Faith and Reason: one believing member's perspectives
I enjoy discussing details of the LDS faith. The topics involved will range from the creation of the Universe, origins of the New Testament, Joseph's 1st Vision, and so much more. We'll make our way through all these and other topics, sharing discussions and thoughts from faithful LDS leaders. However, we'll additionally include views from the worlds' most prominent thinkers, Scientists, and skeptics.
I saw this book below and thought of a few things. Church talent — if you’re paying them — should be rewarded just like talent at McDonald’s or at the doctor’s office. The book below is spot on.
Of course, 108 top LDS officials get paid $120K a year. Full-time General Authorities. But not any area authorities, stake presidents, bishops, or countless others serving within area wards and stakes.
In our Latter-day Saint tradition, we should be grateful for the many who help build up the Church by serving for no compensation.
Links for more details on how LDS leaders are paid or reimbursed:
Click here for a lengthy post about stipends for 108 LDS General Authorities.
And here for a broad discussion of Church finances .
And here for a broad discussion of the way mission presidents are reimbursed, but not paid.
You know this better than anyone: Your church staff is crushing it. Every day they’re meeting the physical and spiritual needs of your church while engaging the wider community.
These unsung heroes rarely ask for recognition. They do what they do because they love God and love people. But even heroes have physical needs to take care of.
Missing the mark on compensation can have a major impact on your church—likely a bigger impact than you realize.
If salaries are too low, you might discover some things the hard way. Things like:
How the wrong compensation can weaken your team’s cohesion and enthusiasm
The real cost of high turnover (and how to adjust your compensation accordingly)
Why you might miss out on talented individuals who might want to join your team (but have some unavoidable financial realities to juggle as well)
Making salary decisions based on hunches isn’t fair to those your hire—that’s why we created this guide. With the help of Vanderbloemen Search Group, we’ve compiled a guide for making salary decisions that not only honor your staff and their hard work but are also wise decisions for your church as a whole.
Don’t make another staff salary decision without reading this ebook first.
Rick Bennett interviews Jean Addams, who is a former president of the John Whitmer Association. Jean tells about his family connection to Granville and John Hedrick.
The Hedrickites play an interesting part in LDS Church history. Especially at the time they were involved in a lawsuit with the RLDS Church and feuded over polygamy. The RLDS Church insisted Joseph was not a polygamist. The Hedrickites insisted Joseph had multiple wives.
Part 2 discusses the gradual gathering back to Independence and the feud over the temple lot that eventually went to the Supreme Court.
Many members never become less active. Yet, many do. Everyone’s path is unique.
I’ve never left the Church, but certainly have modified my views as I’ve been exposed to truth from all kinds of sources. Nobody’s faith should remain the same for long, is my view.
Below are stories that show how and why certain Latter-day Saints stopped believing and practicing their faith. And how and why they returned.
Great insights from Elder Uchtdorf:
Three prominent Latter-day Saints left the Church. Years later they returned. Each story of deconversion and reconversion is very unique.
I’ll introduce each panelist briefly:
on the right:Janet Eyring; niece of Spencer W. Kimball and cousin of Henry B. Eyring; grew up in Berkeley, CA; graduated from BYU in 1976; served mission in Toronto; got Master’s & PhD at UCLA; crisis of faith started as a child & wasn’t resolved till 46; spent 20 years outside the Church
middle: Don Bradley; grew up in Upstate NY; Bachelor’s in History from BYU; spent time as an agnostic and atheist, then back to theist, then Baha’i, then generic Protestant before returning to the Utah-based church where he had begun; now getting Master’s in History at Utah State
on the left: Maxine Hanks; related to Marion G. Hanks; was excommunicated as one of the “September 6” in 1993; was out of the LDS Church for 20 years; 1/2 of life in the Church, 1/2 of life out of the Church; feminist who has authored or co-authored several books including Women & Authority: Re-emerging Mormon Feminism, Mormon Faith in America, Getting Together With Yesterday, A History of Sanpete County, and was a contributor to Secrets of Mary Magdalene, Religion in America, and Latter-day Dissent.
Don Bradley was interviewed about his period outside of the Church:
Dusty was referenced in a talk by Elder Uchdorf as one who opposed the Church who returned to faith:
For young Latter-day Saints:
Patrick Mason — author of Planted — discusses belief and doubt.