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There may be more of us Mormons on one side of the spectrum, but that doesn't mean there's only one right way to vote. In fact, both parties emphasize gospel principles; if we only reached across the aisle more often, we might realize that.
Richard Ostler, bishop of a Mormon YSA ward, shares 8 suggestions in counseling those who doubt, including: Listen more than you talk, don't tell people just to pray more, and mourn with those who mourn.
How do we respect someone's religious beliefs, while also holding religion accountable for the damage those beliefs may cause? Chelsea Shields has a bold answer to this question. She was raised in the orthodox Mormon tradition, and she spent the early part of her life watching women be excluded from positions of importance within the LDS Church. Now, this anthropologist, activist and TED Fellow is working to reform her church's institutionalized gender inequality. "Religions can liberate or subjugate, they can empower or exploit, they can comfort or destroy," she says. "What is taught on the Sabbath leaks into our politics, our health policy, violence around the world."
Henry Ford is often quoted as saying, “History is bunk.” That’s not quite accurate. What he actually told the Chicago . . . .
diane gusa's insight:
Democracy advances the forces of mass culture. Those same forces tend to narrow the aims of life from beauty, heroic virtue, and transcendent meaning to the pursuits of work, material consumption and entertainment. Human life settles into “a one-dimensional materialism and [a diminished moral] existence” that undermine human dignity and eventually tend to a withering of the spirit.
The Bible is a multicultural book. This statement may sound controversial but archeology, history, and the text prove it to be true.
diane gusa's insight:
The Roman Catacombs show biblical scenes painted by first- and second-century persecuted Christians, and their paintings clearly show people of color. What would Roman Christians gain from painting these characters black? What did these early Christians know and accept that seems unbelievable today?
A new book argues Mormon faith transitions are healthy and necessary crucibles in our journey toward spiritual maturity. "We can grow unbounded," says Thomas Wirthlin McConkie. "Isn’t that the message of Mormonism in the end?"
Lehi shares a dream he had with his family. In his dream he saw a tree with fruit that would make you happy. Various groups of people either partake of the fruit, get lost on their way to the tree, or mock those who partake of the fruit.
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