Is the ‘Mormon’ name fading away?

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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.

(Keith Johnson | Particular to The Tribune) President Russell M. Nelson speaks concerning the identify of the church in the course of the 188th Semiannual Basic Convention of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 7, 2018, in Salt Lake Metropolis.

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

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)
Two Latter-day Saint meetinghouses, proven in 2014, in Kaysville. A blogger desires the church to rent janitors to wash its buildings as a substitute of counting on member volunteers.

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 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Sq. sings at Basic Convention on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.

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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Billionaire Jeff T. Green Resigns From Mormon Church

A billionaire from Utah, Jeff T. Inexperienced, mentioned he was resigning this week from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in an unusually high-profile rebuke of the church’s wealth and place on social points.

Mr. Inexperienced, who runs an promoting know-how agency and is believed to be one of many wealthiest individuals from Utah, didn’t say what brought on him to make such a public exit this week. However he mentioned in a letter to Russell M. Nelson, the church’s president, that he was involved in regards to the church’s historical past, funds and advocacy.

“Whereas most members are good individuals attempting to do proper, I imagine the church is actively and presently doing hurt on the planet,” he wrote within the letter, which was reported Monday by The Salt Lake Tribune.

Within the letter, a replica of which was dated Dec. 23, he mentioned he had stopped believing within the church’s teachings greater than a decade in the past and had spent a number of years reflecting on his points with it. “I imagine the Mormon Church has hindered world progress in girls’s rights, civil rights and racial equality, and L.G.B.T.Q.+ rights,” he wrote.

The church’s press workplace didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Within the letter, Mr. Inexperienced, 44, requested for his data to be faraway from the church and for his solely different contact from the group to be a letter confirming that he was now not a member. Certainly one of his pals and 11 of his relations have been additionally resigning, he mentioned.

Kathleen Flake, a professor of Mormon research on the College of Virginia in Charlottesville, mentioned this type of formal exit from the church was much like a renunciation of citizenship. To return to the church, an individual must be rebaptized.

“Renouncing it’s a political act; it’s a method of creating a political assertion, not only a non secular assertion,” she mentioned.

She mentioned it was unlikely that the church, which has greater than 16 million members, would reply.

“I feel they care, however I don’t assume they’re shocked by such public statements,” Professor Flake, a church member, mentioned. “They’ve merely had an excessive amount of expertise with it to assume that they may escape this type of public engagement with their ethical requirements.”

Mr. Inexperienced, who now lives in Southern California, was additionally vital of the church’s wealth, which incorporates an funding fund paid for with contributions by members. The fund had $48 billion price of shares as of Sep. 30, in response to SEC filings.

“This cash comes from individuals, usually poor, who wholeheartedly imagine you symbolize the need of Jesus,” Mr. Inexperienced wrote. “They offer, anticipating the blessings of heaven.”

The administration of the fund has come beneath scrutiny lately after a former supervisor accused the church of deceptive members about using the funds. Church officers advised The Wall Avenue Journal final yr that the cash was for use throughout attainable financial downturns.

In September, a federal choose dismissed a lawsuit introduced by a outstanding former member, James Huntsman, that accused the church of utilizing the cash for business functions.

Mr. Inexperienced, the chief govt of the agency The Commerce Desk, is price $5.2 billion, in response to Forbes. In November, he pledged to offer away greater than 90 % of his wealth earlier than or at his loss of life.

This week Mr. Inexperienced additionally introduced he was donating $600,000 to Equality Utah, a bunch that advocates L.G.B.T.Q. rights within the state.

He advised The Tribune that just about half the cash would go to a scholarship fund for college students in Utah, together with those that “might have or need” to depart Brigham Younger College, which is sponsored by the church and has an honor code that prohibits same-sex “romantic conduct.”