Every 6 months the Mormon Church holds a general conference. It’s broadcast to the world. Featured speakers include the Twelve Apostles and other general authorities. Words from the current prophet are always the highlight. Thomas S. Monson fills that role today.
He has a special place in my heart. When I was just 9 years old, ‘Tommy,’ became an apostle. He has been an influential figure my entire life. Many of his conference addresses are remembered with fondness.
During the April & October 2016 conferences I feel like his instructions were directed straight at me. I…LOVED…THEM!!!
President Monson’s talk was entitled “Choices.” A timely topic indeed. For the previous 2 years, I had worked to come to terms with troubling new information about my religion. My choices were finally coalescing. I describe my journey here. The prophet’s talk lasted a short and powerful 5 minutes. These are the potent words that penetrated my heart.
“May we maintain the courage to defy the consensus.”
The day before this talk, for the first time in my life, I had defied the consensus by voting OPPOSED. Now….here’s the prophet inspiring me to “maintain the courage to defy.” Yes!!! Six months later, I now know just how difficult it is to defy the consensus. It’s a huge help to have the words of President Monson at my side.
“May we ever chose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.”
For months, I had weighed in my mind…obey my temple covenants…obey the law of God…speak up for “the least of these”…..OR……stay silent. The prophet was giving me support to choose the “harder right.” The “wrong” would have been so much easier.
“If we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice.”
This lodges a tear in my eye. In February 2016, I made the conscious and fateful decision to put my faith in the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. Well, I gladly accept the confirmation and validation that Pres. Monson so gently & forcefully pronounced.
By the time the prophet spoke in the October 2nd Sunday morning session, I had voted disapproval at ward , stake, and 2 general conferences. I had also thoroughly examined my temple covenants and the Law of Common Consent. President Monson’s words resonated with overwhelming confirmation.
“Learn, search and pray. We need to know God’s laws and live them.”
For months, I had been learning, searching and praying. My very purpose was to know and understand the law of God. Now…here’s the prophet giving the injunction to “live” what I have learned. The Law of Common Consent IS God’s law. I am determined to live it.
“We are blessed to have the truth. We have a mandate to share the truth. Let us live the truth.”
Amazing. Simply amazing. THIS…IS…MY… HERO!!! Just this year, I have discovered the truth of how Jesus wants his church to be governed. And now, I have a MANDATE to share it! Oh my gosh! Six days before President Monson pronounced these words, I had created the Common Consent Register. Perhaps a clumsy attempt to share Christ’s truth. Never-the-less, my hero has now given me a “mandate” to share. Share away I will.
Thank you, President Monson.
Russell M. Nelson
This man is an apostle in the LDS church. Not just any apostle. He’s the senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve. As such, he’s in line to replace President Monson at his passing. Listen to his profound prescription to deploy real joy in our lives.
“Every day that we keep our covenants and help others to do the same, joy will be ours.”
Initially, I was nervous about sharing my understanding of temple covenants, explaining common consent, or openly encouraging others to live it. If I had known in advance what Elder Nelson was going to say at conference, all my jitters would have evaporated long ago. Well…they’ve certainly disappeared now.
Thank you Elder Nelson
Consider the awesome and mounting support for Common Consent.
- The law of God is on the side of common consent. In fact, it…is…the…Law.
- The laws of God have the obvious backing of President Monson and Elder Nelson.
- The prophet and his successor encourage sharing and helping others live the law of God.
- 259 courageous friends have publicly committed to live the Law of Common Consent. Note that about 1/3 of the names show up as anonymous. They are real people with real names. At present, they have selected the option to not have their names viewable. Unfortunately, living the Law of Common Consent is not totally safe in our current church culture. This must and will change. After all, it was Jesus Himself who mandated that “ALL things MUST be done by common consent in the church.”
- Even my family is supportive. My sweet wife has joined me in voting disapproval.
Second—And This is HUGE!!!
If you are a member & if you are opposed to policies that have NEVER been put to the vote of common consent….consider voicing your opinion now.
Jesus loves and values your views enough to formally request that you voice them several times every year. To me, the Law of Common Consent is one of the most gorgeous examples that our Savior respects and treasures our capacity to think and make decisions. We truly are citizens in the kingdom of God. We just need to start living the law of citizenry.
There are no more voting conferences in 2016. In the meantime, you can record your intentions by registering your name HERE on the Common Consent Register—A Record of Those Who Disapprove.
Thank you, my friends.
Information on LDS.ORG regarding Common Consent, click HERE. Please take note of this paragraph: “Not only are Church officers sustained by common consent, but this same principle operates for policies, major decisions, acceptance of new scripture, and other things that affect the lives of the Saints.”
Scriptural information about Common Consent click, HERE.
Disturbing membership Trends, click HERE.
Do We Love Jesus Enough to live Common Consent, click HERE.
The Only True Hope for The Only True Church, click HERE.
My personal sadness over my friends and family leaving, click HERE.
Common Consent Register—A Record of Those Who Disapprove click, HERE.
4 thoughts on “Thomas S. Monson is My Hero”
My friend, I fear you are exhibiting a severely advanced case of “missing the forest for the trees” here. You have cherry picked the conference talks for any sentence you can quote out of context in support of your zealous initiative to restore the practice of Common Consent to the Mormon Church.
The fatal flaw in your reasoning is this: The Brethren (not Sam Young) get to decide what “the commandments” and what “the temple covenants” include and do not include today for the membership of “their” Church.
As you have discovered, Sam, it truly is “their” Church, not to be confused with a fantasy organization that actually embodies the teachings of Jesus as its core values.
Your enthusiastic description of TSM as “My Hero” is a red flag indication of the depth of your alarming disconnection from reality, Sam. Your Hero is directly responsible for throwing “gabies” under the LDS Church Bus and is likewise directly complicit in the suicide deaths of dozens of gay Mormon youth.
Get a grip, my friend. You are losing it.
Greetings my good friend Gary,
Fatally flawed? Just trying to focus on the law.
Missing the forest for the trees? Always a perfect description of me.
Red flag? Oh man, I’m starting to feel like a punching bag.
Your obvious observational skills
Might just help me tilt windmills.
Could you kindly share exactly how
I took words out of context to justify my vows?
As always, your comments are totally welcome, Sam
I’m just saying that perhaps “My Hero” is not the best description of people whose core values are so very opposite to “what would Jesus do” and “what would Sam Young do”.
It would make sense to point out that The Brethren do not practice what they preach, or more accurately, all that Joseph Smith preached. The Brethren want to get credit for drawing near to Jesus with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him, as in not even close.
“My Hypocrite” might be a more accurate label than “My Hero” for TSM and Company.
I like what you are doing, Sam. You are drawing attention to the The Brethren’s ala carte treatment of Joseph Smith’s teachings aka Mormon scriptures. They take what they like and ignore what does not support their agenda, like Common Consent for example.
What you did, Sam, was disconnect sentences that resonated with you and redefine the meaning that was intended by the speaker. When The Brethren say “keep the commandments” they mean only the commandments they happen to like. Keeping the rejected commandments is a synonym for disobedience.
Keep on being who you are, Sam! The Brethren will eventually pay you their highest compliment possible for a truly decent member of their Church.
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Excellent, Sam. You have captured what you believe in a very profound way.