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  1. A Prophet of God

    Should we murmur when God doesn't do the thing that we think he should do, in the way that we think they should be done, at the time that we think he should? One of the themes of the gospels is one of Christ submitting his will to the will of the Father.
  2. Sounds like a good list. I had a mission companion who had a physically abusive mother. It was a very difficult two months for me.
  3. It's interesting how the Lord can speak to us through otherwise mundane mediums. I had a similar (I'm guessing) experience when I was given the tithing envelopes that had been relabeled to cover the name of the previous bishop.
  4. While the account is brief there is no reason to imagine that the discussion between the father and his daughter was.
  5. I think that a father would know more about how to help his own daughter than you do. I imagine that their discussion encompassed more than just the notes that Rongo took, or that was even related in the conference. You also do not seem to be giving sufficient weight to these statements you quoted: "I talked with her about the questions and issues she had" "God answered her in the primary program. She had a powerful spiritual witness while the children were singing" It sounds like they did talk together and discuss the situation. I not sure how you can make the judgement that he "dismiss[ed] the question" based on just this. You are being quick to condemn this fathers approach, which you have third hand, and are dismissing the spiritual witness and answers given by a loving Father in Heave to this daughter during the primary program. "church leaders have no clue how to handle or help people who go through a crisis of faith." Hopefully our church leaders don't judge and condemn others as quickly as you are here. Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.
  6. Priesthood keys are the right to receive revelation. However, when you have been called and set apart by one who holds priesthood keys that right to receive revelation for your stewardship has been delegated to you.
  7. You seem to be equivocating here. You're saying that a letter is valid but that's it's isn't the same as hearing it from the prophets own lips. You say that a prophet speaks for God but don't seem to give the same weight to a prophet writing for God. A letter from the First Presidency (which the President of the Church is the head of) is not the same as the prophet speaking. Does President Monson really have to come out and say everything himself? Do we are members of the church not trust those whom President Monson has called and given assignments to? Would those who doubt believe any more if they heard President Monson speak on an issue?
  8. I'm aware of zero families in my ward that fall under the policy. I previously served as a stake high councilor with responsibility for baptisms. In the five years I served in that capacity we had zero children whose parents were involved in same-sex relationships baptized. I wonder who's experience is closer to the norm.
  9. Same-sex marriage seeks to redefine marriage in a way that is contrary to the pattern for marriage that was given in the Garden. It seeks to change marriage from an eternal covenant who's author is God to something defined by earthly courts. The stated purpose of withholding baptism from children involved in such unions is to preserve harmony in their homes.
  10. You are right, it is human nature to notice when "The Boss" speaks. I've found this to be the case many times at home when I've asked on child to deliver a message for me to another child ("Dad says for you to..."). Often times the recipient of the message ignores what I've asked them to do because they didn't hear if from my lips. However, it is a principle of the gospel that our Father in Heaven delegates responsibility to others. Messages to His children are delivered almost exclusively by others. That messenger could be a prophet, angel, the Holy Ghost, etc. The choice of the messenger should not change the fact that the message is from God. That principle can be applied to our own discussion. At a local level the leader or a unit or organization can assign a counselor to deliver a message. The same heed should be given to that message, as if it had been given by the Stake President, Bishop, etc. On a general church level the president of the church can give assignments to other general authorities. We should attend to the messages given to us by apostles and other general authorities just as if they were being delivered by the president of the church. He can not be in all places and deliver all messages himself. He must rely on written messages as well as verbal messages delivered by others. I do not know why President Monson himself has chosen not to speak directly over the pulpit about the subject at hand. I do know that this subject has been repeatedly addressed through letters under his signature as well as addresses given by those who have been called by President Monson. Ignoring or doubting the message because it didn't come right from dad's lips seems wrong to me.
  11. Several months ago we as a bishopric (which I am a counselor in) felt very strongly that the subject of tithing should be addressed in sacrament meeting. We felt that many active members of our congregation were being held back in their spiritual development because they were not paying tithing. After discussion the bishop asked me to deliver this talk, which I later did. Question: should the members of my ward given less heed to this subject because the message was given by only a counselor in the bishopric and not the bishop himself?
  12. I think, with his declining health, that this will be the pattern in the future. We may reach a point where he does not speak or attend conference at all. Fortunately the church is not dependent on just one person to lead it as the Lord has given us 14 others whom we sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators.
  13. Handbook 1 16.13 reads that an application to the First Presidency can be made after the named conditions are satisfied. One of them being that the person has reached the age of 18.
  14. To be fair to ALarson the two communications I referenced were not to be read over the pulpit (not that they couldn't), but rather given to guide local leaders as they work with members of their congregations. With all the responses on this thread I've missed the third letter, what was that one?
  15. You seem to be saying that you'll believe the words of the prophet as long as they are delivered the way that you want to hear them. Many have fallen into the trap before of not believing prophet because he didn't look or sound like they were expecting.