AMK Leadership Studies
The first section of the above document is:
"God himself, finding he was
in the midst of spirits and glory, because he was more intelligent, saw proper
to institute laws whereby the rest could have a privilege to advance like
himself. The relationship we have with God places us in a situation to advance
in knowledge. He has power to institute laws to instruct weaker intelligences,
that they may be exalted with himself . . ." (TPJS 354; 346-349; see also KJV
Matthew 5:48; John 17:9-11, 20-23; Romans 8:16-18; II Peter
1:11; I John 3:1-3; D&C 76:92-95; 84:33-39; 130:18-21)
"God is our ultimate leader because of what he knows and because he uses his power to help us. He is the greatest leader because he knows the most and does the most for those who follow him. His laws are given so that we can learn to live like he does and share the joy he has. Our love, obedience, and growth are engendered by the love, knowledge, and example he offers us. Good leadership (starting with God) is based on knowledge, service, and love.
One of the sections of the above document is:
it came to pass that, “. . . the Lord spake
unto Moses face to face as a man speaketh unto his
friend." (KJV Exodus 33:11; see also JST Exodus 33:11-23)
Thereafter ". . . Moses went out, and told the people the words
of the Lord . . . And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took the spirit that was upon him, and
gave it unto the seventy elders: and . . .
they prophesied and did not cease . . . And Moses said unto him
[Joshua], enviest thou for my sake? Would God that
all the Lord's people were prophets and that the Lord would put his spirit upon
them!" (KJV Numbers 11:24-29)
it came to pass that, ". . . Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses. . . and they said, Hath the
Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? Hath he not spoken also by us?
. . . and the Lord spoke suddenly unto Moses and Aaron and Miriam
. . . and he said . . . With him [Moses] will I speak mouth
to mouth . . . wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my
servant Moses? . . . And the anger of the Lord was kindled against
them . . . And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee,
lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sined." (KJV Numbers 12:1-14)
it came to pass that some of the people and princes of Israel,
". . . gathered themselves together against Moses and against
Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the
congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore
then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord? . . .
thou make thyself altogether a prince over us?" (KJV Numbers 16:2-3)
the Lord was angry at those who rebelled against Moses. And he destroyed those
who would not repent, and many of those who followed after them. (KJV Numbers
people attempt to elevate themselves or protect their position by
suppression. Rather than being
suppressive Moses encouraged others to advance, even in revelation and prophesy.
leaders encourage and help everyone to attain their full potential, temporally
and spiritually. They share power and strive for maximum participation in the
On several occasions Moses' leadership was challenged by usurpers. They questioned his worthiness and accused him of assuming too much power and authority. In connection with their accusations they tried to promote themselves and flatter the people. If the Lord would not have supported Moses, and intervened, they might have been successful.
In order to promote progress, and avoid confusion and oppression, most circumstances require that one righteous leader have authority and responsibility for conclusive decisions within his sphere.
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