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  1. Looked through the differences between the 2005 and 2018 Preach my Gospel manual which all the missionaries use. https://www.lds.org/manual/preach-my-gospel-a-guide-to-missionary-service?lang=eng On June22, the 1st discussion was changed and now missionaries introduce the existence of 4 different accounts of the first vision to people. “We have four different accounts of what followed, recorded by him or scribes under his direction (see Gospel Topics essay, “First Vision Accounts”). In one account, he described his experience: “I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head . . . . ” It’s also good to see the misleading artwork for the book of mormon translation removed. The Gospel Blesses Individuals and Families Also added is the possibility to ascend higher “in the world to come” by accepting the fulness of the gospel rather than staying in the terrestrial or the telestial kingdoms. An openness to identifying as gay, lesbian, or bisexual is not a sin. Atonement coupled to Jesus Christ in every mention, and more emphasis on exaltation rather than “eternal life”. Removed all mention of the word "investigator(s)". Commitments replaced with Invitations. For the 5th discussion added to the section for Priesthood and Auxiliaries is the question, "How does this apply to women?" "President Dallin H. Oaks taught that women who are set apart as missionaries, officers, or teachers in the Church are “given priesthood authority to perform a priesthood function” (“The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 51). Then it appears to cancel this out with the quote by Joseph Fielding Smith in 1959, "While the sisters have not been given the Priesthood, it has not been conferred upon them , that does not mean that the Lord has not given unto them authority". This is where I thought Oaks overturned Joseph Fielding Smith by equating this authority with priesthood authority. "We are not accustomed to speaking of women having the authority of the priesthood in their Church callings, but what other authority can it be? When a woman—young or old—is set apart to preach the gospel as a full-time missionary, she is given priesthood authority to perform a priesthood function. " We could do more to embrace the female potential of Doctrine and covenants 113:7-8, "7 Questions by Elias Higbee: What is meant by the command in Isaiah, 52d chapter, 1st verse, which saith: Put on thy strength, O Zion—and what people had Isaiah reference to? 8 He had reference to those whom God should call in the last days, who should hold the power of priesthood to bring again Zion, and the redemption of Israel; and to put on her strength is to put on the authority of the priesthood, which she, Zion, has a right to by lineage; also to return to that power which she had lost."
  2. While it’s content offers little or nothing that will strike most here as anything new, it’s worth noting anything like this that appears in the mainstream media.... I imagine it’s content WILL be new(s) to many of its non-LDS viewers, so it’s worth taking note if nothing else to stay informed as to what members of other Faiths (or of no Faith at all) are hearing about Mormonism.
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