Gentle Awakening Part 1: Introduction

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Part 1: Introduction

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PART 1 OF 5:
Examples of Courage:
Adam & Eve
Let’s start with some analogies.
Imagine that you were living in a false reality and somehow you could not see or understand this.
First example: imagine you were living in the Garden of Eden.
In the garden, there is no sin or death, but also no growth or opportunity.
If you leave, you will experience trial and tribulation, but also the ability to learn and progress.
Would you leave or stay?
Continue to see the following examples and their accompanying video clips…
The Wizard of Oz
“If you were really great and powerful, you’d keep your promises.”
“The great Oz has spoken.”
“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”
“I’m a very good man. I’m just a very bad wizard.”
The Croods
Dad says that curiosity would result in death.
Dad’s one rule: “Never leave the cave.”
Curiosity and intelligence ends up saving the family.
“Mother knows best”
“It’s a scary world out there”
“Something will go wrong”
“Ruffians, thugs, poison ivy, quicksand, cannibals and snakes, the plague…”
“Mother will protect you”
“Stay with mama”
“They’ll eat you up alive”
“I love you”
“Don’t ever ask to leave this tower”
“You’ll regret it”
She is not really Rapunzel’s mother
She doesn’t really love her, she needs her for her own gain
The tower really isn’t a necessity, it isn’t her one and only chance of survival
The Truman Show
“We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.”
“If his was more than just a vague ambition, if he was absolutely determined to discover the truth, there’s no way we could prevent him.”
Truman: “Was nothing real?” Christof: “You were real.”
The creators of the illusion made it very difficult to leave and nearly let him die for trying
Would you leave the illusion or stay within in its comforting confines?
The Matrix
Notice the “glitches”
“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back.”
“Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?”
“The Matrix is everywhere. … It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”
Would you prefer the truth or the dream?
Miracle on 34th Street
“Which is worse: a lie that draws a smile, or a truth that draws a tear?”
“The Rest of the Story”
What Is Currently Happening?
Report from February 2013:
Top 5 Myths Why People Leave the Church
President Uchtdorf—Oct 2013
Direct Response to Feb 2013 Report
“There are some who leave the Church they once loved. One might ask, ‘If the gospel is so wonderful, why would anyone leave?’ Sometimes we assume it is because they have been offended or lazy or sinful. Actually, it is not that simple. … Some of our dear members struggle for years with the question whether they should separate themselves from the Church.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Come Join With Us,” Ensign, November 2013.

Stages of Disaffection

Comments from Disaffected Members

Brigham Young on “Apostates”
“If there is a despicable character on the face of the earth, it is an apostate from this Church. He is a traitor who has deceived his best friends, betrayed his trust, and forfeited every principle of honor that God placed within him. They are disgraced in their own eyes. There is not much honesty [within] them. They have forfeited their heaven, sold their birthright, and betrayed their friends.”
Journal of Discourses 12:94
Questioning Members
“I’ve grown up Mormon my whole life and now that I’m nearly an ‘adult’ I’ve started doing a lot of investigating about the history of my faith and more importantly, Joseph Smith. After a lot of prayers and and contemplation, I’m facing a very awkward truth in which I’ve come to the conclusion that Joseph Smith was a false prophet. How can I continue to live in this faith if it’s based on a liar?”
Four Essentials for Accepting Truth
Through prayerful consideration, allowing the Spirit to enlighten the mind with logic, reason, and intuition
Using our divinely bestowed intelligence to receive further light and knowledge to understand a complex problem
Access to true information regarding the Church’s actual history, origins, and doctrines
Incentive to study true information and validate sources
Open mindedness
Ability to admit past error
Dare to learn
Courage to face reality
Integrity to embrace truth
Flexibility to change erroneous belief
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