On Sunday we had our Ward Conference, so the Stake Presidency, along with many other stake leaders, were there. My oldest son (10-years-old) asked me after Church if I knew the Stake President. I said yes, and he said the next time I am bishop I need to ask him for his autograph. I asked why, and he said, “because he’s the stake president!”
Funny stuff! The first thing is the “next time you’re the bishop” like he just assumed it would happen. The other thing is that he thinks the Stake President is “famous” enough to get his autograph.
I sent an email to the Stake President to let him know that, and he thought it was pretty funny. He said that years ago someone had asked him to get a General Authority to sign something (he didn’t say what it was), and the GA told him that President Hinckley had asked them not to sign things since they aren’t rock stars.
The other funny thing was on Monday at Family Home Evening. My 4-year-old daughter was in charge of the lesson so we told her to get The Friend magazine and pick something. She saw a story with a picture of Jesus and she wanted to read that. I helped her with the lesson and asked a few questions about Jesus. I started off by asking where Jesus was born. My oldest son said Jerusalem. I told him it was a very close answer, but there was specific place the scriptures mention. After a few seconds my daughter blurted out, “Agrabah!” (For those that don’t know, that where Disney’s Aladdin took place). Perhaps that is why there was a party in Agrabah 🙂
Posted in General Religion and Spirituality, Mormon Church Family Home Evening, Mormon Church Hierarchy
Tagged aladdin, autograph, bethlehem, family home evening, friend magazine, jerusalem, jesus, picture of jesus, president hinckley, scriptures, stake presidency, stake president
I taught Chapter 15 from the George Albert Smith manual during our HP Group lesson time yesterday. The lesson was titled “Advancing the Work of the Lord.” As I prepared for the lesson, it reminded me a lot of the way President Hinckley used to speak (we are in good hands; this is the work of the Lord; the rock cut out of the mountain will fill the earth, etc). President Smith spoke in the same way.
The manual had several great quotes, but the one that really stuck out to me was on page 161:
…then there are those who accept nominal membership in the Church but who seem to feel themselves exempt from rendering any kind of service. But sooner or later they find themselves uneasy in their hearts, and doubtful in their thoughts, as we all do when we fail to do what we know to be our full duty. A man who is living in accordance with the gospel of Jesus Christ is never in doubt about its success; but the man who neglects his duty, who fails to keep his covenants, loses the Spirit of the Lord, and then he begins to wonder what will become of Zion. …
I guess we all need to be asking ourselves if we are nominal members, or are we doing our full duty. It definitely gives me something to think about.
Posted in General Religion and Spirituality, Mormon Church Doctrine and Teachings, Mormon Church Hierarchy, Mormon Church History, Mormon Church Meetings
Tagged covenants, george albert smith, hp group, nominal membership, president hinckley, president smith, spirit of the lord, zion
I’m sure many of you have heard that last week Sister Julie B Beck answered questions that had been submitted by members on the Mormon Channel. A lot of the “buzz” has been about her comments about blogging. She says that women have always needed a way to communicate, and as long as there is balance and a purpose (my interpretation).
The part that I was particularly interested in was what she said about reading. The blog A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman has a partial transcript, and this is what was reported (italicized text is a quote, non italicized is a summary):
I remember a conference where President Hinckley stood up and prefaced his remarks by saying, “In preparation for this talk I read…” and then he gave this list that was probably two thousand pages long, if not more. Other times he quoted from Shakespeare or other writers or poets. He loved Tennyson. That taught me something about President Hinckley. I remember sitting in conference once listening and thinking “My goodness, Pres. Hinckley loves to read”. Another time he said, “I love the heft and feel of a good book”. So reading isn’t evil. Reading is a blessing and the Lord has created records for us to read and to study. A lot of good things have been written to elevate us, so I don’t think reading is a waste of time, and I don’t think we can only read church sponsored books. There is a lot of good out there. It’s on us though, to learn to make the choices that will create the climate in us that enables the Spirit to grow and flourish.”
Sister Beck then shared this sweet tidbit about how she raised her own children to love reading:
As a young mother when needing to get up in the middle of the night, she thought ‘oh good‘ I can read for 20 minutes! She always had something that she wanted to read that she saved for those quiet, in the middle of the night hours, when no one would bother her.
I love that! And this…
She never told a child to turn out the light if they were reading a book before bed. She let them read as late as they wanted — even if they were young children. She wanted to foster a love of reading.
I quote her here: “A reading child is a child that will stay out of trouble. That’s a belief that I have. There’s something wholesome in a child wanting to feed their mind. You have to imagine things when you are reading, that only you can see. And visualize things that only you can see. That’s why it’s important to select good things. I don’t know that there’s enough great literature for younger children. I wish there was more of that. But I encouraged my children to read and put a lamp by the side of their bed. They always had a little bookcase by the side of their bed. Yes we read the scriptures. Yes we read The Liahona, and The Friend, and The New Era…”
I spoke to my wife about this earlier today. Right now our two sons share a room, but we’re moving in a couple of months and they will have their own room. We think we’re going to try the reading thing once we move. If they go to bed and are reading, we’ll let them keep reading.
Posted in General Religion and Spirituality, Mormon Church Hierarchy
Tagged beck, blog, blogging, julie b beck, mormon channel, poets, president hinckley, shakespeare, tennyson, young mother
Today marks the first anniversary of Thomas S. Monson being ordained President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Salt Lake Tribune had a good article on Friday about the first year, and compares President Monson with his predecessor, Gordon B. Hinckley. The article comments that President Monson has essentially kept doing what President Hinckley did. I agree, but I’m not sure what else would have been expected. It’s only been a year, after all. Most of what has happened this year was most likely already in the works (including plans to support Proposition 8). In fact, it may take a few years before we really see President Monson’s hand in the direction of the Church.
As a member of the Church, I do indeed sustain Thomas Spencer Monson as Prophet, Seer and Revelator. I commented in a talk recently that even though this man is essentially a stranger to us, that doesn’t matter. Through the Spirit, and from following his counsel, we very quickly know that he is the man who the Lord has chosen to lead the Church. I wish him continued health, strength, and success.
Note: Dave Banack at Mormon Inquiry has also posted about this.
The other day I was skimming through the “Let Virtue Garnish Thy Thoughts” booklet. This is a booklet that is to help people who are struggling with pornography. There is a booklet for the member, and another booklet for the Bishop. I’ve flipped through it before, but didn’t notice an LDS.org sub-domain that is reference in the back.
If you visit http://combatingpornography.lds.org/, you will find a link to President Hinckley’s talk on pornography from the 2004 General Conference, a PDF version of the “Let Virtue Garnish Thy Thoughts” booklet, along with a few other resources. Very nice!
I’ve updated the Official web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints page with this sub-domain.
Times and Seasons had a posting recently that linked to an article by Kathleen Flake called “How to Bury a Prophet”. In the article, she mentions how the family wishes were followed, and how one of President Hinckley’s sons dedicated the grave even though there were so many Church leaders there.
The article is short, but good reading, and the comments at Times and Seasons were also good.