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Getting spiritual confirmation of callings

Today we got a new Bishopric.  My wife told me how she got a confirmation from the spirit of who our new Bishop would be this morning before Church started, well before it was announced, and it was interesting hearing the experiences of the Stake President in his learning who he should call to be Bishop, but I’ve not yet gotten confirmation myself.  I’m not sure if I will.  I don’t think it would be from a lack of listening, but for me, I think it is more that I don’t need to have confirmation.  No, I’m not saying that others “need” confirmation, or that others don’t have faith, this is just the way it has been for me.  Except when I was in the Bishopric (as a Clerk), it’s never been really important to me who has which calling, or if any person would be strong enough spiritually to handle the calling.  I figure whomever has been called has been called for a reason, and anything else is not my problem.

 

It’s funny, but the only thing I could think about when they announced the new Bishopric was wondering why women couldn’t be called.  Aside from women not having the Priesthood, which I don’t think is likely until after the Second Coming, I think it is because we live in a world where it is nigh impossible for non-related (and non-married) men and women to work as closely together as they would need to be in any Presidency, no matter what they were over.  I do so look forward to when we can get over all that, both as members of the Church and in the culture at large.

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Milk before meat

(was a comment to another post on Keepapitchinin, and I thought I’d post it here as well)

Try as they might, the people at Church correlation will never satisfy the spiritual appetites of its members by feeding them only stale bread and tepid water.

Ive heard this kind of reasoning as the milk before meat argument, being that if you give a child only milk, it will get malnourished and die. Some think that the conference talks are always about the same things, that weve not had new doctrine in over 100 years, and that every revelation in the last 150 years has been due to political pressures.

To me, this is like someone demanding to know how to travel to the moon while in practice they occasionally (or often) add 3 and 3 and get 5. If someone tries to correct us, we only complain that were hearing the same weve heard before.

If we, as a people, did better at the things we are being taught in our meetings and conferences, there would be floods of new things revealed, much of which would likely challenge things we have reasoned out on our own.

That is the reason that personal revelation is so important, as well as why we are counselled to keep revelations, dreams, angelic ministrations, very personal or only shared with a few close friends or family; we are each taught by the Spirit at the level we can handle. You cant conclude that if you havent been taught what you believe others have been given means that you are not worthy or what others have learned are not true. Intelligence is not building a tower, it is building a mountain. If we get a teaspoon or a truck full of knowledge, it may not be the same part given to someone else.

The best discussions about doctrines, including underground/alternative docrines are those that open you up to think more about what you believe, and ultimately open you up to be taught by the Spirit, who is the best teacher of all.

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