I Just Don't...Care

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kyle315
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I Just Don't...Care

Post by kyle315 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:57 am

Hi all. I've been here before, waaaaayyyyy back when.
My story is probably familiar. It's not that I do or don't believe, is that I just don't care anymore. I don't care about Joseph Smith's first vision. I don't care about the Book of Mormon, or whether it's true or not. I don't care about my testimony, or anybody else's for that matter. I don't care about "Ministering", either doing it or having my "Ministering Brothers" stop by. I don't care about General Conference and the myriad of things I need to focus on/worry about. I still believe in things; God and Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, Heaven and Hell, being a good neighbor to everyone around me, etc.
I'm just not sure how to handle this feeling of apathy towards everything.

Anyway, that's me.

Kyle

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Re: I Just Don't...Care

Post by Linked » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:23 am

Welcome back Kyle!

From what you wrote it sounds like you do believe in and care about things, just not necessarily all the things the LDS church and culture pushes you to care about. If you can, try to spend as little time as possible thinking/worrying/acting on the things you have apathy for. This can be complicated if you are a minor living with TBM parents, or married to a TBM, or even just having mostly TBM family and friends because of the social pressure, but even in those situations there are ways to back off from the church even if it is just mentally.

Good luck!
"I would write about life. Every person would be exactly as important as any other. All facts would also be given equal weightiness. Nothing would be left out. Let others bring order to chaos. I would bring chaos to order" - Kurt Vonnegut

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Re: I Just Don't...Care

Post by Corsair » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:13 pm

kyle315 wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:57 am
My story is probably familiar. It's not that I do or don't believe, is that I just don't care anymore. I don't care about Joseph Smith's first vision. I don't care about the Book of Mormon, or whether it's true or not. I don't care about my testimony, or anybody else's for that matter. I
I have to give you credit in one respect. The correct long term attitude towards the LDS church is indifference. Not caring about whatever the LDS church does is a healthy attitude because there are better things to worry about in your life. I probably spend too much time worrying about this stuff, but I'm also married to a strong believer so it's rather hard to get away. But there is no moral or cosmic reason that you must care about the teachings and practices of the LDS church.

It is not your obligation to prove why you don't care about the institutional church. Instead, it is the duty and obligation of the LDS church to prove and demonstrate why anyone should pay attention to the church. Why should the LDS church be a compelling force in your life? That's the job of apostles who are special witnesses of the name of Christ. It's also ostensibly the job of the army of missionaries that is sent out across the globe. You have no regard for them and I would say that is a healthy attitude going forward.

But, I have to ask how far the apathy extends in your own life. Is there anything that you are excited about? What will you do with your mortality now that you have retained ownership of it? Is there a better philosophy for you? Is there an activity that is a better use of your time? Those are better questions to ask yourself.

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