Just recently I was re-reading an essay by Eugene England entitled ‘On Finding Truth and God’. It has been something that has helped me deal with, or rather live with, my own doubts. So helpful in fact I would consider passing it on to someone who is having their own difficulties and struggles. It occurred to me that among the bloggernacle there is probably a broad spectrum of literature that is consumed and which would be spiritually helpful. Between us I thought we could gather together our own Bloggernacle Church Handbook of Instruction (CHI) by collating those articles, essays or talks that we think every Bishop or Stake President should read and which could be offered to other people.
The idea is simple, so let me know your thoughts?
As a preliminary to this I thought I would offer some of my suggestions, feel free to contradict me and offer your own. I should acknowledge that I am aware of the variety of positions toward the Church that are represented here at MM and think that those who are TBM should have an input as much as a NOM. My thinking here is that as leaders we should try to help people in a way that they feel we should help them. Leaders should, I think, be able to understand the differences between a NOM and a TBM, and how this might impact upon how they should be treated.
Doubt – ‘On finding Truth and God’ by Eugene England, Richard Bushman ‘Joseph Smith Seminar Lecture’ at Life on Gold Plates and ‘My Belief’ by Richard Bushman
Repentance – ‘The Meaning of Repentance’ by Theodore Burton & ‘Means unto Repentance’ by Eugene England
Leadership – ‘Leaders to Managers: The Fatal Shift’ by Hugh Nibley & ‘Why the Church is as True as the Gospel’ by Eugene England
Disciplinary Councils – ‘Excommunication’ by Lester Bush, Doug Alder & J. Bonner Ritchie
Being a Bishop – ‘Bishop as Counselor’ Sunstone Symposium with Lowell Bennion and Doug Alder.
On Auxiliaries – ‘Let Them Govern Themselves’ by Boyd K. Packer
Seminary and Institute – Chapters 4-6 of ‘Lowell Bennion’ by Mary Lythgoe Bradford.
I am sure that you can see a trend in my reading recently. There are probably many other topics or areas where Bishops should be given materials to read. What are some of the things that you think would be helpful to Bishops and Stake Presidents to read?