Taylor Halverson: Do we go to church to be taught or to learn?

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Dec. 25, 2017 10:39 p.m.

    You have to face the reality that church is often boring. Go to your local sacrament meeting and see how many people are on their phones and it isn't for looking up scriptures. On the other hand, sometimes church can provide great learning and spiritual experiences. I think the church leadership is trying to do things to make teaching better because improvement in this area will help. But a lot of churches and worship services can be boring no matter the church. And just saying these are spiritual truths and they should never be boring, well that's not realistic nor good enough, and maybe why a lot of younger people checking out of the whole church thing. Presentation does matter.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Dec. 20, 2017 8:21 a.m.

    I go to Church to learn and often the reality exceeds my expectations. Where two or three are gathered together the Lord is there and He teaches and from that we learn. What the teacher says might be wonderful or not; I have had both experiences so far as that goes. Being at Church does make a difference; there is the Spirit no matter what is being taught.

    I do not go there to hear the philosophies of men regurgitated; I can stay at home for that and tune into media that I have long ago rejected for good reason. There are two services though, as I recall Spencer W Kimball saying, or quoting perhaps: one is going on outwardly and one that is going on inwardly. The second one, in my experience, never fails. It flows, it illuminates, it edifies.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Dec. 20, 2017 7:19 a.m.

    If one goes to church to be taught then he/she receives the lessons of opinion and prejudice of the institution. If one goes to church to learn and asks challenging questions outside of the institutes curriculum then one is despised and ostracized. Perhaps it is best to worship at one’s local library.
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  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 19, 2017 2:45 p.m.

    I go to church to worship. True worship is active, not passive. True worship takes the focus off of me and puts it on the object of my worship. True worship allows me to learn by the spirit. It affects my heart much more than my head.

  • CMTM , 00
    Dec. 19, 2017 2:36 p.m.

    RE: The difference in experience and the gospel.

    @Experience:. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.’ And the life I now live in the flesh; I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

    Christ’s righteousness imputed to Christians through faith, but our sin is imputed to Christ. That is how Christ paid our sin debt to God. He had no sin in Himself, but our sin is imputed to Him so, as He suffers on ‘the cross’, He is suffering the just penalty that our sin deserves.

    @The Gospel (1 Cor 15-1-4)”….I want to remind you of the gospel=(good news I preached to you, which you received, and in which you stand firm. By this gospel=(goodnews) you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. or what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,……
    But for Mormons a system of doctrines. (Gal 1:8)