Ray Degraw wrote:Some local leaders will disagree with me, but I don't care. I'm just not into Lucifer's plan.
Whoa, hold on there! Can we get that last sentence moderated?!?!
Yes! I recognize the leaders of the LDS church as the legitimate leaders of the church. I support them in their roles and believe them to be doing the best job that they can. I like what M&G said about them being the maintainers or guardians of the structure and rituals of the church. When it comes to baptizing DD in the coming year or when she gets married in the distant future, I am glad that there are these structures and supports in place.
I no longer believe the leaders of the church to be intermediaries between myself and God. I am not sure that God has selected these individuals to lead the church as the terms "Prophet, Seer, and Revelator" might imply. It is entirely possible that the processes involved in filling role vacancies evolved over time and involve a minimum of inspiration. However these men get into their positions, I view the process as legitimate and the positions being held as legitimate church leadership posts.
I further believe that "support/sustain" is up to me to define and give. If it is demanded or coerced then it ceases to be "support" and morphs into something else. One of the ways that I believe that I support the leadership is to bring to their attention things that I believe are amiss or unhelpful. I do not reach out to "steady the ark," I respectfully voice my opinion to those that are in a legitimate position to make course corrections.
So, taken together, I answer yes to this question.
"It is not so much the pain and suffering of life which crushes the individual as it is its meaninglessness and hopelessness." C. A. Elwood
“It is not the function of religion to answer all the questions about God’s moral government of the universe, but to give one courage, through faith, to go on in the face of questions he never finds the answer to in his present status.” TPC: Harold B. Lee 223
"I struggle now with establishing my faith that God may always be there, but may not always need to intervene" Heber13