Which is precisely what I said.]]>
Wha… !!?? (Please tell me you are joking)]]>
I’ll pick JS over BY any day of the week.
Does BYU still keep a plaque of that famous JS quote in a dark hall in the basement of the admin building? That said it all about the place when I attended there.]]>
I wonder how many of the rules are made because of those few bad apples and how many are linked with doctrine (don’t be with other missionaries on P-day vs. don’t teach women without husband’s permission vs. don’t date). My friend was in a mission in which he wasn’t allowed to talk to a woman on the phone… at all, ever. This is ludicrous. Wait, I feel a post coming on…]]>
Therefore we get back to prioritizing obedience to mission rules…]]>
All I am saying is that obedience is the only thing taught in the mission and especially the MTC, when the real key to the work is WORK. See my previous comment with Benson’s qoute–he says it all right there.
I just wish a mission leader would say, “Here are the mission rules. We expect you to follow these to the best of your abilities, but we do realize that nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes. So if you do happen to sleep in one morning, take a nap, etc., don’t worry about it and try a little harder next time. What I do expect from you is that you don’t waste a minute of thte Lord’s time and that when it is time to go to work, you do so with all your heart, might, mind and strength.”
My other problem is the mission leaders who tie obedience to the Spirit instead of the spirit of the work. Just because you were obedient doesn’t mean you (nobody specifically) were a good missionary.]]>
If any still have a copy of “Drawing on the Powers of Heaven”, burn it and send the ashes w/ a note to some GA or MP still preaching exact obedience and destroying the faith of many in the process.]]>
Some rules may seem silly, like getting up at 6:00am (our mission) companion study, no swimming, don’t eat blood pudding or blood sausage, be in by 9 and in bed by 10 etc. So what if all of the rules seem silly! If I commit to go, then in that commitment should be I’ll obey the rules.
I question whether a missionary who has the attitude of willfully breaking the mission rules can have the spirit or not. There’s a big difference to having the spirit and having the spirit manifest itself to an investigator. The spirit doesn’t need you and I think in many cases it comes in spite of the missionary, it comes because the investigator is seeking it…not because some rule breaking hot dog has a great personality.]]>
Couldn’t someone use the same logic about sex: if it’s not a sin during marriage, it’s not a sin outside of marriage?]]>