Thomas S. Monson Tops List - Octogenarians

"In addition to guiding more than 13 million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Thomas S. Monson now leads's annual list of the nation's most powerful octogenarians.

...the church has announced a total of 14 temples since President Monson became LDS Church president Feb. 2, 2008." Deseret News

“I testify that with God, all things are possible. He is our Heavenly Father; His Son is our Redeemer. As we strive to learn His truths and then to live them, our lives and the lives of others will be abundantly blessed.” Thomas S. Monson

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"Individual members think and speak for themselves..."

The LDS Newsroom has just posted commentary on the views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in regards to its position on "The Mormon Ethic of Civility".

Recently, as a member of the Church, I've noticed an increased amount of counsel coming from our leaders on this very topic. In just less than two years, we have been invited and encouraged to publicly stand up and be counted for, on that which is good in the world -- in opposition to those things that would destroy the very fabric of our society. (I refer specifically to the use of the Internet) The use of Social Media has become a strong catalyst for having our voices heard on many controversial issues. In this commentary on the "Ethics of Civility", I felt a strong emphasis on the fact that "individual members think and speak for themselves".

Each person in this country, has an equal right to personal opinions, which ultimately become their voice. My VOTE in this country, is my VOICE. My personal beliefs on those issues that affect my "politics" - are just as valid and important as any other persons -- regardless of its origin. With that understanding, there should also follow a deep respect for that same right of others. Hence, we are counseled to be civil in all our communal exchanges. As Christians, we are expected to practice the simple teachings of "The Golden Rule". Unfortunately, in our dealings with "some" others - our views and positions on moral issues, are being demonized -- as heartless, judgemental and even as not having a place in public discourse, due to a faith-based foundation.

I particularly appreciated Elder Dallin H. Oak's thoughts on this very topic, in a another recent address to the students of BYU on the "Threat of Our "Religious Freedom".

An excerpt from "The Mormon Ethic of Civility":

The political world is astir. Economies are faltering. Public trust is waning. Individuals feel vulnerable. And social cohesion wears thin. Meanwhile, stories of rage and agitation fill our airwaves, streets and town halls. Where are the voices of balance and moderation in these extreme times? During a recent address given in an interfaith setting, Church President Thomas S. Monson declared: "When a spirit of goodwill prompts our thinking and when united effort goes to work on a common problem, the results can be most gratifying." Further, former Church President Gordon B. Hinckley once said that living “together in communities with respect and concern one for another” is “the hallmark of civilization.” That hallmark is under increasing threat.

You can read the entire commentary, here:
The Mormon Ethic of Civility

What I have learned through personal experience, is that we do NOT need to defend the Church. We do however, need to clarify misunderstandings that others might have about our beliefs, history, doctrines, etc... There is a huge difference. In all positive conversations that we have with others, where some amount of understanding is achieved - it only comes through the respectful exchange of education, by both parties.

We should never feel that our moral positions on controversial issues are less valid or credible, because they are faith-based. Our "beliefs" or thoughts have equal strength in a democratic society. I feel that there is no need to ever allow ourselves to become offended or aggressive, because others oppose our ideas. The better we understand those doctrines that support our moral beliefs, the more confident in them, we will STAND.

A word of caution... On issues where the Church takes no "official" position (which are most)members will often have differing interpretations and ideas. We might even believe that we are absolutely right-on! Thus the absolute necessity - that we own our understandings, as our own. I think we all find it offensive, when someone says that they "know" something, that we do not believe, understand - or agree with. Civility amongst the Saints, could very well become even more critical in the days ahead...


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LDS General Conference - A Fountain To Draw From

The enthusiasm that I expressed in my last post, as I anticipated the upcoming General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, did not go unfounded. It was a wonderful weekend of inspired talks that taught me greatly and uplifted my spirit, immensely. I can honestly say, that my cup runneth over... So much so, that for me, it is always necessary to re-visit each and every talk following General Conference - so that I may continue to drink from its fountain.

The only thirst that I am experiencing right now, is a thirst to understand on a more personal level, how these inspired words, from living prophets, should impact my life. I have always believed that General Conference, although broadcast to millions, is extremely personal and pertinent to me. I'm kind of selfish like that. I love experiencing Conference with the body of the Saints. It is a unifying event, and fills the soul with a oneness, that cannot be explained. But then, I feel a need to find a quite corner and better listen to the Lord, and what He desires to teach me. I often refrain from being influenced too much, by others impressions and interpretations.

I love listening and visually experiencing the sights and sounds of General Conference. It is impossible to not be filled with the Spirit, and to have one's testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ strengthened. We were all deeply moved by the stirring testimony of Elder Jeffrey Holland, as he bore an unforgettable and powerful witness to the truthfulness of The Book of Mormon. All within the sound of his voice, will never forget the effect his testimony had upon our own, and yet it was a collective experience. I love moments like that, which bind us together as Saints.

I loved feeling those "warm fuzzies" along with everyone else in the *room*, as President Monson gave example after example of how even simple childlike acts of service, demonstrate how to more perfectly love, as the Savior loves. Profound lessons delivered with such simplicity. There is no wrong way to serve, if it is done with pure intent. Love, is at the heart of all Christlike service.

As much as I anticipated the "event" of General Conference, I look forward to the days ahead that I will spend reading and pondering its lessons. I am so grateful to be a member of the Church, and to know without a shadow of a doubt - that we are led by living prophets of God, today. There is a gentle peace in knowing that in following their counsel and teachings - I am following the path of the Savior.



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LDS General Conference - Bringing It Home!

It's been a while since I've felt compelled to blog, and I don't really have any good reasons as to why I couldn't have. I can't say that I think my life is any busier than yours -- therefore... I wish I could just start blogging as usual, and not mention the last few months. But I can't. I need to acknowledge my flakiness, even if I don't think that's what caused it, or even that that is what it was. But hey, I'm back... and it's good to be HOME!

So, what has caused this inner fire of personal passion to re-ignite? Well, I'm really excited about this weekend's General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- and I want to shout it out! I look forward to the spiritual replenishing that my spirit thirst for every six months. I've become conditioned to need this. Often times I don't even recognize the necessity, until it begins to draw closer, and then it hits me that -- I'm dehydrated!

My thirst began to be quenched during last week's General Relief Society Meeting... but it left me realizing that I needed much much more! It was a beautiful reminder to the women in the LDS Church, how truly blessed we are to belong to an inspired organization that was a vital part of the restoration of all things, in these latter-days.

"I will speak to you tonight of the great legacy those who went before you in the Relief Society have passed to you," said President Eyring. "The part of the foundation they laid for you which seems to me most important and persistent is that charity is at the heart of the society and was to come into the heart, to be part of the very nature, of every member."

What beautiful instruction and counsel we were given, by a Prophet of God - and those who are called to lead us. Often times, we as members of the Church, need to be reminded and remember that CHARITY is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. CHARITY is the Priesthood. CHARITY is at the heart of everything that we do -- and is the 'hearth' to every Latter-day Saint HOME! For those who may not be aware, the General Relief Society Meeting for the women of the Church, was the first session of General Conference, with other sessions continuing this weekend.

May we all feel that Spirit during General Conference, which beckons each one of us to come HOME, as we are counseled and instructed in the ways of righteousness...


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