Sister missionary proposal, honorable release?
Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:39 AM
Posted 24 April 2013 - 01:48 PM
Nice hand, friend, but those are not the cards I dealt you.
Impenetrability! That's what I say!
Posted 24 April 2013 - 01:53 PM
All this, is, of course, assuming the sister were interested in accepting the proposal and its timing, and leaving her mission early.
If we're going to be stupid about this, we're going to be stupid on my terms. -- my husband
Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:32 PM
Edited by anatess, 24 April 2013 - 02:35 PM.
Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:14 PM
Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:27 PM
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." -- Lord Acton
Posted 24 April 2013 - 04:29 PM
PC, I agree with your general argument, but I would hesitate to characterize accepting a mission call as "just a wish" or "youthful exuberance".
I'm even one step further removed than Anatess (non-convert). However, since the sisters are not expected to serve, would they not do so out of a sense of personal calling? It is between them and the Lord, and it could be that youthful zeal can be retracted when one realizes the "calling" was just a wish, and the invitation to marriage seems to be a God-ordained and timed union. However, I would imagine these types of incidences would not be too common.
I'm not suggesting that people don't accept mission calls for the wrong reasons, but I am convinced that they are a tiny minority.
As to the proposal and release- the matter would (ideally) be handled by all involved (the good sister, the Mission President, and other authorities, if any) in a humble, prayerful, and penitent manner.
Under no circumstances would it be treated lightly, or as some sort of "Get-Out-of-Jail Free" card.
Anyone- man or woman- who makes or accepts a marriage proposal (let alone who abandons a mission)- under any other circumstances should be forbidden by law from bying real estate- particularly bridges with a nice view of Brooklyn.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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