I was called as Branch President with only one year as a councilor.  I had not been a 
leader in the branch for three years prior to being called as a councilor.  I did 
serve 10 years earlier for 7 years as clerk.  There were many high priest in the 
Branch, a previous Bishop who was sure he would again be called, and at least 5 
brethern that paid much more tithing that I had.  
The Lord calls who he wants.  
 
 Gary Smith <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:Paul and others, just to let you know the process 
for the calling of a
new stake president:

The General Authorities arrive, and they first interview the current
stake presidency and high council, then the bishops, then other high
priests in the stake, etc. 

The GAs don't ask to see the persons with the highest salaries. In fact,
it isn't a consideration. Usually, they know who it is as soon as the
person steps into the room, as the Spirit tells them who it should be. If
anyone considers the finances, it must be the Lord, because the GAs don't
ask anyone about their finances until after they are called (if at all).

This same thing happens in calling bishops and branch presidents. I just
saw our stake presidency call a branch president who has never been in a
presidency before. He's been active for about 5 years now, and only
married a year ago (he's 50 years old), with a warehouse job. Yet the
spirit he has and the strength he brings to the unit will greatly bless
the branch.


K'aya K'ama,
Gerald/gary Smith gszion1 @juno.com http://www
.geocities.com/rameumptom/index.html
"No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free." -
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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