Thursday, February 14
Following the Prophet
I'm sure many of you remember back in the Summer of 2006, the First Presidency had a letter read from the pulpit of chapels during Sacrament Meeting encouraging the membership of the Church to contact their political leaders regarding "our" support of the 'Marriage Protection Amendment.' As I looked through emails from the past, I stumbled upon my letter to my two Senators who took part in the vote.
As a missionary, I taught the importance of following our chosen leaders, even if we do not agree with their positions. I taught that the Prophet of God would never lead his people astray and that the First Presidency could never 'get it wrong.' And so, despite my obvious reservations, I sent this off. It was a difficult decision, one that was not made without pain or much thought. I chose to 'follow the prophet.'
I'm still wondering whether I did the right thing in shooting that email off. God require us to follow our consciences, He also requires us to follow His leaders--and when it comes down to it, even when we think they are wrong. I think that this is the issue. What do you do when your heart tells you one thing, and 'God's mouthpiece' tells you another? What happens when they've gotten it wrong so many times before? Are we supposed to still believe that the doctrine they teach?