Thursday, October 30, 2014

True or False: Packer's Prediction

Myths and legends abound in Utah Mormondom. They’re passed from one Sunday school class to another and they always seem to grow in the telling. Some are so vague or farfetched you can tell they’re fishy right away. But others can seem pretty legit, especially if they’ve been passed around for long enough. One of these involves a statement supposedly made by President Packer regarding how valiant youth will be treated in the Spirit World. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could prove or debunk myths like this, and give the sources to back it up?   

Thursday, October 23, 2014

7 Reasons to Love the Old Testament

Of all the scriptures in the LDS canon, it seems to me that the Old Testament is the most unappreciated. Yes, the Book of Mormon is the one always attacked by our critics, but among church members it’s the Old Testament that is most often feared, ignored, or underrated. Why is that? 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

You Belong In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

“Your background or upbringing might seem different from what you perceive in many Latter-day Saints, but that could be a blessing. Brothers and sisters, dear friends, we need your unique talents and perspectives. The diversity of persons and peoples all around the globe is a strength of this Church.” –Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Anyone who ever attended Primary remembers singing the words “I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” These words come from a catchy little anthem I sang in sharing time. The song taught me how to say the full name of the church. It helped establish a mission statement in my little mind and helped teach me what the church was all about. It taught me some basic principles of the gospel and helped pass the time until Mom got out of Relief Society and took me off the hands of my tired Primary teacher. The song is a nice little ditty for nice little children.

But it seems as you get older, what it means to be LDS can no longer be summed up in a little song. The truth is more complex.