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Re: “Meet the Mormons likely to be "surprise" hit thanks to LDS Church putting pressure on members

So I'm not one to typically defend the LDS Church. I was raised LDS, have left and no longer care much for what the LDS Church focuses on these days. That said, I think it's little silly to single out supporting this movie as something that LDS members were 'pressured to do' when it is merely one among many things that the LDS Church asks members to do. Honestly, the amount of pressure brought to bear is kind of irrelevant when the mindset of LDS — one that I think has been created by the Church and hierarchy itself— is that obedience in ALL THINGS is the sign of true belief— and more importantly that questioning the leadership is fighting against God. Questioning the leadership in anything and even suggesting they've got the smallest of things wrongs is culturally if not actually verboten. I mean what is paying for and watching a movie when one is already willing to consecrate themselves, their time, talents, and everything with which the Lord has blessed them, or with which he may bless them, to the Church sees the request to see this movie as part of that. Compared to giving 10% of what they make, not watching R rated films and hometeaching this is comparatively pretty easy. In any case, even though Holland said it is not a command, the membership knows what a request form an Apostle means. It means this is a big deal and that it's something the Brethren really want. If the request had come from the EQ President, Bishop or even SP, the response would likely have been far less impressive. And they say hero worship doesn't exist in the Church.

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Posted by LDSRevelations on 10/16/2014 at 1:34 PM

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