A youth speaker, Harry, questioned:
Elder Rasband's response (May not be 100% word for word):I have serious problems with the truth claims of the church and am considering removing my name from the records of the church. Can you give me a reason why I should stay?
Cue Sister Rasband introducing a video of a college athlete suffering from depression, who joins the church which only kind of helps. Then as he is really considering suicide a kind act from a random (likely non-member) person changes his perspective and now he's all better! And on top of that, he has a hot new wife!I can't wait to talk to Harry about the reasons why he should stay. The first thing I want to say to you and others who might be on the edge is - Don't you do it. Don't remove your name from the records of the church. Maybe it would help to rephrase your question this way... not as "why I should stay?" but perhaps the more positive approach of "why I and so many others choose to stay including, I would suspect, hundreds of thousands of you watching this broadcast tonight. Think of it as "Why do I choose to stay?"
How on Earth is that supposed to be ANY kind of answer? I am struggling with finding any reason to believe the church is what it claims to be, why should I even be here? And his answer is to not address any degree of concern, but just to stay anyway, and then find a reason after-the-fact to support that choice? And what is up with the video about the college athlete? I'm glad he found something that is working to address his depression, but there is not one thought, statement, or even a nod to addressing a fundamental concern regarding the church's truth claims. This was a non-answer and probably the least helpful thing he could do or say to someone who is really struggling. Apostle and representative of Jesus Christ my a**!
After seeing the video clip my DW turned to me and said, "That was a really powerful video." How could she miss the fact that they didn't even attempt to address the concerns of the young man? They basically just said don't worry about it, just stay, you'll be able to justify it to yourself after you've finished your mission, married in the temple, had 4 kids, and paid hundreds of thousands in tithing dollars - now watch this uplifting but unrelated video!
edit: A link to the specific question - https://youtu.be/D-E2LOqDTtA?t=1769