I felt the same thing when I was released from my mission. It was an almost
palpable loss.

"Elmer L. Fairbank" wrote:

> At 02:55 10/24/2002 +0000, St Stephen wrote:
> >If a man who has previously served as elder's quorum president, then
> >been released, is again called to serve, he does not need to have the
> >keys given him. He already has them. The same applies to a former bishop
> >who is called to serve again as bishop, or a former stake president
> >called to serve again as stake president, etc. Mark, Larry, Till,
> >correct me if I'm wrong, but this is my understanding.
> My understanding is that this is not correct.  The priesthood office
> remains but the keys to function in that role/stewardship are removed.  Who
> was it at conference told of being bishop and losing his date night.  He
> also said that after he was released it was impossible for him to give
> counsel as he had.  I have actually felt the mantle of authority leave (a
> phenomenon I would describe as being physical, replaced by a stupor of
> thought, our current state) when released from leadership callings.
> Till  the no-longer enlightened
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Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“We do not think that there is an incompatibility between words and deeds; the
worst thing is to rush into action before the consequences have been properly
debated…To think of the future and wait was merely another way of saying one was
a coward; any idea of moderation was just an attempt to disguise one’s unmanly
character; ability to understand a question from all sides meant that one was
totally unfitted for action.” – Pericles about his fellow-Athenians, as quoted by
Thucydides in “The Peloponessian Wars”

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