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Mormon Awakenings: Episode 019: Not Invented Here!

Jack Naneek tackles failure and criticism, pointing out that it’s usually the source of the our greatest learning.  More important, however, is the stepping back to decide whether any criticism from the outside is even worth considering.  A Research and Development Department for the Church is suggested.  In the end, we realize Joseph Smith just might been a typical revolutionary after all.

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6 thoughts on “Mormon Awakenings: Episode 019: Not Invented Here!

  1. Wow – some feel your tone is too harsh. Have they listened to Radio Free Mormon??? I am not criticizing, but on the TBM apostate continuum you are more on the TBM side than I am.

    I did like how you admonished people to “not take some things into your boat.” It reminds me of a quote I once heard: The opposite is love isn’t hate, it is indifference. I have seen many members “in love” with church leaders, but then turn in to hate once they see things differently. Some of them are able to burn through their anger and move on leaving Mormonism (and most of their anger) in the rear-view mirror. It is unhealthy to hang on and stay in that anger stage.

    The only problem I can see with the analogy is when you see others taking on some of that “bad water” into their boats. When you see an LGBT youth looking more and more depressed after each conference. THAT is hard to decide exactly what you do.

  2. Thanks HH. Totally agree on the pain we cause ourselves by letting in bad water. And it’s almost subconscious. But pain teaches and serves its purpose. Hopefully successfully more than not because when not it’s tragic indeed.

  3. Nonsense, your content and delivery is great. The very first episode I didn’t like that much. I struggled with it, it bothered me. However, I have now warmed up to your style.

    But being able to respond to criticism and validate others is valuable.

    Wait a second, I’m alone in my row boat, I thought I was on the boat?

  4. Jack, you’ve talked me off the ledge of lonely frustration repeatedly. I don’t know yet if that is good or bad. Right now – very good. Thanks. You’re somebody I hope to meet one day.

  5. Thanks HL. I hope we can meet too! In the interim, try reading Richard Rohr’s Falling Upwards. It’s great for ledge sitters.

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