Isn't it amazing how silly things look in retrospect? I am so glad I no longer have to try to persuade our kids to believe nonsense. The first time through the temple with my parents, I remember seriously freaking out, because I felt like I was in the middle of a cult. Then I was ashamed of myself for feeling that. Turns out... I was right....
Your kids are allowed to make their own observations and draw their own conclusions. What a gift.
I could not agree more.
I am actually kind of amazed at how well the church is able to indoctrinate it's members into accepting the cultish temple practices. I also found it very disturbing my first time through but quickly internalized it as me not being worthy to understand it. (But I still hated it and only went for family weddings after that.)
I forgot to mention one other very noteworthy observation from our visit there.
When I pointed out the mall to my TBM husband, and told him the church had purchased it, he had no idea. We don't live in Utah, but we do live in the "corridor", but somehow the church has kept this whole transaction from its most devout members. Here's the thing: he was oddly not disturbed by this at all. Not about the purchase, and not about not knowing about it. His take is that it is a Utah deal, so why would he need to know? Because they used YOUR (ahem OUR) money to fund it!
It is very puzzling to me that the church has the ability to bamboozle the members so easily.