Over the course of the past four months, several people on this blog have mentioned that they appreciate the opportunity provided by T&S to discuss the Gospel in depth. Does this strike anyone else as odd?
I don’t mean to imply that I am surprised. When I was still relatively young in the Church, I inquired about the possibility of reserving a room in the temple where friends might discuss the endowment ceremony. Does anyone have trouble imagining the reaction to this request?
When we were living in Delaware, I served as the Ward Mission Leader, and we managed to organize a series of discussions of Jesus the Christ. For the most part, they were sparsely attended and the discussions were pretty basic (aimed at the Mormon-curious), but some people were concerned that we were crossing the line. Now, I hear stories about people being asked to disband informal discussion groups, and I wonder: where do we discuss the Gospel? Here are some possibilities:
* Sunday School
* Home Teaching
* Visiting Teaching
* Institute Class
Hmm. My wife claims that all of these are fertile ground, but I suspect that she is an outlier. Fortunately for me, my favorite discussant lives with me (the aforesaid wife), but as just indicated, I have the impression that our experience is unusual. Is it true that most couples in the Church do not talk to each other about the Gospel?
Perhaps more fundamentally, aren’t we missing something wonderful by providing so few opportunities to engage each other in Gospel conversations? This was my favorite part of being a student at BYU, but maybe I am an outlier, too.