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Published: Sunday, April 7 2013 5:10 p.m. MDT

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Bloodhound
Provo, UT

Sometimes, on Facebook, I'll put quotes from LDS Church leaders and pictures of Temples I've recently visited. A few of my non-LDS friends will ask questions or respond with a comment. Sharing is one thing, pestering people is another. It's a fine line but we need to be careful. I also have issues with some LDS people staying glued to their phones 24/7. In last October's General Conference Priesthood session, I noticed a man constantly looking at his phone. He wasn't tweeting but appeared to be playing with different apps. He seemed addicted to the device. The only time he put it away was when he decided to take a 20 minute nap about half-way through the session. The brother was physically in the Church building but didn't appear to be paying much attention to what was being said by the General Authorities. Personally, I don't want to be like that.

Deedree
Johannesburg, South Africa, 00

I live in South Africa, and was privileged enough to be able to watch some of the conference talks on my iPad via the 'Watch Live' button on the Church's website. I'm grateful for the internet technology that allows for this. Most members in Africa, will only get to see/hear the talks next Sunday and some will have to wait until the dvds are available. Then there are those that live in places where these privileges are not available and will have to wait for the Ensign or Liahona conference edition to reach them. I feel blessed to be living in a time and place where the technology is available to me to share in the blessings of conference talks as they happen :) now, I can't wait to be able to download them to watch again :)

Kitenoa
Salt Lake City, UT

Considering its diverse membership population from different places of the world, the LDS Church maximizes its connection with all its members through the electronic media. My families and friends, from a dozen foreign countries, simultaneously listened to their LDS Church Conference and other leadership training sessions in their own language for the latest instruction from their Religious Leaders, Thomas S. Monson and General Authorities. The results includes, increased understanding of Church Doctrines, powerful testimonies, encouragements, and unified efforts for another six months if not sooner.

bountifulmomofsix
BOUNTIFUL, UT

Hmmm...It does appear that our church leaders have chosen to embrace the positive aspects of the internet and technology. They also warn us of the negative aspects like; pornography viewing, gaming, spending more time with technology than with family, etc. Great article!

OnlytheCross
Bakersfield, CA

As a former LDS, I stay connected to my family and their beliefs through each Confrrence session. It is very valuable to me as a teacher at my evangelical church, so I can accurately give them the latest doctrinal updates or Church emphasis, when we study other denominations. Because Christians in general have so many twists and proclivities within our myriad of denominations, it is often confusing to outsiders. I am grateful for all modern technology that can help clarify the differences.

Just as Mormon and Jehovah's Witnesses missionaries knock on our doors, we are Biblically mandated to "rightly divide The Word" and to steer clear of 'other gospels' that are not the ones delivered by the Apostle Paul to the saints, (Galations, Timothy, 2 Corinthians). It is a dicey subject and at least should be handled with accurately understanding those tenets with which we disagree.

It would be a great asset to the non-LDS investigators, critics and missionaries to Mormons if the General Authorities would also have an open Q&A venue to clear up the huge degree of misinformation outside the SLC enclave. LDS.org is not sufficient.

OnlytheCross
Bakersfield, CA

There will always remain challenges to religion's growth in modern times. With Catholicism and Islam dwarfing other religions, it's amazing that aren't more divisions.

One major problem I see within LDS ranks that speaks to the issue of "being connected", is their institutional inability to admit and/or understand that their own history is rife with schism. While repeating Joseph Smith's mantra of the many divisions within Christianity, they neglect the facts of their own heritage: LDS, RLDS, FLDS plus the 20+ off-shoots just in the 19th century. That lack of knowledge or honesty does not bode well on the non-Utah public.

Are seminary and Institute teachers' curriculum omitting the full Mormon history or glossing over it? I took 6 years of seminary and Institute classes plus 2 years of BYU religion courses in the '70's. There was not a transparent look within our own ranks. On the outside, I can tell you that former members see a huge similarity to Islam within all-things LDS. Just as the local imams dictate the true Qur'anic meanings, local LDS teachers script their own interpretations to young students.

Being "the most connected to what" should be the concern.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

bountifulmomofsix
BOUNTIFUL, UT

"They also warn us of the negative aspects like; pornography viewing, gaming, spending more time with technology than with family, etc."

Reading LDS history ... realities ... quotes ... etc.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

No. South Koreans are most connected, apparently.

Rikitikitavi
Cardston, Alberta

@only
Can you share with me(us) which of the 20+ off-shoots to which you refer in the 19th century even survived PAST the 19th century? I can only think of two: RLDS and FLDS. RLDS no longer even use the LDS letters in their name. FLDS bear virtually no resemblance to the LDS faith at all so where is there any relevance to make historical reference worthwhile. Quite frankly neither the RLDS or the FLDS seem at all worthwhile to deserve any mention. No dis-respect intended here but I fail to see the value as any interested outsider can easily use google or wikipedia for further information. As for teachers "scripting" their own interpretations I again am scratching my head for rationale in your point.

OnlytheCross
Bakersfield, CA

@Riktik
Thank you for asking. You make my point of LDS ignorance of their 19th-century history perfectly; and your comment about the "relevance" of the RLDS & FLDS are disrespectful in the extreme, intended or not. Both of those are the original; Brigham's Utah exodus was the break-off with Emma and family. That it has grown to exceed both numbers only renders it the largest membership. The 1890 Manifesto was the modernization of Mormonism. Had the revelation been to retain Joseh's heavenly-mandated D&C 132, Utah would not have been granted statehood and Moroni's legacy a different tale.

How many years have you been a member? If you are a recent convert, that explains a lot. If you have neen a member over 10 years and don't know the foundational teachings of your founder's religion, you make my point. Mormonism did not restore any previous Christian rites; they did implement 90% of current Masonic ritual, only changing a few words in the oaths.

The offshoots:
RLDS have completely denied all of Joseph's unbiblical teachings, as you point out. The Fundamentalists retain pure JSmith teachings on "Celestial Marriage". SLC changed, not vice-versa.

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