 2 hours, Mormons should stop calling themselves Mormons and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir needs a new name.
Think about it. Combine the salaries, benefits (including free tuition for kids at church universities) and expenses (travel, offices, staff, etc.) of maintaining the First Presidency and the Quorum of 12 Apostles and you're probably talking about an budget of nearly 100 million per year.
Are they worth it? To anyone?
Hell, if the members of the church had asked me to be in charge, I would have been happy to scold them about calling themselves Mormons and I would have been happy to reduce their meetings on Sundays from 3 hours to only 1 hour. I would have even renamed the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for them. And the important thing is this. I would have been willing to do ALL THAT for only $100,000. And as an extra bonus, I would have deleted an additional 3 items from the temple ritual and would have gotten a "revelation" to allow moderate tea and coffee drinking FOR FREE.
Members of the LSD Church need to start being smarter consumers. Shop and compare. Get more value for your money. That's my advice.