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Published: Monday, Sept. 16 2013 3:30 p.m. MDT

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Quagthistle
Hays, KS

There is some truth to what some have said about the 40% keeping the rest away. Often times, certain interpretations, opinions, and traditions are given weight in Churches when it is already well-known that that traditional interpretation is flawed. (Ex: Evolution vs. 7-day Creation, the latter of which, even Genesis doesn't fully agree with - read Gen. 2:4.) That makes many people see religion as small-minded, ignorant, and unwilling to embrace mere temporal truths which claiming to give grant spiritual ones. In that, perhaps, they make a decent point.

However, as Elder Holland pointed out, "Except in the case of His one perfect Son, imperfect people are all God has ever had to work with. That must be terribly frustrating for Him, but he deals with it. So should we." No faith is filled with 100% perfect people. (Not all people sleep through meetings, either.) Church offers us a chance to meet together and discuss spiritual matters (hopefully, there is discussion - just reading out of the book stuff everyone already knows *is* terribly boring, I have to admit). In a world of materialism and pride, Church is a welcome respite, imho.

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