Buoyed by a visit from Barb and Margene, Nicki returns home after getting a call from Bill, but her spirits sag when his intentions become clear. Meanwhile, Barb faces excommunication; and Bill reconsiders his hard-line position on Roman.
Did You Know?
In the scene where Barb is excommunicated, one of the two church leaders in the meeting tells her, "Some things that are true are not very useful." This is a quote from an actual leader in the Mormon church named Boyd K. Packer. It is an exact quote from a talk that he delivered to church educational instructors in 1981. He went on to say that "The writer or the teacher who has an exaggerated loyalty to the theory that everything must be told is laying a foundation for his own judgment." It is part of the idea among some Latter-Day Saints that some of the church's history and deeper doctrines can be too easily taken out of context, causing some to lose their faith in the church before they are able to appropriately digest more troubling issues. See more
Barb's stake disciplinary council is depicted wrong in the following points:
- The expression "love court" is not a common one among LDS Mormon members.
- A stake disciplinary council is very rarely called for a female member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It's usually reserved for an endowed Melchizedek Priesthood holder - one who has been through the temple. Disciplinary action against a female member is almost always held at the ward level in a Bishop's council rather than at the stake level.
- During a stake disciplinary council, there are 16 men, not 8. The stake presidency and a clerk are present, in addition to 12 high councilors. Six of the high councilors are assigned to defense and the other six are assigned to present evidence. Outside of these men and the person cast unto the disciplinary measures, no one stays during the proceedings of the council.
- Bishops never take part of this kind of council unless they are witnesses. He would not be speaking or participating in the running of the proceedings.
- Witnesses wait outside until they are called. They would not be allowed to take notes. See more
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