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Well, if you already know the ones newsy nuggets, it’s most likely as a result of a web page referred to as MormonLeaks, which posts paperwork, recordings and movies secretly equipped via church leaders, workers, resources, whistleblowers or different moles from inside the Utah-based religion.
So how did MormonLeaks get its get started? What is its objective? Which revelations had been the largest? And how does it navigate often-tricky moral waters?
We put the ones questions and extra to the web page’s principals: Executive Director Ryan McKnight and technical director Ethan Dodge.
Place-kickers and punters aren’t observed as conventional soccer gamers. They normally aren’t as large, robust or rapid. In reality, they’re every now and then a tad offbeat, quirky, even bizarre.
At 6-foot-Four, 205 kilos, Ohio State’s Drue Chrisman is surely extra implementing than most school punters. But he saved the zany kicker custom alive, the Buckeye blog Eleven Warriors reported, when he confirmed up at camp wearing a abnormal T-shirt that touted in all caps “I LOVE MY MORMON GIRLFRIEND” above a big picture of, probably, his Mormon girlfriend. Under the image, a smaller headline stated “(Girls, if you’re reading this, you’re too close.)”
Brigham Young University-Idaho and its sister BYU establishments now be offering amnesty to scholars who file sexual attacks, shielding them from any Honor Code violations they’ll have dedicated “at or near” the time of the alleged crimes.
Trouble is, the gadget is infrequently foolproof.
Why? Her Mormon bishop yanked his ecclesiastical endorsement. Result: The similar as though the varsity presented no amnesty. She can’t sign up or graduate, a minimum of for now.
“The system has a built-in loophole,” stated Steven Healy, co-founder of the campus protection consulting company Margolis Healy. “ … What’s the message you’re sending to people who want to report that they’ve been assaulted? … ‘Don’t come forward because you’re going to be punished — in another system, but nonetheless, you’re going to be punished.’”
Richelle Wilson, in a guest blog for By Common Consent, worries that ecclesiastical endorsements, a should for scholars attending LDS Church faculties, are being — or, a minimum of, will also be — “weaponized.”
Roommates can rat out one any other to bishops about minor Honor Code slip-ups, for example, placing an wrongdoer’s training in danger. What if a pupil simply doesn’t get at the side of the assigned lay chief? And what if a pupil does agree with the bishop and turns to him for lend a hand handiest to have it price that individual a spot in college?
“Even in cases of garden-variety confession of sin, church-school students and employees may find themselves hesitant to share with or receive counsel from their bishop,” writes Wilson, who earned bachelor’s and grasp’s levels at BYU. “Normally, bishops prompt confessors to make amends or briefly refrain from taking the sacrament. But at church schools, confessing students may lose their student status, their job or their housing.”
So the very individual a suffering LDS pupil would possibly flip to for off-campus non secular shepherding turns into the de facto on-campus enforcer — regardless of the insurance policies of a sympathetic college.
The model is located in LDS wards, geographically partitioned congregations the place individuals worship in combination in spite of their partisan leanings.
“You don’t get to congregation-shop based on which ward has the hippest bishop or the largest youth group,” Riess writes. “And you certainly don’t get to choose where to go to church based on your political tendencies.”
So Fox News-loving, Obamacare-loathing, Trump-trumpeting conservatives can pray with, sing with and serve with CNN-adoring, Koch brothers-hating, Bernie-backing liberals — all on the similar Mormon chapel.
Seldom do BYU devotionals deal with LGBTQ inclusivity, the disparities Mormon ladies face and the discrimination too usally geared toward Latter-day Saints of colour.
It’s even rarer for a speaker to confront all 3 subjects in one speech.
Without diluting “doctrine or compromising our standards,” he stated, “we must open our hearts wider, reach out farther, and love more loudly, making space for struggle and faith.”
In quick, Mormon meetinghouses — with the ones “visitors welcome” indicators out of doors — should actually be “members welcome” havens as neatly.
Are you recreation for poking amusing at Mormon tradition? If so, Dang You to Heck is for you.
The recreation begins with a remark or query and gamers then attempt to give you the wittiest solution with one of the vital playing cards in their palms. It may well be “Snoop Dogg reading the Book of Mormon” or “Spiking the punch with Mountain Dew” or “Writing in reformed Egyptian.”
Of path, the winner can have hell to pay.
With his spouse, Wendy Watson Nelson, who was once born in Raymond, Alberta, the Mormon prophet additionally will likely be in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Montreal; and Hamilton, Ontario, from Aug. 17 via 19.
A bishop visiting the Missionary Training Center is infrequently information.
But it surely is when that bishop is Oscar A. Solis, chief of Utah’s 300,000-plus Catholics.
Solis toured the flagship coaching camp for Mormon missionaries in July and was once the featured speaker at a summer season lecture sequence at neighboring BYU in Provo.
Solis lauded interfaith discussion, Editor Marie Mischel reported in the Intermountain Catholic, and quite a lot of ecumenical efforts.
“This is one of the reasons religions exist, to be an instrument of unity and harmony to the world,” the Catholic cleric stated. “God has given the people of faith a divine and sacred mandate: to form the minds and mold the hearts, to have the disposition for unity and harmony so we can build a civilization of love and build God’s kingdom of justice and peace in the world.”
Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland returned to his local St. George in past due July to devote a renovated St. George Tabernacle.
The visiting LDS basic authority recalled carving his initials right into a picket desk when the ancient tabernacle served as a faculty.
“Several years later, Snow said, he came across that very same piece of furniture in the new stake center,” The Spectrum reported. “Although he said it was embarrassing, it also allowed him to reflect on the historical significance of the building.”
Called of God? Called via prophet?
No approach, says Tribune columnist Robert Kirby. The one that referred to as him to be Elder Kirby was once, neatly, Elder Kirby.
“The whole thing — from start to staying to finishing — was entirely my idea,” he writes. And he has no regrets about his determination.
“We must be a voice for truth. We must have the faith and courage to speak up and engage in social media in a positive, responsible, noncontentious and effective way. We can simply share what we know and believe with others.”
— Kevin W. Pearson, basic authority Seventy
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