Not long after their exodus from Egypt, Moses’ siblings, Miriam and Aaron, were in disagreement with Moses about some of his decisions. This lead them to question Moses’ standing with God and whether he should be the leader of the Israelites.
They reasoned that God had spoken through them in the past. Why should Moses be the only person to lead the Israelites? Maybe they could lead the Israelites also?
As this could have lead to a serious division of the Israelites, God himself came down to speak with Miriam and Aaron. He clarified things this way…
“And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
“My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
“With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” (Numbers 12:6-8)
This counsel from God makes a lot of sense. There should be only one person who gives direction at the highest level. It’s the same for God’s people today as it was back then.
I found this important also as a business leader. Running a business with several employees is a great blessing when everything is running smoothly. When everyone knows what their duties are and have a support team to help them, the work gets done and employees are happy.
However, whenever you have anyone who tries to be an authority over any employee or employees where they are not supposed to, there will always be issues. Whenever an employee has two or more people giving them directions there will always be confusion and frustration.
Whenever this occurs, the employees are unhappy and they end up performing poorly, and will leave the company as soon as they can.
That’s why, as a business owner, I’ve very passionate about making sure that this type of thing doesn’t happen with my business. I also apply this to my leadership positions in the church.
One of the reasons The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has grown from just a few thousand in the 1830s to over 16 million today is the way that the leadership is structured. Church members recognise the President of the Church as the only person within the Church to speak for the whole Church.
When you consider all other organisations around the world, it is amazing that within the Church we have never had any leadership struggles (with the exclusion of Sidney Rigdon in 1844) within the main leaders of the Church. Non of the First Presidency counsellors, nor the Quorum of the Twelve, nor the Seventy or other General Authorities have ever tried to campaign or challenge leadership.
It is extraordinary.
It is a great testament to the claim that it is Jesus Christ’s church, “the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased.” (Doctrine and Covenants 1:30)