>I've tried everything I can think of. Every time I've been an elder's >president, quorum brotherhood has been a top priority of mine. It used to >be a lesson in the manual once a year or so. But I've never won a convert.
Strange. I would think that quorum brotherhood would be easier to forge on an island such as Ketchikan. Here in Dallas people come and go so fast that it makes the roster spin. >Play more, work less. And when you play, make sure it is a joint outing >between you and your wife and children, and those of another elder in the >quorum. Invite another elder with his family to your house for dinner, or >if that is too much work, just invite them for a two family ice cream >social. Do you like to picnic? Persuade another elder in the quorum to >bring his wife and kids with you on your next picnic outing. This is pretty good advice. The problem is that half the elders work evenings or long hours and the wives are stuck home alone. >I know this sounds dumb, but if necessary, pass around a sign up sheet like >we do with the missionaries. The point is, two families cannot become >close if they never spend any time together. Nor can two men become quorum >brothers if they don't even know each other. I've been in quorums where I >never did learn the names of the other members unless they were in the >presidency or served as instructor. We have done this in our ward. It's really cool to have dinner at someone else's house and vice versa. The best time to get to know people is when you are eating with them. I highly recommend it. John, thanks again for your hospitality while I was with you. Your wife sure can cook. The salmon was just fantastic and the carrots were out of this world. Ummm. And don't forget to soak the cracked wheat pan! ;-) >I've had it pointed out to me that young fathers with growing families >don't have time to share except with their families. I don't understand >that excuse. Many activities are ideal for two families to do >together. And I have never found an elder who was too busy if he had any >desire to make friends. After all, we all have the same number of hours >every day. Well, the bottom line is people tend to do what they WANT to do and they will always find an excuse for getting out of what they don't want to do. It's human nature, less then perfect. >Rent a video at Blockbuster, invite another family over, make a bunch of >popcorn, and sit around doing with another family what you would be doing >anyway. Not my cup of tea. I don't watch movies very much as I am not able to give my attention to Hollywood's ideas. It's all too fakey to me. I don't even like the LDS TV commercials because they remind me of Grape Nuts which set my teeth on edge. It's a good thing I got new crowns recently. >Do you date your wife weekly as the prophets have suggested? I often take >my wife out for breakfast on Saturday morning. Ketchikan is rather short >on acceptable Friday night opportunities. And while you are going out for >breakfast, see if another elder in the quorum might like to make it a >double date. It's still a date with your wife, and you are building quorum >brotherhood at the same time. How am I suppose to date my wife when she is out spending all the money on her own time? ;-) >Gentiles have beer drinking buddies. Most men who hunt do it with >friends. But many active LDS elders are just too focused on job and family >to pursue any kind of friendship with other men. I don't mean to sound >negative, but I've just never had any cooperation when I talk about this. Well, if I lived in Ketchikan JWR and Paul O would be best friends. We could set the example and show the other guys how it is done. :-) Paul O [EMAIL PROTECTED] ________________________________________________________________ GET INTERNET ACCESS FROM JUNO! Juno offers FREE or PREMIUM Internet access for less! Join Juno today! For your FREE software, visit: http://dl.www.juno.com/get/web/. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^================================================================ This email was sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^================================================================