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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."
My Mozilla Firefox suggests articles for me, and this one popped up today. I should also say that I absolutely love Longreads--I prefer the long article pulse on news and society rather than main stream news 3 minute segments.
I'm sharing it here in the name of noting how the "Mormonism" conversation is taking place in a larger context.
MEET THE NEW MORMONS
I'm ambivalent about the article itself. I found it unsatisfying, but I'm still trying to put my finger on why. I think in part that there are unsupported statements, that assume much from a supposed already-agreeing audience. For example, she mentions twice about being people being called in to "discipline" for Facebook posts, but doesn't even give one example, much less showing an ongoing pattern. Again--maybe readers should already know and be up on that, but I'm not, and I really don't think all readers will be, especially if the audience is mainly non-Mormon, as would be the case for Longreads. Similarly there are statements like this: "But they [the Church] definitely don’t like everything that happens online. That’s why they excommunicated Kelly in 2014." Again--wow--a lot that could benefit from unpacking there even if the conclusion remains the same. She does not go through the Kelly case at all--just says only that. So, again--an expectation that the reader already is following the entire matter and has background.
What I liked best about the article was her personal story and struggles (and her Mom's). I also can hardly disagree with the hope that there can be a greater atmosphere of talking about tough things without fear.
All communication depends upon a level of shared understanding and commonly accepted assumptions. If the communication is verbal, then much of the shared understanding and commonly accepted assumptions has to do with the meanings of words, their semantic ranges and how context influences those meanings. For example, when in the context of a Temple Recommend interview, the interviewer uses such words as "Testimony," "Saviour," "Word of Wisdom," "Law of Chastity" and suchlike, it is mutually understood that these terms take on specifically Mormon meanings, and that short "yes" or "no" answers convey the same information to the hearer as they do to the speaker.
If a person is not familiar with Mormon terminology, those meanings will not be obvious. But if an interviewee is indeed familiar with them, but chooses instead to interpret those terms in alternative ways without informing the interviewer, - as advocated by Mister John Dehlin, Ph.D. - then s/he has deliberately set out to deceive the interviewer, and is engaging in what I call "lexical duplicity."
None if this would be particularly controversial, were it not for the fact that there are in this forum one or two ideological friends of Mister Dr Dehlin who see nothing wrong with such behaviour, and flatly deny that any duplicity is involved.
This raises a serious question, however. If those posters cannot see any problem with such behaviour in a Temple Recommend interview, in which the overriding principle is one of uberrimae fedei, then how can they balk at such things in this forum, where caveat lector so clearly applies? How are we to know, when such a poster uses any well-known Mormon term, that they are using it in its expected Mormon sense, and not in some private sense that is kindly withheld from us, perhaps to avoid distressing us?
To embrace lexical duplicity of the Dehlin kind is to undermine, if not outright destroy, the trust without which any effective communication must fail. This is in no sense a "personal insult," but a serious problem that needs a serious resolution. If anyone tries to pretend that this is a "personal insult," then they are merely sweeping the problem under the rug.
In the video above, The University of Utah hosted noted LDS scientific (peer-reviewed-published) researcher, founder of the SARS vaccine, and biographer of David O. McKay, Gregory A. Prince. He's introduced here:
Elder Quentin L. Cook opens Black Church Leadership Summit
Mormon Newsroom YouTube bit
Transcript of Elder Cook's remarks
Highlights for me: Mentions meeting Bernice King while (both) attending the Pope (sweet); affirming LGBT rights in the society (nice); that (unlike many churches of the day) blacks (the few) and whites worshiped together in the same early Mormon Church (let's not forget that; beautiful); 'battle' and 'attack' imagery (I really challenge that, not how I see the world, but I find it fascinating that our religious, in fact human, struggle continues to be encapsulized that way); his challenge to the challenge to the colonial narrative (cool, it's time; although let's not overdo it, colonial narrative, not to mention colonialism, is alive and well and still doing damage); continued affirmation of the Church's very specific stance on religious freedom (what it means and what it looks like) (ok); reiterating the Church's persecution foundation (what?! sigh; let's DO forget that).
And this spectacular quote from the Prophet Joseph.
///A few months before he was killed by a mob in 1844, our prophet, Joseph Smith, taught that moral agency was essential for each individual: “God cannot save or damn a man only on the principle that every man acts, chooses and worships for himself; hence the importance of thrusting from us every spirit of bigotry and intolerance towards a man’s religious sentiments, that spirit which has drenched the earth with blood.” ///
My hero. (The Prophet, not Elder Cook )
Lots more in the talk . . .