Nosea,This is not the gospel of financial prosperity, obedience does not
mean wealth, or even financial comfort. Well-intentioned people love telling
stories that would seemingly tie obedience to money, but that idea is false.
Blessings may come in that form, but they may not.The brethren do
not blame those who prepared well to be providers and then suffer from a corrupt
world. They offer the encouragement and direction they have to give. They
point us to God and prayer because those things can guide our actions toward us
meeting our needs. My husband fit your description of an obedient Mormon, we
sacrificed to prepare him for a solid career which he persued for almost 20
years during which we experienced layoffs and significant time with no income.
He painfully decided to retool. He went back to college when our oldest
started. His new career earns less than half of what his old one did, but we
have surprisingly discovered we are a better, happier family for it. The visisitudes of life are really between us and God. We work them out
there, not through the organization of the church, but through our direct faith
@Nosea: Seems as though you're having a tough life. Sorry about that. I
have learned that the power of prayer does work. I've been praying for my
wayward son for over a decade and KNOW that someday he will be whole. In the
meantime, I need to "wait upon the Lord" as he sends me glimmers of hope
in this corrupt and evil world. I'm no stranger to sickness, poverty and
abuse. Those glimmers of hope don't just come, I have to seek them out and
hold onto them as tightly as I hold on to my testimony. The GA's Do
plead the cause of the poor. Are we not ALL beggars? Do you think they have an
easy life? They are the Servants of a God who weeps (read about Enoch).
Was the headline intended to rile the liberal women here? If not the words
chosen are very unfortunate. Our leaders are wonderful. I love Pres.Monson and
his councilors. What inspired men they are! It is good that they understand we,
as women, need leadership directed through our GA by Christ, Himself, same as
all in the church. It is also wonderful that we have inspired women, called of
God, to lead us women.
I get tired of hearing the same, old variation on the "gospel of
prosperity" that "just pray and the Lord will take care of you;"
Some of us have been praying and reading the scriptures our whole lives, been on
missions, got two college degrees and still been thrown out of work for years at
a time (especially now) through no fault of our own. When are the current
leaders going to finally "plead the cause of the poor," like Joseph
Smith did, as we not only live in the same unjust world but far more wickeder
and unjust in out time? Generally it is not individual members
suffering because they did anything wrong, rather that the evil have usurped
power over them (witness Wall Street), and yet so many of the brethren seem to
have the attitude that "the man hath brought it on himself," therefore
we will stay our hand and send them to pray to improve their lot. When will they
finally address the systemic problems of a very corrupt world, rather than
always point at individual members as if they are not being faithful enough? We
are not living in a meritocracy here.
Of equal benefit would be to allow women the priesthood so they would have LDS
leadership authority to provide guidance and blessing to both Mormon men and
What a fantastic thing to be a woman in this church! Thank you to
President Monson, who inspite of grieving the loss of his wife, came and
strengthened us. Thank you to our General Relief Society Presidency for their
wonderful and timely messages of love, empathy and hope.