It seems that many of our problems are due to accumulation. I have a TON of junk around my house. I am constantly thinking of how I might simplify my life by significantly decreasing the amount of stuff I have to take care of and worry about. It’s harder to set my heart on (think about/be concerned about/take care of) things if I haven’t accumulated them.
What if, instead of saving excess funds, the Church used it all up every year? It would be a lot harder to acquire assets and businesses and other things that might distract our leadership from a simple/singular focus on Christ if we stopped accumulating and started living/promoting more of a day-to-day existence. “Give us this day our daily bread,” is how the prayer is supposed to go. A significant portion of the Church’s daily operations (at a substantial cost to the Church) are devoted to trying to protect the Church’s accumulated assets (from legal/financial liability). Get rid of the assets and you take away most of that expensive, time-consuming concern.
I’m pretty sure if Jesus showed up to speak at a sacrament meeting (maybe in disguise without a beard as a visiting High Councilman) and told people to stop saving money, thinking about their jobs, and being concerned about what their kids were going to eat, drink, or wear–and then ended things by recommending that people stop thinking about the future–they would be considered crazy if not totally out of touch with the needs of the modern mormon family, and would probably be reported to the stake presidency for promoting false doctrine.
It seems we, for the most part, ignore Jesus’ teachings, considering them antiquated or just not applicable today. Was Jesus serious when He taught:
“19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
24 ¶No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”? (Matthew 6)
When the mainstream teachings, focus, and desires or a religious group completely ignore core parts of what the Savior taught in His own words, is it reasonable to concluded that something material may have been lost?