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So... here is my story. I hope to get your feedback... Im a relatively new convert and fairly new Elders Quorum President. The quorum has a history of inactivity ( 50-60 % inactivity ) and not much in the way of organization by previous elders quorum presidents. Home Teaching is in the single digits. Service is nearly non-existent. Finding someone to accept an invitation to serve others is very hard. To say we have challenges in finding motivated individuals is an understatement. I struggled to fill my Presidency for many months. I have this crazy idea that what this quorum needs is leadership, focused efforts and lots of Gospel influence. As much as I believe the Lord does not call the qualified... he qualifies the called... I still feel the need to get feedback from others on my Elders Quorum Presidency Agenda form PRIOR to introducing it to my Presidency. If you would review my Elders Quorum Presidency meeting agenda I would appreciate it. I plan on using my keys to implement this agenda, slowly but steadily, in an effort to benefit the all the brethren. Thank you for your time and effort should you choose to leave me some feedback.. Elders Quorum Presidency Meeting Monthly Agenda Items Recurring Monthly Agenda Assignments Opening Prayer— EQ President (EQ P) Inspirational Scripture— EQ 1st Counselor (EQ 1) Spiritual Thought— EQ 2nd Counselor (EQ 2) Record Presidency Meeting Minutes-EQ Secretary (EQ S) Elders Quorum Member Assignment (EQ A) MONTHLY AGENDA ITEMS Report from other Meetings (EQP, 1, 2, S) PEC Meeting (EQ P) Ward Member Welfare Concerns (EQ P, 1, 2, S) Ward Council Meeting (EQ P) Ward Missionary Work (EQ P, 1, 2, S, A) Stake Meetings (EQ P, 1, 2, S) Proclaiming the Gospel-(EQP, 1, 2, S, A) Missionary Moments/Opportunity New Member Discussions New Member Fellowshipping & Retention (EQP, 1, 2, S, A) Feeding The Missionaries Redeeming the Dead-(EQP, 1, 2, S, A) Temple Trip w/ Youth Ward Temple Day Elders Quorum Temple Outing Perfecting the Saints-(EQP, 1, 2, S, A) Prospective Elders Update Home Teaching Service Projects Sunday Lessons Quorum Committee Activity Reports Agenda for 1st Sunday Quorum Meeting Discussion Items-(EQP, 1, 2, S, A) Open Callings Family Search Project (Indexing) Teaching In The Savior's Way Emergency Preparedness-(EQP, 1, 2, S, A) Emergency Preparedness Update Emergency Equipment Discussion Preparedness Information C.A.M.S. Calendar/Assignments/Missionary/Service—(EQP, 1, 2, S, A) C Calendar/Assignments/Missionary/Service Reminders To Be Addressed With Quorum: Set Apart Bro Smith as Instructor (EQ P) Release Bro Smith As Instructor & Hold A Vote Of Thanks (EQ 1,2) Call Additional Instructor (EQ P) Schedule Personal Priesthood Interviews (EQ S) Address Home Teaching Concerns/Companionships/Assignments (EQ P,1,2,S) Identify Individuals Of Concern for EQP/Bishopric Visits (EQ P,1,2,S,A) Review of Previous C.A.M.S.—(EQ S) Schedule Next Meeting/Send Out C.A.M.S. Reminder—(EQ S) Closing prayer—(EQ P)
D&C 82; " 3 For of him unto whom much is given much is required; and he who sins against the greater light shall receive the greater condemnation." What exactly is "given" in this life? Consider the parable of the ten talents. The three servants were given different amounts of talents according to their ability. The talents given were ones they did not have before although it was given according to their ability. Some suggest that "talents" are intrinsic to the spirit of the individual, they came here with them. In Gospel Principles is suggests that is the case (Chapter 2) that we developed talents before coming here. If that is the case, then talents are not given, they are characteristics developed and earned. Those would not qualify as a stewardship but ownership. If it is owned then it is not given. If someone, for example, is a child prodigy piano player, is that a talent that was given in this life or was it developed in the previous life, a characteristic of that spirit? If someone is a prodigy boxer, was that a talent they developed in the previous life, or a talent given? What exactly is "given" and how does one distinguish that from something that was intrinsic to the spirit? Along with that topic is the concept of stewardship. A steward, according to the Guide to the Scriptures on LDS.org is "A person who takes care of the affairs or property of another. That which a steward cares for is called a stewardship. All things on earth belong to the Lord; we are his stewards. We are accountable to the Lord, but we may report on our stewardship to God’s authorized representatives. When we receive a calling of service from the Lord or his authorized servants, that stewardship may include both spiritual and temporal affairs (D&C 29:34)." So, what constitutes "our" property vs "things on earth" that belong to the Lord? Are these "stewardships" permanantly part of our spiritual character or are they temporarily ours as a steward. If any given aspect of ones character, talents or ability is not a stewardship, if it is intrinsic to the spirit, then it doesn't fall under the category of "where much is given, much is required". Right? If they are part of our character then why are they not called character (ownership) as opposed to stewardship? How does one pick out traits that are intrinsic (owned) vs ones given (stewardship)? Possibly, they are all given, nothing is "owned" until they are inherited at the end of our test, like the parable of the ten talents.