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Christians seem several expressions for some one following Christ: Accepting Christ into my life, turning myself over to Christ, giving my life to Christ, let go and let God, etc.... The main theme seems to be giving your life to God.
From an LDS perspective, what does this mean and how is it implemented in our own lives? Is it church service, keeping the commandments, putting a greater reliance on faith.....? The idea of how to give up control of your own life and give it to Christ has always confused me. After all, we have our free agency and "he that is compelled in all things is slothful and not a wise servant".
I know I'm missing something here so tell me your persective on it.
By Five Solas
Thinking about BYU losing the US Air Force ROTC program it has hosted, almost since the inception of the Air Force (as a separate service from the USAAC). Although some will play down the move to UVU – I think this could prove a watershed moment for BYU and for LDS.
For over half a century the Air Force played by the rules of the LDS authored “Honor Code” at BYU and found officers willing to work within its constraints. In return, BYU supplied thousands of competent officers.
And whatever the exact equation of costs vs. benefits for Air Force officer recruitment/training, one thing is certain: The LDS Church and its flagship university aren’t as valuable as they used to be. They used to be worth accommodating--and now they're not. LDS influence stands diminished.
A couple years ago, Daniel C. Peterson wrote an article that was perhaps prescient—
Growing up in the fifties and sixties, it was easy to assume that American society respected Latter-day Saints. We might be out on the theological fringe, regarded as a bit quirky, but American civic religion was at least theoretically pretty much on our side. For example, Americans seemed to honor ideals of faithful, heterosexual marriage, with fathers taking the lead and mothers caring for children. Society was, in other words, largely in sync with, and supportive of, fundamental, practical Mormon values. In fact, Mormons seemed quintessentially American — which, in the postwar era of the Pax Americana, benefited our church not only in the United States but in Europe and Japan.
Today, though, Mormonism and Western society seem to be parting ways in crucial respects.
What do folks think? Is the Air Force ROTC departure from BYU related to a broader trend Peterson wrote about in 2015?
By Bernard Gui
In 2 Nephi 2, Joseph, son of Lehi, is given this promise by his father:
There is some question who this "one mighty among them" will be. It's not Joseph Smith, because the one will be a descendant of Lehi. Joseph Fielding Smith and Spencer Kimball suggested it would be a future prophet to come out of the remnants of Lehi (a "Lamanite" or "Indian" prophet).
Let me propose another candidate, one who we all know well but perhaps take for granted.
He did much good in word and deed. He was an instrument in the hands of God. He had exceeding faith. He worked mighty wonders. He did that thing which is great in the sight of God in bringing restoration to the house of Israel and the seed of Lehi. 1. He did much good in word and deed.
2. He was an instrument in the hands of God.
3. He had exceeding faith.
4. He worked mighty wonders.
5. He did that thing which is great in the sight of God in bringing the restoration to the house of Israel and the seed of Lehi.
Yes, I'm talking about that giant of a Nephite, the Prophet Mormon. As a boy, he was a leader of men. As a man, he was one of the greatest prophets of God. As a prophet, he was fearless in his faith and secure in his knowledge. As a warrior, he gave his life in defense of his people. As a father, he inspired greatness in his son Moroni. As a historian, he was entrusted to make and preserve the record of his people that became the foundation of the Restoration. Truly, he was "one mighty among them."
Granted, some may point out that he claimed to be a descendant of Nephi, not Joseph, but it is reasonable to conclude that the descendants of the faithful Lehites (Nephi, Sam, Joseph, Jacob, and Zoram) intermarried and all could claim to be descended from Nephi. In fact, all the descendants of those Lehi sons became grouped under the head of Nephi. But is it not possible that this man was the one prophesied to come and bring restoration to Lehi's family?
Others may have come to this conclusion, but I'm not aware of any who have proposed Mormon. Feel free to burst that bubble of pride.
Dear members of Mormon Dialogue & Discussion Board,
We’re doing an online survey about the experiences of Christians, and we hope you can participate! If you participate, you’ll complete a survey online and be able to enter to win a $15 gift card, and we are giving out 35 gift cards. Christians are a very under-studied group, and we’d love to hear from members your group.
You can participate if you are an adult, living in the United States, and identify as a Christian (all denominations are welcome!).
The web site for the study is:
Please note that we want to be clear that the purpose of this research is NOT to portray Christians in any negative light, whatsoever! We are interested in the daily stress experienced by Christians and factors such as whether they feel they can be open about their faith at work. Very little research has examined the experiences of Christians in this regard.
Please feel free to contact the study principal investigator, Dr. Mike Parent, directly at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns at all about this study.
This study is being conducted by Dr. Mike Parent (Texas Tech University), Dr. Melanie Brewster (Teacher’s College), and Dr. Stephen Cook (Hardin-Simmons University). This study was approved by the Texas Tech Institutional Review Board, and posting this link was approved by your group moderator Nemesis (Thank you!).
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