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.
Strom Thurmond posted:=What was the amount of the donation he
delivered?525,000 rupees (roughly $8000).
What a wonderful recognition and honor! "Have I done any good in the world
today?" rings loud and true!
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.
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!
More evidence that the author Alex Haley was right when he repeated this
aphorism:"We're all more alike than we are different."
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
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
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.
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.
Wow what an amazing opportunity for Elder Christofferson and for the LDS church.
This is really neat.
Outside of Utah and the many refractory that seem to complain about anything
Mormon, the world recognizes the good that the Church is doing.
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.
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
@ omsdave- you would object to placing a lei being laid around the neck of a
statue of Joseph Smith?
What was the amount of the donation he delivered?
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.