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Within mainstream, or historic, or traditional Christianity the truly devout probably dedicate about 15-hours a week to church and personal devotions (prayer and Bible reading/study). I base this on attending 4-5 hours of church per week (main service and 1-2 smaller group functions) and 1.5 hours per day of prayer and Bible reading. This person also tithes and probably gives another 2-5% to missions and special offerings. Most would say that church blessed far more than it drained, and that small group functions are a kind of "midweek pick-me-up." Devotions are more of a discipline, but most report experiencing refreshing, peace and strength from them. I suspect that LDS put in significantly more time/energy. It can be fulfilling and rewarding, but perhaps sometimes exhausting. If so, how to reset? How to find balance? And, perhaps a more general question--one appropriate for all religious people: Should practicing faith be hard? Of course there are trying experiences, but I refer to the day-to-day. Should the regular practice of devotion to God be difficult?
Bini posted a topic in General DiscussionThis article was shared on my Facebook feed (http://www.theonion.com/articles/few-more-items-knocked-off-list-of-desirable-trait,36412/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=LinkPreview:NA:InFocus) and I found it to be a bit depressing. I'll agree that not everything listed is vital but some preferences will always be preferences, and if you go with something else, you might be setting yourself up for a failed relationship in the long run. I guess you just have to ask yourself what you really can and can't live with. So when do we start lowering our expectations? Is it when we think there's no one out there? And we're running out of time with our biological clock ticking? My husband was 40-years old and had never been married. He'd been setup on lots of dates by friends and family, but was never interested enough to commit. For years, his mother said he was too picky and needed to lower his expectations. Shortly after, we met and had a pretty good connection, good enough we got married. Needless to say, we're both glad he hadn't settled. If he had, we wouldn't have the life together we have now, or our beautiful daughter.