..the mouth breathers that hang on to the backwoods folk magic mixed with what they want to call Christianity are becoming scarcer each day as the dillution of "Mormon Doctrine" continues.
Are there really that many of the hard-liners around? Maybe it's just where I'm located, but I sense that more active LDS folks are becoming more "middle of the road", so to speak. For example, I would say that 90% of the women in my Ward work full-time. They were actually quite relieved when Homemaking Night went to a once every three month activity instead of once a month. Basically, no one had time to attend.
Among the workshops we have held for Homemaking Night, we have had computer classes, resume building classes, and workshops for the youth (both young men and young women) on SAT and ACT testing skills. Education is highly valued and emphasized in the youth meetings.
My father in law recently taught a workshop on addictions in a very non-judgmental fashion.
It seems like, at least the modern Church, is doing more to recognize the realities of the age we live in, and I, for one, applaud these changes.
I believe in Jesus Christ, and enjoy worshiping him. For me, it makes little difference which Church this happens in, but if it can happen in a place where it is a comfort zone for me, personally, from a family perspective, then I will not apologize for that. There are old-style doctrinal points I staunchly disagree with, such as polygamy. I also have questions about the Plan of Salvation, but have gained some interesting insights, thanks to Dr. Peterson, my father in law, and also from my own scripture study. So, for me, I am comfortable being an active LDS, and voicing my questions and concerns on forums such as this one.(with the blessing of my family, I might add. They know I post here.)
From an anthropological perspective its kind of like seeing a language die.
Hmmm....I see a slightly different analogy. Maybe it's more of an evolution of language. After all, look at the English language. It is a "melting pot" of other languages. You will find elements of French, Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, etc. Perhaps Mormonism is evolving, much like the English language has evolved.
Just food for thought.
Remember, Merc, you opened this door....LOL Great topic!