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    Quote Originally Posted by PKM View Post
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    I have known people looking at multi-million dollar homes that 'test-drive' the wards of an area and place a huge factor of what/where they purchase their home on the church experience of one ward over another. I've always just felt like saying, "Why not just buy what you want and go to the ward you want?"
    If being LDS just meant showing up on sunday (to some it does...) it might be easy to just go where you want to. But it's kind of a demanding religion, and being as close as possible to your meetinghouse is of significant benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronco70 View Post
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    If being LDS just meant showing up on sunday (to some it does...) it might be easy to just go where you want to. But it's kind of a demanding religion, and being as close as possible to your meetinghouse is of significant benefit.
    I get that. I just don't get the "go to your own ward if you want to be in the fullest of your calling" thing. That just seems insanely legalistic to me. Though I respect your religion's ability to administer as it deems best fit. I can't argue with the results.
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    I guess it's probably just much easier to manage a congregation when everyone is in the same general area. For example, I'm probably a lot less likely to do my home teaching if getting to my families is less convenient.

    And I imagine it's a little like a school teacher who makes desk assignments, rather than letting kids sit wherever they want. More control, etc.

    It would be nice to be able to pick where you want to attend, but I could see it being a major headache, from an administrative standpoint.

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    I see my relationship with God as less administratively important, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PKM View Post
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    The ward thing (determining which building you attend) has always been weird to me (not necessarily bad weird, but weird).

    I have known people looking at multi-million dollar homes that 'test-drive' the wards of an area and place a huge factor of what/where they purchase their home on the church experience of one ward over another. I've always just felt like saying, "Why not just buy what you want and go to the ward you want?"

    Obviously that is NONE of my business, but I've thought it nonetheless.
    Makes sense if you have kids and/or just want to avoid geriatric wards. I imagine if we're talking multi-millys, there is going to be a lot of old people there. Old people are fine, but your 15 year old son that you have to drag out of bed to go to church on Sunday might like a few peers.

    And of course every broke ass single 20's Mormon out there probably scopes out singles wards beforehand too for obvious reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKM View Post
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    I see my relationship with God as less administratively important, I guess.
    Most individuals would agree with you but the Church as an organization has to look at it from the opposite angle. Since the gospel is the same no matter what ward you are in the vast majority just go to the ward that serves where they live.

    Another interesting note is that the Bishop (and other ward called positions) are inspired to receive revelation for those in their ward. If you are going to a ward that is not your own you may miss out on a lesson or spiritual inspiration given to a ward leader that was meant for you.
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    As I have said, I respect that. I can do so and still believe an alternative view.
    I believe if I need revelation, God is powerful enough to be sure I receive it, even if I happen to be in a different building this Sunday.

    I am not arguing one way over the other. I'm simply sharing my beliefs alongside my Mormon bros sharing the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronco70 View Post
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    I guess it's probably just much easier to manage a congregation when everyone is in the same general area. For example, I'm probably a lot less likely to do my home teaching if getting to my families is less convenient.

    And I imagine it's a little like a school teacher who makes desk assignments, rather than letting kids sit wherever they want. More control, etc.

    It would be nice to be able to pick where you want to attend, but I could see it being a major headache, from an administrative standpoint.
    And it's not just administrative. I think it also has to do with the calling of bishop, and how the church views the stewardship of a bishop. The bishop is the administrative leader of a ward, but he's also very much the spiritual leader. With geographic boundaries, the bishop has a very clear idea of exactly who the "sheep" are that are in his fold--who he needs to assign home teachers to, etc. If people got to choose their wards, the bishop would have very little knowledge of who the inactive members are over which he had stewardship.

    (That being said, I did attend a ward in California for close to a year, where we lived just over the boundary into the next ward. I guess we and/or the bishop got permission although I don't remember officially doing so, because we were treated just like regular members, with callings and so forth. So exceptions can be made.)
    "Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant." --Matthew 20:25-27

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKM View Post
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    As I have said, I respect that. I can do so and still believe an alternative view.
    I believe if I need revelation, God is powerful enough to be sure I receive it, even if I happen to be in a different building this Sunday.

    I am not arguing one way over the other. I'm simply sharing my beliefs alongside my Mormon bros sharing the same.
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    Yes He is. I am sure he does. I am just pointing out that there is a mechanism already in place for that very thing as well.

    In my opinion a Mormon who goes to another ward regularly has nothing to worry about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoked View Post
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    Yes He is. I am sure he does. I am just pointing out that there is a mechanism already in place for that very thing as well.

    In my opinion a Mormon who goes to another ward regularly has nothing to worry about.
    I think part of it is to avoid the clique problem talked about earlier in the thread. If you let people go to any ward that they want, then you will have "cool" wards and "old people" wards, etc. Having it based strictly based on geography forces people to mingle with those that they might not otherwise

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