I may choose to ignore people who comment anonymously. I choose never to be anonymous online myself. I have little tolerance for this behavior.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Don't Count Me As An Extremist!

Am I aware of what the Kelly group does? Yes. Am I going to join them? No. Do I sympathize with them? No. I like the Church's recent response to them and the news coverage that covered it.

This group is loud and increasingly relying on emotion, rather than logic. The following quotes and my responses are below.
It’s true that OW is a small group with an aggressive agenda not supported by the majority of women in the church.
Yes, and not just small, it is extremely small. The statistics prove it. They come from PEW. (See Deseret News graphic from link above).
But if it’s true that Mormon women can seem ordinary and moderate simply for wanting to hold their weeks-old infants in the priesthood circle when those babies are presented to the congregation and given a name and a blessing,
This is not an accurate characterization of what's happening. It is extreme to try and change a standard priesthood ordinance using political pressure. 
or simply for not wanting to start discussing their sexuality with an adult man as soon as they turn 12, or simply for not wanting to expose the details of their sex lives with an all-male tribunal if they commit certain types of transgressions—
Confession is technically required, but entirely voluntary. No one forces them. If they refused to answer any questions, no one would force them to talk.

Personally, I'd rather tell men than women. Where is it proven that women would rather confess to women than men? I certainly don't share this view.

What's more, I'd want help and support in repenting. Heavenly Father has declared this a priesthood job. That is good enough for me. I can certainly tell whatever women I want or even have them accompany me to any priesthood interview. Who said they can't do that? No one.
it is in part because OW has extended so radically the pole of what faithful Mormon women have the courage to ask for.
It is obvious that these women don't speak for all Mormon women, the majority or even very many at all. They shouldn't represent themselves as saying they do.

I get tired of this sort of crap. You know what, I hadn't noticed women had never spoken in General Conference before all the hullabaloo. Why?

I'm not that fixated on gender.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Decision Still Delayed...

See: Decision Delayed: What SHOULD I Do?

Nothing has happened, yet.

I never made a decision and I still don't have a book. However, we just got a new Relief Society President so things might change.

I appreciate the comments made on my earlier post. However, the comment makers attempts to explain this situation are not relevant.

1. The Relief Society President did not have any real rationale for taking back the manual. She explained that it wasn't needed for another month or so and if the sister was still with us then she might give it back to her.

2. The Church has actually instructed wards and branches to only give hard copy manuals out to people who don't use digital media. Since I don't have a tablet I won't have a access to the lessons during church. However, I use digital media extensively at home. So, I am a little torn by whether or not I NEED one.

3. It's not a budget crisis. My ward is incredibly stingy with any resources. The Relief Society President doesn't want anyone using the R.S. room. It's HER room. She mounted a major defense from preventing the Sunday School from meeting in the room for Gospel Doctrine. The Bishop finally prevailed. This isn't unusual for this ward. All the other groups like High Priests and Elders have their own room and they won't let anyone else use them either. Turf and territory wars pop up daily.

Everybody seems constantly engaged in trying to dis-empower other people in whatever way they can. It makes for a pretty dysfunctional ward.

4. The third comment maker has a good point. How I handle this reflects on me. I didn't want to flaunt anything or make a big production out of anything. A holier than thou attitude is not Christlike.

At the end of the day, I still have some real concerns:

1. Units who ignore digital media and/or pretend it doesn't exist are in danger of being out of line with church policy and procedure. These units are increasingly going their own way and doing things exactly how they want with no regard for church guidelines.

2. Mindlessly adopting everything one's predecessor does almost insures people, units, organizations will get out of line. You can't assume what is done in the past was correct or even still relevant. You should first go to the Handbook and all official church instruction and then decide if you will continue with past practices.

3. We need to accept correction. Since this occurred in an official 5th Sunday in front of everyone, I have no qualms about relaying it here. Two members of the Stake Sunday School Presidency were discussing teaching responsibilities and Sunday school in particular.

In response to a question, they instructed teachers to get their own substitute if they could not make it to church to teach their lesson. It was their responsibility. If they couldn't get a substitute, then they were to inform the Sunday School President.

Well, guess who took issue with this? The Sunday School President, no less. He flatly stated it is not his responsibility. They should not inform him, he has more important things to do.

We were all a little aghast at his speech, especially the Stake Sunday School Presidency who didn't seem to really know how to respond to this. What would you do? They tried to correct him but he simply resisted them more.

If you ignore correction, refuse to access any church instructions, guidelines, etc., you can pretty much do whatever you want. You are also playing into Satan's hands and holding the church back.

Who would have thought that my steadfastly insisting that we follow all church guidelines, policy and procedure would set me apart in the church and cause me to be considered a dangerous radical influence?