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Priest To Profit: How The Mormon Church Teaches Priesthood Holders To Lead


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Pretty well balanced other than the titillating headline. Do yourself a favor and skip the comments section. The anti-Mormon counter cultists are whipping it up like always.

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By Matthew Bowman, Published: May 13 | Updated: Monday, May 14, 5:35 AM

Every Sunday in chapels across the world, the Lord’s Supper is administered by teenage boys of the congregation, nervous or bored, in sometimes ill-fitting white shirts and poorly knotted ties in youthful imitation of their dark-suited fathers. They kneel before trays of bread and water, recite formal prayers and solemnly pass the communion to the congregation. Then they return to their families in the pews.

Who are these young men and what can we learn from the way that they are taught to lead?

They are representatives of the Mormon priesthood, taught from their youth that they bear responsibilities for their congregation, its physical and spiritual well being, and trained to take their part in the administration of their church. Through the church, they are taught to both respect authority and to value democratic participation in leadership.

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As a person who doesn't see profit as a dirty word or success in earthy pursuits as evil I wasn't horribly offended by the title. I hope to be filthy rich someday. I have plenty of good Christian uses for filthy lucre.

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As a person who doesn't see profit as a dirty word or success in earthy pursuits as evil I wasn't horribly offended by the title. I hope to be filthy rich someday. I have plenty of good Christian uses for filthy lucre.

I don't see profit as a dirty word either. I just dont like the implication that profits are the goal of the Church when Zion is.

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