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by SilentDawning
23 Apr 2018, 12:11
Forum: Support
Topic: Best Way to Convince Spouse of Tithing Surplus
Replies: 14
Views: 280

Re: Best Way to Convince Spouse of Tithing Surplus

Glad to hear it went well. It's amazing how much power we have over our lives if we will only claim it!
by SilentDawning
23 Apr 2018, 11:48
Forum: Introductions
Topic: My Story (Glad to find this place)
Replies: 6
Views: 41

Re: My Story (Glad to find this place)

I hesitate to attach too much importance to the missing of your row in sacrament, or the fact that two old people are leading the quorum. Mistakes happen, and often, who they pick to lead each organization is a matter of willing, capable, available bodies. It is often clothed as inspiration, but it'...
by SilentDawning
23 Apr 2018, 11:44
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free agency vs. free agency
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Re: Free agency vs. free agency

I think of it in the same sense as liberty -- the ability to choose what I want to do -- not to be forced to do something I don't want to do. I don't consider it free from a cost perspective. If the story of the war in heaven is true, God lost 1/3 of his sons and daughters over the issue. Satan was ...
by SilentDawning
23 Apr 2018, 11:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Positive Ways Leaders Can Motivate the Flock
Replies: 2
Views: 29

Re: Positive Ways Leaders Can Motivate the Flock

Wow -- I like the idea of assigning a team to a family with needs. That really helps when people are needy. It can be extremely wearing when you have someone who calls you for help over and over and over again at inconvenient times, and it can jeopardize other relationships. We once were asked to ba...
by SilentDawning
23 Apr 2018, 11:20
Forum: Support
Topic: Home Teaching is Over, Long Live Home Teaching?
Replies: 21
Views: 182

Re: Home Teaching is Over, Long Live Home Teaching?

SD, I think often the need is just to have someone you can relax with for a few minutes. That's all part of the relationship/trust thing to some extent. I look forward to inviting my ministering elder (actually they're a couple, our ward has done this for awhile) over to dinner and just chatting - ...
by SilentDawning
23 Apr 2018, 11:05
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are we a church of volunteers, assignments or covenants?
Replies: 11
Views: 81

Re: Are we a church of volunteers, assignments or covenants?

I agree -- the appeal to covenants is a tough one for motivation. First, the covenants, by necessity, are general and vague -- they should be -- because they can't encompass every little thing the leaders think we should be doing, or that life throws at us. They point us in a certain direction -- bu...
by SilentDawning
23 Apr 2018, 10:45
Forum: Support
Topic: Home Teaching is Over, Long Live Home Teaching?
Replies: 21
Views: 182

Re: Home Teaching is Over, Long Live Home Teaching?

My analytical mind is now asking how to define "needs". Some people don't have significant needs, or may have needs that aren't practical to meet by the church membership. If you go looking for needs, you'll often find your schedule is full. And real needs only come forward when you have a trusting ...
by SilentDawning
23 Apr 2018, 09:11
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Getting ordained online
Replies: 12
Views: 218

Re: Getting ordained online

What do you mean by a non-consensual marriage? There are also situations where a teenage girl impregnated through statutory rape (baby's father is older)is pressured by family into marriage. The reasoning is to have the baby in wedlock and to shield the baby's father because prosecutors will rarely...
by SilentDawning
23 Apr 2018, 09:10
Forum: Support
Topic: Home Teaching is Over, Long Live Home Teaching?
Replies: 21
Views: 182

Re: Home Teaching is Over, Long Live Home Teaching?

I like this mission statement of sorts: Ministering is Christlike caring for others and helping meet their spiritual and temporal needs. from the FP letter. If that is the case -- would this be ministering? A family approached me because their son is really interested in music. They bought him an in...
by SilentDawning
23 Apr 2018, 09:05
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of the ministering program?
Replies: 6
Views: 55

Re: What is the purpose of the ministering program?

There is an age-old principle that issues should be handled at the lowest level possible in the organization. So it makes sense to put it on the home teacher. Now, as a home teacher, you can do a few things a) Agree to a reasonable number of families. If they give you 20, give it back and ask for 5 ...