On our way south to Kabale, Uganda, I noticed what appeared to be an interesting development on the side of a mountain near the Great Lakes Resort. Returning back toward Kampala, we stopped. To our surprise, behind the resort we discovered a large, fairly intense adventure park. A course which included 2 short ziplines.
Adventure Park at Great Lakes Resort near Kabale, Uganda
This peaked the interest of my grandson Rees. So we checked in at the resort and got him a guide and safety equipment. He spent the next 30 minutes traversing the course. He found it challenging and fun. But ended up with blisters on his hands; he needed gloves.
My Grandson Enjoying the Adventure Park Course
Great Lakes Resort Adventure Park in Uganda
The Great Lakes park joins other Ugandan adventure activities like whitewater rafting on the Nile and bungee jumping. Both of these activities happen near Jinja.
The LDS Church leadership keeps getting blindsided by issues. When they do make changes, they are frequently late in arriving and tone deaf to member’s concerns.
Possible reasons for this deafness are (1) the geriatric nature of the oligarchy in charge; (2) poor advice from the PR department; (3) poor understanding of church history; (4) poor understanding of science; and (5) the apparent need for unanimity among the top church echelon.
The issues that are either unnecessarily delayed or just mishandled are frequently discussed ad naseum, occasionally for years.
Elder [Neal A.] Maxwell [LDS Apostle at the time] said, “the church is like an aircraft carrier, and it takes a while to get it turned. If you turn too sharply, all the members fall off.”
My rejoinder to Elder Maxwell is: Unfortunately, because the ship takes to long to make pronouncements or decisions, members are jumping off the aircraft carrier.
Is the LDS Church an Aircraft Carrier?
One of the reasons for this delay is a desire not to offend the conservative base of the Church. How to address change with conservative members is a tough one. But one that needs to be dealt with. It is imperative that the leadership respond to issues in a less tone-deaf and more timely fashion.
The LDS Church leadership needs to consider:
- developing a less tone-deaf PR department;
- having a more inclusive decision-making process;
- abandoning the current process which allows the minority to rule; and
- giving more thought to Christ’s example, and less to the corporate image.
I’m not much of a theist, I’m more of an agnostic. But if there is a God, this is a description I could believe in:
[Prominent Process Theologian] John B. Cobb Jr. has not shied away even from re-imaging what is now regarded as the “traditional” Christian notion of God. He does not believe that God is omnipotent in the sense of having unilateral control over all events, since Cobb sees reconciling total coercive power with love and goodness to be an impossible task. Instead, all creatures are viewed as having some degree of freedom that God cannot override. Cobb solves the problem of evil by denying God’s omnipotence, stressing instead that God’s power is persuasive rather than coercive, that God can influence creatures but not determine what they become or do. For Cobb, God’s role is to liberate and empower.
Against traditional theism, Cobb has also denied the idea that God is immutable and impassible. Instead, he stresses that God is affected and changed by the actions of creatures, both human and otherwise. For Cobb, the idea that God experiences and changes does not mean that God is imperfect—quite the contrary. Instead, God is seen as experiencing with all beings, and hence understanding and empathizing with all beings, becoming “the fellow sufferer who understands.” Cobb argues that this idea of God is more compatible with the Bible, in which Jesus suffers and dies.
I don’t know if this version of God is compatible with LDS doctrine, but it seems close. Like Cobb, I would deny that God is immutable (unchanging) and impassible (incapable of suffering or feeling pain). I would also deny 3 of the 4 omnis: omniscient (knows everything), omnipotent (has unlimited power) and omnipresent (is widely or commonly present). I can go along with omnibenevolent (all-loving/infinitely good).
Mormons used to believe that man was progressing toward godhood. I think that is still the case. They also believe in eternal progression, and that used to include God. At least I taught that as a missionary in the 1960’s. And that God was what man now is. Every sentient being is progressing.
This description of eternal life works for me. I see no other viable options out there. Now if I could only develop a belief in God, in my personal progressing deity.