"I give unto men weakness that they may be humble, and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me..."
Stay humble Elder Hamula and you will be better and stronger than you were before.
Elder Hamula visited our stake several years ago and did a fantastic job both in the spiritual aspect of his training as well as training and visiting the scouts at scout camp. He was very impressive and his knowledge of the Scriptures is very extensive. I am very saddened to hear about this situation but know that God is no respecter of persons and He can be forgiven and brought back to the fold. That is my prayer every day on behalf of him and his family.
My prayers are with him and his loved ones. These will be difficult times, and they can be overcome and put behind. The Adversary respects no one. We are all vulnerable. But Heavenly Father's love is all encompassing, and the Savior beckons all of us back into his fold. This too shall pass. My respect and unconditional support to them.
So sad! He and his family need our prayers!
James Hamula was my Stake President many years ago in Arizona. He was a spiritual giant even in his early 30's and I knew then that he would be a general authority someday. His church service over the years has blessed many people (including me) and brought many souls unto Christ. My heart aches for him and his family and I hope, as Elder Ballard said, that this is the beginning for him and not the end. May God bless him and his family and may we withhold judgment and only extend love and compassion.
Since when does the Church excommunicate members due to "disillusionment"?
It's always a sad say when it becomes necessary to excommunicate any person from the Church, but particularly when he or she has been a leader and example. I am sure as the First Presidency and Twelve took this action they also encouraged Elder Hamula to repent and return to membership in the Church. All I can say is that but for the grace of God we can all have this kind of problem. I pray that he will have the desire to return to the faith he has served for many years.
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