We’re continuing our discussion with Jim Vun Cannon, (see part 1 here) a counselor in the First Presidency of the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In this episode, we’ll talk about how he turned from Convert to First Presidency in just 5 years! He became disillusioned with RLDS Church following the 1984 revelation giving women the priesthood. How did he feel following this revelation?
Jim: [I] tried to sift through the ashes of what felt like a burned down church. I graduated high school in ‘83, so in ’84 it was like, what just happened? Because I was right there in Independence so it was kind of a civil war with spiritual bloodshed on both sides. It was just very unfortunate, because there obviously were a lot of strong feelings on both sides.
It sounds quite damaging spiritually. I asked Jim when he first came to the Remnant Church.
Jim: I started attending the Remnant Church in 2012 I believe is when I started.
GT: Oh really, just that recently?
Jim: Yes, that recently, yes.
GT: Wow, and you’re in the First Presidency now!
Jim: Yes, it was an experience where the Lord told me to go and join this church, and I was just told to go and worship with these folks and ministered with these folks and I really wasn’t told much more than that. At the time I did not even have a testimony of President Larsen and his calling to be the prophet of the church, but that came very shortly afterwards. I felt like it was one of those stepping out of the boat moments. You know the water was a little squishy underneath your feet and trying to look forward, but yes, yes.
GT: You know as we look at the early church with Joseph Smith, a lot of times he did take brand new converts and put them right in the First Presidency, so that’s pretty interesting.
So literally from five years to counselor in the First Presidency—that’s quite an amazing feat! Can you imagine what that must have been like? We also talk about priesthood and youth programs. Check out the conversation!