Future diversity in Mormonism is a theme of history conference

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  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    June 25, 2014 7:01 p.m.

    “In a church where members speak approximately 170 different languages as their first language, only God knows the number of his prophets.”

    No. There are 15. More if you count the Seventies, but they are still quite easy to count by mortal men. The gentleman who uttered this quote misunderstood the particular scripture to which he was referring.

    Diversity in the Church is rich, richer in fact than most other Christian denominations, which typically tend to divide themselves up into racially segregated congregations. The Church’s diversity was one of the things that surprised me the most when I first became exposed to it. That is probably less evident in Utah than it is in other parts of the country, which causes some people to develop a very myopic perception of it. But it’s certainly there, and as is plainly visible from perusing the Ensign, ethnic diversity in Church leadership is just as rich as that in the body of the Church itself.

    Admittedly, there is a great deal of political homogeneity in the Church (particularly, though not exclusively, in Utah). But then again, some political beliefs are simply incompatible with the Gospel. Including conservative Republican ones.

  • lovespeaks Lehi, UT
    June 11, 2014 6:18 p.m.

    If diversity means Nationality-then the Church is already diverse, but the more the merrier. . If it's skin color-most Church members probably have the medium brown skin shared by most people on earth, but there are members of every hue across the world, as well as in my Ward and Family, and the more the merrier. If it's gender, most active members are probably female, but males are doing well also. If it's sexuality, I think the focus on the Church is eternal pro-creative families, sealed by faith in Christ, and I don't see a need to change that but we should encourage all to benefit from faith in Christ.

  • rw123 Sandy, UT
    June 11, 2014 3:21 p.m.

    There are some who would mold The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints to their "vision". There are some who would analyze it and make "suggestions" for improvement. There are others who would criticize it for what it is. I say, praise God for what it is and what it has done. People forget, this "new face of Mormonism" is a result - in most cases - of the Church itself reaching out and sharing information it has no obligation to share, but distributes in order to build good will and allay concerns.

    The Church is still the custodian of the priesthood of God. It is still the champion of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is still the preeminent proponent of the Book of Mormon. It is still an ensign to the world. And by revelation, it will remain those things. The gospel will not be taken from the earth. It is reaching out to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. The work is accelerating and will continue to do so until Jesus Christ returns.

    All this is happening, but not without opposition, as He Himself warned. He invites us to join Him in this work.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 11, 2014 10:31 a.m.

    Diversity suffocates in an authoritarian church that requires conformity. After generations of austere isolation from ‘the world,’ the LDS Church is emerging from its cocoon at what sometimes seems like a snail’s pace. But the face of Mormonism is incrementally changing.

  • laVerl 09 St Johns, AZ
    June 11, 2014 2:35 a.m.

    I'm really pleased with the opening up of a more public historical anthology. For too long, when only a few had access it was easy for them to pick facts out of context and confuse issues that are really quite straightforward. It's like some people had gone through the cereal box and picked out all the raisins, claiming that the box was still full of them. It's nice to see that the cereal box is mostly cereal and that the raisins taken out of context now add good flavor to the whole.

  • UT Brit London, England
    June 11, 2014 12:04 a.m.

    Look at the most recent conference ensign and take a look at the leadership pictures. Diversity in the leadership of the church is shockingly lacking.

  • J.D. Aurora, CO
    June 10, 2014 8:28 p.m.

    I've run across a large degree of diversity in the faith. Some hold to the teachings of past Apostles and Prophets and some adhere to new ones. Some hold a literal belief in the BOM and many see it as non-literal. Some believe in evolution others are completely opposed to it. Fortunatley the tent is very large and the spirit speaks to us all differently.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    June 10, 2014 8:23 p.m.

    There is only one God the Father, and there is only one Jesus Christ. If you accept that, then you must accept the idea that they created all of us. Having considered this, it is simply not reasonable to think that man can change who God the Father and Jesus Christ are. They are unchanging, it is mankind that must "change" to meet the God Head, not the other way around. God's laws are higher than those He gives us to live, simply because of our own weaknesses, but as we learn to follow those God has appointed to lead us, we cannot go astray. To follow any and every "whim" of society, based on who is most persuasive is a serious invitation for disaster.

  • Unreconstructed Reb Chantilly, VA
    June 10, 2014 7:25 p.m.

    I concur with islandboy. The church is quite diverse socially, ethnically, culturally, politically, and economically, but the dominance of the Wasatch Front-centric image of the church obscures this. I believe this is changing slowly, but in my experience Utahns seem inclined to ignore the fact that they're a minority within the church in the US, much less the rest of the world. Much of the rest of the world views Mormons the same way, resulting in unfortunate stereotypes that don't reflect a vibrant, diverse membership.

    And Esquire is quite right about leadership. I hope that General Authorities increasingly reflect the international church.

  • islandboy Honolulu, HI
    June 10, 2014 6:53 p.m.

    Maybe diversity is weak in Utah, but everywhere else the members are very diverse.

  • kevinmosley Pittsburgh, PA
    June 10, 2014 6:42 p.m.

    “Yet … the growth of Mormonism in Africa … has been quite modest, and compared to other traditions, disappointing.”

    "The main reason for this is the church’s lack of accommodation to African cultures and worship styles, he said."

    I can think of a more compelling reason.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 10, 2014 2:37 p.m.

    Diversity is still weak, especially in the leadership. I suspect that will come over time. But if the Church remains predominantly of one political persuasion, true diversity will be slower than it should.