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Unrighteous Dominion Is A Failed Attempt At Righteous Leadership
September 23, 2012

Unrighteous Dominion Is A Failed Attempt At Righteous Leadership

“We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.” (D&C 121:39; The Constitution of The Priesthood)

We Have Learned By Sad Experience

The backlash of this unrighteous dominion is tragic. It results in dysfunctional and failed families and shattered lives. There are few things in life worse than a failed home. LDS families should be better than this.

Unrighteous Dominion

There is a difference between love and law. You can love your children by enforcing the law. If your family laws are extreme, it may fall in the category of unrighteous dominion. Unrighteous dominion is denying a family their agency, and this doesn’t mean that you become a permissive parent.

Heavenly Father is the example of the righteous parent. Our Heavenly Father will not take away our agency. He allowed a war to happen because of it, and He knows He will lose many of His children because of agency.

His love is unconditional. Our worth to Him is set and can never change no matter what our behavior is. The blessings He gives us are based on law not love. Parents should not love their kids any less because they misbehave. God doesn’t reward bad behavior and neither should you and He doesn’t look down on those who misbehave; instead He does everything to lift them.

Fathers have a responsibility to lead. Some in the world have a twisted view of leadership, thinking that it is about them. Leadership is about inspiring others. You can’t inspire others when you make it all about you.

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are the perfect in this aspect of leadership. Heavenly Father delegated His creation powers to Jesus Christ and had Him create this earth and billions of others like it. Jesus Christ shares His power with us through His priesthood. His apostles and disciples have worked miracles just like Christ did, and they are current today.

Working miracles and obtaining the mysteries and the greatest experiences that any prophet experienced in any age is available for anyone who meets the conditions. Jesus Christ knows that leadership is about making others like He is, which is a God. Sharing power is a key aspect of leadership.

The most important leadership is in the home, with your wife. You are not leading if you do not inspire your wife. Equal partnership is the secret to leadership in the home. You turn your wife off real fast when you don’t include her in every decision. You turn her off and discourage your wife when you make all the decisions. Women are also natural leaders.

The real leader in the home is Jesus Christ. If He is not the leader, than nothing else matters. The prophets have said that the priesthood will at times be the last line of defense between Satan and your home. This is why having the power of the priesthood is vital.

Chapel Address and contact information: 7155 S 540 E Midvale, UT 84047; 801-562-8089. You can also call 801-259-6709 for the mission home in Midvale if you live in the area and want two young men or women to visit you.

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