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The Mormon Church replaced all custodial staff with free labor from Church Members.
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We Were Averaging About Three Times Per Year To Clean The Church
Friday, Oct 16, 2009, at 08:43 AM
Original Author(s): Jax
Topic: WARD CLEANING   -Link To MC Article-
Before our hasty exit from tssc, we were averaging about three times per year to clean the church. We were assigned a certain time and day of the week to do it on as well. There was an assignment board posted in the foyer and our names would appear about once every four months. This was not a branch either. It was a normal sized ward.

The worst part was the two widows that were routinely assigned the job; albeit with another family but really? Even an elderly widow is not beyond the grasp of the free labor force?

Amd yes our Cubs had to do it as well. I drove 45 minutes one way to clean that stupid building, and then I had to drive my little boy back so he could spend his Scout time cleaning it too?

If I could go back in time and give my own self a message it would be: /headsmack

But the worst thing, ever, happened years ago in a branch we belonged to. We were very young and dh switched jobs, we had two small kids and the pay cycle for the new job meant that we wouldn't get a paycheck for a month. Young as we were, we failed to notice this little wrinkle in our plans and had to get a food order, a single, solitary food order to make it that month.

Several months later we were summoned into a meeting with three other families and a member of the Branch Presidency. We all looked at each other wondering what we were doing there. Well, we were informed that since we had received help, it was now up to us to clean the building on rotating weeks.

So the others in the room now knew we had gone to the church for help, as we now knew they had done. I felt beyond humiliated and degraded. I can't even say how low that made me feel.

So we did it, like the good little followers we were. And my little children helped. We did it about once every three or four weeks for months and months. I can't even remember how long we did it. It wasn't real hard for the rest of the ward to figure out why we were doing it either.

That little bit of groceries cost me more than any other in my entire life. What's worse? I actually beat myself up for the hard feelings I had from that. I felt so unworthy and ungrateful for having hard feelings over that.
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Ward Cleaning - When This Program Was First Announced, I Could Barely Believe The Audacity
Friday, Oct 16, 2009, at 08:47 AM
Original Author(s): Sophocles
Topic: WARD CLEANING   -Link To MC Article-
The church has long taken advantage of the members' willingness to provide free labor, calling people to "service missions" as gardeners, cafeteria workers, and custodians for church owned buildings: all things they should be paying employees to do. I wonder how long the idea of firing all the ward meetinghouse custodians and asking the members to clean up after themselves was batted around before the GAs were finally able to convince themselves that the members wouldn't rise up and revolt. I'll bet half of them are still amazed that the members went for it, and the other half are wishing they had done this 20 years ago.

The whole program disgusts me whenever I think about it.
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This Was My Pet Peeve As An Relief Society President
Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012, at 07:54 AM
Original Author(s): Stbleaving
Topic: WARD CLEANING   -Link To MC Article-
The church uses standardized, watered-down, POS cleaning products--they have to correlate everything, right down to the damnblasted toilet bowl cleaner, supposedly "for legal reasons." Yeah, my ass.

Ahem. Anyway, the correlated cleansers do not cleanse worth the tiniest damn, and the buildings get filthy, especially the bathrooms. So, in a fit of unrighteous dominion, my counselors and I bought bleach, Soft Scrub, Windex, Comet, Pledge, toilet brushes that didn't look like they'd been used to sweep the parking lot, and rags that didn't look like cut-up garments from the 70s. Over the course of a few weeks, we actually had the building almost to a mildly filthy state, up from its previous status as a permanent biohazard. But eventually the bishop wised up and my counselors and I were busted.

A new convert in that same ward--whip smart, highly successful, very enthusiastic woman--left the church over this issue within a year of baptism. She got in an argument with Bishop Pigpen (mentioned above), who chastised her for using the contraband cleansers while she was cleaning the church BY HERSELF one Saturday morning.

Bishop Pigpen wasn't a yeller--he would just get red-faced, the veins in his forehead would pop out and he would snarl at people through clenched teeth. It was exactly what my dad used to do. I used to tell him he could try again after he calmed down, and then I'd walk away. (Never did get the courage up to tell him to suck it, unfortunately.)

Snarling at a new convert for any reason was way beyond the pale, though. I should've been there to defend her. She only called me to request no further contact, and her records disappeared a few months later so I assumed she'd resigned.

So, the moral of the story for any TBM lurkers, especially current, former or future local leaders:

1. Don't piss off members who are good enough to show up and clean on a Saturday, especially golden converts.

2. The church buildings are petri dishes for new microbes that will someday take over the world. Don't consume any food or drink that was prepared there or spent any time in the kitchen. And for the luvva Spongebob, don't use the toilets there for any reason. (There's a parking lot around somewhere. Find it.)
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New Pilot Program: Chapel Cleaning Methods To Be Taught In Sacrament Meetings
Monday, Sep 16, 2013, at 07:45 AM
Original Author(s): Every Member A Janitor
Topic: WARD CLEANING   -Link To MC Article-
Developing...

This just in: Apparently the Every Member a Janitor Program is seeing pushback from members who are refusing to clean the church. In some areas, the church is devoting entire sacrament meeting programs to instruct members on the proper way to clean the chapel, complete with visual aids at the pulpit such as latex gloves, spray bottles, and chemicals. We are talking about sacrament meeting here, the meeting that is supposed to be devoted to worshipping Jesus Christ.


The photo was taken from the congregation during a recent sacrament meeting and shows a church leader at the pulpit holding up spray bottles, cleansers, and latex gloves as he describes in minute detail how to clean the toilets as the high counselor and bishopric look on. This was an actual sacrament meeting, not a separate meeting. Apparently visual aids are prohibited from sacrament meeting, but there are exceptions in this case.
Stay tuned for more details and evidence this is actually taking place.

A new low by any account.
 
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