We are instructed in Handbook 2 (7.1.2) that “The primary purposes of quorums are to serve others, build unity and brotherhood, and instruct members in doctrines, principles, and duties.” How effective is your quorum at succeeding in this purpose? Is the more that can be done to leverage the inspired quorum structure that has been restored in these latter days?
The reality is, men live lives of quiet desperation even while attending elders quorum once a week. They attend elders quorum with the hope of brotherhood, unity, and a restoration of their heart. Every man is striving to answer one question, “do I have what it takes?” They wonder if they have what it takes to support a family, keep their job, overcome addiction, maintain their worthiness. They know the restored gospel can help them answer that question but they don’t know where to find the answer.
In this episode, Kurt Francom discusses some points to consider related to the heart of men and how the adversary is winning the heart of many men in ways we may not expect. There is great opportunity to build brotherhood in our quorum in order to give more purpose in the lives of those who attend.
Kurt also discusses the powerful experience he and others have had by attending a Wild at Heart Boot Camp and how it can help establish an effective model for increasing elders quorum brotherhood and unity.
- The typical elders quorum (1:40)
- What would you change about elders quorum?
- What is the purpose of a quorum?
- Handbook 2 – 7.1.2 (6:15)
- “The primary purposes of quorums are to serve others, build unity and brotherhood, and instruct members in doctrines, principles, and duties.”
- President Kimball said, “We often do vigorous enlistment work to get members to come to church but then do not adequately watch over what they receive when they do come.”
- A Quorum of Strangers: On the isolation of Mormon Men, by Sheldon Lawrence (11:30)
- “A recent article in the Atlantic points out that men, especially middle-aged white men, are increasingly dying from lives lived in isolation and addiction. I would like to believe that Mormon men somehow buck this trend. After all, aren’t we part of a tight-knit community capable of self-organizing in a moment’s notice? Just hand us a natural disaster and we’ll show up with rakes and shovels. But despite the Church’s obvious strength in organizing labor, it’s my observation that Mormon men lead surprisingly isolated and lonely lives. “
- “The substance of a diligent man is precious.” Prov. 12:27
- What is the biggest threat to men in our current day? (14:15)
- The hearts of men are under attack (16:25)
- “The devil has sought to lay a cunning plan, that he may destroy this work” Doctrine & Covenants 10:12
- How the adversary works
- “Yea, he stirreth up [our] hearts” Doctrine & Covenants10:24
- “And thus he flattereth them, and leadeth them along until he draggeth their souls down to hell; and thus he causeth them to catch themselves in [our] own snare.” Doctrine & Covenants 10:26
- Wild at Heart Boot Camp (21:05)
- Principles based on the Wild at Heart book
- A battle to fight
- An adventure to live
- A beauty to rescue
- Chris (33:10)
- Steve (47:40)
- James (from California) (53:45)
- James (from Utah) (59:05)
- Orin (1:06:25)