We just had stake conference this last Sunday and as I sat there with my family listening to the various talks I was struck by their similarity. Every single talk that was given was entirely focused on bringing other people into the church. Whether it was through inviting them to dinner, giving them a BOM, or sharing family history it was all about advertising the church to others. I felt like I was viewing a web page where all I could see were ads and the content was lost somewhere in-between.
According to the Church website there is supposed to be this Three-Fold Mission involving:
- Sharing the Gospel
- Perfecting the Saints
- Redeeming the Dead
I don't think I have ever really heard any talks that revolve around points 2 and 3 on this list. I mean sure I have heard talks about how guilty we are of sin in an effort to make us feel so guilty that we have the desire to run off weeping and throw ourselves at the mercy of the bishop in an effort to repent. But NOTHING about how one could actually become a better person in the community, to each other, or at school, work, or friends and family.