Recently at church I’ve become lactose intolerant.  My mind needs to be stimulated with new and intriguing thoughts, or I become bored and fidgety.  But all I get at church is milk.  Every time somebody tries to bring up something interesting, or heterodox, somebody else will say we need to have “Milk before meat”. [1]

Ok, I understand the idea behind milk before meet.  It is a metaphor for an infant’s nutrition.  Paul used it in his letter to the Corinthians to say that the new converts needed just the basics [2].  I get that.  That is what the Gospel Essentials class is for. I also understand that Sacrament Meeting talks should probably be milk.  But why Gospel Doctrine Class, Why High Priest Group?

I’m a 60 year old man, 5th generation Mormon, and I have sat through literally thousands of hours of milk teaching.  And just like a child that only was fed milk its entire life,  I’m starting to become weak without the meat.

Paul didn’t say never eat meat, he just said drink your milk first.  OK, I’ve done that, so where’s the beef?  It is not in GD class unless you have a progressive teacher.  It’s not even in HPG!  Here you have the most seasoned and learned men in the ward.  In my HPG there are 4 former bishops, and two former SP counselors.  If anybody can take the meat, it would be them!  This was not always the case. Before correlation we had priesthood manuals written by John Widtsoe, Lowell Bennion, and O.C. Tanner [3].  Even our favorite apologist, Daniel Peterson, agrees that the current state of church manuals needs fixing [4].

Correlation has turned us all into vegetarians!

My only nourishment is non-church approved sources.  Before the Internet, it was Sunstone magazine and Dialogue.  In the early 1990’s the first Mormon discussion on the Internet added some more meat.  I was very active on Mormon-L.  Books by “Signature” line my bookshelf.  With the internet there is meat everywhere today, but nothing on Sunday.  The only church approved place for real discussion might be an institute class, or in the religion department at BYU.  But why not on Sunday?  Why can’t I go to church and be mentally and spiritually fed?

 

[1] “And I command you that you preach naught but repentance, and show not these things unto the world until it is wisdom in me. For they cannot bear meat now, but milk they must receive; wherefore, they must not know these things, lest they perish” (D&C 19:21-22).

[2] 1  3:2  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

[3] John A. Widtsoe, Rational Theology: As Taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (currently reprinted by Signature Books as a part of its Signature Mormon Classics)

Lowell Bennion, Teachings of the New Testament

O.C. Tanner, Christ’s Ideals for Living

[4] See interview at Mormon Heretic