Mmmmmm…Two of my favorite lessons in church — on the same day. I love Law of Consecration lessons, because it's fun to see people struggling with the idea. Here's how it works: You give everything you have/produce/make to a guy. He then distributes everything out to people according to their needs. Here in Utah, where straight-up capitalism practically has the aura of a commandment, you can kind of see how people start to become a little uncomfortable when we start talking Law of Consecration. Because it sounds a lot like another word that begins with the letter “C”.
And persecution. Our forebears went through a lot for us. It is important to remember this and learn from their courage and faith. And yes, many people are ridiculed and experience emotional (and even physical) persecution because of their faith today. However, I'm not sure we needed to spend the amount of time we did discussing the “persecution of the Saints in California — with everything that's going on politically.” After all, protesting a political position taken by the Church (and several other churches as well) does not constitute persecution. It's political free speech. If protests do constitute persecution, what does that say about Church members holding rallies and protests? When someone is protesting against you, it's persecution. But when you protest against someone else, it's a defense of your rights. Oh yeah, and why are we talking about politics in church?
It's why I volunteer to help in primary. Because I couldn't do this every single week.