I ran across this message left on PostMormon.org a few minutes ago and it's just too good not to share. I haven't attended church in quite a while now, so I am not 100% positive this is practiced in all wards out there... I would really love it if someone who still attends church would leave a comment to confirm or deny this. The person who posted it is someone I trust, and I don't believe he is making it up at all... I am just curious if this happens everywhere...
Here is what the person said:
I still attend church to help TBM DW with the kids. Guess what they are asking us "member missionaries" to track now? You got it... "Quality Gospel Conversations"! Or as they are referred to by people in the know... "QGCs". No longer is looking for some poor, unsuspecting sap to hand a BofM to the only thing you get to report about in your weekly quorums and testimony meetings. Now you get to keep track of the number of "QGCs" that you have each week, return, and report to your leaders. Then get a pat on the head and a knowing nod of approval.
The definition of QGC is "mentioning the church or a gospel concept and bearing testimony of it or asking the individual if they would like to learn more" or something similar. It is kind of like tracking "discussions" in the mission field, but on a whole 'nother level. My quorum literally has goals including numbers of "QGCs" that will be recorded on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis, with ongoing statistics-keeping. We even recently had an entire SM dedicated soley to the idea, with each presidency from PH, RS, YM, YW, and Primary reporting on how they will implement the strategy.
I know this concept is not new, but I have never seen it taken to this extreme before now. Is it just my overzealous ward?! If any LDS person had any questions as to whether they were in a mind-control, religious cult... here's your answer!
So now--as if you weren't already weird enough-- all of your random conversations during your daily lives will be tainted by your unnatural urge to insert your bizarro beliefs and testimonkey into them. So you can dutifully report at the next meeting and meet your expected conversation quota.
No authentic interactions. No honest relationships. Just QGCs! Enjoy!
When this person used the phrase "no authentic interactions, no honest relationships" he really hit the nail on the head.
If this is a true program going on in the church today, it's proof that those outside of the church are not seen as equal people with the right to practice whatever they choose. Instead, we are numbers and potential converts.
Nope. This isn't a cult.
Not at all.