Monday, March 31, 2014
MARTHA ANSWERS MORE OF YOUR QUESTIONS
Someone else asked if the casket is placed in the ground without a vault? No, when the coffin is made, a wooden vault is also made. The casket is lowered into the wooden vault. We do not look at the casket or vault as protection. Our Bishop says at the funeral: "Remember man that thou art dust and unto dust you shall return." That is why, after the Bishop prays, we all put a hand full of dirt on top of the vault to remind us of from where we came and where our physical body will go. We do not try to preserve or protect what it is in the ground. It is our soul we are most concerned about not our body.
How do the caskets get taken to the cemetery at a funeral? Some of the Amish and Old Order Mennonites have a buggy just for that. You can open the back and slide the coffin in and slide it back out at the cemetery. Some use a open back wagon but today most of us have a funeral parlor car hearse to lead with the casket and we follow in our horse and buggies.
Someone asked about an interview with Joseph and myself about their roles in church leadership. I don't know what you mean. Do you mean what we do? How the church is ruled?
You know what really upsets me is the novels out that make the Bishop sound like a terrible person. They make the Bishop sound like if he lifted his hand lightening would strike. That he is a mean heartless person.
Each Bishop is a human being just like we are and like all humans have a different personalities.
The Bishop's job is to help people not make their lives miserable. People are not to be afraid when the Bishop shows up at their door. We hope that they are glad to see Joseph when he comes to their house not afraid of him. Usually they know Joseph is coming in advance because he calls first. Even when Joseph shows up, it does not mean it is church business. It could be school business, how someone is feeling if they are sick or just to say hello.
Now some Bishops are stricter than Joseph, but that is their personality. Some Bishops are not as strict as Joseph, but that it their personality. It is a big job to be Bishop and the Bishop needs help of all the people in our meetings. What he needs the most from people is prayer for God's guidance and wisdom so he knows how to handle the problems that come up.
I didn't mean to go on so, but after reading a couple novels and how mean the Bishop was, I got wondering if people believed what was written.
If all goes well, Elmer will be back next week. I hope I answered your questions. If you have more, please ask.
Be With the Lord,
NOTE: I GOT A CALL FROM JEAN THIS MORNING. SHE ASKED IF WE WERE GOING TO HAVE THE RECIPE A DAY FOR EASTER THAT WE HAD LAST YEAR. WOULD YOU LIKE THAT? ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL RECIPES YOU WOULD LIKE? LET ME KNOW SO I CAN TELL JEAN.