People who don’t “invest” in the church i.e. sacrifice spiritually and temporally usually find themselves out of the church soon enough. I am sure that I have offended and I have been offended but no once can drive me away from what God has given me.]]>
The first married ward I was in at BYU is a prime example. I was asked to introduce myself as new to the quroum at priesthood at least 5 or 6 weeks in a row! It was amazing, the ward had cliques, I always felt like no one cared if I was there or not.
Of course I continued to go…the church is true…right! But if I knew that I would have been in that ward long term, I’m not sure what I would have done.
It’s easy for less actives to still feel the have a testimony, believe the church is true and all that and still stay home.
Why is going to church such a big deal anyway…I believe in Christ, I have a testimony, etc. I think they think they’ll still be ok. Sacrament, tithing, temple etc. just don’t seem very important to them.]]>
This is not meant to excuse those that give offense. We should try to be careful to not do so. But I will bet that most of the offenders are completely oblivious to the offense and would do all they could to make it right if they knew about it.]]>
Maybe one of the reasons we don’t assign big enough numbers to service is: Service done to us goes in the catagory of “I derserve it”, or “It’s no big deal”, or something else like that.
I think we have to be the ones giving the service, then we give ourselves huge numbers. Getting service gets small ones.
You’re right about the “Organization for Disaffected Mormons”. The organization is world-wide however, and has branches everywhere.]]>