Handbook 2

Mahana, You Ugly!

May 6, 2012 | 61 comments
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Let me tell you a little story. Not long ago, we moved to a new ward. After a few weeks, my husband and I were invited to come early to church to meet with a member of the bishopric. We figured, of course, that he wanted to extend a calling to one or both of us. When we arrived, he asked my husband to come in and speak with him first. So I assumed that my husband was getting the calling. To my surprise, after I was ushered into the room, the bishop’s counselor extended a calling to me.... Read more »

H2 Chapter 5 Part 1: Missionary Work and Convert Retention

September 3, 2011 | 14 comments
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H2 Chapter 5 Part 1: Missionary Work and Convert Retention

While to some it may seem like “the work of salvation” is about missionary work, the Church takes a much broader view. In this chapter of Handbook 2, the work of salvation is defined as including “member missionary work, convert retention, activation of less-active members, temple and family history work, and teaching the gospel.” Clearly salvation doesn’t end with baptism. Read more »

Handbook 2, Chapter 4: Ward Council

August 6, 2011 | 32 comments
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Handbook 2, Chapter 4: Ward Council

In the last post on the Handbook, I noted that Church leadership seems to me to have emphasized collaborative leadership in recent decades. For the issues that face most Church members on a weekly basis, the Ward Council is where that collaborative leadership actually happens. Read more »

Handbook 2, Chapter 3: Leadership

July 17, 2011 | 18 comments
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Handbook 2, Chapter 3: Leadership

The LDS Church emphasizes leadership like no other. Because of the requirement that the Church be run by lay leaders who are frequently changed, leadership is a regular part of the curriculum, especially in priesthood classes. And, despite these efforts, the quality of leadership often varies. Inspiration, it seems, can only make up for  a portion of a lack of leadership skill and talent. Read more »

Handbook 2, Chapter 2: Priesthood Principles

July 12, 2011 | 21 comments
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Handbook 2, Chapter 2: Priesthood Principles

Our series continues by looking at Priesthood Principles, the second of three foundational chapters found in the recently published Handbook 2 (“H2″). I’ll first touch on the status of H2, then discuss some of the topics covered in the three pages of Chapter Two. Read more »

Handbook 2: Chapter 1—the Plan

July 3, 2011 | 15 comments
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Handbook 2: Chapter 1—the Plan

Last week I began a series of posts that will examine Handbook 2, the policy handbook that the Church put online last Fall. Since so many local leaders are urged to read and study the handbook as part of their callings, I hoped to provide an interesting forum to do that. Chapter 1 of the Handbook is an overview that tries (I believe) to put the Handbook’s policies in procedures in the context of the plan of salvation. I encourage you to read the chapter before commenting, since you may have more topics to discuss: Read more »

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