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Jon Snow
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This is dangerous stuff :-)

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Happy Easter, and may we all find Peace.

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Two big cheers for this video! I'll upgrade it to three cheers if the administration continues fully supporting this group.

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It's great to have the text transcripts available so soon after conference. Old timers like me can remember when we used to wait over a month for them to come in the Ensign magazine. Now I don't even need to subscribe to the magazine any more!

I'll be posting my reviews and comments about the talks over the next several weeks, so stay tuned . . .

Happy Good Friday! Hope it's a great day for you.

I'm pondering some of Christ's wonderful moral teachings. My favorite is the Golden Rule.


Matthew 7:12
New International Version (NIV)
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

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Do we really “know that gender was set in the premortal world”? And have we fully considered the implications of that statement?

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Brad Carmack is an honest, open-minded, devoted Mormon.

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A must-read story. I wish every leader of the LDS / Mormon church would read this and consider their actions carefully.

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I added the following comment to the LDS Newsroom's post about Mormon temples. I am repeating it here in case LDS Newsroom removes it from the other location.
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It is certainly within the rights of the LDS church to decide for itself who should be allowed to enter its temples. However, the decisions it makes reflect where its priorities lie. Michael Otterson explains that only members of the church "in good standing" are allowed entry. What does it mean to be "in good standing"? Michael Otterson doesn't explain how this is determined, and what the requirements are for receiving a temple recommend, which is a credit-card-sized paper that allows a member to enter the temples.

TITHING

One of the chief requirements for receiving a temple recommend is to be a full-tithe payer, which is defined by LDS church leadership as donating 10% of one's income to the church. I have known many church members who, due to job loss or healthcare costs, were barely scraping by financially or even falling behind on their bills consistently each month. When faced with paying tithing to the church or paying their bills, they logically chose to pay their bills, fully intending to tithe again as soon as they were able. However, they were duly punished by the LDS church for that choice by being denied entry to the church's holiest sanctuaries. This happened even though their leaders often say they should seek the peace and comfort of temple attendance in times of hardship. In case the financial problems weren't enough, the members typically suffered guilty consciences as well for not meeting the LDS church's expectations.

The LDS church often proclaims that it follows the teachings of Jesus Christ. However, the tithing requirement for receiving a temple recommend creates a two-tiered organization among LDS church members that has no parallels in the New Testament. Those rich and privileged enough to afford the tithing donations receive full benefits, including being married "for time and all eternity" in the beautiful temples. Those of lesser means are second-class members who hear Sunday sermons and lessons about the temples but are excluded entry to them, even to attend marriages of their own family members.

LDS church leaders could counter that the majority of members who regularly attend Sunday meetings also pay tithing and are thus able to enter the temples. This is probably true, although it is impossible to know for sure because the church doesn't share its financial data. However, why does the LDS church choose to deny God's full blessings to any of its members who are faithfully attending church meetings outside of the temples? Wouldn't Jesus Christ wish to include all those who are trying to follow him, without regard to financial circumstances that are out of their control?

ADDICTIONS (Word of Wisdom)

Another outwardly clear requirement for receiving a temple recommend is that a member must be following the LDS church's health code, which is know as the Word of Wisdom. This includes abstaining totally from tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs. I have known many LDS church members who were addicted to these substances, who were trying their best to overcome their addictions, and were simultaneously professing their love of Christ and their desires to follow him. Why do LDS church leaders exclude these members from the temples while they are fighting their addictions? Do they know that feelings of guilt, hopelessness and self-loathing exacerbate the addiction cycle? How do LDS church leaders think it affects the addicted members when they attend church meetings and are taught that the temples are supremely important but that they are not worthy to enter them? The New Testament shows Jesus Christ's concern for the sinners and the lepers, the most downtrodden and unclean folk of Israel. He did not deny them access to his presence or his attention. Instead, Matthew 11:28 quotes Christ: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." For believing LDS church members, fully coming unto Christ requires temple attendance, and yet many of those who are most burdened down with grief and sin are denied entrance.
The words “Holiness to the Lord. The House of the Lord” are etched on the temple, usually above the front entrance. Michael R. Otterson, managing director of the Church's Public Affairs Department, explains in his current Washington Post “On Faith” forum why Mormons, desiring to stand in sacred, holy places, go to the temple.

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The LDS church "unequivocally condemns" pre-1978 racism including Joseph Smith's scriptural writings and Brigham Young's racist sermons.
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