Date: October 12, 2017 07:23PM
I have mentioned this before...
The big cheese 15 act as if the church has Big Status, and that any fool ought to leap at the chance to join, since among the benefits is ghawdhood, i.e., the second anointing. (Imagine two second anointed greeting each other: Q: "Hey, how'd it going?" A: "Just great! I'm still on track to be ghawd!" Q: "Me, too!!")
Anyway, they, the 15, want to grow the church. They call and set apart a few thousand missionaries a year, like in the area of 40,000. Some missionaries till fertile (3rd world) ground, while some get stuck just bruising their knuckles for two years.
Why don't the 15, many of whom come from business backgrounds, preach to and convert the non-mormon peers they may have once worked with? Why doesn't Dallin Oaks schedule a symposium at University of Chicago Law School and using his apostolic power to preach to and convert all those in attendance, and leave the Chicago mission missionaries to tidy up, with baptisms and confirmations.
Why doesn't Quentin Cook drop in on his former employer, Carr, McClellan, Ingersoll, Thompson & Horn, and convert all the people working there? He could walk in, trailed by a phalanx of missionaries, preach a sermon, wield some of that apostolic power and that would keep the missionaries busy for weeks, following up with the spouses, SOs and kids, etc.
Why can't Bednar go back to the U. of Arkansas, where he worked from 1980 to 1997, and wield him some of that same apostolic power and convert the whole dang school!
Sadly, there are some apostles who have never been 'away from home', so it would be a tougher grind for them to do any converting, not that any of them is going to try.
I think it's one thing for a 19 year old kid who gets shot down by a homeowner, because he can excuse the whole thing as being a product of the homeowner's pride, but it's something else to be Ronald Rasband and have the homeowner tell you he's not interested. The man is an apostle, for ghawd's sake! What's the homeowner thinking!!
Anyway, I think many of us would be delighted to have the opportunity to stand face to face with Holland, with him pretending to be interested in us, as he prepared to unload his message of the restored gospel. But I just don't see that ever happening.