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Three years in the past this month, phrase leaked out of a brand new church policy, person who deemed individuals who input a same-sex marriage “apostates” and barred their youngsters from baptism and different non secular rituals till they flip 18.
The policy made world headlines, surroundings off a wave of protests and rallies, public resignations and personal resentments.
That furor has in large part light however, for lots of, the questions and the ache, like the policy itself, persist.
So, 3 years later, what’s the state of LGBTQ family members inside of the religion?
Wilcox talks about that and extra in this week’s podcast. Listen here.
Rome wasn’t constructed in an afternoon, and the church’s temple there wasn’t constructed in a yr … two years … and even 5 years.
No, it has taken greater than a decade to take that dream from its October 2008 announcement in Salt Lake City and make it a granite fact in the Eternal City.
This week, the First Presidency announced new dates to devote the 40,000-square-foot edifice in northeast Rome. The products and services are actually set for March 10 via March 12 subsequent yr — after a public open space from Jan. 28 to Feb. 16.
Construction started in 2010 after a proper groundbreaking however, the church has mentioned, bumped into “contractor difficulties now not associated with this mission.”
A continent away, apostle Neil L. Andersen presided at a groundbreaking this week for the Abidjan Cȏte d’Ivoire Temple in West Africa.
“This house [of the Lord] will be a blessing for the country and the members,” Andersen mentioned in a news release. “This temple is an answer to the prayers of the saints in Cȏte d’Ivoire.”
The Ivory Coast construction will likely be the church’s 10th temple introduced or running in Africa.
High-level church leaders hosted representatives this month of the NCAA’s Common Ground program, which is dedicated to bringing in combination LGBTQ advocates and athletic directors.
“We greatly appreciate your concern for the dignity and the physical and spiritual well-being of LGBT student athletes,” Jean Bingham, normal president of the church’s feminine Relief Society, mentioned in a news release. “I believe that when common ground is sincerely sought between any of God’s children, it is always found.”
Added Young Women normal President Bonnie H. Cordon: “We try to follow the example of Jesus Christ, and we really think of you as family because we’re all children of God.”
In Utah politics, when the church speaks, citizens pay attention.
But they don’t essentially obey.
Among the ultimate takeaways from Phil Barlow all over his closing lecture at Utah State University have been this: Religion, regularly misunderstood, issues and learning it is very important.
Barlow, who’s leaving as head of Mormon research at the Logan faculty to invest at Brigham Young University’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, advised an target audience at USU’s David B. Haight Alumni Center lately that ignoring religion problems in academia is “presumptuous and condescending,” Logan’s Herald Journal studies.
The student additionally addressed the widespread statement that as a result of human struggling exists, God will have to now not, making faith irrational and needless.
“Suffering and its problems are the grounds of religion. It’s the fertilizer,” the paper quotes Barlow as pronouncing. “Religion could be the response to human suffering.”
Henry B. Eyring has raised magazine maintaining to an artwork shape — actually.
His watercolor reminiscences, greater than 1000 of them, were cataloged and divulge a visible magazine of his lifestyles, his loves, his travels and his reflections via the a long time.
“I don’t think of myself as an artist,” the 85-year-old Eyring, 2d counselor in the First Presidency, mentioned in a church video interview. “I’m a fellow that likes art and likes memories.”
Eighteen hefty books to this point with plans for every other half-dozen or so — that by myself speaks volumes about the breadth, intensity and ambitions riding the huge Joseph Smith Papers mission.
This week’s unencumber, “Revelations and Translations, Volume 4: Book of Abraham and Related Manuscripts,” supplies “an unprecedented look at the manuscripts and earliest publications of the Book of Abraham,” co-editor Robin Scott Jensen mentioned in a news release.
“It also takes readers inside Joseph Smith’s study of the Egyptian papyri before he dictated the Book of Abraham,” Jensen added, “which is a history with which few Latter-day Saints are familiar.”
Hartman Rector Jr., who joined the church when he was once in the Navy, rose to turn into an full of life normal authority and not drained of conversion tales, died Nov. 6 at age 94.
“I was like a starving man who had found food and drink for the first time,” Rector said in 1994 of his personal non secular awakening. “I loved it.”
“Here’s the factor: We’re all Middle Way Mormons. Or, no less than, the overwhelming majority of us are. Some have no doubt made a blank damage from the church, and there is also some lively individuals who settle for, uncritically, the whole lot that the church and its leaders do and say, even the stuff that contradicts the different stuff. But the general public are someplace in the center, despite the fact that they don’t acknowledge themselves in that center. (It’s type of like tithing — for all the communicate of paying on web vs. paying on gross, all of us pay on one web or every other.)”
By Common Consent blogger Sam Brunson
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