One of her follow-up comments to her December 30, 2008 post entitled “If Only the Church Would Change,” contained the following observations:
It is hubris to believe that you know more and understand better than those who are called of God. Even if it is true, it's a moot point. It doesn't matter. It's even more prideful to believe that your agendas trump everything else the leadership has to deal with. This goes for a local level as much as a general one.SilverRain’s thoughts struck me as both true and important. As I pondered them, I thought back to times past when I have occasionally been aware of things that leadership (at various levels) was having to deal with which were not public knowledge. I would then be particularly grateful that most faithful members are willing to be patient in difficult situations, and trust that even though our leaders are not perfect, they are usually trying their best, and they are usually inspired.
We are God’s children, not his puppets. Rather than always dictating the details of the "correct" way to do every single thing in the Church, the Lord usually allows us to use our agency and intelligence to try to solve problems, and set and achieve worthy goals. We are encouraged to seek personal revelation about many things, rather than relying solely upon the opinions of others.
For reasons we many not fully understand, Heavenly Father has not felt it necessary or wise to reveal all the knowledge many of us would like to have about many subjects that come up regularly in the Bloggernacle. However, thanks to the Restoration that began with the prophet Joseph Smith, I believe we now have access to all the knowledge that is necessary for us at this time.
As a part of allowing His children to grow and learn how to use their agency, God tolerates some less-than-perfect choices by all his children (including leaders). If we are wise, we will probably choose to extend the same understanding and forgiveness to our leaders that we hope others will offer us. We will try to learn from mistakes (those of others, as well as our own), seek healing from the Lord, and move forward.
I know I have been blessed when I have followed the counsel of my leaders in the past--even when it may have seemed unnecessary, inconvenient, or very difficult. I also believe I will blessed in the future as I choose to follow my leaders in faith, and cheerfully embrace whatever changes in programs or practices they are inspired to make.