Why Are You Active?

My sons and I ready for Stake Priesthood Meeting 2006

Every week I attend a priesthood meeting for fifty minutes. The question “Why Are You Active?” was asked in priesthood meeting in our ward today. A companion question was “Why are some not active?” There were twenty-five high priests in the room who commented thus:

Why are you active?

  • Some are deeply converted.
  • Attendance at church is good for you because of the strong influence, which in turn is good for others that come in contact with you.
  • You are touched by the Spirit in the meetings and feel to return.
  • There is fellowship with other members.
  • Opportunities for service is always present. Interestingly at the time three separate sign up sheets were being circulated asking for volunteers.
  • Christian principles are learned.
  • It is a duty.

It was pointed out that the definitions of active and inactive need to be looked at broadly. The line between active and inactive needs to be a little more porous. And who is to be the judge?

Why are some not active?

  • They feel like they have nothing to offer.
  • Physical disabilities prevent attendance at many activities.
  • They work on a Sunday.
  • A lack of testimony.
  • Fear of being asked to pray, give a talk, or of a calling.
  • In large wards you may be less needed and can be a small fish in a big pond.
  • Traditions can get in the way.
  • Cost (by this I assumed tithing).
  • Crummy teachers.

Conclusion

We wound up by agreeing that we need to get to know people so that we can help with some of the fears. We can strengthen their rickety testimonies. Just being a good friend is the right thing to do.

So the question of the day is: Why are you active?

Ordination

Today Daniel was ordained an elder. This was done by those with priesthood authority to lay their hands on his head and receive this ordinance. Present and pictured in the photograph are (left to right, top to bottom) Derek, Paul, Steven, Brian, Sarah, Jill, Rick (Rickety), and Daniel. Brian is a Stake High Counselor and a dear friend who was present as the Stake representative. I was voice for the ordinance. To have the authority to perform this act of laying on of hands, male members of the Church must receive this authority by the laying on of hands from a priesthood holder who has the proper authority. This has been passed down in the Church from the Apostles Peter, James and John, who received their authority from Christ. These Apostles then visited Joseph Smith as angelic messengers and gave him the proper priesthood authority. From Joseph Smith the priesthood has been passed down in an unbroken line from Christ. Having the authority of the priesthood is different from having the power to use that priesthood:

All of us who hold the priesthood have the authority to act for the Lord, but the effectiveness of our authority—or if you please, the power that comes through that authority—depends on the pattern of our lives; it depends on our righteousness (H. Burke Peterson, “Priesthood—Authority and Power,” Ensign, May 1976, 32).

Daniel has now transitioned from the Aaronic priesthood to the Melchizedek priesthood as he continues his preparation for his mission to Mongolia. The only sad thing in all of this is that there are now no Aaronic priesthood in the house to boss around.

Oquirrh Mountain Temple

Oquirrh Mountain Temple Construction
I was traveling back from a vacation in Zion National Park with my brother Mike taking him home along Bangerter Highway. I saw the Oquirrh Mountain temple under construction so I exited and took this photograph. It is located on a rise just off the highway so the temple is going to be quite a sight when it is illuminated at night.