I’ve always been disturbed by the number of make-work jobs in the LDS Church. There are also those boring Sunday meetings (particularly Sacrament Meeting). I’ve wondered about alternative forms of Sunday worship, and then along came Hurricane Sandy. According to Peggy Fletcher Stack writing in the SLTrib blog section (13 Nov 2012):
In an unusual move, LDS Church officials in New York City canceled regular Sunday worship services on Nov. 11 so members and missionaries could join the relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Wearing yellow jackets emblazoned with the words, Mormon Helping Hands, hundreds of eager Latter-day Saints entered devastated Rockaway, Queens, neighborhoods and got to work dragging muck and debris from flood-damaged homes.
The groups from NYC were joined by another 800 Mormons from New England. A videographer of the clean-up effort stated that that he thought the Sabbath service was a great example of “pure religion” and that this type of service was better than “sitting in church.”
I agree. Hopefully, this LDS Church effort will provide an important precedence. I’m sure there are all kinds of humanitarian efforts that could use Sundy volunteers. Maybe it could even be a once a month activity.