Comments about ‘Florida governor visits Mormon Fort Lauderdale Temple’

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Published: Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:08 p.m. MDT

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wazzup
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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.

gwtchd
Mountain Village, AK

@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.

Hey It's Me
Salt Lake City, UT

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 didn't.

suzyk#1
Mount Pleasant, UT

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.

Sports Are Great
Salt Lake City, UT

wazzup - No man in the article called his wife sister.

antodav
TAMPA, FL

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.

OnlytheCross
Bakersfield, CA

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 'sisters'.

Elizabeth G
Vancouver, WA

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.

boatersteve
Fruit Heights, Utah

I call everyone brother and sister then I do not have to remember their names.

trueblue75
USA, NC

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 therein..........sweet times!

danielPA
Newcastle, WA

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.

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