Today we sit down with Troy Marsh and his wife Shari. Troy is a listener of Mormon Discussion and an active Latter Day Saint who finds trying to reconcile the messiness of Mormonism as a wasted cause. By no means is he a Orthodox Mormon. In fact he would openly acknowledge that Mormonism is only one path among a million paths for a viable spirituality. In other words that Mormonism is not seen by him as the only true Church but rather as a tool among many tools a human being could utilize to form their spiritual walk. Shari on the other hand has never been Mormon and share what that walk looks like outside of Mormonism. In this episode we discuss the spirituality of the African Kalahari Bushman, discuss the pros and cons of using Mormonism as a tool rather than the as the Lord’s one true path, and we discuss that truth which can not be named.
Bushman Way of Tracking God PDF
Bushman Way of Tracking God Book
Joseph Hart Spiritual Autobiography
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I enjoyed this very much, but as a “Freudian” sometimes I think there is much confusion over elevation emotions and sexuality. Cultures and religions across time have combined both or repressed sexuality in order to increase “spiritual charismatic experiences” eg Shakers. Other cultures have no problem using fertility dances etc. as part of the religious tableau. Therapists are accused of thinking everything is about sex. Well I don’t think everything is about sex, but she did have a spiritual experience coming to Jesus at the same time she met her husband. Just saying maybe…? Also when they talked towards end about “heating up dancing” yep I felt that.
Our founder Joseph Smith certainly understood the overlay of the human desire for connection to the divine, to the Deep emotional connections that human intimacy among tribespeople or family or friends. He was all about this when he started polygamous practices and sealing everyone to everyone else.
No, not everything is not about sex bur sex, love and connection is my spirituality and all that I desire. I enhance these feelings with music and dance as many days of the week as possible. So I really do get these two. I just think for me those floaty feelings arise from brain chemistry and they see it as something in the ether to connect to.