Thursday, August 5, 2010

Something to think about

“Now may I say a word concerning loyalty to the Church.
“We see much indifference. There are those who say, ‘The Church won’t dictate to me how to think about this, that, or the other, or how to live my life.’
“No, I reply, the Church will not dictate to any man how he should think or what he should do. The Church will point out the way and invite every member to live the gospel and enjoy the blessings that come of such living. The Church will not dictate to any man, but it will counsel, it will persuade, it will urge, and it will expect loyalty from those who profess membership therein.
“When I was a university student, I said to my father on one occasion that I felt the General Authorities had overstepped their prerogatives when they advocated a certain thing. He was a very wise and good man. He said, ‘The President of the Church has instructed us, and I sustain him as prophet, seer, and revelator and intend to follow his counsel.’

“How grateful, my brethren, I feel, how profoundly grateful for the tremendous faith of so many Latter-day Saints who, when facing a major decision on which the Church has taken a stand, align themselves with that position. And I am especially grateful to be able to say that among those who are loyal are men and women of achievement, of accomplishment, of education, of influence, of strength—highly intelligent and capable individuals.
“Each of us has to face the matter—either the Church is true, or it is a fraud. There is no middle ground. It is the Church and kingdom of God, or it is nothing.”
Gordon B. Hinckley, “Loyalty,” Ensign, May 2003, 58

8 comments:

marlequin said...

I was just wondering if you read that before you refused to completely fill out your census form?

Zachary Pierre said...

I filled out as much of my form as the constitution requires. I don't think my phone number or race are critical in determining representation.

marlequin said...

So, you made a judgement call for yourself and your own family, taking into account what the church was saying. Are you trying to implicate with this article that some of us are not?

Zachary Pierre said...

What judgement call, and what was the Church saying? I fulfilled my responsibility as a citizen - no more, no less.

You can take whatever you want from the quote, just like I did from this: http://www.ushassells.com/2010/04/mormon-ethic-of-civility.html

Or are you the only one allowed to hide your political feelings behind Church statements?

marlequin said...

So, are you admitting you are hiding your political feelings behind a church statement?

Zachary Pierre said...

Yep, I am. At least I'll own up to it.

marlequin said...

I'm not denying it! Love you Zach!

Zachary Pierre said...

Love you too!