Date: September 14, 2021 01:49PM
Since the church makes no bones about the need to indoctrinate the youth, why were youth temple trips so unpleasant?
Think about this. If the church wants the people to go and return often, then they have missed the mark for over 50 years.
Aside from the boring, dull and unpleasant experiences of temple ordinances, the place often stunk!
It smelled dingy. Sort of like a damp, musty place. There was this lingering odor of rot. The carpet always smelled nasty.
Why would I bring up the carpets in the temple?
Because the holding rooms for the youth never had space for proper seating. The two sofas and one high back chair would accommodate 6 people. Most of us had no choice but to sit on the floor surrounded by a 15 year old carpet. Then add to the fact that people (adults too) would get comfortable and remove their shoes after a multi-hour car trip.
It was really rank in there!
Additionally, the church furniture usually had spilled food- think years of Cheerios and stains from leaking baby bottles.
What lead to my unpleasant memories was an article about how Disney uses smellitzers to give patrons a total experience. You would think that telling people that they're happy when they are not would cause them to change the temple experience. I visited several temples and everyone had that musty smell. Not fresh!https://finance.yahoo.com/news/man-claims-disney-brainwashes-guests-200532589.html
And I never addressed the other obvious problem. They were always dark, very dimly lit. Most halls and rooms. Even the sealing room had its lights dimmed for my marriage sealing.