Sunday, January 05, 2014
Behaving Like We Think A Bishop Should
The prophet receives God's will for the Church in general. A stake president receives God's will for the stake he presides over. A bishop receives God's will for the ward he presides over. A father receives God's will for the home he presides over.
In this example I am going to use a bishop, since they are the Church authority closest to us and we likely have the most contact with.
Often members of the Church see their bishop or a bishop with all of the faults of a man. They expect a higher standard of him because he is a bishop and is to receive revelation from God on how to lead the ward.
We aren't doing ourselves any favors by dwelling on his flaws, but it could productive to place ourselves up against the standard we have set in our minds for bishops. We are to receive revelations for our lives, which means that if there is a requirement for receiving revelation for a ward, then those standards likely apply to being able to receive revelation in our personal lives.
I think if we try to live up to the standard we have set for our bishop, we will likely appreciate and understand him more and will likely find ways to make ourselves closer to God.