E08 - Unrighteous Dominion with Dr. Julie de Azevedo-Hanks
09.29.2019 - By Mormon Marriages
Unrighteous dominion is when someone attempts to control or manipulate another using their “power and authority” as an excuse to do so.
In a marriage, it is things like making financial decisions without consulting a spouse, using authority as an excuse for unacceptable behavior, holding others to their unrealistic expectations and then shaming or belittling them when they don’t.
Unrighteous dominion can be as extreme as using physical violence to enforce authority, to something as simple as assuming that your way is always the right way - no exceptions.
D&C 121:41 says, “No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;”
As we continued to investigate the term “preside,” we found something super interesting. The origin of this word comes from the latin term praesidere which means to “stand guard” or literally to “sit in front of.”
This is so profound!
Those who are responsible of presiding over others are not meant to control or exercise authority over them, but rather to protect and to guard them.