This Sunday was interesting. After opening the meeting we were greeted with a nice letter from the Brethren™. The letter instructed us to not participate in self help groups. Specifically they instructed is to avoid groups that:
1. Challenge Church™ teachings.
2. Advocate confrontation with spouse as a means for self improvement.
3. Imitate the sacred rites and rituals of the Church™.
4. Involve physical contact with others.
5. Meet late in the evening or early in the morning.
6. Involve confession.
7. Involve pairing of spouses with others.
These points might be a bit generalized, but I was taking notes and fast as my little hands could write, and that’s the gist of what was said. So I ask you are you involved in any groups that meet these qualifications? I must say that I am. My Electronics class meets at 8 AM. Its purpose is to improve myself. I guess I’m going to have to quit.
I guess there goes my plans of starting a group called, “Latter Day Saints United in Jesus Christ.” I’ll talk about this group a bit more at a later date but it was an idea I’ve been inspired to work on. I’ve been involved in its creation for over a year but haven’t made it public yet. I’m still working on finishing a website and online forum for this group. I’ll be officially announcing it later when it is nearer to completion.
The purposes of this group are:
– Reunite the divided Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
– Perfect ourselves in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
– Teach accurately the origins and principles of the Restoration so that the faithful are not surprised, ashamed, or lose faith.
– Learn from and be edified by the righteous teachings of the various sects.
– Preach the Gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.
– Work to gather the Tribes of Israel.
– Build the City of Zion in Jackson County Missouri with its temples.
– Fill the world with Cities of Zion.
– Re-establish the Political Kingdom of God as founded by Joseph Smith.
This group isn’t intended to be a challenge to Priesthood Authority. Rather it is intended as a vehicle wherein those of us who have become aware of the trouble in the last days(within and without the church), can gather and work towards accomplishing God’s purposes(building Zion, etc.). But that’s all for that group right now. I’ll speak more on it later.
Later during Sacrament meeting we were treated to a talk about the all the good things a member of a neighboring ward(I think she might have been in stake Relief Society leadership) has seen members do. The one that stuck out to me, was of a Young men’s leader who kept peeking out the door. Then a young man showed up. The Young men’s leader went out to meet him. Then the Deacon walk in the sacrament hall wearing a tie and sat down in front of the Sacrament Table. The Young Men’s leader entered later and was missing his tie. This Young Men’s leader was so selfless that he sacrificed his tie “to someone who needed more than he did.”
Seriously? I this the kind of example that we should be teaching people? That ties are so important to the priesthood, that it is a sacrifice to give one’s tie to another. Are ties really that important? Read the scriptures pertaining to the sacrament, or even to the responsibilities of a Deacon, and no where will you find a tie mentioned. If Christ were among us today would we require Him to put on a tie before He could administer the sacrament?
That reminds me of a teaching I heard in seminary some years ago. We were told that when Christ returns He wont wear robes but will wear what is common in our culture today; meaning a suit and tie. But anyway I just thought that was funny.
In Sunday school we watched a video(Sunday School Video Supplement #2 I believe. Nothing says Holy Spirit like “Sunday School Video Supplement #2″). It showed scenes from Christ’s life and set to a heart warming, warm-fuzzy song. After the video our teacher asked for comments. She called on her husband first. He gave a comment. After which I raised my hand and made a comment(I don’t think I’ve become “that guy” in Sunday School yet, but I think I have in my Institute Class.). My comment was, “While watching I noticed the part when Christ was teaching in the Synagogue and the people there rejected His teachings. I wonder if we are so busy with programs and projects, that if Christ were among us today, we would be blown away by the simplicity of His teachings.”
It was interesting seeing the Sunday School teacher wiggle after that one. But whether my comment was right or wrong, or if it was the best thing to say, I don’t know. But I don’t make comment to be right, or to even be contradictory. I make comments to hopefully cause someone to pause for a moment and think beyond what the Manual™ is telling them. I don’t know. I don’t think what I’m doing could ever really make a difference. One comment during Sunday School isn’t exactly Testimony™ shaking stuff.
Later in Elder’s Quorum(should I add a ™ here? I love using it. Thanks, Tom) we talks about repentance, which was something I needed to hear after having had a “conflict” with my wife the night before. But aside from that we received our Home Teaching™(hahaha!) assignments. I still haven’t received an answer if I should just go along with it or if I should talk to the Elder’s Quorum President and tell him I will only participate if it is done according to Scripture. So I have al lot more study and prayer to do.
Well that’s all for this week.