Today Bill Reel and Chris Bloxham sit down and discuss the Sacrament and specifically what led to the change from a single common cup that everyone drank from to having individual cups. To understand this story is to understand Progressive Mormonism. To understand the battle that is always going on from those who are conservative and want desperately to cling to tradition and fight to maintain the status quo versus the progressive movement which seems to generally be focused on the data and science and seem to be making rational arguments and moving us towards treating each other with more healthiness. And the leaders in their need to be seen as inspired while consistently always lagging behind the progressive members where the real inspiration was originating. Culminating with the tragic moment when Joseph F Smith dies from Pneumonia right in the midst of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 and now it becomes paramount that the Church face the faulty thinking that tradition trumps good ideas and healthier ways of doing things. And then in the end, The church is dragged into change when it finally accepts time and time again that the real inspiration was with its critics and its progressive members.
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