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What does sustaining mean

Posted: Sat May 19, 2012 11:59 am
by dsgunn130908
what is the church definition of sustaining / sustaining someone

Posted: Sat May 19, 2012 12:15 pm
by aebrown
dsgunn130908 wrote:what is the church definition of sustaining / sustaining someone


The most common definition is the one covered in Handbook 2, Section 19.3 (titled "Sustaining Members in Church Callings"): "The leader who oversaw the calling, or a priesthood officer he authorizes, presents a person to the congregation for a sustaining vote."

There are other meanings of the word "sustain" along the lines of supporting someone in their calling, and certainly that is something each member should do for people who have been sustained in a calling, but without context of what you are asking about, I would go with the definition of the sustaining vote.

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 10:31 am
by nbflint
dsgunn130908 wrote:what is the church definition of sustaining / sustaining someone


You must be living right. President Eyring must have heard your question and decided to provide the answer! The June 2012 First Presidency Message is entitled "Called of God: And Sustained by the People." Though, I don't see it posted on lds.org yet. I received the June 2012 Ensign yesterday in the iPhone Ensign app.

P.S. It is a great article! I can't wait to go home teaching next month!

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 11:00 am
by aebrown
nbflint wrote:The June 2012 First Presidency Message is entitled "Called of God: And Sustained by the People." Though, I don't see it posted on lds.org yet.


It's available at this link: Called of God and Sustained by the People.