The Seven Deadly Sins of Sacrament Meeting Talks

Meridian magazine (www.ldsmag.com) published an excellent article by Christian Johnson is a professor at Loyola School of Law in Chicago and former bishop entitled “The Seven Deadly Sins of Sacrament Meeting Talks.”
The stats he mentions are staggering, “Every Sunday, millions of Latter-day Saints attend sacrament meetings to receive the sacrament and be spiritually nourished by the sacrament meeting talks.  Assuming that each of the 26,670 LDS congregations listened to 40 minutes of sacrament talks, speakers present more than 17,780 hours of messages each Sunday.  Chances are that some of those speakers commit at least one of the “seven deadly sins of sacrament talks.”   Thankfully, however, these sins can be easily avoided upon becoming aware of the pitfalls.”
The Seven Deadly Sins of Sacrament Meeting Talks:

  1. The Sin of Unpreparedness
  2. The Sin of Time Encroachment
  3. The Sin of Out-and-Out Time Theft
  4. The Sin of Repeating Urban Legends
  5. The Sin of Drawing Upon Inappropriate Material
  6. The Sin of Giving “Too Much Information
  7. The Sin of Casting Blame on Others for Your Speaking Assignment

http://www.ldsmag.com/articles/060119sins.html

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Posted on January 19, 2006, in Mormonism/LDS Church. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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