Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Many of our eyes are more on big callings than on our little ones

Ezra Taft Benson taught No nation ever rises above its homes. This Church will never rise above its homes. We are no better as a people than are our firesides, our homes. … The good home is the rock foundation, the cornerstone of civilization. It must be preserved. It must be strengthened.

We have lost track of the greater calling, having chosen the lesser instead. We want to have a big calling in the church. We want the honor of being in the Elder's quorum presidency, the Young Men's presidency, the Bishopric, or maybe even the Stake Presidency. As this becomes more a part of us, the women feel resentful, because they are missing out on the greater rewards the gospel has to offer. Or so they think, and so we encourage them, by thinking so ourselves.

If our calling is what we are all about, then the bigger callings are the greater rewards. But that is not the case. It is our relationships as husband, wife, child, father, mother that most define our activity and position in the church. Those who miss out on those blessings here will have them bestowed later if they prove worthy here. By contrast, if you don't get called to be the Bishop here, you won't need to be a Bishop in eternity. In fact, the Aaronic priesthood will be taken away when the sons of Levi offer an offering in righteousness. The Aaronic priesthood is nothing more than a slice of the Melchizedek priesthood, and it was not a separately available thing in the beginning, nor will it be in the end.

Being Bishop isn't what the gospel is all about. The gospel is about the home. Our men have lost track of that and rank family below callings, and frequently rank the family low when making callings. Our women have lost track of that and.

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