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  1. Noticed a trend in my stake - curious to see what you all have observed. Please share. One ward has a bishop who served in a prior stake presidency. This same ward's prior bishop was a branch president of the same congrgation a few years/decades prior. One ward has a new elder's quorum presidency - comprised of a fomer bishop, and two former stake high councilmen. I understand the need for prior bishops to serve as stake high councilmen and in stake presidencies. Acknowledging that at times callings are extended and rejected, and in high cost of living areas some wards and stakes have a limited amount of tithe-paying, Melchezidek priesthood holders who have the time, means and ability to serve in such callings - still - calling the same or a similar line of leadership for ward positions - after they've served in stake leadership positions - doesn't teach the current generation of people who are ready and willing to serve. This makes me consider that money, income, wealth are in fact greater influences in obtaining leadership positions than I previously thought. Finishing the line of thinking - if serving in whatever calling one is given while maintaing a Temple recommend (paying tithing, etc.) - in other words, experience - doesn't help people progress - at least not in terms of having more asked of them in the form of leadership callings - the experience is then good for what? Fast and testimony meeting?
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