Silence is Golden
Date: November 26, 2023 10:24PM
Went to a missionary farewell. As I arrived my wife reminded me to put my tie on, then I thought to myself, why? So I did not. I wore one of my work suits, with a dark blue shirt. Nobody seemed to notice, nor care. The meeting lasted 65 minutes, three speakers, and one musical presentation. Overall it was bland. But I noticed the following.
Missionary was putting a business he had started on hold to go on his mission, "Because it was the right thing to do."
Missionary was going stateside, so he had been sitting for 8 hours a day being taught by a computer connection. He had been set apart, wore a suit, and the all ever so present pocket nametag. I asked him when he was leaving which is mid-week, so I figure two weeks of on line training and he shows up at the airport to fly out. His bedtime and time getting up was already determined, as well as when he was allowed to eat. So he was expected to follow the church rules the minute he was set apart as a missionary.
Missionary has been in a high TBM area all his life, I have no doubt that his experience in California will be educating for him.
He mentioned one item that caught my attenton from his 8 hour daily training. He said that he had been taught that in order for him to feel the spirit, he had to abandon all thoughts of the outside world and only listen to church leadership.
The other two talks were assigned by the bishopric, and had nothing to do with the missionary, or the subject of a mission. They were focused on following Christ and Gods Commandments.
The last talk went on and on about how we are tested in this life, and without the church we would all be lost and under the influence of satan. The speaker then spoke about Alma and the wicked king Noah in the BOM and how good overcomes evil. I knew that it was a fabricated story, but the speaker was absolutely sure it was all true. The speaker also went on and on about how JS was human, but he had found a way to conquer his human side and become a great leader. I thought to myself that the speaker would probably have a heart attack if information about JS and his multiple wifes was presented, or that the BOM was actually written by staring at a rock in a hat. Even though all factual information is available about the real JS, it was obvious this speaker had not moved outside the confines of the LDS bubble.
When it was all over, I felt sad. There is so much more to life than fear of Gods judgement, and so much more to accomplish and grow from over a controlling religion. But overall it really did not bother me much. I knew I was out, and I knew LDS Corp no longer has any control over me. So overall it did not really upset me at all. I guess that is the best part, it just did not cause me any great upset.