So days ago, I wrote that the church was not confronting the big questions.
Apparently, I was wrong. The temple changes yesterday are big.
Nice summary of 2018. You forgot to include the 20 Dec 2018 policy that allows
sister missionaries to wear dress pants.
It was indeed a memorable year -> Hurrah for President Nelson! I worry,
though, that the Church will lose even more members that it already has because
of the pressure to do so much more at home: Many will fall away, will not do
their scripture study, will not train their youngsters, will just not do what
they are supposed to do. Being an "all-in" member is hard work when the
Church is the focus, and will be even harder when the family is the focus.
Personally, I am "all-in" and will follow our Prophet no matter what,
but "strait is the gate, and narrow is the way" and I'm afraid a
lot of members are going to get filtered out by that funnel. That 16 million
figure is already a sham; having been the one to try to track down the inactives
in more than one unit of the Church, I can testify that we have somewhere
between 33% and 50% of our "members" who are, realistically, not members
at all---they got baptized but didn't make the full commitment, and now
even hide from the Church. I hope some of the coming changes include
"raising the bar" for getting baptized and lowering expectations on
missionaries re the number of baptisms; that is, emphasize convert commitment,
One comment said the ordinances don't change, and that is true, but
policies and procedures do, as needs change. When the pioneers came west, they
were a village, per say. Today the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
is a world wide church, with many different cultures, ethnicities and varying
needs, and a church that does not adjust to changing challenges can not claim to
be inspired of God. Anyone that is not biased against the church can easily see
that these changes are wise and prudent. Also, NINETEEN new temples announced
in one year is breath taking, IMHO. This is a great time to be alive to witness
The principles and ordinances don't seem to change to me, but the Church of
Jesus Christ is all about changing my heart. After all, isn't that what
it's all about anyway? All these changes seem to better point me towards
Jesus Christ. I can't do anything but try and follow after them. Since
one commenter quoted Luke 17, I'll quote: "Wheresoever the body is,
thither will the eagles be gathered together." I want to be with the
I know it is true - why should I hedge that by saying I believe?
Truth is nothing changed, that matters. The LGBT community is still
discriminated against and Utah still leads the nation in male teenage suicides
with a high percentage of those deaths linked to issues with same sex
attraction. The driving force is the dominant religion of Utah.
When I was a young Mormon boy I asked my bishop this question, " How do you
know that the Church is true and his answer was. because it never changes".
RE: ute alumni “ You either believe or don’t, true. The 40th
anniversary of the 1978 revelation on the priesthood.Martin Luther
King Jr,” a person should be judged by his or her character, not by skin
color. There is no place in the life of the Christian for favoritism (Priesthood
of all believers 1 Peter 2:9 Martin Luther) based not on race (James
2:1–10). In fact, the biblical perspective is that there is only one
“race”—the human race, with everyone having descended from
Adam and Eve.
It’s sad when someone doesn’t believe in something that they feel
the need to condemn or criticize. If I don’t believe in something I really
don’t care what the believers do or don’t do. You either believe or
don’t. It’s that easy.
One of the major 2018 happenings that was not mentioned in the article was the
Joseph Bishop incident. I feel like it was swept under the rug, and the church
essentially said "nothing to see here". But there was plenty to see, as
we know from the transcript.Unfortunate, in this current climate of
society beginning to believe women. Sexual assault victims in the church need to
know that they will be believed, supported, and are safe.
"Eat your vitamin pills. Get your rest. It's going to be
exciting."So far, not that exciting, although I agree with the
policy changes that have been made. Most were long overdue. Policy and procedure
changes are not exciting. They are simply necessary. It would be exciting if we
had some big questions confronted. That doesn't seem to be the plan,
though, and I understand how hard that is.The Come Follow Me youth
lessons changes from 6 years ago were exciting because the updated lesson
content is more relevant, and more focused on true gospel principles. (Some
things the old YW lessons focused on were just plain wrong-headed.) There is
still room for improvement: the YM lessons remain much more leadership focused
than the YW's. A change I would like to see is no more
one-on-one youth interviews, and no more sexual questions about worthiness. But yes. I applaud the changes so far.
I wish President Nelson would caution Saints to express their testimony more
accurately. When young children say "I know that ... is true" it would
be more accurate to say, "I believe" or "I have faith". The
members could then follow this up with "because..." Probably not in the
works, but who "knows."
RE: Obama10 –“We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does
now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important
things pertaining to the Kingdom of God, ‘and Messiah’s second
coming.” Original Article of Faith #9.
@Obama10 – “and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and
important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.”He already
did (Luke 17:21) but few understand, let alone do anything about it.
A year to remember!! No member will ever forget it.
"What's past is prologue." In modern-day English, that means
"You ain't seen nothin' yet."
We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we
believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to
the Kingdom of God. Article of Faith #9.
President Nelson has certainly shown that he's not afraid to change things.
We keep trying to guess what will be next. One of my friends was astonished
when his prediction of "two-hour church" proved correct.
It has been a fantastic year in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Thanks for the summary of major events.