February’s topic: Mind the Gaps
In her October 2009 General Conference address, Sister Barbara Thompson encouraged members of the Church to look for potentially damaging gaps in their understanding or behavior. She says: “Gaps can be reminders of ways in which we can improve or, if ignored, can be stumbling blocks in our lives.” In this 3-part podcast, honored guest Sister Kathy Clayton joins the Round Table participants to discuss gaps between doctrine and culture, between assumptions and reality, and between individuals and communities.
This month’s challenge: We strongly encourage our listeners to read in detail all proclamations, guides, advice, and words from our church leaders. Obtain copies of these documents. Study them. Pray about them. See how general statements for the entire church can be personally applied to you and your family’s lives. Often members rely on other people’s interpretation of our leaders’ divine counsel and that can lead to miscommunication, misunderstanding, and often unintended consequences. Our leaders spend a lot of time and prayer on their official statements and we should too!
This month The Round Table challenges you to find a particular topic of interest to you and study it out in your heart and mind. Read any official statements from the Church and its leaders, search the scriptures, pray, ponder, and trust the answers that come to you through personal revelation. Avoid leaning on the assumptions or interpretations of others. We trust that as we follow the counsel of the Lord, “All things shall work together for [our] good” (D & C 90:24).
Guest bio: Kathy Kipp Clayton was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in English and French Education. She and her husband, L. Whitney Clayton, raised seven children in Southern California before his call to the First Quorum of Seventy in 2001. Sister Clayton loves all things family, travel, and interaction with Church members all over the world. In between times, she enjoys her twelve (almost thirteen) grandchildren as well as diverse genres of music and literature, electronic gadgets, lifting weights, staying up late, singing while she vacuums, skiing too fast, and laughing until it hurts.