Monday, September 21, 2015

"Are We Not All Beggars?" by Elder Holland

Find this post here.

  • I'm grateful to see Elder Holland willing to discuss the topic of administering to the poor. We've had lessons in our ward from stake visitors claiming it's sufficient to write our fast offering check and know, thereby, that we've done our allotted portion. King Benjamin and others, in contrast, tell us never to let the begger pass us by. My own experience is that King Benjamin had it right, and our high councilor didn't, but many people report their congregations simply don't buy the idea that King Benjamin's instructions mean what they very clearly say.
  • It's helpful to realize Christ was probably homeless. It's also helpful to realize this was likely by his own decision. Of course he could have set up shop somewhere doing whatever he wanted and doing it better than all the local competition, but instead he simply let God provide for his needs. By contemporary standards, God didn't pay terribly well, but God doesn't necessarily promise us mansions on earth.
    • In our day, as in Christ's, and as in the Book of Mormon, the priestly class who are paid for their labor are unequivocally condemned. Alma and Amulek's city of Ammonihah, wiped out by marauding Lamanites in just one day, were "of the order of Nehor," or in other words supporters of priestcraft; this evil earned them the destruction they received. Here, the LDS church is just as full of priestcrafts as everyone else. We simply can't get around the fact that our leadership are all paid. Not only paid, but paid from tithing funds whose disposition is hidden from Church members, directly contradicting scripture that commands tithing be used by common consent -- meaning everyone votes how it gets used.
  • Loved the Mother Teresa example, and the humbled journalist
  • I appreciate the distinction he points out between "obtaining" a remission of sins, and "retaining" it.
  • We've had good experiences "bring[ing] the poor that our cast out to [our] house"
  • Pres. Monson's example of giving away his shoes is an excellent one. If we quit vaunting him as something better than we our, it might go a long way toward convincing us to do the same things ourselves.
  • This was an excellent talk. I liked it a lot.

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