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Everything posted by boblloyd91

  1. I think these are good questions. I know that if you were to look at the experiences of the early church you would see numerous instances of the charismatic gifts of the spirit, and they would be talked about frequently. As others have mentioned, although these are still reported, they aren't discussed. There was an apostle named Elder Boyd K. Packer who gave a talk about keeping spiritual experiences sacred and close to the heart, and discouraged frequent telling of these stories. I don't know if this was a major reason that we don't freely share spiritual experiences like we used to but it could be. To be sure, you don't have to look very far to find stories of people who still feel that God is in their life. I was reading a story yesterday in the new issue of the Liahona of a woman in Brazil who talked about hearing an audible voice tell her to help someone who she later found out was praying for help. As far as attitudes towards modern Pentecostalism and the LDS church, I'd say it's mostly negative, not necessarily on our end, but Pentecostals are associated with the larger umbrella of Evangelicalism, which has historically been extremely hostile to the LDS faith. Anecdotally I think LDS either aren't aware of them, or if they are they feel that the Pentecostal churches they attended were silly at best or creepy at worst. So I don't think there's much goodwill on either side. I know that their legitimacy took a big hit when some of their prominent leaders prophesied of Trump's victory in 2020, and when this failed they continued to prophesy he would be reinstated within the year.
  2. That's where it's important to see beyond the culture and recognize where our foundations truly are. I consider myself one of those established folks you're referring to, and while I'm grateful for the culture I grew up in in many ways I know it's not perfect. Conversely, as I've worked on living my faith to the best of my ability it's allowed me to see others in kinder and more compassionate ways than I thought possible. Not to delve too much into politics, but I think that the individuals you're referring to mix their politics and religion a little bit too much in my opinion
  3. I love Rod Dreher, he is hands down my favorite conservative writer
  4. To answer the question as an active believing Latter Day Saint, I think it's obvious that there are many major societal changes that are occurring that are causing faith to be frowned on more and more. I think that these kinds of discussions also need to point out that even though our growth is slowing, there is still growth. We focus on the US and Europe but as mentioned in my previous post, the church is growing quite a bit in Africa. I am sure folks are worried about these trends, but panicking is a pretty strong word to use. Who knows what will happen in the next few decades?
  5. A useful resource I like to look at as far as hard numbers go is this blog: http://ldschurchgrowth.blogspot.com/?m=1 It gives good overviews of growth developments for the church. I know that it's quite a contentious debate about how much membership the church will lose or gain over the coming years, and I think you can find what fits your narrative. Like I said, this blog provides good updates. From what I've read, there seems to be growth of stakes in the intermountain west, and lots of growth in Africa. Conversely the church seems to be shrinking in California.
  6. https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2021/11/23/jana-riess-us-latter-day/ The article isn't all doom and gloom per se, but the author indicates that the data she has indicated declined in religious observance among our ranks. What are everyone's thoughts?
  7. Good question. I think the answer is yes. I forgot which talk it was (Elder Christofferson?) Where he talked about blessings coming from obedience. Of course God loves us, but I think if we're doing the things He asks we're going to see blessings because we're honoring that relationship
  8. I enjoyed that talk by Elder Anderson for several reasons. First, I remember President Nelson giving promises for blessings in uding the name of the church, and it was interesting to hear fulfillment of that promise. Second, along with hearing about large scale blessings, I enjoyed hearing the story about the young girl in Tahiti who was firm in keeping the name of the church accurate as requested, which led to the baptism of her teacher. Finally, I'm interested to see if this will play out how Elder Anderson says it will, where he has promised more acceptance from the broader Christian community for staying true to the name. That was a pretty bold statement in my opinion!
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