I often wonder how much of a bubble I live in. I found myself as a guide at the Kirtland Temple for the summers of 2006 and 2007. From April 2008 to the present, I’ve been a guide in Nauvoo. While by no means speaking ill of those experiences, both have been remarkable, I wonder what it has done to me and my perceptions of the Community of Christ. Have I lost touch?
Through my brief tenure of guiding at the church’s sites, roughly two years total by now, I have become (as virtually every guide does) the very face of the CofC for visitors. I’ve taken thousands of people through Kirtland Temple and Joseph Smith’s homes in Nauvoo telling them the stories and events of people long since gone, and at times still witnessing ongoing history as it unfolds in the present day. But amongst those experiences, there are constant situations of visitors inquiring about the Community of Christ. Who are we? What do we believe? How do we explain this…? What’s the church’s official statement on _____? Do you still use _____? In answering the questions, I’ve recently begun to ponder whether I am even aware of the answer to many of these. Or have I been on my own too long, as the lone CofC representative many of these people will ever meet? I believe I’ve been accurately answering their queries, but I wonder if I’ve used this forum as a chance to craft the church into the institution I wish it was, rather than what it is.
Maybe this’ll be a recurring thing, maybe not, but I want to toss out a few questions here and in later posts with no commentary on my part to see how CofC or other casual readers would answer them. Comments would be loved, trying to figure out what exactly is the Community of Christ…if that is a question that can even have an answer.
Here’s one I’ve often heard, what are your thoughts or how would you explain this one:
Why’d the RLDS change its name?