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Published: Monday, April 5 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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To Las Vegas (from Dem Mormon)

"Acts 4:35 (King James Version)

And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need."
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This is speaking of the Church, not of the nation. When the Prophet institutes this law (the Law of Consecration), it will be under the direction of the priesthood. It will not work under the direction of a man (or woman) or under a government that is not inspired of God.

In the mean time, we give as we are able, sharing with those in need, through whatever sources will do the most good.

re:RE; No Cross@12:30 | 12:48 p.

I understand, and I do not wish to argue.

If you could explain how to symbolically represent the "empty tomb", Which is what we believe, and celebrate - espicially at Easter - then I'd be in favor of erecting it on top of every LSD meeting house in the world.

Craig J

As a kid growing up, I use to detest having to gather around the television, or radio to listen to Conference. Age, maturity, and a few humbling life experiences later, I feel enlightened by what was spoken and sung during these just concluded sessions.
Never have I felt the music from the Tabernacle Choir to be so powerful as it was in the afternoon session yesterday. Wow!
I certainly know where my shortcomings are after many of the talks were given, yet I see where I can be and it looks pretty good; just have to get a few of my stumbling blocks out of the way. I hope I don't give up on me because the Lord hasn't, and won't.

Arizona Reader

So grateful to have living prophets on the earth! Thanks to those of you who have left inspiring comments about how following the teachings of Jesus will bring goodness into your lives. I find that when I follow him, I am happier, kinder, more loving and have more fulfillment in my life. I challege each of you to discover the same!

To Craig J

Same here. I can always find answers, inspiration, and even rebuke when I listen to GC. Gives me the courage to do way is right.

CougarNut2010

to Craig J: i know exactly how you feel...i used to do anything to get away from listening or watching Conference...now...i cant wait for 6th months to pass so we can have it again...and as for the music...i know exactly what you mean...except for me...the music especially hit me at the end of Priesthood Session when the BYU Priesthood Choir sand the Iron Rod...i've never heard a song so powerful so full of life and so comforting in my life

TO --- John Kateel

8:19am - "Even though I am Unitarian and have never been LDS"

11:21am - "I mistakenly called President Monson by the name Prophet Monson. I apologize and meant no offense by that. To me, he a Prophet, thus the root of my error"

so... you are utilitarian, but you believe the leader(s) of the LDS church are true prophets of God...

if you believe that, why aren't you LDS? and if you are NOT LDS, why would you believe their leaders are true prophets?

you sound somewhat confused.

Conservative LDS

After reading these comments I am very grateful we have General Conference. Unlike our liberal brethren who are perfect in every way and by self proclamation, far more compassionate than conservatives, we conservatives need to be reminded what wretched souls we are and that total government control is really Jesus' way. Right?

Conservatives want to teach a man to fish and therefore feed him for life.
Liberals want to give a man a fish (other fishermen's, of course) indefinitely until he is dependent on those fish for life.

Conservatives are about creating jobs and increasing productivity.
Liberals are about handouts and making as many people dependent on the gov't as possible.

So which of these best describes the Church's inspired welfare system?

Anonymous

It was so nice to hear the brethren speak and not say anything about socialism, capitalism, liberalism, or conservatism. The gospel cannot be neatly fit into anyone's ideology, nor can it be used as 100% justification for your ideology. It can certainly influence your political views, but if you're expecting it to completely back up or disparage any worldly philosophy, you will be disappointed. My Mormonism remains constant, my political allignment is in constant flux.

The way I see it, conservatives could be a little more compassionate, and liberals could expect a little more personal responsibility out of people. Neither are perfect. In both camps you will find good people who, when it comes to the way they conduct their own personal lives, look almost exactly the same.

Dutchman

As President Monson spoke of the resurrection and the events leading up to Christ's crucificion on the cross I felt as though he had seen all these events in vision because he spoke as one who had been there and witnessed these things and not just as someone who had read about them. In his 47 years as an aspostle of the Lord I am sure his mind has been open to many things particularly visions from our Father in Heaven. How great it is to have such spiritual giants among us to help us follow Christ!

John Kateel

I am flattered to receive some encouraging words from individuals who have posted comments. General Conference offers an avenue of self reflection that serves as a compass to right our bearings. Our Heavenly Father works his magnificent wonders through many conduits that are outside of mainstream thought. This General Conference led me to reflect on some of these folks. For example, it took tremendous courage for the Afrikaner F.D De Klerk to give up the reigns of power to Nelson Mandela in South Africa. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission founded by Desmond Tutu forgave their oppressors. Oskar Schindler worked to save over a thousand Jews from the hands of the Nazis despite being German himself. The atheist Gorbachev ended communism. The Muslim economist Muhammad Yannus created the Grameen Bank to provide micro-loans to poor Hindus, and white Americans fought fellow white Americans to end slavery here in the USA. Mother Teresa and all she has done as a Catholic nun. This General Conference helps us open our eyes to see the good in all of God's children no matter how different they may be from us.

re:Conservative LDS | 3:01 p.m.

You make me sad.

I hope you are just being a troll.

If not,
I to would like to take this opportunity to remind you what wretched soul you are as well.

Smug, arrogant, and greedy.
yep, you're a conservative.

Anonymous

"so... you are utilitarian, but you believe the leader(s) of the LDS church are true prophets of God...

if you believe that, why aren't you LDS? and if you are NOT LDS, why would you believe their leaders are true prophets?"

Probably for the same reason that I, as an LDS person, believe that people of other faiths can be inspired, but I don't join their faith. I believe that Pres. Monson is a prophet, but that doesn't mean that I don't believe that other religious leaders of other faiths can and do receive inspiration from God for the benefit of those who listen to them.

Much of what the Pope says is good and true, but I'm not about to go out and become Catholic.

re;Conservative LDS | 3:01 p.m.

Conservative LDS | 3:01 p.m. April 5, 2010
After reading these comments I am very grateful we have General Conference. Unlike our liberal brethren who are perfect in every way and by self proclamation, far more compassionate than conservatives, we conservatives need to be reminded what wretched souls we are and that total government control is really Jesus' way. Right?

Conservatives want to teach a man to fish and therefore feed him for life.
Liberals want to give a man a fish (other fishermen's, of course) indefinitely until he is dependent on those fish for life.

Conservatives are about creating jobs and increasing productivity.
Liberals are about handouts and making as many people dependent on the gov't as possible.

So which of these best describes the Church's inspired welfare system?

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I give up...

Y didn't even listen to the Prophets or the Apostles did you.

I'll remind you --

"Canned Peaches".


enough said.....


John Kateel

A great question from the comment board. How can I not be LDS but still believe that President Monson is a Prophet? The answer stems from my Hindu roots. My parents are from India and my mom is Catholic but my dad is Hindu. I grew up Catholic and am still Catholic but also attend the Unitarian Church. So when my Hindu dad comes to church he prays to Jesus because Hindus believe Jesus is a God. My sister-in-law to be who is Muslim, attends Catholic church and prays to Allah who is God to her. When my wife goes to the Hindu temple because she is Hindu and I attend with her, she prays to Ganesha while I pray to Jesus. When we both viewed General Conference together at the Tabernacle because the Conference Center was full, we were amazed by the piety of the LDS folks who were in attendance and listened intently to the words of the various speakers on the screen. Like Rev. Golsmith at the Unitarian Church likes to say, nothing a Jew and a Mormon can't solve over a ham sandwich and a beer.

re:John Kateel | 3:48 p.m.

Not all Mormons are closed minded and myopic.

There are some of us who understand what you are saying.

When I was a young man preparing for my LDS mission, I was taught that there have been many prophets to their people in their times.

Abraham,
Moses,
Jesus,
Buddha,
Muhammad,
as well as the belief of the Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva.

Mormonism will destroy anyone's beliefs, (if they espouse goodness and truth)...
But rather, is more like completeling or perfecting those beliefs.

Such as filling in the holes in swiss cheese or providing the missing pieces of a puzzle.

Like Jesus himself once said, "Think not that I am come to adestroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."

That is what Mormonism should do.
Not destroy one's faith or beliefs, but to ful-fill them - quite literally I'd suppose.

I hope that helps, and I'd be most fascinated to hear more of your take on it, please.

~LDS Liberal

Typo - my bad. sorry!

Mormonism will 'NOT' destroy one faiths and beliefs.

~LDS Lib

re -- Anonymous | 3:31 p.m

["Probably for the same reason that I, as an LDS person, believe that people of other faiths can be inspired, but I don't join their faith..."]

["Much of what the Pope says is good and true, but I'm not about to go out and become Catholic."]

but do you believe the pope is a prophet? you didn't say it - you simply said that he is "inspired" and what he says is "good and true".

there is a big difference between thinking someone is "inspired" and "good and true", versus believing they are a true prophet of God.

my response was to someone that believed your leader is a true prophet of God, so I asked why he isn't LDS. if I believed someone was actually a true prophet of God, I would join their religion. so what say you? is the pope a prophet? or just "inspired", which is why you are LDS and not catholic.

re -- John Kateel | 3:48 p.m

thank you for answering my comment. I am still a little confused. Do you believe the leaders of all churches are prophets? your 3:48pm post indicates you have "involvement" in multiple religions. I'm just curious how you decide who is a true prophet and who isn't. certainly it cannot be determined simply by the words spoken...

Ken Goddard

And if you believe that, I've got some ocean front property here in Utah I will sell cheap.

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