November 23 – 24, 2013 — Thomas B. Griffth
Miller Eccles Study Group Texas is excited to announce that Thomas B. Griffith, Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and former Senate Legal Counsel and BYU General Counsel, will be speaking to MESG TX on November 23 and 24.
STUDY GROUP DATE AND LOCATION:
Saturday, November 23, 7pm.
Arlington Location Only
3804 Indian Springs Trail
Arlington, Texas 76016
FIRESIDE DATE AND LOCATION:
Sunday, November 24, 7pm.
Arlington Stake Center
3809 Curt Drive
Arlington, Texas 76016
THE STUDY GROUP TOPIC:
In Patience and Faith. Many who lose faith in the Restoration had built their commitment to the Church on a sandy foundation: the idea that Church leaders are infallible in what they say and near-perfect in what they do. Nothing in the canon of scripture justifies such a view. In fact, the scriptures are replete with warnings that the Lord never has worked in that fashion. Teaching that He does can create an unnecessary crisis of faith when the most casual study of Church history shows that He hasn’t. Ironically, seeing how the Lord works with and through fallible people is a far more inspiring story. Not only does it have the benefit of being true, but it also teaches us that He can and will work through mere mortals like you and me.
THE FIRESIDE TOPIC:
The Very Root of Christian Doctrine. The Church has been given a charge to do a better job than we have done of getting the Gospel down into the hearts of our people. A careful reading of Restoration scripture reveals, and the teachings of living apostles confirms, that the best way to do that is to focus all of our sermons, all of our teaching, and all of our activities in the Church in the Atonement of Christ. A special power comes to what we say, what we teach, and what we do when we are rooted and grounded in the Atonement.
Thomas B. Griffith was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by President George W. Bush in 2005. Judge Griffith began his legal career in private practice. He was a partner at the Washington, D.C. firm of Wiley, Rein and Fielding where his primary areas of emphasis were commercial and corporate litigation and government investigations.
For four years in the late 90s, Judge Griffith was Senate Legal Counsel, the chief legal officer of the United States Senate. In that capacity, he represented the interests of the Senate in litigation and advised the Senate leadership and its committees on investigations, and other matters, including the impeachment trial of President Clinton.
Immediately prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Griffith was Assistant to the President and General Counsel of Brigham Young University. His work at BYU included creating and leading a coalition of religious colleges and universities that worked to preserve their unique place in American higher education.
Judge Griffith has long been active in rule of law efforts in the former communist nations of Europe and Eurasia and teaches at the law schools at Brigham Young University and Stanford.