Yes, I like it. It must be hard for parents with little children to get through
three hours of meetings every week. For members who have only one ward meeting
house in a city of hundreds of thousands, and who often still travel to church
by bus, it makes for a long day too. It also reminds us that, in most cases,
the teachings stick with our youth only when teaching and example occurs at
@Steve C. Warren - WEST VALLEY CITY, UTWe have also perpetuated
Melchizedek Priesthood, which is a nickname. The original name was "the Holy
Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God." (D&C 107:3,4) Perhaps a
change is coming."I doubt it. The reason it is called the
Melchizedek Priesthood is given in this scripture. I don't look at it as a
"nickname", but rather an alternate name that the Lord approves of that
helps us avoid using the His name in an excessive, and possibly offensive way.
I think that verse 4 of the scripture you quote makes this very clear. This is
just my opinion.
@skeptic - Phoenix, AZThe church decided to go with 2 hour meeting.
Lets just leave it at that."The Mormons" will find ways to keep in
touch in the large cities.All is good...
The down side on shorter church time is that in the large cities members are
scattered apart from one and another, and the only time they spend with their
Mormon ward members is on Sunday. In the smaller towns and rural areas it is
different, the Mormons are always running into one and another. In many small
towns the population is over fifty percent Mormon, the same in the schools, not
so in the large cities. Other than in Utah and Idaho where there is a Mormon on
My testimony grew by leaps and bounds yesterday. I needed it.
To Hutterite:re: "You got directives on the font and branding
and new limits on meeting durations. Is this really historic revelation, or just
a corporate memo?"Your cynicism about the divine nature of the
church, prophets, etc. is an opinion and regularly noted in these comment
sections, which is your prerogative. I take a different view, however. Yes,
policies such as the duration of the church meeting block do change at times,
and, in my judgement, and have an impact. These types of changes are less
important, however, than the change you label as "branding". I believe
putting the name of Jesus Christ back at the center of the church is much more
meaningful than a change to the 3-hour block of meetings (despite what some
members may think!) . It should be a constant reminder to members and
non-members alike that the Savior and his work is at the core of all we do and
stand for. To me that is more than branding - it goes to the very mission
statement of the organization, and is an important statement/message both to
members and non-members alike.
You got directives on the font and branding and new limits on meeting durations.
Is this really historic revelation, or just a corporate memo?
The two-hour block is great, but does not solve the biggest issue. We
won't have a truly home-centered church experience until we get rid of the
plethora of extra Sunday meetings at the ward and stake level. We pull family
members out the homes for a myriad of meetings on Sundays - BYD, BYC, scout
committee, ward council, ward firesides, stake firesides, ward choir, stake
youth choir, presidency meetings, youth conference meetings, trek meetings,
Aaronic Priesthood training meetings, priesthood meetings, stake conference
youth meetings, etc., etc. If everyone in a family lived in just one
ward/stake, it wouldn't be so bad, but trying to navigate all the meetings
across multiple wards/stakes is getting impossible.It will take the
prophet from the pulpit in General Conference specifically limiting the number
of meetings allowed outside the normal block before local leaders will take
notice and stop scheduling families the entire sabbath day. All of the meetings
are a huge hindrance to families being able to get together for a Sunday meal,
visit an aged parent or uncle/aunt/grandparent, or to even get a nuclear family
together. It's time to significantly reduce these meetings.
I was thinking about the word atonement, the blood, epa-genitics, the sins of
the fathers the grace of God, the church of Jesus, the body of Christ an how it
all works together. I have come to a conclusion.
Wow what an amazing conference. I loved that they kept saying... "Family
Centered...Church assisted" It cracked me up to hear most people going,
"Yes!!" When they found out they would only attend 2 hour meetings
now.." Perhaps they may miss the boat??? I personally think Christ is
preparing his people.
Can they stop using the word historic with everything?
Re: he said the church itself, both administration and members, have
perpetuated nicknames that do not include Christ's name, "subtly
disregarding all that Jesus Christ did for us, even his Atonement."We have also perpetuated Melchizedek Priesthood, which is a nickname. The
original name was "the Holy Priesthood after the Order of the Son of
God." (D&C 107:3,4) Perhaps a change is coming.
Before electronic tithing became available, I always considered it aggravating
to have to tediously hand print, "The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day
Saints", on my tithing check.That's why I love the
convenience of being able to use my computer to pay my tithing at the
Church's web site!On my FACEBOOK, GOOGLE PLUS, and GAB social
media accounts, there is a limit in the number of letters permitted in
describing myself, so I always used the word, "Mormon", to indicate my
chosen faith.But, immediately following General Conference, I logged
in to my computer Internet social media and experimented with composing a new
description of myself, one that would fit within the confines of their
requirements, while still referencing Jesus Christ.Obviously, typing
in, "The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints", while correct,
would never do.So, this is the description that I finally posted on
all of my computer Internet social media web sites:"I'm a
disabled Viet Nam War veteran, a disciple of Jesus Christ, and a
singer/songwriter."That works, doesn't it?
One of the most effective and inspired features of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of
Latter-day Saints has always been that it's deliberately designed to
function within each home as a family institution, in the event that natural
disasters, acts of war, or biological epidemics make it impractical to meet as
regular groups and/or organizations, due to enforced isolation.I
suspect the Lord's anointed servants are wisely preparing us for what may
be coming just down the road a piece.