On Sat, 20 Sep 2003 00:14:53 +0000 Jim Cobabe <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> "Counsel with the bishop" is a standard answer.  As a problem 
> solving 
> strategy, it usually doesn't work at all, at least in my experience. 
> Bishops don't have effective answers for any but the most routine 
> problems.  Many of them are good at running LDS wards, but terrible 
> as 
> personal counselors.
> After ten years of crying on bishop's shoulders I have changed my 
> thinking.  It isn't fair for me to unburden my problems on them.  
> I've 
> tried harder to share my confidences with the Lord, and keep my 
> personal 
> problems to myself.
> I can imagine the numerous bishops I've dumped my sad story on over 
> the 
> last decade, cringing mentally every time they think about me.  "Oh, 
> that poor miserable Brother Cobabe.  I hope he doesn't come to me 
> for 
> sympathy again." 


My observations are that bishops are selected from a pool of men who can
administer and who have been successful in the ways of the world. I would
be delighted to see men selected from a pool of men who can minister
without regard to administering skills which could be left to the

prophet Paul O

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