Here are some notes I took for future posts, but I don't really feel like developing them much beyond the note stage.
1. Church history is usually summed up like this: "Persecutions were terrible in New York, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, but then they got to Utah and they replaced persecutions with primitive living conditions." But in reading John W. Turner's Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, I was struck with how much persecution continued for decades after 1847. Persecution didn't decline until assimilation picked up in the later 1800s. A lack of persecution today just shows how far assimilation has advanced.
2. Where is the government agency protecting adults from alcohol, tobacco, atheism, pornography, or malnutrition? So then why is there a DEA?
3. Being good businessmen isn't actually member missionary work. Telling yourself that succeeding in business is how you share your testimony is just a convenient myth.
4. We send kids to school to make assimilation easier, but at the expense of future difficulties (worse education, undermined testimony, et cetera).