There are many disagreements among Latter-day Saints. Sitting in on a Sunday lesson in my High Priest's Group will show just how many topics divide us. We understand a great deal differently from our history, our doctrine, and our priorities. This is normal among any group of people, even when they join together as fellow believers.
The most unifying thing about the church, however, is the service we render to others. Unlike many other denominations, our church is filled with opportunities to serve. It is expected. And it is rendered. Everywhere you turn the members are giving service.
I am not particularly political. The differences between political parties is so little as to not justify enthusiasm for either. However, I watched the evening of Mitt Romney's acceptance last week. A number of speakers extolled his past service to others. There wasn't a dry eye in the house as parents spoke about the support they received from Bishop Romney for their troubles.
As I listened, it seemed to me this was a description of a typical Mormon Bishop. It can be found in thousands of wards throughout the church. It is an expected part of the calling. And that service and support is rendered willingly, week after week, throughout the church.
From Home Teachers to Visiting Teachers, Relief Society Presidents and Bishops, Elder's Quorums and Young Women Leaders, there are continual acts of service and support expected and delivered.
It is my view this is the church's greatest strength and its greatest appeal. We take it for granted. But when behavior which is "normal" for a Mormon Bishop was put on public display, it touched people to the point of tears. We get used to it. We shouldn't. It is, after all, the pure religion of Christ. (James 1: 22-27.) It is what we do, more than what we say, that matters in practicing our faith.
This should unify us no matter what may divide us.
The content of this blog presumes you are already familiar with Denver Snuffer's books. Careful explanations given in the books lay the foundation for what is contained here. If you read this blog without having first read his books, then you assume responsibility for your own misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the writer's intent. Please do not presume to judge Mr. Snuffer's intentions if you have not first read his books.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The Church's Greatest Appeal
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