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  1. Here's another one: Former LDS Bishop in Utah Charged With Abusing Teen at Girls Church Camp A former Latter-day Saint bishop in Utah has been charged after a 15-year-old told police that he assaulted her at a church camp for girls in Duchesne County. James Douglas Robinson, 63, was charged with forcible sexual abuse after the girl told authorities that he pinned her to a kitchen counter at Reid Ranch on June 16, and touched her body over her clothes. Police said that Robinson was released as bishop and moved to Idaho after the assault. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. A spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement that the allegations had been quickly reported to law enforcement and that Robinson was “immediately released from his leadership position to allow him to focus on his legal defense.” The church “has zero-tolerance for abuse of any kind,” the spokesman said.
  2. I have long found this to be the answer for me. It helps me make sense of everything and not have to question God. I still pray to find my keys though, because what else can you do? I gotta get where I need to be. Agree with this. However I think that praying to God to intervene (but acknowledging his will be done) at least causes us to concentrate and analyze the issue more carefully and perhaps come up with a solution on our own, using the light of Christ and/or the gift of the Holy Ghost we all have, to understand what to do or how to cope with it.
  3. I get all this I just think blaming an entire volunteer organization for the faults of a few is wrong. Especially something that happened "decades ago". The entire blame should go on the individual.
  4. How is the Church supposed to do this? They can't read a person's mind. Background checks (not normally done 50 years ago) would not help with most of them because they might not have had any known history of doing it.
  5. I suppose so. But I tend to not think of it being under the watch of the church. It was under the watch of the individual leaders who actually committed the crimes. They are the ones who should pay for it. How could the church know certain people were going to do such things to the scouts?
  6. I also like to add the scripture where Jesus said "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." (Matt 24) How can you know you have been saved until you have endured to the end?
  7. Right no beards. 12 Apostles of 1898 Its a cultural thing. Back then it was typical to have beards. The church today wants it's representatives to be in line with the typical business appearance of the day.
  8. How about The University Formerly Known as BYU?
  9. I think what many people are missing here also is that his words were not necessarily directed at the students, but mostly directed at the faculty and staff of BYU, some of which were organizing or encouraging the protests that have been going on.
  10. Utah State School Board investigating member for social media post about LGBTQ youth The Utah State Board of Education announced Tuesday it's reviewing a controversial social media post made by board member Natalie Cline for "potential board bylaw violations" after receiving complaints. In the now-deleted post in question from earlier this week, Cline shared a photo of a sign from a Utah seminary that read: "If you are LGBTQIA+ welcome to seminary." Cline called out the seminary program at Layton High School as she wrote: "Time to make some phone calls" and "the world is too much with us." Seminary is a private institution of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Students are able to attend classes there in Utah during their school day on a release program. The state school board does not have authority over its curriculum or management. This week's incident isn't the first time Cline has received widespread attention for her social media activity. An online petition in February called for Cline's removal over her social media posts that the petition claimed called for patrons to support "xenophobia, racism, homophobia and cultural regression" as part of Cline's ongoing protest against the potential teaching of critical race theory in schools. State School Board bylaws do not provide for removal of a board member or censure. However, they allow a board member to be stripped from a board position or assignment by vote of the full board. The comment in Smith's now-deleted post appeared to reference a talk given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at Brigham Young University on Monday, Williams noted in a statement Tuesday.
  11. National arm of local LDS temple sues Highland, city-parish over proposed development So figure this one out: "The Utah-based parent organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has a local temple on Highland Road, is suing @Highland—the mixed-use development adjacent to the temple; Key Real Estate Co., which is planning to develop a multifamily complex on the site; and, the city-parish, which approved the controversial complex earlier this summer. The Temple Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filed the suit Aug. 20 in 19th Judicial District Court, seeking to stop the 240-unit complex from going forward. The suit argues that when the Metro Council approved the project in July, it failed to consider: • The promotion of public health, safety and welfare, as required by law; • The project’s impact on existing buildings of cultural significance, such as the temple; • The relationship between the proposed project and surrounding uses, particularly the uses of the temple site; • The density and height of the project and its compatibility with surrounding properties; • The preservation and protection of wetlands. The suit is the latest twist in the controversy over the two-story complex, which many residents of the area oppose because of the increased drainage and flooding problems they fear it will bring to their area. Ironically, leaders of the local temple were not among the angry neighbors who spoke against the project when it came before the Planning Commission in June or the Metro Council in July. On the contrary, @Highland owner Mo Vij, who originally developed the property in 2016 as an office park and only recently partnered with Key on the apartment complex, says he was “pretty shocked” by the lawsuit because the temple’s local leadership has seemingly been on board. “The local church has no problem with it,” Vij says. “They know everything. We have been in constant contact with them and they have been nothing but supportive of us.” He says he doesn’t know why the parent organization would sue over the project. In a statement, the stake president of the Baton Rouge church also suggests the temple has always had a good relationship with @Highalnd. “The developer has been a great neighbor and the intent is to have proper conversations to ensure the core mission of helping others come to Christ is preserved,” says Eric Bascom, Baton Rouge Louisiana stake president for the church. But the lawsuit does not appear to be seeking a proper conversation. In addition to asking the court to block the project, the suit alleges that when @Highland was originally developed, the developers failed to secure required wetlands permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and failed to take proper wetlands mitigation measures. Vij calls the allegation ridiculous and untrue. “They are just trying to throw everything at us including the kitchen sink,” he says. “It is very disheartening. Parish Attorney Andy Dotson says the city-parish cannot comment on pending litigation." ___________________________________________ So there seems to be there some kind of lack of communication between the Local leadership and the main Church Temple Corporation. Awkward for those local leaders.
  12. What's me and I think most members who understand the principle of tithing correctly, is that I don't care if it was tithing dollars or not. It was still put to good use and it was never my money in the first place.
  13. Building that mall certainly did some good to the public to help revitalize the community and keeping it from becoming run down. Is the Church making any profit from the project?
  14. The real question is what does the prophet know is going to be needed for the future? Does he know something we don't know?
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