Thanks for sharing Brent. He has many valid points. I often felt like a "loner" at church. Fortunately I had leaders and parents who encouraged my interests. (Still don't like youth dances. Richard and I have worked out an agreement - when I go, he treats me to dinner.)
That sounds like a good arrangement.
This article struck a chord with me too. I didn't feel pushed away from church and I did have friends there, if not close friends, but I was one of those who didn't do well in basketball or thrive in scouting. Now that I'm older, I have a much better appreciation of scouting and I wish that basketball were something I enjoyed, but even a mediocre book is still far preferable.
Good article. I relate and think most of my children relate. Why are we not the norm? Why aren't more youth interested in learning gospel doctrine? Why is socializing and sports more important? Why do we have to wait years to grow up to be accepted for being knowledgeable about the gospel? Strange, isn't it. (PS, knowledge is not the same as having a testimony, but it is certainly a big part of gaining one.)
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