A Spiritual And Gospel Thought about our Culture.
Letty (the mom of the family I'm staying with while in California) asked me to give an FHE lesson last week. The topic was the power of prayer. The difference in the Latin culture from what I've seen living here twice and living in paraguay for 2 years is big. They are much quicker to believe. They are more like the "good spots of ground" (quoted in Jacob 5) in which seeds of the Gospel grow better than hard ground of the other modern cultures. Certain cultures tend to be more open to spiritual experiences than others. The majority of my church experiences in Utah are less this way. It's provided good contrast. The Latin culture generally appears more willing, they feel more, and are far more prone to talk about God or prayer or things of that nature than the culture I've spent more of my time in. Other places I've been people appear numb, completely absorbed in "the thick of thin things" (Stephen Covey), disinterested, bored, or just going through religious motions set in place by traditions.
The "spots of ground" in Jacob 5 I think have more to do with demographics than geographic locations.