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  1. My husband was excommunicated a few years ago. Has since been re-baptized and is waiting to hear back on his blessings being restored. We had a baby after he was rebaptized but blessings had not been restored. We’re told our son is not born in the covenant and needs to be sealed to us. I’m really confused as to why that is because I have kept my covenants. Shouldn’t my son be sealed to me? It feels as though my son and I are being punished for my husband’s transgressions. And what would happen if my husband decided he didn’t want to be a member of the church anymore. My son would never be sealed to me, nor would our future children?
  2. I have been a member of the church my whole life and for 30+ years assumed that a first councilor was in some way higher or more senior than a second councilor. Is there any validity to this? is there any stratification between the two counselors in any way officially specified by the church? In this case I am particularly wondering about the Elders Quorum Counselors but it raises the question to any priesthood (or perhaps auxiliary) presidency. Background Story (optional): I serve as 2nd counselor in an Elders Quorum Presidency where the president is exceptionally busy and the 1st counselor is disengaged (not complaining, they're great guys!). In cases where the president is completely unavailable I wondered if I first need to consult with the first counselor before I take the lead and go to ward council, plan our lessons, etc. If so things might be much more complicated as we don't hear from him much. but I want to make sure I function appropriately in my role. I know we (counselors) do not have the keys which the EQ president does and this situation should be remedied and I always work under the direction of the bishop and try to keep the rest of the presidency involved and informed. but with that in mind should I defer decisions and initiatives to the 2nd counselor or should I just go and do.
  3. Link to a Mormon Bishop's Guidebook - Click HERE [Over 50 pages of material] Simple tips, written by a recently released Bishop. One man's attempt to help those who lead. From the first page: "Early in my calling I found myself wishing the church had a handbook, or guide, just for Bishop’s. Yes, the church has handbooks, and Handbook 1 is for Stake Presidents and Bishop’s. However, they are designed for a broad worldwide church, designed to help a Bishop in Cape Town, South Africa as well as one in Anchorage, Alaska. I was looking for more down to earth, rubber meets the road guidance. I believe I could have been much more effective if I didn’t have to walk the ‘school of hard knocks’ that first year. A little help would have gone a long way. I get it, you need to experience many things yourself. Just a little help though, up front, would have made me more effective and helped me be a better minister early in my service." This was written to help other leaders who could use a little extra guidance during those early months. I've heard from Bishops and Stake Presidents all over the world thanking me for the information. If there's anything you think that should be added, please let me know. Enjoy!
  4. I'm fairly sure that the missionaries will be coming to my house in 2015 to visit, so I've been sniffing around the Internet lately and reading random things about LDS missionaries. I came across a 2006 on-line edition of the Missionary Handbook today and read it out of curiosity. (I converted to the Church as a thirtysomething and never served a mission, but I've always been interested in what it's like to serve a mission.) Most of the instructions seem reasonable, such as "do not handle explosives" and "do not tamper with your mission vehicle's odometer" and even "notify your mission president if your companion leaves you." The carrying of guns is also prohibited. But this edition of the Handbook has one curious instruction: "If you play basketball, play only half court." Why is the playing area of any significance? Is this to prevent missionaries from developing unhealthy passions for competitive sports activities that might distract them from their Gospel duties?
  5. I am a Primary President in a very small Branch with only 5 children in our Primary. I have one counselor. At this time, I teach a class and do Sharing time. My counselor teaches a class and does the music. My question is regarding Sharing Time. The handbook says that Sharing Time should be done by the Primary Presidency. We have a sister in our Branch that I would like to call to do just the Sharing time and not call her to the Presidency. Our stake Primary President has approved that calling but I am getting feedback that I should not ignore the Handbook. I would like some suggestions on what I should do.
  6. Our ward RS is planning for us to attend a wedding ceremony for someone in our ward as our RS evening meeting this month. It is to be held at the home of the former bishop, released in November. It's this Thursday. I can't believe it. There has to be some guideline being broken here.