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Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:17 AM

QUESTION: Is Willard still a religious leader within the LDS??

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Reply QUESTION: Is Willard still a religious leader within the LDS?? (Original post)
Angry Dragon Sep 2012 OP
Indpndnt Sep 2012 #1
Whisp Sep 2012 #2
jberryhill Sep 2012 #3
FreeState Sep 2012 #4
Indpndnt Sep 2012 #5
FreeState Sep 2012 #6
Indpndnt Sep 2012 #9
Indpndnt Sep 2012 #11
FreeState Sep 2012 #12
Common Sense Party Sep 2012 #13
FreeState Sep 2012 #15
Common Sense Party Sep 2012 #19
JimDandy Sep 2012 #17
jberryhill Sep 2012 #8
FreeState Sep 2012 #10
jberryhill Sep 2012 #14
Freddie Sep 2012 #18
Momgonepostal Sep 2012 #7
Angry Dragon Sep 2012 #16

Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:23 AM

1. As far as I know, he's a Stake President.

One step above Bishop. Don't know where I heard that, though. Also, when he and Annie lived in Mass., they were the highest-ranking Mormons in the state. So, I think that does indicate he's still a Mormon leader. Otherwise, he'd have no rank. Yes? That's my take on it.

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Response to Indpndnt (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:26 AM

2. seeing as Republicans have trouble spelling

 

the White Horse was mistaken for the White House

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Response to Whisp (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:33 AM

3. There is the lesser-known "Horse's Ass" prophecy...

 

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Response to Indpndnt (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:34 AM

4. He is no longer Stake President or an active Bishop

nor was he ever the highest ranking official in Mass. The highest ranking authority in Mass is an Reginal Representative. He was never one.

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Response to FreeState (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:37 AM

5. Okay. I knew I was probably wrong! lol When did he quit and why?

It didn't stop him from mixing religion and politics before.

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Response to Indpndnt (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:38 AM

6. he didn't quit - its a limited time position

Bishops are asked to serve for 3-5 years. Stake Presidents usually are no more than five years. All the callings in the LDS Church are non-paid (higher ups have stipends but not on the stake level) and only last a few years, then you are asked to do something else, teach Sunday School or watch kids. Everyone has a calling.

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Response to FreeState (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:47 AM

9. Ah! Thanks!

I always like learning something new.

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Response to FreeState (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:58 AM

11. Found it! Willard was the highest-ranking Mormon authority in Boston, not Massachusetts.

Oops. This is according to the Washington Post article I read a while back. I knew he was the highest-ranking somewhere at some point in time.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/campaigns/in-boston-mitt-romney-evolved-in-mormon-leadership-some-churchwomen-say/2011/11/17/gIQAMOoWjN_story.html|

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Response to Indpndnt (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 02:03 AM

12. Yeah Stake President of Boston

There are nine small wards there - about 3400 active Mormons.

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Response to FreeState (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 02:03 AM

13. Stake Presidents often serve for up to 9 years.

I have no idea how long Willard served.

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Response to Common Sense Party (Reply #13)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 02:12 AM

15. It all depends

I was raised in the NW and most served 5-6 years. I have heard of people serving longer but never experienced it (I think it also depends on how many males are available to serve - in smaller areas they may have one longer since no one else is qualified or willing to do so - people can and do say no when asked, my father said no ).

1986-1994 (8 years) was Romney's term according to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitt_Romney

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Response to FreeState (Reply #15)

Sat Sep 22, 2012, 12:36 AM

19. 9 years has been the norm where I have lived--in Tennessee and in Utah.

Doesn't always happen, I know. That's what I have observed.

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Response to Common Sense Party (Reply #13)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 03:08 AM

17. My ex has served

as branch president for more than 9 years and counting. Length of service depends on a number of factors.

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Response to FreeState (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:42 AM

8. BETTER QUESTION: Who was the highest ranked Mormon in any administration, and...

 

...what did he go on to become?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:48 AM

10. Ezra Taft Bensen - Secretary of Agriculture became LDS Prophet

He was an a-hole too. (One could say Harry Reid is, however he has never been a high up in the LDS Chruch)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezra_Taft_Benson

Political career

Benson while Secretary of Agriculture

In 1953, Benson was appointed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by President Eisenhower. Benson accepted this position with the permission of Church President David O. McKay and therefore served simultaneously in the United States Cabinet and in the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Benson opposed the system of government price supports and aid to farmers which he was entrusted by Eisenhower to administer, arguing that it amounted to unacceptable socialism. Nonetheless, he survived in his cabinet position for all eight years of Eisenhower's presidency. He was selected as the administrator-designate of the Emergency Food Agency, part of a secret group that became known as the Eisenhower Ten. The group was created by Eisenhower in 1958 to serve in the event of a national emergency.

Benson was an outspoken opponent of communism and socialism, and supporter, but not a member, of the John Birch Society, which he praised as "the most effective non-church organization in our fight against creeping socialism and Godless Communism."[3] He published a 1966 pamphlet entitled Civil Rights, Tool of Communist Deception.[4][5] In a similar vein, during a 1972 general conference of the LDS Church, Benson recommended that all Mormons read Gary Allen's New World Order tract "None Dare Call it A Conspiracy".[6]

Benson succeeded Kimball as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1973, and as President of the Church in 1985. During his early years as Church President, Benson brought a renewed emphasis to the distribution and reading of the Book of Mormon, reaffirming this LDS scripture's importance as "the keystone of [the LDS] religion." He is also remembered for his general conference sermon condemning pride.[7]

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Response to FreeState (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 02:07 AM

14. Cabinet position outranks Sen. majority leader

 

Harry Reid is currently the highest ranked, and he seems like he's recently been sneaking some coffee.

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Response to FreeState (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 05:08 AM

18. I believe all these positions can be filled only by men?

While the little woman tends the home fires. No wonder he can be a great spokesperson for the Repug attitude towards women, it's how he was raised. I know his mother was not a typical Mormon wife (she ran for Senate?) but most of them seem to "know their place".

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Response to Indpndnt (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:40 AM

7. Doubtful

Being a stake president takes a lot of time, and I don't see any way he could do that and run a presidential campaign. Being a stake president isn't a permanent position either, so he has probably been released from those duties.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 02:49 AM

16. Thanks everyone for your responses and

the great information

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