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For decades, church leaders have emphasized better teaching, Elder Pieper said. The overarching goal of the improvements to LDS.org is an emerging new emphasis to help church members, wherever they may be, become better learners. Each of the three enriched Gospel Topic pages includes multiple resources down the right side of the page, but the first resource in each case is a link to a page titled “Seek learning, even by study and also by faith,” a phrase from LDS scripture. That page says the desire to ask questions comes from God and should involve reason.
"In our search for truth, we read, ponder and analyze information and weigh its reliability," the page says.
"We have to ask ourselves hard questions when we seek learning by study," Elder Pieper said. "What are the assumptions? What are the intents? How accurate is this? Is it good scholarship? Isn’t it? How does it fit with my faith experience? How does it fit with other things? There are a lot of things you have to question about that, and I think most people with the Internet take something at face value and don’t search a lot beyond."
Learning by faith comes via scripture and prayer, Elder Pieper said. “The ultimate source of all truth and of all context and of all understanding is the Lord.”
The First Presidency invites Church members and friends to view the satellite broadcast of the annual Christmas devotional, which will originate from the Conference Center on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time.
The hour-long program will include Christmas messages from Church leaders and music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.
The event is now sold out. However, broadcast.lds.org will offer live video of the devotional in 14 languages—American Sign Language, Cantonese, Cebuano, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalog, and Tongan. These video files and additional language versions will be archived on broadcast.lds.org shortly after the broadcast.
Live audio and video of the devotional will also be available in English and Spanish on mormonchannel.org.
Various broadcast, cable, satellite, and Internet television stations and broadcast, satellite, and Internet radio stations throughout the world will also carry the devotional. Check local program listings for availability in your area, or visit mormonchannel.org or byutv.org.
The devotional will also be broadcast or rebroadcast over the Church satellite system in more than 50 languages. Check with local leaders for more details.
Outside the United States and Canada, a DVD or audio recording of the broadcast will be available through the assigned administrative office to units that do not receive satellite or Internet broadcasts. Leaders should arrange to show the recording to these units.
Getting ready to study the Old Testament in 2014, yo.
It sounds like you have a lot of questions - it’s going to be hard to really sort through them all (especially on a worknight!)
So I’m going to make a couple of suggestions in the form of references to look at:
If you want to get a sampling (short bites) about what Mormons believe, there are lots of resources, including but not limited to:
I never thought a pornography addiction could be a girl’s problem. I was proved wrong when I was about 16 years old. I came across a video of pornography, and since I was alone and curious, I watched it. After that first time, I felt like I had to watch something every day. I became addicted to pornography.
Viewing pornography made me feel bad. I knew it was wrong, but I didn’t do anything to change. I was never happy, and I felt dirty and infected with Satan’s tempting filth. But I still found ways to watch it just so I could satisfy my appetite. My addiction led to more and more wrongdoings. I lied to everyone: my brother, my mother, and worst of all, the Lord and myself. I would tell myself that one more movie wasn’t going to hurt me, one more dirty story wouldn’t be that bad.
I still went to church, Mutual, and seminary, but I didn’t have the right attitude or the Spirit with me. I was resentful, so I didn’t get anything from the lessons. I stopped paying my tithing, praying, and reading the scriptures. I felt guilty, but I still couldn’t bring myself to quit. I was bringing myself down every day.
They’ve just finished playing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing it on BYUtv - I feel about eighty times better now than I did six minutes ago.
(The lyrics are in my comfort/wellness book, and it’s in practically every hymn-containing playlist I’ve ever made for myself.)
The point is never to make you feel embarrassed or ashamed - I suggest you read this article on confession to get a sense of what it’s supposed to be all about. Personal worthiness is about your health and long-term (eternal!) well-being; they’re thinking like a doctor who wants you to exercise and eat healthy when they ask that kind of thing, not like a police officer or a gossip journalist.
If you want, you can explain that you’d rather talk about personal worthiness issues with a priesthood holder - strictly speaking, you don’t have to tell the missionaries that you deal with on a daily basis about this kind of thing beyond saying something like that. Just don’t lie about it, saying you didn’t do something wrong - it’s better to say nothing than to lie to them (honestly, if I were a missionary, someone saying they hadn’t committed any sins at all would be a major red flag!)
Anyway, the actual baptismal interview is supposed to be done by missionaries who didn’t teach you:
Who conducts the interview for baptism?
Normally the district leader interviews baptismal candidates taught by missionaries in his district, including candidates taught by his zone leaders. The zone leader interviews candidates taught by the district leader. The mission president or someone he assigns must interview people involved in serious sins. District or zone leaders do not interview baptismal candidates outside their own district or zone unless the mission president assigns them to do so.
And once you’re in the church any kind of confession stuff is between you and your direct priesthood leaders (bishop, stake president, etc.) Plus, your missionaries don’t exactly make the final call on your readiness for baptism (they may not explain who is making the decision, and they do typically have substantial input, but it’s actually not their call alone.)
The point (again) is never to have you feel uncomfortable or rejected, and in fact they have an obligation to try not to do that (part of that whole “love one another” thing.) Plus honestly, they don’t have authority as judges in Israel.
BTW, you are loved and wanted, even when you’ve done something spectacularly crappy. That’s the nature of God and the Church - we love you even when you hate us and yourself, in fact! It can be kind of obnoxious at times, really, especially if you’re used to being cynical or expecting the worst from others. It’s uncomfortable, the unconditional nature of it all.
(Also: Satan really likes all these thoughts and feelings swirling through you right now; he’s probably jumping for joy, or would be if he had a body anyway. I’m not saying he put them there, but I am saying that if you work on fighting them, you’ll be fighting him at the same time.)
I don’t understand why they should have to know what I’ve done wrong? Why do they have to know these things? Why do I care so much about what they think, of me?
And it’s pretty silly for me to be pleased with this, because I’m not from (or living) anywhere near that town, but hey, Mormon history-loving chick here, so they get an extra not-particularly-devoted fan for a reason very few of their players would be able to conceptualize (at least at first.)
If you want to quickly hide all the people sharing nakedness in the #lds tag, use Tumblr Savior to block:
I recommend blocking each user posting under those tags now to solve the issue on a longer-term basis; my assumption is that they’ll learn to stop using the tags but keep posting nakedness in the #lds tag.
When you tell a story to different audiences, different details stand out. Streamlining them all into one account doesn’t make Joseph Smith a liar or a fraud.
Again, there are also multiple, contradictory accounts of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, yet nobody bats an eye about that. If you want to argue about contradictions in stories/accounts, read and study the Synoptic Gospels and see how much each of the four accounts has that’s exactly the same as the other three (hint: little to none, because they’re all told from different perspectives, at different times, and different things stood out to each writer).
Also, Paul the Apostle contradicts his own self in his account of the vision he had on the road to Damascus, because each time he is speaking to a different audience and thus he has to retell it differently to keep from getting himself killed.
Yet nobody bats an eye at these Biblical errors, but oh man, if a Prophet of God isn’t absolutely perfect or makes mistakes it’s hellfire and brimstone for him.
I myself also have issues remembering things exactly the same way that they happened, as do most people. This really is a very weak argument to make against the Church considering that, as I’ve said, the entire Bible has plenty of errors of the same nature.
EDIT: If you choose to leave the Church, or not believe in it, that’s your choice, but you’re not free to avoid the consequences of your choices, including reblogging my post, then deleting the reblog to try and grayface yourself. Good try, but I caught it and I know who you are.
I challenge any adult on earth to tell the story of “this one big important thing that happened when I was 14” to half a dozen different audiences, over the course of 27 years, with all the exact same details in place, and emphasizing all the exact same things. It’s should be somewhat less difficult than, say, writing a full 500-page religious document in a four month period using only your imagination and a moderately literate set of scribes, whose input you only seek occasionally at best.