At 07:18 PM 11/8/2002, you wrote:
After much pondering, Jim Cobabe favored us with:
This really is a hypothetical, sadly enough.  We apparently are not
currently faithful enough to commonly enjoy such precious manifestations
of the Spirit in our testimony meetings.  This is simply a
generalization of the notion I posited earler in repsonse to this
thread:  As a people, we are not blessed to understand the scriptures
because we fail to study them faithfully.
I agree with this. Next time you are in sacrament meeting, evaluate each speaker. Ask yourself how effectively he used the scriptures in his talk. Give him a score on a 1 to 5 spectrum: 1=poor, 2=fair, 3=average, 4=good, 5=outstanding. Do this for each speaker and find the average for the meeting. If your ward is anything like mine, the average is pathetic. I just assume that the reason they don't use the scriptures in their talks is because they don't study them daily at home. Even temple attending saints frequently get up in meeting and speak for 10 or 15 minutes without once making a reference to the scriptures.

The youth speakers use the scriptures much more effectively than many temple attending Saints in our ward.

Steven Montgomery

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