Discovering this fact has shocked many Latter-day Saints, leading to confusion and inner conflict.
To see MormonThink's responses to these essays, use the menu bar above under "Church Essays" Publication of the Essays The essays are not advertised in the Ensign, discussed in Conference or prominently mentioned on the Church's website.
They are merely listed in the topics section buried in the LDS. Few members even know they exist. Insiders have stated that Elder Snow has said: The concern going in from the Brethren was how to roll this out without creating a look-at-all-of-our-problems page.
The Brethren don't want to start faith issues where they don't currently exist, and they are correct that the majority of active and believing Saints don't know or care about this stuff, particularly outside of Utah and the United States. The decision was made to incorporate them [the essays] into already-existing areas of the [Mormon Church's official] website and not do a big campaign outside of the organic interest that will naturally result.
Halting the Defection The essays and changes the Church is making are to try and reverse the growing defection members are having when they find out about the disturbing details of Church history that they never knew about. Elder Snow has reportedly stated as such: This much is clear: They [the essays] are not designed to restore people's faith as much as they are designed to lessen future disaffections; Members who come across damning information for the first time and turn to LDS.
The goal is to give them a faithful response while still acknowledging the complexity of the issue. They are well aware that skeptics will likely not be satisfied with these answers or their choice of roll-out.
It's there for members to see if they are planning lessons, talks, and I know that they are working towards integrating them with curriculum; particularly youth curriculum. Official Answers Per Elder Snow: Most who study our history well understand the context to these matters as far as time and place, but some members of the church, many really, are surprised by some of the things they learn in our history and we want them to be able go to a place where they can read accurate information and be able to seek to understand those historical chapters in the context of time and place and understand that those answers have been approved by the presiding brethren of the church.
I think that will give many of our members confidence that they can rely on these answers. Understanding of Events in Church History "What about historical questions?
The Church has since added this statement on its website: They can apparently be altered at any time. Tom Phillips has learned that the essays are being drafted by co-author to the book, Rough Stone Rolling Jed Woodworth. He was hired in May to address these sensitive issues.
Other church historians and Seventies may also work on them. Brian Hales stated that he provided some editing for the Polygamy in Kirtland and Nauvoo essay.The "God made me this way" argument and Peter's vision in Acts.
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A Dutch Mormon non-same-sex marriage: a proud father with his daughter The involvement of the LDS church in the issue of same sex marriage in the United States runs very deep and is highly emotional. Few things are more confusing than Joseph Smith’s sealings to legally married women.
Due to limitations in the number and types of documents available, understanding what transpired is . Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) social movements are social movements that advocate for LGBT+ people in society.
Social movements may focus on equal rights, such as the s movement for marriage equality, or they may focus on liberation, as in the gay liberation movement of the s and s. The essay, "Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo," was added to the topical guide of the yunusemremert.com website on 22 October The essay focuses on the polygamous marriages of Joseph Smith.
From sight and all looked fair but pitying angels wept. Since this is the most troubling aspect of polygamy for many Latter-day Saints to . Thank you for sharing your testimony of the Gospel! Especially as a happily employed lawyer mom, I know (and our leaders acknowledge) that our church leaders are not infallible and have made sexist and seemingly sexist comments both in the distant and not so distant past.