World Peace Prize presented in India to Mormon leader

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • KevinSim Springville, UT
    Aug. 15, 2017 1:49 p.m.

    Omsdave posted:

    =I noticed the caption under the photo stated that Elder Christofferson "offers
    =flowers to a statue.....". Did something change in the gospel between Sunday
    =and today and I just missed it? This is different to me, than placing flowers
    =on a grave.

    Of course it's different; placing flowers on a grave is a western tradition while offering flowers to a statue is an Indian tradition.

    The Ten Commandments prohibit Jews and Christians from bowing down to statues; they say nothing about offering flowers to statues.

  • KevinSim Springville, UT
    Aug. 15, 2017 1:45 p.m.

    Strom Thurmond posted:

    =What was the amount of the donation he delivered?

    525,000 rupees (roughly $8000).

  • Johnny Triumph Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 15, 2017 1:18 p.m.

    What a wonderful recognition and honor! "Have I done any good in the world today?" rings loud and true!

  • Seattlefan Kent, WA
    Aug. 15, 2017 10:55 a.m.

    I believe that this is a different World Peace Prize than the previous poster referred to in her comments regarding the Nobel Peace Prize from the Swedish Nobel Family. Nonetheless, this is a well deserved recognition for the service that Elder Christofferson has given throughout his life.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    Aug. 15, 2017 8:47 a.m.

    The honor is based on World Peace and yet contention raises its ugly head in some of the comments. Gratitude should be expressed for anyone being given such an honor but this time it is closer to home and I find personal pride in that.

    Incidentally, Mr. Nobel being there added to the honor since the Nobel peace prize is awarded by the Swedish family Nobel. Elder Christofferson is of Swedish lineage. He received a double award. Underbar!

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 15, 2017 8:18 a.m.

    More evidence that the author Alex Haley was right when he repeated this aphorism:
    "We're all more alike than we are different."

  • goosehuntr Tooele, UT
    Aug. 15, 2017 7:36 a.m.

    Sounds like there was some very good research into the person and organization before the award was decided upon. What a deeply moving presentation and ceremony. Good is restored to good. Well deserved Elder Christopherson...very well deserved. Thank you for showing us all how to salt the earth.

  • Hope & Faith give us strength Utah County, UT
    Aug. 14, 2017 11:12 p.m.

    We thank the oh God for a prophet, and the Apostles! Heavenly Father blesses us. Let's remember that before remembering faults in each other. It's up to us to watch ourselves against temptation and attend, study, pray and keep the commandments daily. It's up to us to look up to Christ. Rather than look for fault in each other, we've been given Someone who is perfect to look to instead.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 14, 2017 8:56 p.m.

    Having worked with engineers, scientists and military background professionals for ten years, they are dedicated to goodness and Their religious beliefs. They liked to visit Temple Square each time they came. They were grateful for Temple open house times and wanted to see the differences between their temples and LDS Temples.

    They would comment about the special feelings they experienced when at Temple Square.

    Elder Christofferson as a General Authority for 25-years has done a lot for the world through the Church. As an Apostle he has proved power and authority through his calling.

    People in India know the Spirit of a man of God. They are a beautiful people and have done many good things for peace, also.

    Mother Theresa was an inspiration and a doer for people in India.

    Thanks to people of peace. It is a hard world to live in without a moment of peace for some.

    We are blessed.

  • MormonForever St George, UT
    Aug. 14, 2017 5:53 p.m.

    For those bothered by Elder Christofferson tossing flower petals onto the statue. He was not worshipping the statue at all as he would never worship idols. He was simply showing respect for their religious beliefs.

  • MormonForever St George, UT
    Aug. 14, 2017 5:37 p.m.

    Wow what an amazing opportunity for Elder Christofferson and for the LDS church. This is really neat.

  • taatmk West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 14, 2017 2:52 p.m.

    Outside of Utah and the many refractory that seem to complain about anything Mormon, the world recognizes the good that the Church is doing.

  • Hockey Fan Miles City, MT
    Aug. 14, 2017 2:42 p.m.

    Todd and Kathy Christofferson moved into our ward in Rockville, MD, in 1972, which was just before my senior year of high school. He was my sisters' early morning seminary teacher the year after I graduated from high school. He became our bishop while I was on my mission after our bishop passed away from a massive heart attack. I have had great respect for this great man and his incredible wife for many, many years. He deserves more respect than he appears to have gotten thus far from the first two individuals who have posted opinions. Your negativity is a reflection on you, not on him.

  • Summit Park City, UT
    Aug. 14, 2017 2:05 p.m.

    An internet search of the offering of flowers leads to an explanation of 10 beauties or attributes that the person hopes to obtain and/or share with others. Not so dis-similar to our spreading flowers over graves in hope of remembering the person whose body lies there and the wonderful impact that they have had.

    Both are local customs. Both help to remember good, and to do good. I did not sense in these customs that worship of whatever the flowers were spread on was taking place. I think maybe I'll go spread a few flowers and try to do good.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Aug. 14, 2017 2:02 p.m.

    @ omsdave- you would object to placing a lei being laid around the neck of a statue of Joseph Smith?

  • strom thurmond taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 14, 2017 1:52 p.m.

    What was the amount of the donation he delivered?

  • omsdave Visalia, CA
    Aug. 14, 2017 1:12 p.m.

    I noticed the caption under the photo stated that Elder Christofferson "offers flowers to a statue.....". Did something change in the gospel between Sunday and today and I just missed it? This is different to me, than placing flowers on a grave.