In Mormonism you don’t discover or decide your own personal purpose on earth. You are told it!
You are given your purpose for life!
You are told what your duty is. There’s a common phrase in the Church which comes from Mormon scripture, “Learn your duty!”
Part of ‘doing one’s duty’ involves giving service to others. Which doesn’t sound like a bad idea, but we’re talking about adults here, not children. Adults who should be allowed to develop their own compassionate service oriented attitude about society.
The whole concept of Mormonism is a corrupt meme!
(A meme is “an idea, behaviour or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena.)
Like a psychological virus the Mormon belief system is self-perpetuating & infests our minds with its mind-crippling irrationality!
No system of Church leadership is going to make the virus right!
I applaud the good men & women who are members & leaders who carry out amazing acts of kindness and compassion. Unfortunately, the Church has hijacked these wonderful virtues & claimed that their God is responsible.
Humanistic values & qualities are inherent in all people. Some people have greater compassion than others. It has nothing to do with the Church. It comes from the person. Their own personal character traits & inbuilt tendencies. Natural Human tendencies. Not from the Mormon God or Church.
When I was a faithful, believing, serving bishop I could do no wrong & they loved me! I’m the same person, with the same character traits – just not believing in the Mormon meme any more.
If anything, my love & compassion for others has increased since not being under the ‘spell’ of Mormonism!
My own natural human qualities can be felt & expressed without the Mormon corrupting overlay hijacking my actions.
As a faithful Bishop I rejected the ‘Helping Hands’ programme because it was designed at its core to “raise the profile of the Church” & “bring the Church out of obscurity”!
I couldn’t get over how the Church wasn’t following Jesus’ admonition to carry out “anonymous acts of service”. To “let not your right hand know what your left hand doeth!”
I refused to give the members the tabards advertising the Church name. We organised many service projects over the years and our efforts were recognised by local civic leaders & the local community. If we had promoted the name of the Church we would have lost their respect. In fact a local town councillor even said that to us.
My point is that members with positive, natural, humanistic character traits are giving the Church a good name, whereas the Church policy of promoting itself would have damaged our members individual reputations for good works.