Day of rest. Went to church as usual. We had a lesson on tithing in Sunday School. The lesson in the Elder's Quorum was on the law of chastity. The sacrament meeting program had to be simplified somewhat with the youth talk postponed until next week due to the four confirmations of the family that got baptized the day before. Benjamin did not mind, as he was the youth speaker. The talks were on self-reliance and living within our means.
On that subject, there are two very funny and telling ads in Orem. One is on the freeway. There is a picture of a man celebrating. He is so happy that he looks like he had just won the Olympic gold medal. The text underneath explains the reason for his joy - bankruptcy. The other is on Orem Center street and says: "Live debt free. 801-BANKRUPT"
I laugh at those ads, but I do find them rather disturbing. Orem is a predominantly LDS area. I highly doubt that the ad is directed primarily to those outside of the Church. I recognize that there are times when you have to declare bankruptcy. Maybe you do not have a job and you just got hit with a $200 K medical bill. Something crazy like that. The ad is not directed to those individuals either. How is it that we go to church, listen to a multitude of talks on self-reliance and avoiding debt, nod our heads in agreement, and then go and spend ourselves into a bankruptcy? Then those outside of the Church laugh at us - "look, Utah is leading the nation in bankruptcies - that's because they have a lot of children and pay tithing", and we get laughed at for a good reason because we deserve it. We should know better. Trying to keep one foot in the Lord's Kingdom with the other being in the world results in a serious hip adductor injury.