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Published: Monday, March 25 2013 11:00 a.m. MDT

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Plano, TX

Yes, you're learning well. :) And thanks for serving others - we appreciate it most in our quiet moments. My bishop in Texas literally saved my life one night by just dropping in to see how I was doing and I count him as my deepest friend on earth years after his release.

Donald Williams
Marysville, WA

Amen and amen!

Mount Laurel, NJ

Bishop Hill. What are some ways in which the uniquely Mormon views of atonement have revealed additional light on how to convert weakness into strength, stress into faith, despair into hope, anger into love, and criticism into a desire to clothe with the "garment of praise" Isaiah 61:3?

Lehi, Utah

Thank you Bishop. I've only been experiencing these same feelings for 7 months. It is reassuring to know that I am not alone. I echo your words in that I had no idea the world was so dark and so beautiful. I don't feel sorry for me but instead for my flock; I can only hope and pray that their trust in me continues as I seek counsel from His spirit.

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

I have learned that trying to change someone else is futile.
When you change yourself, you can profoundly impact the lives of others.
Bishops encourage us to make those changes and persevere.

Hyrum, Ut

It's the best call that can come to a man. Thanks for allowing me to reflect.

common twit
Salt Lake City, UT

Living on the other side of being in a clergy, I am grateful for bishops, priests and ministers. They do a great service to our communities. I see these clergy, as a whole, trying to guide us to a path of happiness.
I admire these people but I am extremely glad that I don't have to be one of them.

Farmington, UT

I respectfully request the editors to change the title from "Confessions" to "Lessons." That would be more accuraste and not make it look like sensational reading of a bishop that messed up. I honestly think the calling deserves that much dignity.

Thanks to all the Bishop's I've had over the years. Their dedicated service can hardly be counted in terms we would understand. And others are helping them, too, such as their counsellors, stake presidents, and relief society presidents. Those who are willing to receive help may certainly obtain it.

San Diego, CA

This was powerful and deeply insightful. Thank you.

Tucson, AZ

Thanks for sharing this article. It was thought-provoking and insightful. Thanks to all the bishops of the world.

Cedar Rapids, IA

Bishop Hill is spot on. Lessons learned while helping others learn how to overcome are priceless. I'd never exchange those 5-plus years for any other opportunity in my life, outside of being a husband, father and grandfather.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA


This article is a reprint from this bishop's blog which went viral over the weekend. The bishop himself chose the "Confessions" title for the post. It's awfully presumptuous to tell this man what he should call his writing.

Norco, CA

As a released Bishop, I found the confessions in this adage: The highest form of SPENDING is spending self for others." As the LDS number 237 hymnal says, "And with stout hearts look ye forth till tomorrrow" Bishop.

American Fork, UT

Is there any potential for problems arising when the untrained or unqualified are placed in positions where they have access to 'the darkest corners' of peoples' lives?

John C. C.
Payson, UT


Yes, if they don't rely on God's guidance. If they do rely on it I prefer their guidance to those who are only "professionally" trained.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Awesome. Thank you.

We should be grateful to those who invest so much in our service. Further, we should cut them a break - knowing that they are not perfect and need our support.

Wasatch Front, UT

Hutterite: You look in the mirror and see wisdom. The truly wise, however, see wisdom from the reflection of others. Instead of asking a self-serving question, perhaps another question could be asked: is there something the Bishop said that strikes me as being particularly insightful for my own situation? Maybe that train of thought will lead to a valuable and useful insight. Your question, on the other hand, seems to reflect an agenda.

Harwich, MA

@ John C.C.....I've been in three bishoprics and have yet to witness Gods "guidance" in a single decision or action from the Bishops involved. They were all winging it.

Rugeley, Staffs

@Hutterite. That is a great question, and one that worries all Bishops in their early days. Having served two terms as an LDS Bishop, I can promise you that I did not feel any more prepared the second time than the first time. There was a more than twenty year gap between the terms, and the world had changed so much in the interim.

One "Lesson Learned" that is not mentioned in the article is one I learned very early. It was simply, "Whom the Lord calls, He qualifies." I recall a Sunday very early in my first tenure where everything that could go wrong did so. I prayed in my room, and poured out my soul as to my inadequacies, and told the Lord that I felt He had the wrong man, and I was letting him down. There followed a sweet, sweet moment where I felt hugged, and heard a voice inside me say, "But I love you, and your sacrifices are acceptable to Me." I doubted myself several times after that experience, but I knew who had called me, and I did not doubt Him.He carried me to places I did not know existed.

Raymond, Canada, 00

Quite often when a person acknowledged his/her sins to me as their Bishop, they would add the comment, "You must really think poorly of me now!" - or words to that effect.

In actuality, I admired them for their courage.

It was amazing the confidence they would place in me. I don't know if they realized it or not, but their confidence was placed in God who called me to His service. He is the healer; I was his servant. My advice was His message that was whispered to my mind.

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