Sunday, January 21, 2007

Duplicate Talks From a General Authority

Someone in the Bloggernacle complained (though I don't remember where or when) that a prominent General Authority had come and spoken to their congregation on two separate occasions and had given the same talk both times. This was seen as a great let down by the commenter. The comment was called to memory because of our own stake conference today.

While I don't know the specifics of that commenter's situation, it spurred a thought for me that may or may not apply to that particular case.

The desire to hear something new is, ironically, very old.
For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing. (Acts 17:21)
"Some new thing." I don't think Luke meant his description of the Athenians to be a compliment. Perhaps the appropriate response to the scenario described above isn't a condemnation of the GA for giving the same talk twice. Perhaps it is a condemnation of the congregation for needing the same talk twice. I stand rebuked.


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  • AS a high councilor for over half of my church life, I often gave the same talk to different wards. I have sometimes worried that my record keeping might have been less than perfect and that I may have given the same talk to a perticualar ward more than once. No one ever complained. Perhaps my talks were not all that memorable. Or perhaps I didn't duplicate. Who knows?

    By Blogger Dad's Thoughts, at 1/22/2007 8:33 AM  

  • General Sunday School President A. Roger Merrill said in October 2006 General Conference, "We live in an entertainment world, a spectator world. Without realizing it, we can find ourselves coming to conference or going to church with the attitude, "Here I am; now inspire me." We become spiritually passive."

    He continued, "When we focus instead on seeking and receiving the Spirit, we become less concerned about a teacher or speaker holding our attention and more concerned about giving our attention to the Spirit. Remember, receive is a verb. It is a principle of action. It is a fundamental expression of faith."

    By Blogger Scott Hinrichs, at 1/22/2007 11:40 AM  

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