How Does The Mormon Church "Really" Decide Church Callings?!!
I always believed that callings were "mystical" and "spiritual" in nature. That was what we were taught and it is still currently taught in the Morg. It is a perception that they want the members to have and believe. They tell us that we have to pray about something, basically looking for a yes or no answer, when it comes to our everyday lives. Then, when it comes to calling someone, they make it seem as if, the name just pops into there head by some magical power. They just don't tell the truth.
Their "magical" method is the very method that the Church says that we shouldn't use. They say that we shouldn't just ask God, what should we do? We are supposed to study it out in our minds, decide what to do, then pray to see if it's right. Anyway, I learned personally, on my mission, that callings and leadership positions weren't by inspiration, they were by who kissed the President's butt the most and had the most baptisms. Inspiration? I never saw any!! It wasn't a coincidence that they highest baptizers rose to the top faster than anyone else. Who cared if anyone stayed active, it was just that initial number that mattered.
I want to relate the following story that happened to a good friend of mine. He was called as the new Elders Quorum President and had to call two counselors. Well, he went home, fasted, prayed and pondered and came up with the two names the he felt God wanted him to call. Well, when he took the names to the Bishopric, they didn't like either guy for various personal reasons and said no to both.
He felt lost, he had done what he was supposed to do, right? Well, they ended up telling him who would be his counselors and he never had any more say in the matter. They already had in their minds who they wanted and it had nothing to do with God or the spirit. It was all pre-determined. I guess that they were hoping that he'd come up with the same two names. If it had been inspired, they would have taken the two the my friend recommended after truly investing the time, thought and prayer. At least he actually prayed about it which is more than the Bishopric did.
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