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LDS Twitter Stake Gathering for #LDSCONF

Well, it's that time again -- when Mormons of the Twitter Stake will gather to listen and tweet The 181st General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, using the hashtag #LDSCONF.   For as longs as I've been on Twitter I've joined with other enthusiastic LDS members for this uplifting form of online missionary work!

There are many different ways you can follow the hashtag #ldsconf on Twitter.  My preference is to use Twubs --  where we're able to filter out most of the unwanted tweets that pop up throughout conference by those who see that we are trending and want to take advantage of self-promotion -- and of course, our ever faithful anti-Mormon friends.

I also like TweetGrid for seeing a lot of things happening on Twitter at one time.  When things really start moving during conference and those tweets start to fly, TweetGrid is a great way to keep up all the way around. I almost always have both these platforms up and running simultaneously.

I've been asked a number of times WHY I tweet General Conference on Twitter?   Many concerns have been raised, -- one being that you can't get as much out of conference if you are focused on reading other tweets and deciding what you want to tweet.  This can be true, if you look at it that way... but I don't.

I addressed the issue about two years ago in a Facebook NOTE, that I'd like to share:

Today, I left a comment on a blog post, entitled "Tweeting a Live Event: Mormons' #ldsconf on Twitter" Both the pros and cons of live tweeting by LDS members on Twitter, were presented. I thought it was a very good post, that brought out many legitimate concerns. Seeing as I have been asked by some of you, WHY I personally engage and use Twitter - I thought I would share my response...

You might want to read the blog post first: http://rhetsit.blogspot.com/2009/10/tweeting-live-event.html

My comment:

First and foremost, my purpose for being on Twitter is to be a positive conveyor of LDS information, thoughts, teachings and principles to those who choose to follow me. It has been a great experience over these past two years. [now 3+] I have well over 3000 followers on Twitter, [now 5000] the majority of which are NOT members of the Church. And yet, because of my Twitter name * @LdsNana * it is made clear right up front, what I am all about.

I continue to be amazed at my followers overall willingness and kindness to allow me my passion, which is the Gospel. Many even retweet my religious blog posts in support. I've worked very hard to maintain positive relations on Twitter, only tweeting that which would be in compliance with our 13th Article of Faith. I find many like-minded followers, who care deeply about the family, marriage, etc... Many common bonds, aside from specific religious beliefs.

For me, tweeting #ldsconf is an opportunity to share my testimony with those who follow me, and allow me to do so. The interaction with other LDS members, is a side perk; which I LOVE. As far as being distracted... I tend to focus on the talks and tweeting my thoughts, as opposed to doing too much live interaction with other members - during speakers. On occasion I will retweet a comment, because I couldn't type fast enough! LOL In between speakers, I do enjoy engaging with other members.

With today's technology, we are blessed to have access to these talks, instantly. I have always found it necessary and desirable to re-visit General Conference, following the actual event. I see it no different now, only that I am able to share my testimony in a very unique way, that who would have ever thought possible:)

Joel Dehlin , Chief Information Officer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted this on his blog about the use of the hashtag #ldsconf, along with some impressive statistics:  (I sure hope he doesn't mind that I nabbed his entire post:)

"For the last few years, Twitter users have been using the #ldsconf hashtag to have a global conversation during General Conference. In normal speak, a hashtag is a tag or a keyword prefixed by a hash (#) symbol that accompanies a Twitter post (tweet). The posts containing the relevant hashtag can be searched and indexed efficiently. Here are some stats for the conversation this General Conference."
  • The conversation using #ldsconf was ranked as high as #2 on Twitter in the US
  • There were 24,600+ individual tweets, made by over 2,000 different Twitter users
  • 1,123,500+ Reach (Total # of Twitter Users who follow those Tweeting)
  • Top Cities outside Utah that participated in the conversation in the US are the Washington DC Area, Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Houston, Sacramento, Orlando, and Los Angeles
  • Top Countries outside US that participated in the conversation are Canada, Philippines, Mexico, Chile, UK, and Guatemala
  • The most discussed session was Sunday Morning with more than 6100 tweets
  • Morning Sessions appeared to be a popular time to discuss

How's that for some impressive online missionary work?   I can attest to a wonderful spirit that accompanies the experience of tweeting during general conference.  I've felt it many times.  I haven't always been able to participate in each and every session, as life happens.   When I've had conflicts, and I'm not able to tweet live, I truly feel that I'm missing out on something special.

Along the way I've met so many wonderful members on Twitter that I didn't know were out there.  If you've ever been on Temple Square during conference, I would compare it to that feeling of camaraderie -- with one addition -- knowing that you are holding up your light in a very unique way -- outside of your normal circle!

I think most members who tweet General Conference on Twitter, send out a friendly "heads up" to all followers that they will be doing so, and then a warm "thank-you" following conference.  I think this is good netiquette to follow

I'd love to hear some of your experiences in tweeting conference.  And, if you haven't done it yet, may I invite you to join us in letting YOUR light shine?

If you're not on Twitter yet, what are you waiting for?  Come join us!


tDMg
Kathryn

Note:  Keep your eye on the hashtag #twitterstake which is also becoming fun to follow during this time.  Lots of good humor with this group:)

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181st General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints

I've been getting quite a few hits from people searching for information about the 181st General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be held April 2-3, 2011.  This is an exciting time for Mormons worldwide!  We have the opportunity to hear from our Prophet and President of the LDS Church, Thomas S. Monson, as well as many other prominent Church leaders.  We receive relevant counsel and direction to help strengthen us as individuals, and as a people committed to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

About General Conference:
"General conference is a semiannual gathering of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During general conference weekend, Church members and others who are interested gather worldwide in a series of two-hour sessions to receive inspiration and instruction from Church leaders.

Information for viewing and listening to The 181st General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints


You can also watch, online,  all sessions of the LDS General Conference,  live -- HERE .  The first session of General Conference will be streamed live at 10:00 am MDT on Saturday, April 2, 2011.

Following the 2011 General Conference, you can watch, listen or read, as well as download all sessions -- HERE.

Now, if you really want to you can watch General Conference right here, on Well Behaved Mormon Woman! Seriously,  can it get any better or more convenient?




Here are some great links that will inspire and help you and your family better prepare for General Conference:

Why Conference Matter?  Watch this new video produced by the Church, where President Monson and members of the LDS Church explain the importance of General Conference.

Preparing Our Children for General Conference  You can help your children - whatever their age - learn from conference.

Conference Participation Brings Blessings, First Presidency Says
"Why is it important to participate in general conference? The First Presidency, sustained as prophets and apostles, have repeatedly given reasons why it is important to attend, listen to, or watch the broadcasts of all general conference sessions and then, following conference, to review the messages during the ensuing months and live according to the inspiration received."

Behind the Scenes of General Conference
"An extraordinary amount of work requiring the coordination of many Church departments and hundreds of people around the world goes into preparing for general conference. The five sessions of conference draw a total of about 100,000 people to the Conference Center every six months and are broadcast to millions more around the world."

General Conference Activities for Children
Fun activities from the Friend and other LDS resources. 

LDS Media Talk: How You Can Prepare for General Conference
"General conference is intended to be a revelatory experience as you learn from living prophets and apostles through the power and influence of the Holy Ghost."

Learning to Love General Conference
"When I was young, I did not look forward to general conference like I do now."


Conference has changed since 1911, but the message hasn't
"The world was different a century year ago. Automobiles and motion pictures were relatively new inventions. A man could buy a nicely tailored wool suit for less than $30 dollars, and a bottle of Sarsaparilla made all of a person’s aches and pains go away."


General Conference Recipes
"As the family gathers for general conference, it's a time to be prepared to be spiritually filled. But there still are three meals that a family expects to be fed. From breakfast to desserts, here are a few recipes from LDS cookbooks that can help."


Mormon Mommy Blogs: Preparing Yourself for General Conference
"Most people who know me know how I feel about General Conference. Love. It is my semi-annual recharging of the spiritual batteries. General Conference weekend makes me happy. I have found that I get so much more out of conference when I intentionally prepare for it. Here are a few quotes and ideas to help you get in the General Conference mindset."


April 2011 Conference Packet from Sugardoodle
If you have wiggle worms in your house, this is a must click!

You might also enjoy watching this Mormon Messages video of highlights from the most recent General Conference...


Through whatever means that have available to you, make sure and share this information about our upcoming General Conference, with your family and friends.


tDMg
Kathryn

Update: It just keeps getting better because NOW you can watch LDS General Conference on FACEBOOK and share it with all your friends!

Watch Joseph Smith Movie Online!

You can now head over to the Mormon Channel where you can watch the movie, Joseph Smith - Prophet of The Restoration, on the Internet -- full screen!  This is the first full-length motion picture to be released, online, by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  This is a slightly revised edition of the film, that most members have become familiar with from its long showing in the Legacy Theater, on Temple Square in Salt Lake City -- as well as 19 other LDS Visitor Centers around the world.

It was felt that some elements of the original version of the movie were incomplete.   The movie now has been edited to focus on Joseph Smith the Prophet, as opposed to Joseph Smith the man.  Now that the film has been revised,  it is felt that a larger audience will benefit and enjoy the movie.

From the LDS Newsroom:
The film will also help people better understand Latter-day Saint belief in modern prophets, the purpose of temples, and the eternal nature of family relationships. There is also additional context around historical events such as the First Vision — when God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith when he was 14 years old.
“Our hope is that people who aren’t familiar with the story will come away with an increased understanding of the role Joseph Smith played in restoring the Church of Jesus Christ,” John Garbett, who produced the new movie, said.

Garbett said this focus on Joseph’s prophetic role prompted many of the changes. For example, a scene showing a leg operation Joseph had as a young boy was removed because it was less essential to the purpose of the film.

So, if you think you've already seen this movie, think again!  Yes it will be familiar, but with 40% of the movie revised -- with the complete focus on Joseph Smith as the founding prophet of the LDS Church and what that means - you're in store for a real treat!

“Even if you have seen the previous version, don’t miss the opportunity to see the new one. It will help enhance your understanding of the life and mission of Joseph Smith,” said David Nielson, managing director of the Church’s Media Services Department.



Please consider who you can share this wonderful movie with and where...

tDMg
Kathryn

UPDATE:  You can now watch and DOWNLOAD the Legacy Theatre film "Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration" on the Mormon Channel! Share this link with everyone! http://www.mormonchannel.org/Joseph

Note:  The version of the Joseph Smith movie found on the Church History DVD, is not this revised edition.

Hope for Addiction Because God Loves YOU

There is hope for those who struggle with all types of addiction.  Last week I wrote an article about sex addiction, including pornography and other kinds of obsessive sexual activity.  Since then, it seems that the subject is everywhere!  That's a good thing.  Raising awareness for not only the problem, but also the many resources available for help, is even better.   In my article, I addressed an online program for helping overcome sexual addiction, in the privacy of your own home

I've been thinking about this -- and yes, outside help to overcome addiction can be a very important step on the road to recovery.   But we must not exclude the need of Him, who overcame all things.

Jesus Christ is literally the way for each one of us to overcome every weakness that besets us.   Easier said that done, to be sure.  Nonetheless, for those who proclaim faith in Jesus ChristHe needs to be at the very center of our home or temple as we strive to overcome that which would hinder our individual progress, here upon this earth.

David A. Bednar taught -  "I now want to try and explain a principle that is fundamental to our knowledge about and understanding of the importance of a physical body. The principle is this: Our bodies are not our own."  1 Cor. 6:19–20  states:

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

He further explained that:

The choices we make about the use of our personal temples will affect us throughout all eternity.

Because the physical body is so central to the Father’s plan of happiness and our spiritual development, we should not be surprised that Lucifer seeks to thwart our progression by enticing us to use our bodies improperly. It is to me one of the ultimate ironies of eternity that the adversary, who is miserable because he has no physical body and therefore cannot progress, seeks to make us miserable “like unto himself” (2 Ne. 2:27) through the improper use of our bodies. The very tool he does not have and cannot use thus is the primary instrument through which he attempts to lure us to spiritual destruction.

Our physical bodies indeed are temples of God. Consequently, you and I must carefully consider what we take into our temple, what we put on our temple, what we do to our temple, and what we do with our temple. And we can learn a number of important lessons by comparing the Church’s temples to our physical bodies as temples.
 
You can read the entire talk here David A. Bednar, "“Ye Are the Temple of God”", Ensign, Sept. 2001, 14 

In this newest video from Mormon Messages  Elder M. Russel Ballard teaches that Satan uses addiction to take away agency...

You Will Be Freed

The battle over man’s God-given agency continues today. Satan and his minions have their lures all around us, hoping that we will falter and take his flies so he can reel us in with counterfeit means. He uses addiction to steal away agency. According to the dictionary, addiction of any kind means to surrender to something, thus relinquishing agency and becoming dependent on some life-destroying substance or behavior.

You can read this entire talk here: M. Russell Ballard, "O That Cunning Plan of the Evil One", Ensign, Nov. 2010, 108–10

Both talks that I've included in this post are powerful teaching of both doctrine and principles in helping us to understand the sacredness of our physical bodies --  that we truly are temples and that through Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice we are promised the  power to overcome weakness.

I want to also acknowledge that there are many different ways that we can become addicted.  Not everyone is vulnerable to the same addictive behavior, substance, etc...  Addiction is personal and only you can answer for yourself whether a particular thing has in some way ensnared you.  Living the gospel of Jesus Christ has embedded it in great protection from most addictions; some might say all.   In this telestial world and with our imperfection, most of us are vulnerable to some type of addiction if we are not careful.   

If I'm being honest here, I will admit that I have my own stuff that should be considered on some level addiction -- although most probably would not.   But for those of us who strive to live the gospel, we need to listen carefully to the spirit and follow our own personal promptings on this matter...

tDMg
Kathryn

Help for Porn and Sexual Addiction
LDS Addiction Recovery Program
Hope and Help for Sex Addicts 

Rescue Me!

Today at Church, we had our Ward Conference.  It was outstanding!  So good, that I decided to jot down a few thoughts so that I wouldn't forget the great doctrine and principles that were taught by both our Bishop and Stake President.   I love it when I've been studying and pondering a subject for a while,  that is then addressed further, by other inspired individuals.   Today was such a day.  Revelation is like that -- we must be prepared to receive.  I was prepared, so I received.  It's a beautiful thing when this happens!

Our Bishop addressed the congregation first.  He began his talk by reading the words to the hymn,  "I Stand All Amazed"

He extracted the word RESCUE from the text -- and then focused on what that means.  He brought out that not only do we all need to be rescued, but that we should all be engaged with rescuing each other.  As a ward family this is our job!  He also taught that everyone within our ward boundaries needs to be rescued, and that our missionaries are the LIFE GUARDS!  And might I add to this analogy and say that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is literally the LIFE PRESERVER!

He then went on to share that this all comes together for him, in the TEMPLE!

Such simple and yet profound doctrine.

Next up, our Stake President -- after a beautiful number by our ward choir and a POWERFUL testimony given by a recent convert couple in our ward, who went to the temple for the first time yesterday. 

At this point in the conference it was clear that the Spirit was in attendance.  Our Stake President was keenly aware of this fact and commented to the effect that if he were to sit down and say nothing, the purpose of our ward conference would have been accomplished.

Well he didn't, and I am grateful.

I wish I had taken notes so that I could give you more details, but his comments tied in beautifully with what our Bishop had just taught about the blessings of the temple.   We had just witnessed this truth in hearing these two sweet converts share their feelings of how their lives have been changed forever, with the knowledge of the gospel -- and now to finally be able to make sacred covenants in The House of the Lord!

Truly we were all witnessing a "full circle" moment in time...

So...  with the finesse that only our gentle Stake President possesses,  he comments on the POWER that was felt in the testimony we had just heard, and goes on to instruct for the remaining meeting,  exactly WHAT a testimony on fast Sunday should be and HOW  it is to be obtained.  All I can tell you is, that this was masterful!

Sidebar:  I've been studying The New Testament this year,  as I'm teaching it in Primary.  It's been a wonderful experience.  A few weeks ago, while reading the Beatitudes, I came upon this particular verse of scripture, that for some reason took on an entire new meaning to me -- that I haven't been able to shake.

Mathew 5:6:
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Previously, I had always interpreted this verse of scripture to mean that we should have a great desire to read the scriptures, and thus be filled with the spirit.   I'm not saying that is doesn't, however, I believe that the meaning goes much deeper.

If we are to understand that the doctrines and principles taught by Jesus Christ in the Beatitudes are that of a higher law (celestial) we then begin to discern the significance of the power of these words.  I believe that this scripture is actually referring to the law of the fast.  And to be filled, is to receive a fullness.  To receive a fulness, is to literally come into the Presence of our Father in Heaven.

Marion G. Romney had this to say in reference to The Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood,  "It is of such—that is, those who receive the priesthood and magnify it—that the following was written:"

“They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things—

“They are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory;

“And are priests of the Most High, after the order of … the Only Begotten Son.

“Wherefore, as it is written, they are gods, even the sons of God.” (D&C 76:55–58.)

This is beautiful doctrine.  And although these scripture seems to be referring to men only (priest and kings) I am assured that equal blessings are reserved for His daughters as well.

Back to our Ward Conference:

So... when our Stake President began to teach the doctrine of a proper fast in relation to having the ability to bear a testimony of POWER my ears were again perked up!   He reminded us that our fast is an offering and that with that righteous offering comes the ability to receive power.  He explained (my words or understanding. remember? no notes) that a proper fast consist of two parts:

  1. The going without of food and water for 24 hours.  
  2. Meaningful and sincere prayer.
These two parts literally fulfill the first and second great commandments -- to love the Lord thy God and to love thy neighbor as thyself.  And we all know that it is to these two commandments that ALL of the laws and the prophets hang!

With the power that comes from a true fast we can then bear pure testimony.  This becomes a righteous offering -- as we testify to that which can transform lives

Thus we see how incredibly powerful is the law of the fast to literally  qualify us to receive his  Fulness!

tDMg
Kathryn Skaggs

Recommended reading:

Pure Testimony by M. Russell Ballard of The Quorum of The Twelve Apostles, Oct 2004
Joseph B. Wirthlin, "The Law of the Fast", Ensign, May 2001, 73

Note:  If anyone is aware of the talk that Pres. Smith was referring to when giving direction on a proper testimony, etc.... please leave the info in the comments section.   I would personally love to know, and also to share it.  Thanks.

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook Going to BYU


Have you heard?  Facebook's founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is going to BYU!  Not to attend school, but to talk technology!

Mr. Facebook himself, was invited to participate in a technology forum to be held at Brigham Young University, Provo  --  by none other than U.S. Senator, Orrin Hatch.






From BYU News Release: 


“In a world where technology and communications are changing at an ever-increasing rate, it is important that today’s students have the opportunity to hear and learn from those who are transforming electronic and social media,” said Kelly Flanagan, BYU’s Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Technology.

“We are grateful to Senator Hatch for inviting Mr. Zuckerberg to speak at BYU,” Flanagan said. “As chair of the U.S. Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, Senator Hatch had the chance to meet with Mr. Zuckerberg and candidly discuss the opportunities and challenges that face our particular digital age. We look forward to hearing from Mr. Zuckerberg who, without question, is influencing how we communicate on a world-wide scale.”

You can submit questions to be addressed at the upcoming technology forum, with Mark Zuckerberg, over on the new BYU Facebook Page.

As one who really enjoys using Facebook to share the gospel, online, this is one event that I would love to attend.   But, being that I'm from California I guess I'll have to sit this one out.  However, I will for sure take advantage of the video on BYU Facebook, following the event.


tDMg
Kathryn

Lazy Saturday Rap

Yo! it' me, on a lazy saturday here at home -- doing nothin.  Not sayin there's nothin i shouldn't be doin, but i'm choosin not to be a doin -- just a lazy day for this Well Behaved Mormon Woman!

confessed my laziness on facebook this mornin.  out of the blue i inspired my nephew "Robster" to create a rap -- in honor of this blessed occasion!  left it as a comment.

fyi: started out my day thinkin i might blog about byu honor code and  brandon davies.  decided that was done over, already.  wish i could just wrap my arms around that kid and have a talk about policies and doctrine.  oh well.

then i thought abt commenting on this article in wp about  a woman's place is in the home -- seriously? i don't know where to begin.  cuz frankly,  i'm speechless.   still, i may be compelled.

and of course after yesterday's post on homosexuality and a gay gene, i have lots to say, still!

so Robster, you made me laugh -  you made me smile.  even insired me -- kind of.   and so i decided to post your rap here so i would have it 4ever in memorial!  cuz hey, it's not daily that i can brag i've inspired someone to create somethin great -- especially on my laziest of days.

Lazy Saturday Rap

Lazy Saturday, wake up in the late afternoon.
Call up Aunt K just to see how she’s doin.
Hello?
What up, Kathy?
Yo Robster, whats crackin?
...You thinking what Im thinkin?
BLOGOSPHERE!
Man, its happenin.

Yo, Kat where you be bloggin?
In Murrieta Dude .
Well, I’ll hit up Yahoo Maps to find the dopest route.
I prefer Map Quest.
Thats a good one, too.
Google Maps is the best.
True that.
DOUBLE TRUE.

Before we hit the keyboards, my hunger pains are stormin’
Need some wicked good snacks from a Well-Behaved Mormon
Don’t want the copycats to get suspicious
But Grandma’s home-made rolls equals CRAZY DELICIOUS!

It’s all about the recipe baby!

so my fb status reminded my nephew of this SNL song/skit Lazy Sunday:




and now, back to my previously scheduled lazy saturday.


tDMg
Kathryn

Grandma Skaggs Homemade Roll Recipe

Homosexuality and the Gay Gene


I'm no stranger to the ongoing debate about same-gender attraction and what causes it?  The fact is, that there is a minority who claim that they are simply "born that way".   I'm not here to debate that position, anymore than I can prove to some that I know the Church is true.   Faith is like that.

The greater concern is the belief  that being gay is genetic and therefore change is not possible.   Advocates of gay marriage with the help of the mainstream media have perpetuated this myth to the point that the general public is beginning to accept this as fact!  Even more disturbing --  so are many of our younger members in the Church.  And that's where I feel the need to raise my hand, so to speak.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made this bold statement in a landmark interview on homosexuality with the LDS Public Affairs Department:

"Homosexual feelings are controllable. Perhaps there is an inclination or susceptibility to such feelings that is a reality for some and not a reality for others. But out of such susceptibilities come feelings, and feelings are controllable. If we cater to the feelings, they increase the power of the temptation. If we yield to the temptation, we have committed sinful behavior. That pattern is the same for a person that covets someone else’s property and has a strong temptation to steal. It’s the same for a person that develops a taste for alcohol. It’s the same for a person that is born with a ‘short fuse,’ as we would say of a susceptibility to anger. If they let that susceptibility remain uncontrolled, it becomes a feeling of anger, and a feeling of anger can yield to behavior that is sinful and illegal.

We’re not talking about a unique challenge here. We’re talking about a common condition of mortality. We don’t understand exactly the ‘why,’ or the extent to which there are inclinations or susceptibilities and so on. But what we do know is that feelings can be controlled and behavior can be controlled. The line of sin is between the feelings and the behavior. The line of prudence is between the susceptibility and the feelings. We need to lay hold on the feelings and try to control them to keep us from getting into a circumstance that leads to sinful behavior."
I appreciate how Elder Oaks puts this whole dilemma into perspective.  He goes on to explain:
"We do not accept the fact that conditions that prevent people from attaining their eternal destiny were born into them without any ability to control. That is contrary to the Plan of Salvation, and it is contrary to the justice and mercy of God. It’s contrary to the whole teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which expresses the truth that by or through the power and mercy of Jesus Christ we will have the strength to do all things. That includes resisting temptation. That includes dealing with things that we’re born with, including disfigurements, or mental or physical incapacities. None of these stand in the way of our attaining our eternal destiny. The same may be said of a susceptibility or inclination to one behavior or another which if yielded to would prevent us from achieving our eternal destiny."
And there you have it.  If we as members of the LDS Church understand that God's Plan is that the ultimate destiny of every one of His children is to return back to His presence, clean -- then how can we possibly accept a belief  that He would have sent them into this world with no option but to fail?

Bottom line, it makes no sense at all!  And try as they may, even scientist can't explain the homosexual phenomenon.  Although once again, proponents for same-sex marriage would have you believe otherwise.  So lets get to the real facts....

Reprinted in full with permission from UFI:

Is homosexuality genetic, immutable and unchangeable?


No scientist or researcher has ever proven that homosexuality is genetic, immutable or unchangeable.  In fact many of the so-called gay gene studies, such as the Bailey/Pillard “twin studies,” prove the exact opposite – homosexual behavior is not genetic.  Homosexual advocates and the media have pushed the “there is a gay gene” myth for over a decade and a large share of the public has bought into this misinformation.

Even the American Psychological Association (APA) now acknowledges that there is not a gay gene.  In their “Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality,” they state the following:

“There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles….”

It is necessary for homosexual advocates to equate homosexual behavior to an immutable and unchangeable trait (like race or sex) in order to claim the “gay rights” movement is a Civil Rights issue.  But can those who deal with homosexual tendencies and behavior change?  Yes, thousands of former-homosexuals are testimony to the fact that change is possible.  Gay advocates and psychological associations are particularly eager and aggressive in their efforts to discredit reparative/reorientation therapy groups who work to aid individuals who wish to escape homosexual behavior and lifestyle.

The success of the gay movement seems to hinge upon their ability to convince the public that change is impossible.  That National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) has an informative white paper explaining the success and challenges of reorientation therapy.  See it here.  Again, homosexual behavior is neither immutable nor unchangeable and thus not a Civil Rights issue.  Some famous African American Civil rights figures have made that point as well:
“The comparison with slavery is a stretch in that some slave masters were gay, in that gays were never called three-fifths human in the Constitution and in that they did not require the Voting Rights Act to have the right to vote.” (Rev. Jesse Jackson, address at Harvard Law School)

The recent refusal of the Obama administration to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) included a perpetuation of the myth that homosexual behavior is immutable and unchangeable when the Justice Department’s claimed that “sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny” in the courts – a classification reserved for cases involving discrimination on the basis of  such things as race or sex.

This particular myth is pretty deeply entrenched and requires each one of us to become educated on the topic and not allow the misinformation and misconceptions to continue.  Spread the word.
For a list of studies related to this topic, go to UFI’s Guide to Family Issues:  Sexual Orientation (pg. 26-28)

On a personal note: Let me just add, that I understand that change is not possible in every circumstance.  I have great compassion for those who struggle with same-gender attraction.   I also acknowledge that at this time we don't know everything.  I am always ready to learn more so as to develop a greater understanding and compassion for those who deal with homosexuality.  However, I am deeply grateful to understand this issue through an eternal perspective.

Elder Jeffrey Holland published an article entitled "Helping Those Who Struggle with Same-Gender Attraction".  He said:

"In doing so, recognize that marriage is not an all-purpose solution. Same-gender attractions run deep, and trying to force a heterosexual relationship is not likely to change them. We are all thrilled when some who struggle with these feelings are able to marry, raise children, and achieve family happiness. But other attempts have resulted in broken hearts and broken homes." 

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Kathryn

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Mormons and Methodist Worship Under Same Roof

Corsicana, Texas -- The Wesley United Methodist Church is opening their doors on Sundays to share their sanctuary with local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!  Why you ask?  Well, according to Janet Jacobs at the Corsicana Daily Sun a neighboring LDS meetinghouse had a leak that caused water to flood throughout the building -- and in some rooms as high as four inches.  Repairs are expected to take two months.

The old saying that "God moves in mysterious ways" is quite applicable when you hear more about this story....

Turns out that this unusual arrangement will be a blessing for both congregations.  The LDS members are in great need of a temporary location to hold meetings until repairs of their building are complete.  On the other hand, the Methodist congregation's average member is about 70 --  which makes it difficult for them to keep up on the grounds surrounding the sanctuary.   So, the LDS have committed the services of 20 of their young men to help do the much needed clean up this weekend.

Perfect!

All the way around I'm loving this story.  This is about true community outreach -- and isn't this really what being a Christian is all about?   These two congregations are working together to meet the needs of both.  On Sundays, the Methodist meet in the mornings and Mormons meet in the afternoons.

Charles Donohoe, a member of the LDS Church, said that "Last Sunday was our first Sunday. It went great.

Doesn't this story just warm your heart?  I know it does mine.  It's gets better...

Come to find out, again according to Donohoe -- 27 years ago these same congregations shared the Methodist sanctuary while the LDS Church meetinghouse was under construction.

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Kathryn


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Cool New LDS Scripture Mastery App

One of the biggest challenges for every LDS Seminary student is Scripture Mastery!  I know this from personal experience.  As a former Seminary teacher, I spent hours helping less than enthusiastic students pass off those 25 assigned scripture references each year.   Four years of seminary attendance yields 100 scripture references committed to memory.  That's a really tall order!

I did my best to memorize these verses during the few years that I taught.   But I can assure you, it's not an easy task; especially at six in the morning!  And please, don't even think about testing me now!

For this very reason I can't wait to tell students, teachers and parents alike, about the newest version of the LDS Scripture Mastery App by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!


I downloaded the app onto my iPhone early this morning, and after "playing" with it for awhile -- all I can say is WOW!  

And I mean PLAYING

Lets face it, having these specific verses of scripture and references committed to memory is a great accomplishment.  It truly is a thing of great worth.  There's no question that it will produce more effective missionaries, parents and teachers throughout the Church.  I'm completely sold!  However, up until now not only has memorizing the scriptures been a difficult task, but even more so -- retention.

Seminary teachers do their best to make Scripture Mastery a fun part of attending Seminary.  You could ask almost any Seminary teacher about SM and they will be able to share with you a bucket load of ways they have tried to help their students be successful at memorization -- and many are!  But it's work, and a lot of it. 

Using a platform that our kids are familiar with and really enjoy, is a brilliant use of technology!  As I mentioned before,  playing with this new Scripture Mastery app is FUNEveryone is going to love it.  I think that even my 8-year-old grandson is going to enjoy the many different features for memorizing the scriptures available in the app.  Won't his Seminary teachers be impressed when they get him in a few years!

Here are a few things that I really love about the LDS Scipture Mastery app:






One of the more common ways seminary teachers use to help students memorize a scripture is by putting up the entire verse of scripture and each day taking away more words until the students have it mastered.  Personally, I think this is one of the most effective ways to memorize  -- and LDS Scripture Mastery has built this feature into the app.



"Version 2.0 adds a new Flashcards game as well as a quiz game to help master the scriptures. Track your high scores on the various games to see how you improve."

 






Once you've memorized a scripture, remembering where to find it can be a bit tricky.  That's why I really like this new feature where you are given a few words from a specific scripture and have to then match it to the exact reference.  I had a lot of FUN playing this today.  I was surprised how well I did!










Scripture Mastery is literally having the ability to command not only the what but the where of a specific verse or verses of scripture.   Being given the specific verse(s) and then getting to the point that you can recite the entire verse or verses is a feature that is also included in the newest version of the LDS Scripture Mastery app, via e-flash cards.







This app is currently available on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.   You can download LDS Scripture Mastery Here!

tDMg
Kathryn

NOTE:  The app also include The Articles of Faith.

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