Yesterday I gave a talk at church. It was well-received - people laughed in the right places and thanked me afterwards. I was really touched that MoBob, in his Ramadam delirium, came to church for the first time ever. (I mean, Sunday meetings, not just social events.) He stayed for the full three hours and seemed to enjoy his rock star status.
Afterwards we debriefed. The Sunday School lesson was on eternal marriage, which was a good discussion for us. Since I didn't grow up Mormon, it doesn't bother me as other Mormons who are married to non-members. I'm pretty sure God would give MB and myself a special dispensation. The priesthood lesson focused on a gentleman who will be baptized next week, so MB got a good overview of the conversion process.
MB said he'd like to come back. I don't know how I feel about that. I like being his sole authority for the Mormon Church. I like the equilibrium we have now. What if he starts getting into the whole dominion thing?
I hope you don't mind a question from an outsider.
The marriage article you linked to seemed to be referring to members of the church as latter-day saints. Is that right? I had always assumed that the "LDS" in the name referred to some unknown-to-me saints who were venerated by the members, not that the members were themselves those saints. I couldn't find an answer to this on the LDS site (probably just don't know how to search for it). Is that right? How does that work? What does "saint" mean in the church? (My main exposure to the concept of saints is via the Roman Catholic church.)
I hope this clueless-sounding question has not given offense.
No prob! That's correct. Mormons consider themselves saints. It's different from the Catholic church in that "saints" is like a synonym for church members. Not really sure how that evolved but if I find out I'll let you know!