My daughter is on a Mormon Moms Facebook page in her town. (there are probably hundreds of them world wide). She told me that recently a woman posted on the page about bringing investigators to church. This woman was walking these investigators down the hall towards the Primary room, when she heard the familiar refrains of “Follow the Prophet” coming from the children.
Adam was a prophet, first one that we know. In a place called Eden, he helped things to grow. Adam served the Lord by following his ways. We are his descendants in the latter days.
Follow the prophet, follow the prophet, Follow the prophet; don’t go astray. Follow the prophet, follow the prophet, Follow the prophet; he knows the way.
There are actually nine verses, the above is only the first. You read them all here on lds.org
This sister, trying to be a good missionary, was embarrassed when she heard the repetitive chorus. She said it sounded very “cult like” when she put herself in her investigators shoes. So she turned them around and walked away from the primary room. My daughter said many of the other “Mormon moms” on the group agreed with the poster.
So what is happening to the church that our best and brightest rising generation thinks a favorite primary song makes us sound like a cult? All my daughters married very TBM husbands, and I assumed they would follow in their husbands footseps dispite their fathers progressive leanings. One daughter, with her husband and kids has left the church. The other two, while still very active (one daughter is RS Pres), ask very tough questions about the church, its history, and $100,000,000,000 in savings. Their husbands are the same.
Will this generation makes the changes that the church needs to make to stay relevant for the next century? Will change happen one funeral at a time? Or are the next generation of General Authorities already being groomed to keep the status quo?