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Setting aside the rhetoric that some would consider inflammatory, does this article make any good points?By FearlessFixxer
I know this has been discussed previously (but couldn't find the thread). I recently came to the realization that every 4th Sunday for 6 months will be based on 1 topic. The first 6 months of 2018 happens to have the topic of Sabbath worship- keeping the Sabbath day holy. Regardless of what one thinks about that particular topic, is it reasonable to expect 6 lessons on consecutive months on the same topic to be stimulating to the membership? I struggle to see how even the most dedicated member could be excited about hearing the same topic (presumably with a different spin) for 6 straight months.
Has anyone been involved in the pilot programs for this approach (which also used Sabbath Observance as the topic- so you get another 6 months...yay!!)? How did it work? Were eyes more glazed over than usual on the 5th and 6th month? Seriously, is anyone looking forward to this? I will be thrilled if someone can show me that I have misunderstood this teaching approach and it won't really be 6 months of the same topic.
The Daughters of MOTHER EVE
of Latter-Day Saints
1. We believe that God is a title that denotes more than one personage. Those personages are our Father and Mother in Heaven.
2. We believe Jesus Christ is the Savior of Mankind and Mother Eve the Comforter of mankind.
3. We believe that we were given the Sarahic1 Priestesshood in the pre-existence through Mother Eve.
4. We believe that the Miriamic1 Priestesshood is to help prepare women to take on the duties of the Sarahic1Priestesshood.
5. We believe that women should lead side by side and hand in hand with our brothers, husbands, and fathers.
6. We believe that our duty and calling is separate and complimentary to the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
7. We believe that there should be no poor among us. To help the poor build a secure life with love and understanding.
8. We believe that poverty is instability in home ownership, food availability and job security.
9. We believe that through personal accountability and community support we can achieve the fullest measure of our creation.
10. We believe that holy script has been changed by false priests and evil transcribers to exclude and persecute those who were a different gender, race, nationality, and sexuality.
11. We believe through objective thought and careful prayer we will be able to strip prejudice from ourselves and our beliefs.
12. We believe that we are saved through Jesus Christ and we are here Because of the sacrifice of Mother Eve.
1 These names were chosen in the same manner that The Melchizedek and the Aaronic Priesthood names were chosen. Namely by calling them after Women that faithful to the Priestesshood, otherwise known as the Priestesshood after the Order of the Daughter of God.
By Bernard Gui
On a thread that was closed for not supplying a topic for discussion.....
I listened to the podcast. It takes apart Elder Packer's CES address where he defined what is a faithful/faith-promoting history of the Church.
He calls his blog "Radio Free Mormon broadcasting behind enemy lines." Who is his enemy? It appears his enemy is the Church and its leaders.
An hour-long monologue making a case that Boyd Packer was immoral, unethical, and a liar who worshipped a false God based on his CES talk about church history and Leonard Arrington. Also accuses the General Authorities of publishing books for the purpose of making a profit. He doesn't like Elder Packer who is portrayed as an evil man. Also dredges up the Gordon Hinckley's "I don't know" interview to question his integrity. Church leaders are part of a deceptive conspiracy to cover up the truth of church history.
Some here knew Leonard Arrington. I have enjoyed his writings. Is it fair to say he was demoted from his position as Church Historian to a professor at BYU? Is it fair to claim Elder Packer was an unethical liar?
Elder Maynes CES devotional went into extensive detail on the first vision accounts last night.
Starts at 35:20:
I'm delighted that the essays and these topics are gradually becoming more mainstream. My mum (a primary president) even plans to use parts of the vision essay in sharing time this month (it's the "truth restored" section of the manual). I'll share this talk and article with her too as it's got some useful suggestions.
A couple of questions:
- He said Joseph "wrote or dictated" the four accounts. Is that the best description of how the official account was written? I'll have to look up the Bushman reference I'm thinking of as I seem to remember him saying somewhere that the official version was a bit more of a co-creation or collaboration with Rigdon. I might be misremembering that so will try to check it.
- He also says that it's the best documented vision in history. I wondered what the other contenders would be.
Any other thoughts?