M* is pleased to welcome frequent commenter Hunter as today’s guest pollster.
Hunter is a thirty-something member of the Church who discovered the Bloggernacle about two years ago. His interests include Mormon history, Utah history, Mormon culture, and politics.
It’s a common Bloggernacle screed that there are just plain too many church meetings/activities these days. The folks who have this complaint focus on the much-hated “meeting just to plan a meeting.” And they bemoan any new ward activity that takes them away from the home and their family. Yet, others pine for the sweet days of yesteryear, when more church activities meant more ward cohesiveness, more belonging, more sacrifice, more community. You know, the real essence of what it means to be a Mormon, they say. They cite the Ward carnivals, firesides, Gold & Green Balls, Know Your Religion, weekday afternoon Primary activities, roadshows, pioneer re-enactments, basketball tournaments, dance festivals, dinner groups, and the list goes on and on.
I’m sure there’s a third group out there that thinks we’ve struck a good balance between the two extremes. But I’ve never actually met anyone in this third group.
I’m interested in your thoughts and opinions on this topic. Be sure to register your vote in the poll and share your comments!