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Mormon Church’s Biggest Problem is

Posted by JLFuller on July 11, 2008

Growth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints takes all of it’s leadership from within the congregation. There is no professional ministry pool from which to draw bishops, counselors, stake presidents and so forth. Usually, leaders have been members for years and have experienced all the various aspects of governing a ward (congregation) or stake (diocese). But phenomenal growth in places where the Church had little or no previous presence has created a dearth of qualified leadership schooled and experienced in administration duties and particularly the ecclesiastical and group leadership positions. Africa has seen explosive growth in the few years as nearly 200,000 Nigerians, Ghanaians, South Africans have become members. Three temples have been built to serve the burgeoning Mormon population in black Africa. South America, in particularly Brazil with its six temples, is another area of huge growth.  Fifteen temples are currently open and providing eternal blessings for the Saints of that continent.  
 

 

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3 Responses to “Mormon Church’s Biggest Problem is”

  1. ditchu said

    If Groth is a problem, It is a Glorious Problem. We should welcome vast Groth and rais up local leadership form the “Inexpieranced” give then some training as to what the Church expects and the Limmits of Authority they have and how to handle that authority but then give them rains to do as they know best to. It reminds me of the earily days of the Church when we had a Prophet and other leaders that were not apart of the church for years before they were handed their Church responcibilities.

    Will they make mistakes? Sure, but they won’t make any bigger mistakes that a leadership from across the seas will. There is something about incourprating one native culture into their Church Practices that makes the Church wonderfully welcoming.
    -D

  2. JLFuller said

    D
    The LDS Church is very structured with a strictly defined hierarchy. People who strike out on their own usually end up in trouble. Too much individualism is frowned on. Strict adherence to doctrine is expected of local leadership. Only that which is approved by the Church at the highest levels is authorized. The individualism comes from celebrating local culture and honoring those who came before us. Especially those who made huge sacrifices that we might have things a bit better than they had it. One remarkable thing we have seen, especially in Ghana and Nigeria, is the conversion of entire congregations often brought about by a pastor of another congregation. The Church experienced this phenomenon early in the 19th century in England and the US but not recently. It seems as though God prepared the land before we got there.

    I think the wealthy people of the west have lost their spirituality by focusing on money and personal achievement where the poorer people of the world may be closer to the Holy Spirit and better able to recognize what they are seeking. It seems like money interferes with spirituality. Investigators of our church have often walked all day from outlying villages and farms to spend a few hours at church meetings listening to the Gospel messages. We have not seen this in the west – ever that I know of. These very poor people may be some of the strongest and most spiritual people in the Church.

  3. ditchu said

    Money is a hinderance when it is a factor. I have seen some of the more wealthy members going as far out of their way to help their fellow Man than some of the more finantually moderate members but In spirituality and being close to the holy spirit, I see that Money is a hinderance when it is the focus for anyone no matter their income, or ownership.

    It is refereshing to hear of the mass amount of people seeking God, finding Him.

    God Bless,
    -D

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