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Is ‘Mormon’ on its final legs?
The shift among the many press towards heeding the church’s want to jettison the “Mormon” time period to explain the religion and its members is rising extra evident and can proceed to develop.
So states Michael Peterson in a current Public Sq. Journal article.
“Although some current nationwide church-related tales contained the earlier names of their headlines, however the clear, total development is considered one of adjustment and respect,” he writes. “…One very current scholarly essay on a church historical past subject, written by a revered historian who initially resisted the change, repeated the time period ‘Latter-day Saints’ all through most of his references — as a substitute of the oft-used earlier nicknames.”
Peterson particulars the explanation why all ought to observe President Russell M. Nelson’s name to discard the generally used Mormon and Mormonism monikers, and challenges a string of counterarguments, together with some The Salt Lake Tribune and others have put forth.
The author speculates that the day will come (or has come) that any media shops, bloggers, students or script writers who proceed to wield these names might routinely be seen as antagonistic towards the church.
“Within the spirit of kindness and goodwill and friendship which all of us search earnestly on the planet,” Peterson concludes, “I humbly counsel that it behooves every of us, as fellow vacationers right here, both of press or public, from students to atypical observers, to perpetually drop the phrases ‘Mormonism’ and ‘Mormon’ and willingly name The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its members, tradition, and teachings — previous and current — by their approved names.”
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It’s time to wash church cleansing
Exponent II blogger Mindy Farmer is coming clear about cleansing church meetinghouses.
She just isn’t a fan.
Farmer desires member volunteers to drop their vacuum handles, mud rags and scrub brushes — and switch these instruments again over to paid and educated custodial crews.
“Janitors needs to be employed to wash and protect church buildings weekly,” Farmer writes, “with members contributing in sustaining this cleanliness.”
She factors to a 1999 assertion by then-Presiding Bishop H. David Burton, who insisted the principle motivation for having members shoulder these chores was by no means to save cash however moderately to assist them “develop private character and obtain everlasting blessings.”
Farmer argues Latter-day Saints have already got greater than sufficient on their bodily and religious to-do lists, and that they not have to make this “sacrifice.”
The meetinghouses want “extra deliberate, skilled, targeted care,” states the blogger, including that the church “can afford to supply well-paying, fascinating, revered janitorial positions.”
The lately reported $52 billion within the church’s most outstanding funding account provides proof that it does.
After all, members needn’t be slobs.
They “ought to present respect for the constructing by emptying trash, cleansing white boards, cleansing up after messes,” Farmer writes. However “wouldn’t or not it’s higher to create jobs that assist people and communities and to have immaculate, well-maintained buildings?”
Tab Choir cancels tour, charts new course
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Sq.’s on-again, off-again, on-again Heritage Tour to Nordic international locations and Nice Britain is off — once more.
In actual fact, it’s canceled.
“The current omicron surge has not permitted the intensive monthslong preparation wanted for the choir to have the ability to accomplish the diplomatic and missionary functions of the tour,” choir President Mike Leavitt introduced final week. “Despite the fact that by summer season, circumstances might have modified to make journey possible, circumstances merely don’t enable us to arrange adequately.”
Leavitt additionally unveiled the next 4 goals for the church’s premier performing troupe:
• Enhance the choir’s digital viewers by shifting from CDs and DVDs to streaming on social media.
• Enlarge the choir’s missionary function.
• Help the church’s international mission by diversifying the choir. “This has been a dialog for a few years, and earnest efforts have been made to include members whose heritage displays the worldwide church,” Leavitt mentioned in a information launch. “The First Presidency has approved the choir presidency to discover new alternate options that can assist us accomplish this.”
• Improve the choir’s international visibility. So whereas the deliberate Heritage Tour could also be historical past, anticipate extra bookings to return.
“It’s our goal to grow to be much more seen worldwide,” mentioned Leavitt, an ex-Utah governor and former U.S. Cupboard secretary. “We plan to be seen in additional international locations the place the choir’s bodily presence will make a distinction by lifting missionary work, inspiring member devotion, and constructing necessary friendships for the church.”
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• Because the omicron surge slows down and the easing of COVID-19 restrictions amps up, the governing First Presidency is letting native lay leaders — in session with well being officers — resolve about masking and different precautions at church conferences.
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