(October 12, 2015)
I think we have all been in the spot where John Whitmer is – not wanting a calling, but being willing to take that calling if it is from the Lord. What’s more noticeable, however, is that there is absolutely no condemnation from the Lord towards John for inquiring in this way. If the Bishop offered me a calling, I would be fearful of offending God if I asked the Bishop to confirm that it was revelation as to the reason he extended a calling. But here is John Whitmer asking essentially that of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and the Lord is perfectly fine with the question. It shows, I believe, that I am somewhat wrong in my approach to my Priesthood leaders.