I see different aspects. One thing was not brought forward: If someone of some
positional significance is introduced or spoken of in the informal way then
listeners or those coming forward later are more likely to use the more familiar
format (call it profane in the true meaning of that word) even if they are not
familiar with the person. That does not have the right feel to it. But I do want
to point out that I feel that persons of Church authority tend to automatically
be a bit distant from the rank and file, their info and contact becoming
filtered through some layers of positions. Sometimes something is missed.
Solving that is another story. Finally: My wife, a Jewish convert, has given
dozens of firesides. The intro starts with Sister xxx yyyy or Sister yyyy, but
sometimes goes to a first name... maybe due to presenter's desire to
express personal acquaintance. No concern. She likes - revels in - having
personal acquaintances, in getting their own personal stories of great value -
their own or ancestor's trek in getting to the point of accepting the full
Gospel in their hearts. Cannot do when maintaining distance.
I'm not really sure I get your point "only the Cross" but -----The
cross represents Christ's death and that is important but equally important
is what Jesus Christ did in Gethsemane and then the fact that He arose
RESURRECTION and that is who we worship the Living Christ. He is our Redeemer
and Savior and King. The temples are dedicated to Him and all have written on
them "The House of the Lord". I love that statement and love reading it
when I enter in any temple dedicated to His work and His Glory.It is thrilling
to see temples dotting the globe for any and all worthy and wanting to enter
I call everyone brother and sister then I do not have to remember their names.
I agree with antodav, who says its only done in formal situations to show
respect. I will point out though that Abraham referred to his wife as his sister
in Egypt. So there is your Biblical reference to show that husbands can call
their wives, sister. However, I don't think its required to do that. It was
strange the first time I referred to my husband as Brother because we were
teaching together in Nursery. I wanted to demonstrate the proper way to address
adults in church.
Beautiful temples. I'm just glad they still don't put the Cross of
Christ on any. That would be very upsetting.This way, the world can
visit, play nice, and know the huge chasm between the Biblical Jesus still
exits... Now that is a core doctrine worth fighting over, brothers and
I’m honestly quite surprised…. We are all spiritual
brothers and sisters, being children of Heavenly Father and having become sons
and daughters of Jesus Christ by adoption through the covenant of baptism.
Therefore to refer to our spouses as “brother” or
“sister” is theologically completely sound. When husbands called
into leadership positions of the Church, it is common for them to refer to their
wives as “Sister X” when speaking about them in the third person to
someone else in a formal Church setting, and likewise, wives refer to their
husbands as “Brother X,” “Elder X”, “Bishop
X”, “President X”, etc. Obviously when they are at home among
their family they refer to each other by their given names, but out of dignity
for the offices they hold, they use the more formal terminology. There’s no reason for anyone to get upset about it, unless there is some
sort of a pride issue.
wazzup - No man in the article called his wife sister.
There will always be people who look for the negative but we know that the good
will overtake any of the negative in the end. Such a good feeling to know this.
The article does not say he called her "sister" the writer of the
article called her "sister" and I believe it was with respect. Why do
people have to pick on such trivial things. How about noting how beautiful the
temple looks instead of assuming that he called his wife sister when he
@wazzup:My wife likes being called Sister Hill or Sister Camille.
She understands that we are all brothers and sisters of God and in the church.
It is not demening to her at all. She class me Brother Hill and I understand
what is meant. I am thankful for this eternal understanding.
Does is strike anyone, other than me, to refer to our wives as "sister"?
Thank goodness for Pres Uchtdorf calls his wife by her name. It's a pet
peeve of mine. The day I call my wife 'sister' when introducing her,
is the day I get slugged in the stomach or kicked in the shins.