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Bishop Bill Asks: What is Doctrine?

May 20, 2014
Bishop Bill Asks:  What is Doctrine?

Once again, we revisit the beloved series:  You’re the Bishop! As Bishop I often got asked by ward members about various practices in the church and why we did them. I finally compiled this list of various practices, beliefs, and norms in the church, and why we do them. I’ll leave off my answers as […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 17 Comments »

Sad SAHM: You’re the Bishop! (poll)

May 26, 2012
Sad SAHM:  You’re the Bishop! (poll)

A very faithful sister in your ward named Mary asks to speak with you after church. She enters your office and starts to tell you her story. She tells you that in 1987 she was a newly married 22 year old who wanted to be a nurse. She had always wanted to be a nurse […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 40 Comments »

“Any Opposed?”: You’re the Stake President!

February 25, 2012
“Any Opposed?”:  You’re the Stake President!

For this poll we are going to try something a little different. You are going to be the Stake President! I’ve never been a Stake President, but the following happened to a ward I know, and I’m sure it happens more then we’d like it to. Three years ago you called a new bishop for […]

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Taking Sides: You’re the Bishop (Poll #17)

February 18, 2012
Taking Sides: You’re the Bishop (Poll #17)

There is a man in your ward who moved in about a year ago. He is separated from his wife and is working through a divorce. He tells you that they have been “emotionally” divorced for many years, and that his grown children have wondered why he took so long to finalize the divorce.  For […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture | 30 Comments »

To Recommend or Not to Recommend: You’re the Bishop! (Poll #16)

February 11, 2012
To Recommend or Not to Recommend:  You’re the Bishop! (Poll #16)

A man in your ward has come to you for his temple recommend renewal. Usually your counselors do renewal interviews, but this brother asked you personally, and you had a few minutes. He answers all the questions correctly, but in talking afterwards, he tells you that he does not believe the Book of Mormon to […]

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Posted in Faith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 95 Comments »

“I Confess”: You’re the Bishop (Poll # 15)

January 1, 2012
“I Confess”:  You’re the Bishop (Poll # 15)

You are sitting in your office after church one Sunday, and a young woman (16 yrs old) from another ward that meets in your building asks to speak to you.  She is a long time friend of your daughter, and has been in your home many times over the years. She sits down, and proceeds […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 38 Comments »

How Stake Presidents Are Chosen (More Musings from Bishop Bill)

December 18, 2011
How Stake Presidents Are Chosen (More Musings from Bishop Bill)

 I always wondered how a General Authority could just show up at a Stake Conference and select a new Stake President (SP) in just 24 hours, most of the time not knowing anybody in the stake prior to his arrival.  With a Stake President selecting a new Bishop, he at least knows the people in the ward, […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 47 Comments »

Fast & Testimony Meeting: SVU (You’re the Bishop Poll #13)

December 3, 2011
Fast & Testimony Meeting:  SVU (You’re the Bishop Poll #13)

During a fast and testimony meeting, a new sister gets up to bear her testimony.  She starts off pretty good, but then delves into her past, and explains that her father sexually molested her, and that the church didn’t do anything about it and he still holds his recommend.  You have heard this story before […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Morality, Mormon Culture | 56 Comments »

Gay Son + Insensitive Ward (You’re the Bishop Poll #12)

November 26, 2011
Gay Son + Insensitive Ward (You’re the Bishop Poll #12)

Your local community has a ballot initiative to uphold the traditional definition of marriage, and you’ve been asked as bishop to support the measure.  During this same time frame, you notice a reliable elderly couple has suddenly stopped coming to church. They had previously been very active, but are now conspicuously absent from the pews during sacrament meeting. You drop […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 62 Comments »

Musings on Inactivity from Bishop Bill

November 19, 2011
Musings on Inactivity from Bishop Bill

Something a little different from Bishop Bill this week: The other day I was thinking about all the “inactive” Mormons I’ve talked to over the past 30 years. In that time, I’ve been an Elders Quorum President twice, a bishop’s counselor twice, and a bishop. By inactive, I mean people that haven’t been to church […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 122 Comments »

Ward Investment Scam!: You’re the Bishop (Poll #12)

October 22, 2011
Ward Investment Scam!:  You’re the Bishop (Poll #12)

A brother in your ward has been soliciting investments from members of the ward and stake for a business venture that involves food trucks at local county fairs.  Many church members, including a member of the Stake Presidency, have invested amounts of $5000 to $10,000 in this business venture. The man has not paid anybody back […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture | 36 Comments »

Many are Called: You’re the Bishop (Poll #11)

October 15, 2011
Many are Called:  You’re the Bishop (Poll #11)

You have a small ward, and it is tough getting enough people to fill all the required callings. During interviews with both your Relief Society President and your Primary President,  they each (on the same night) give you the name of a sister they want to call in their organization.  They both tell you that they […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture | 27 Comments »

Tis Better to Receive than to Give: Ask the Bishop (Poll #10)

October 8, 2011
Tis Better to Receive than to Give: Ask the Bishop (Poll #10)

The single hardest thing I had to do as bishop, repeatedly, was deciding who would get fast offering help, and who would not.  So, I’ll let you help me on this one.  You’re the bishop! There is a family in your ward that runs hot and cold with church attendance.  They come for 6 months, […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon Culture | 29 Comments »

The Slippery Slope: Ask the Bishop (Poll #9)

October 1, 2011
The Slippery Slope: Ask the Bishop (Poll #9)

The Slippery Slope:  Ask the Bishop!  Poll #9 A sister asks to visit with you. She is very distraught. Once in your office, she tells you that last week she drank a can of a new type of fruit juice, and after she drank it, she read the ingredients and saw that it had “Green […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture | 55 Comments »

Name Removal Request: You’re the Bishop! (Poll #8)

September 24, 2011
Name Removal Request: You’re the Bishop! (Poll #8)

Name Removal Request:  You’re the Bishop! Poll #8 In PEC you learn that there is an inactive man in the ward that does not want any contact with the church, and wants his name removed from the membership records. In accordance with the Church handbook of Instructions, you must get it in writing from him before […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon Culture | 28 Comments »

Better Late than Never: You’re the Bishop! (Poll #7)

September 17, 2011
Better Late than Never: You’re the Bishop! (Poll #7)

Bishop Bill, back after a long needed vacation! Just to reintroduce this section, its called “You’re the Bishop”. My name is Bishop Bill. I was Bishop for 6 years in a medium sized ward in the South West. Once every few weeks I’ll post a situation that I had while I was bishop, and let […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon Culture | 54 Comments »

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