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Maybe we don't really want to practice common consent. It seems like a hassle, doesn't it?
It would be so much work! It would mean we actually had to love each other. Common consent would require us to talk to each other, listen to each other, honor each other, care about each other, be equal, pray together . . .
It's easier to just have leadership tell us what they want.
Getting a Church Calling
Executive Secretary: Hi Brother Merrill, we'd like you to meet with the bishop this Sunday.
Me: Okay. What about?
Executive Secretary: I'm not supposed to tell you.
Me: The suspense will kill me. Am I getting a calling?
Executive Secretary: I can't say.
Me: Don't you know?
Executive Secretary: Yes. Fine, it is about a calling.
Me: Well, I'd like time to ponder and pray about it before I meet with the Bishop. Can you tell me what the calling is?
Executive Secretary: No. ___________________
Bishop's Counselor: Brother Merrill, nice to meet you. We'd like you to serve as a primary teacher. We think you will do a great job in this calling.
Me: Umm. I just moved into the ward last week. I have never talked to you or anyone in the bishopric before. How can you issue a calling to me without knowing me? Don't we need to counsel together first? Don't you want to know what my spiritual desires are, and then shouldn't we seek the Lord's will together?
Bishop's Counselor: No. We just need someone to teach the 6-year-olds.
Actually Heard in Church
Female Primary Teacher to Primary President: I will be fine teaching by myself today since my co-teacher is not here.
Primary President: No, you have to have two adults in each class. It's the Stake's policy.
Primary Teacher: You can check in periodically, if you'd like. But I don't need another adult to just 'sit in.'
Primary President: That's the rule! You can take it up with the Prophet if you disagree.
Worth Fighting For?
Is Common Consent worth fighting for?
The degree of liberty or tyranny in any government is in large degree a reflection of the relative determination of the subjects to be free and their willingness and ability to resist efforts to enslave them.