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I listened to this speech when it was first given in September, and recently remembered it today. I re-listened to it again (while reading along) and boy is this ever so needful during the recent events that have occurred. If you haven't listened to or read this speech by Elder Rasband, I would urge you to. We need to be involved in the cause of standing up for our faith. One of my favorite parts of this talk (along with many others): " When talking with others about religious freedom, we must always remember that we can disagree without becoming disagreeable. Please do not shy away from a dialogue regarding these important issues simply because you are worried that it might be difficult or uncomfortable. We can pray for help, and we can expect that the Savior will help us speak and act in a way that is pleasing to Him." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHFxST9_fv0 https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/ronald-a-rasband_religious-freedom-and-fairness-for-all/
I grew up in the mission field, where "seat saving", whether it be for community parades or church, are unheard of. (And I'm very grateful). I spent many years living in Utah and being LDS myself I did enjoy being close to the church and its members. But one thing I will nber get used to (and my family members there agree) is the need that people feel there to "save seats". Am I the only one who feels its only fair that whoever uses his or her elbow grease to get up, get showered, ready their children and make their way there has the right to sit where he or she would like to sit? Why do we see hundreds of blankets, lawnchairs jackets and towels trying to keep the people who've made an effort to arrive in time from finding a place? This practice is not friendly to say the least. My entire family has refused to go to any local parade for years because of this. This is cause to grumble, sigh, and feel that people are taking unfair advantage of their neighbors. (Truth be told there is nothing stopping anybody to pick up the tarps and blankets put them to the side and make themselves comfy there) But it gets worse. I just asked my family who are still living in Utah whether or not hey we're going to attend Church today. No, I was told, we never go to stake conference any more because the people has started to go 4 hours early to save seats. ?!?!?? My older father who suffers chronic pain and given up attending stake conferences now because of this thoughtless competitive tradition. Could somebody please explain to me how this is seen as fair and acceptable in a land that I believe holds true and kind Christian people? This behavior is unheard of elsewhere. And makes people feel excluded and unwelcome. We shouldn't be competing so desperately for seats anywhere let alone in our houses of worship that we arrive hours early to take an unfair advantage by spreading out jackets nd blankets, tking thoughtless advantage of the forgiveness and resignation of others who they're confident will put up with it, become discouraged and leave. Please Utah, rethink this competitive practice. It is so hurtful to people around you. Do you not care how others feel when they make an effort to make it on time and even early, only to find a blanket spread across a pew while the pew saving family is relaxed T home taking their time with the peace of mind that they will have a pew regardless of how fair it will be to their brothers nd sisters? Please somebody restore my faith in my fellow members of this church. I am so disappointed. I was aT a loss today as to how to encourage my family In Utah.