You know, for all our talk about free agency, and people choosing to come unto Christ, we seem to have a dim view of what it really means.]]>
This story is false and wrong to put into a stake conference talk for many reasons. For one, that’s not what patriarchal blessings are for and would never have such damning material. Also, I had only a week prior to stake conference collected this exact same story from an aquaintence as part of a research paper on mormon folklore.
So, what is the point of telling us this story? To scare us into going on missions and being good missionaries? To generally emphasize to us that our personal righteousness can have great impact upon other’s salvation? Anyway it’s put only gives the listener a creepy feeling, if you ask me.
Plus, one other problem is it’s easy to lose the spirit of a messege when you realize the story isn’t true. (maybe that’s just cynical people like me though)
Otherwise, the context you talked about seems great to me:)]]>
Every year or so, the First Presidency sends out a letter that gets read in sacrament meeting encouraging members to NOT write or contact general authorities with their concerns and problems, but to counsel with their bishops and SPs instead. But just about every time we have general conference, president Hinckley reads a letter from a distraught member, usually quoting from it at length.
Here’s my question: By reading those letters, to what extent is GBH actually encouraging people to NOT follow his own direction? He can certainly do whatever he wants, but it has always struck me as funny that people who have not followed the prophet’s explicit counsel get quoted in GC.]]>