Have you guys seen this article from the Salt Lake Tribune?
Makes you wonder what the church is going to look like in 20-30 years from now, when all the WWII and baby boomer generations are gone. Apparently a lot of those leaving the church lately are in the 18-30 age group. Is the church possibly going to see decline in membership numbers sooner than we thought?
“We know where you are. We’ve got our radar focused on you.”
Agggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!! That's some scary stuff...
I think the internet is going to have a profound effect on the church as people start googling their questions rather than just asking their priesthood authority what to think.
Haha! I thought the same thing... scary!
It's also interesting to me to note as an older divorced woman, I'm not on the radar at all. In the nearly 4 years since my marriage and church attendance ended, I have not been contacted by anyone from the Church (and as a former RS Prez, I know how persistent they can be). Not that I'm complaining about that!
Yeah, I read that and my thought more or less went to "Well, THERE'S a way to get them to stick around. They can't even find a way to LIKE being there."
... Might be a part of the problem, yknow? It's not high school, a kid who feels alienated, out of place, bored etc isn't likely to stick around if they don't HAVE to.
Absolutely. When I was a youngster, my priesthood leaders discouraged me from joining the debate team for fear that it would lead me to question the validity of God's One And Only Singular Truth Inc. Well, I joined the debate team and became quite good and successful with it. Of course, it did teach me how to validate and invalidate information, though it did not create in me the searching, critical, suspicious of authority ecumenical giant you read before you. I already had that going on, but it gave me tools for discerning a credible claim from bona fide manipulative crap.
However, the interweb blows what I had to kingdom come. The awesomeness of which does not escape me in my 36th year aboard this Mortal Merry Go Round. *Nod to My Turn on Earth*.
My favorite part:
“We hope you’ve got the message: You have no option to bounce around,” he said, referring to a common practice dubbed ward-hopping in which young Mormons shop around for congregations they like. “We know where you are. We’ve got our radar focused on you.”
I did read it, Eric, and I agree that "things, they are a changin!" Between instant access to information, in the privacy of ones own home...and the awareness of evidence against magical truth claims, the church will have to adjust or perish.
Which will it do?