Thursday, February 23, 2017

Millennials in the Book of Mormon

The other day someone shared "59 Percent of Millennials Raised in a Church Have Dropped Out—And They’re Trying to Tell Us Why." Of course the article went through its normal Facebook thrashing with some people saying Millennials haven't done a lick of good for society, while other said they have. In general, the article did start out pretty whiney, as some would say you would expect from a Millennial, but I thought the solutions the author suggested were not bad. I actually found many of them relatable enough to what I feel the LDS Church is already doing. Anyway, that's beside the point. I don't really want to review the article because that would take too long.

Two nights ago I was reading 3 Nephi 1:29-30 and realized that they had "Millennials," too:
And there was also a cause of much sorrow among the Lamanites; for behold, they had many children who did grow up and begin to wax strong in years, that they became for themselves, and were led away by some who were Zoramites, by their lyings and their flattering words, to join those Gadianton robbers. And thus were the Lamanites afflicted also, and began to decrease as to their faith and righteousness, because of the wickedness of the rising generation.
Did you catch that? Their children grew older and became "for themselves." They got selfish. Because their children got selfish and wicked, the faith and righteousness of the whole community/society also began to diminish. Doesn't that remind you of today? It seems that each generation gets a little more wicked, a little more accepting of sin, and then I guess before we know it, society has broken down and people have lost faith and they need to be saved somehow. I'd never noticed that parallel in the scriptures before. Now, I'm not saying all Millennials are bad, it's just the timing of the article and me reading the scripture lined up, so Millennials were the ones to get picked on this time. ;-)


Will said...

I feel like every generation has felt that the next generation has been "weaker". This particular generation simply has had a catchier label.

Emily said...

That's exactly what my husband says! Yet, I still can't deny a general decadence over time.