A few months ago LDS.org released a video about being a religious believer in the modern workforce. Working Mormons have to be very careful about their work relations these days and the Apostles want us to know our rights and dangers facing working Mormons. The video is a little bit cheesy and has that 6th grade social engineering lecture feel to it, however there are some good lessons that tell what is on the Apostle’s mind and where they believe that the American culture war is going and what working Mormons have to do to stay out of trouble.
The first mini story is about a guy showing up to work and having his cubicle covered in atheist propaganda. Of course the atheist coworker treats it all as a good natured joke and not horrific bullying. The second example is of a Mormon being kind of obnoxious trying to share the Gospel with one of his coworkers. Then the video has the wise HR chick tell us all about the law and how both examples were cases of workers behaving badly. The video then ends with the Mormon and the atheist who bullied him agreeing on a bunch of stuff and going off as friends.
When we get past the 6th grade social engineering lecture and the split the middle with everybody message; there’re a couple of big points that Mormon leaders are trying to get across to working Mormons. The first point is working Mormons have legal recourse when they suffer abuse at work. There’s a strong impression that working Mormons are one of the few groups who it is acceptable to bully and harass in public. The LDS Church is telling us that we don’t have to accept abuse of our religious beliefs when we are at work. The Mormon Church is telling us that we have legal recourse over being abused at work and we have a right not to be abused for our beliefs at work.
From this first part of the story we can conclude that lots of working Mormons are being abused at work. I know that over the last few years I’ve had some bad experiences with coworkers because I’m traditionalist and LDS. We know that in California HR departments have blacklisted Mormons and try to get their LDS workers to leave. The Church is telling us that we have legal recourse if our coworkers refuse to stop abusing us at work. Of course we know and most likely the church also knows that the courts won’t take our claims seriously and will find a way to allow people to abuse us. We can see where things are going from the first example: religious persecution.
The second story is the example of a Mormon who can’t stop talking about the church. This is the example of Mormons who take the whole “every member a missionary” thing way too far. We all know members of the church who take things too far with the way they share the Gospel. The LDS Church is telling members who like to share their testimony at work to cool things. The Mormon Church is doing a good thing by working to get some of the over zealous members to cool their over sharing the Gospel act.
The other point that the Mormon Church is trying to get across in the second story is the work place isn’t an acceptable place to share our beliefs. Let’s face it corporations are looking to fire religious believers. They will use any tool necessary to get rid of us. The Church is telling us that the workforce isn’t a good place to share our testimonies because atheists and SJW’s will use our testimonies to take away our jobs and destroy us financially. The big take away from this story is all working Mormons need to be very careful when and where we share our testimonies with others.
Working Mormons need to get a lot savvier in our relations with the rest of the world. This means that we have to understand that people hate us and want to make our lives miserable just because. We also have to understand that the days of getting along with our coworkers and sharing our faith with them are over. Now work is a place where we go, put our heads down, do our job and get out of there. Our coworkers aren’t our friends. They aren’t going to accept our differences and they will use any tool at their disposal to make our lives miserable. Mormon Church leaders want us to be very careful how we act at work because we have to keep our jobs and this means that we have to be savvier in on the job.
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