The Lord’s Anointed

It has been nearly a year since Sister Julie Beck gave an 8 minute talk that caused ripples around the blogosphere. The talk is, “Mothers Who Know.”

I thought it might be a good idea to re-read the two talks Sister Beck gave last Sep/Oct (in both the General RS Meeting and General Conference) and to prepare ourselves spiritually for the messages we are going to hear over the next two weekends.

When sisters around the world began to criticize Sister Beck’s talk, one thought stood out among the many swirling around in my head. There is a scripture in D&C 121:16 that reads, “Cursed are all those that shall lift up the heel against mine anointed…” I really began to study to learn more about the Lord’s anointed. I attended the temple with this thought in mind. And, I found an amazing talk by Elder Oaks entitled, “Criticism.” It is an AMAZING talk. Did I say that? I highly recommend reading the entire talk, but here is a quote that might be good for us to keep in mind over the next couple of weekends as we listen to the Lord’s anointed.


“Criticism is particularly objectionable when it is directed toward Church
authorities, general or local. Jude condemns those who ‘speak evil of
dignities.’ (Jude 1:8.) Evil speaking of the Lord’s anointed is in a class by
itself. It is one thing to depreciate a person who exercises corporate power or
even government power. It is quite another thing to criticize or depreciate a
person for the performance of an office to which he or she has been called of
God. It does not matter that the criticism is true. As Elder George F. Richards,
President of the Council of the Twelve, said in a conference address in April
1947,

“ ‘When we say anything bad about the leaders of the Church,
whether true or false, we tend to impair their influence and their usefulness
and are thus working against the Lord and his cause.’”


 

6 Responses to The Lord’s Anointed

  1. Mormon Soprano says:

    A wonderful post. Thank you for this timely reminder.

    We have been so blessed tonight to hear from these three mighty leaders. Sister Beck’s talk powerfully taught us what the Relief Society is capable of, and challenged us to stretch ourselves in ways we never have before – lifting our mission to an even higher level. Sister Allred gave a masterful talk on the purpose and blessings of the temple, and Sister Thompson reminded us to expect extrodinary needs and be prepared to meet them. I feel so personally blessed to benefit from the great work of service these women are doing on my behalf.

  2. Mother Molly says:

    Thank you so much for this excellent post! What a wonderful reminder. :-)

  3. Miz says:

    It makes me sad (a non mom yet)to hear people interpret Sis. Beck’s talk as telling them “you stink at motherhood and you’re not doing enough” when the point of the talk was that like the mothers of the stripling warriors, we can be a mother who knows truth and passes it on to our children.

    The world could use a few stripling warriors right now, but they started with a mother, and we can’t raise stripling warriors without their mothers who know.

  4. Untypically Jia says:

    Thank you for writing this. As a woman that supported Sister Beck and her wonderful talk, I felt concerned when I took on contributors here at Modern Molly Mormon because I worried that some would speak of her (or other Church Leaders) the way I had seen on other sites. I am glad that I have such wonderful women writing for this blog.

  5. Miz says:

    Misc, you totally rock!

  6. Maverick Molly says:

    An excellent reminder to all of us about the importance of the approaching conference addresses. The Lord’s teachings are never controversial, they are eternal.

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