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About kimpearson

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  1. I would be interested in hearing thoughts on what role Church leadership has on these numbers. It seems to me like our leadership has focused almost exclusively on families made up of husbands and wives in strong relationships that are temple worthy and raising children to repeat the same process or in other words "multi generational members" to quote a church presentation I attended a number of years ago. The families focused on are also middle class with the resources to have children participate in youth programs and provide adult supervision to such programs. Anyone not in this situation seems to be strongly encouraged to move to that situation such as young single or single adults and the current self reliance programs. No real programs or guidance seems to be given to any other type of life situation. My theory is that as more and more members have a different life experience or have loved ones with a different life experience, they struggle with the current leadership of the Church. I also believe that the multi generational member approach seems to have a very strong initial appeal in new proselytizing areas such as Africa but with time loses its appeal as once again more and more members either personally experience or have loved ones who experience different life situations. The different life situations I am referring to are divorced members, families with family members who have left the Church, poorer families that spend much of life just putting food on the table with little time left over for full participation is Church activities, single members, LGTBQ members and members with chronic mental and physical issues. My understanding is that over 50% of current Church members are in these different life situations as well as a larger percentage of the worlds population. It seems to me in other words that the current type of person our current Church leadership has chosen to focus on is become a smaller percentage of the actual Church membership and world population.
  2. I can accept that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ allow their leaders to make policy decisions that later turn out not to be such great decisions. I think it is called human experience and we all go through it to one degree or another. What surprises me about this discussion is how quickly we forget similar experiences from our own Church history such as: Priesthood ban Indian placement program Borrowing policies that put the Church in serious debt in the late 1800's and early 1900's "Mormon Doctrine" Kirkland Safety Society Polygamy an a hundred more if you study church history I am curious as to why you all think we so quickly forget the past and look at each new experience as either evidence the end is near, the prophets have fallen, the Church isn't true or "I know something they didn't." Just a personal note as the father of a young man who is gay. My heart is very thankful that good men who thought they were doing the right thing didn't slam the door shut on listening to the promptings of the Spirit and the very real experiences that more than just a handful of members of the Church.
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