February 1, 2011

D&C Section 121:42 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;

The scripture doesn’t say a little can be or it’s ok if some is, but it says NO PORWER OR INFLUENCE SHOULD BE MAINTAINED. On a mission you run into a lot of the men spoken of in verse 39 of this section.  I’m going through an experience right now with one such leader.  But what causes this compulsion this overbearing management? Well let’s back track a few verses and see verse 35

35 Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men,

This gives us a hint and o boy is this true. One only has to hear of the overwhelming amount of aspiration that goes on in leadership meetings to know where the hearts of almost all men are. Its said that they “aspire to the honors of men” but what are the honors of men? Well in this case it can be many things but callings are a big one that comes to mind.

The totem pole starts at district leader and then zone leader up to AP being the Holy Grail for aspiring elders.  The problem with all of this though goes back to the general business style structure of a mission. I remember sitting listening to the mtc president lecture us on statistics. He had a picture of the key indicator stats sheet projected on the wall and he pointed at it and blatantly said “treat this like a Business”. Most aren’t so foreword, but the parallels between the missionary world and the corporate world are striking when you look at both.

Granted I have never been in a corporation trying to work my way to the top, but I can just imagine that the atmosphere in which a leader pretends to care about the concern of a worker to hear some ways in which the lower worker isn’t following procedure. Then when the lower level worker isn’t listening the one above him reports the fallacy in order to win some brownie points with the boss, in hopes of an advance up the ranks of the corporation. anyone who doesn’t believe me or refuses to see these parallels can check the video here.

Exodus 1: 11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens.

Leadership isn’t all  bad it’s good when a person is put into leadership and leads righteously by example rather than by unrighteous dominion. But it’s when leaders become taskmasters is when it can be grievous to bear. It is my humble prayer that the lord will hear my cry by reason of my taskmasters (Exodus 7:3).


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