Posts Tagged ‘LDS Church’

Summer is Upon Us, Let Us Not Then Complain of the Heat

LA police stand watch at the LA temple Thursday evening.

LAPD officers stand watch at the LA temple Thursday evening.

This evening we had the pleasure to go as a ward family to the Oakland temple. We were fortunate to have only a lone protester standing outside the gate when we left at 8:30. Later at his house, Bishop Bain directed me to this talk. I am shocked by how apt it is to the current fervor over Proposition 8 and the current state of our country. Wise words 30 years ago, and still very insightful and thought provoking today.

The following is an excerpt from the talk

“Meeting the Challenges of Today”

by NEAL A. MAXWEL, Oct. 1978
(Emphasis added)

Discipleship includes good citizenship; and in this connection, if you are careful students of the statements of the modern prophets, you will have noticed that with rare exceptions–especially when the First Presidency has spoken out–the concerns expressed have been over moral issues, not issues between political parties. The declarations are about principles, not people, and causes, not candidates. …

But make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters, in the months and years ahead, events are likely to require each member to decide whether or not he will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to halt longer between two opinions (see 1 Kings 18:21).


Betrayal and Hope

the_familyAn article appeared in the Contra Costa Times last Thursday that sparked a wave of controversy and emotion. The article tried to make the point that the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints “leadership’s sway over the issue of homosexuality may be weakening” and that there is a significant group of church members who are standing up to speak out against President Monson and his call to support the November ballot measure. After a variety of comments in church meetings today I decided to republish the article here (click read more) as well as the forum comments that resulted from the article (following the page break). I use the handle sloarch07 in the comments.

I want to encourage my friends and family who support and sustain (or merely agree with) President Monson to speak out and be a voice in defense of marriage online, at school, and in the workplace. If we don’t speak out who will? Please do what you can for this important effort.

Feel free to use some of the comments I made as inspiration to post on other online forums or in speaking with your friends. I don’t purport to have all the answers but hopefully I will inspire you to speak boldly and with love. I also would encourage you to read President Monson’s Letter and remember that this is an assignment given to us from a Prophet of God.

Thank you for your faith. (more…)

Polygamist Sects Are Not ‘Mormons’, Church Says

This article is reprinted from

Polygamist Sects Are Not “Mormons,” Church Says
29 August 2006

SALT LAKE CITY — Many news outlets are reporting on the recent arrest of fugitive polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, who is on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

Some media outlets have been very careful to describe Warren Jeffs as a “fugitive polygamist sect leader.” Other reports refer to Mr. Jeffs as a “Mormon,” “fundamentalist Mormon,” or as the leader of a “Mormon sect.”

Some may debate what the definition of a Mormon is, but terms like “Mormon Tabernacle Choir,” “Mormon Temple” and “Mormon missionaries” are universally understood to refer to the 12-million member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Quite simply, calling Warren Jeffs a Mormon is misleading and confusing to the vast majority of audiences who rightfully associate the term “Mormon” with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why do LDS Missionaries all have the same first name?

They don’t! On our nametags we all have the title Elder or Sister. The title is given while we our on missions because of our sacred calling to be ambassadors of Christ.

Isn’t it hard for LDS Missionaries to be away from their family for two years?

Of course it is. I think the degree of difficulty varies for every missionary and varies as time goes by. For me there were certain times that were harder that others but in general I was so busy that family and home are not big concerns.

Do LDS missionaries receive any monetary compensation?

No. The rewards of serving a mission are great, but, not to sound overly cliché, they are not of this world.

Do LDS missionaries receive a position of status?

No. After completing
a mission for the church the missionary continues being a member
of the church but does not receive any special position within


Do LDS missionaries receive a salary?

No. They pay for all
of their expenses. There are many cases where it is not possible
for a missionary to pay for the entire two years, so family,
friends, and the congregation from the missionary’s hometown
will help.


How old must you be to become an LDS missionary?

Missionaries are generally between the ages of 19-25 for boys and 21-25 for girls. There are older adults who serve missions and the only limit on their ability to serve is their health.

For how long do LDS missionaries serve?

Missionaries serve on average for a period of 18 months for girls, and 24 months for boys.