They claim to "need" such programs to keep going--I wonder if that's because they view them as a substitute for Christmas and birthdays.
This is so true. A sister I see periodically on my way to work says things such as this. She asks me, "are you ready for the convention?", as if its some major event. She then goes, "we really need this now. We just get hammered so much by this world. We need something to rejuvenate us. I'm just so tired of all of this, and I just get so burned out. But the conventions come right on time! Just when we needed it!" The whole time she's saying this, she's clenching her fists, and her facial expressions remind me of someone who is constipated. Its really quite bizarre. At times I woneder if she's putting on an act for me to prove her spirituality to me. Or maybe she really does need the convention that bad. I don't know. If only she knew how bad I wish I wasn't attending the convention. I get constipated thinking about it.