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By Michael Davidson
Michael Davidson no longer lives in Newfoundland, though he misses it terribly, and thanks to a change in ward boundaries this week is now living in his fourth ward this calendar year, which for him is a record. Having only been in his new ward for a week, he has no calling.
We’re nearing another General Conference and that can mean only one thing: the spark kindlers at Ordain Women (see 2 Nephi 7:11) have decided to bring the drama back to the Priesthood Session. Only this time, they are going about it more subtlety and diffusely. In spite of this, I believe that this “action” will more efficiently achieve Ordain Women’s unstated, but obvious, goal of hastening the separation of Ordain Women supporters from the main body of the Church.
You will recall that during the past two General Priesthood Sessions the Founding Mothers of Ordain Women have marched onto Temple Square with a train of acolytes and made a spectacle of themselves getting turned away from the Tabernacle. This time is different. Rather than stage a demonstration on the relatively easily controlled grounds of Temple Square, they are planning on descending on stake centers throughout the world and making a spectacle of themselves.
This is a guest post by Tom Stringham.
At a conference for members of an animal rights group
Julie: Hey Ross! Good to see you here. It’s always good to come to these conferences.
Ross: Hi Julie! You too! I know, they’re fun.
Julie: So what have you been up to lately—hey wait, why are you drinking chocolate milk?
Julie: Well, you’re drinking chocolate milk. That’s dairy …
Ross: Oh, well yeah. I get that most members of the group don’t do chocolate milk, but personally I don’t see what’s wrong with it. I think a lot of members are a little judgmental of people who eat some kinds of eggs or dairy.
Julie: You think I’m judgmental of people who eat eggs and dairy?
Ross: Well maybe not you, but yeah, I definitely feel judged when I drink chocolate milk or even talk about it here.
Julie: Isn’t that because you’re hanging around with a bunch of vegans?
Ross: I think we could be more accepting as vegans.
Over at the Mormon Women Stand website, Angela Fallentine has an excellent article entitled “Chipping Away at Priesthood Authority of Mormon Prophets to Undermine Faith“.
Angela is one of the founders of Mormon Women Stand and has worked in international and public affairs for both the LDS Church and private organizations.
Here is an excerpt:
Several years ago, I received an assignment to work in the Scheduling Office of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. This particular office is located in the Church Administration Building and is surrounded by the offices of various apostles and general authorities. I would arrive at my desk by 7:30 a.m. each morning and it wasn’t long before I started to notice that Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, whose office was just down the hall, was always getting to work a little earlier than my 7:30 a.m. start time. I knew that he was in his 90’s and in a wheelchair, but yet there he was. Elder Wirthlin passed away several weeks later and his example left an indelible impression on my heart about dedication and the ways in which the Lord sustains our prophets, seers and revelators. Nothing keeps them from doing the Lord’s work for the duration of their life—and I guarantee that they wouldn’t have it any other way.
By Jonathan A. Cavender
Jonathan A. Cavender is an attorney working in Provo, Utah. He is an avid fan of C. S. Lewis and Japanese modern literature. He is the proud father of four children, and records his daily thoughts on the scriptures (along with other odds and ends) at http://cavenderletters.blogspot.com/
Those who oppose same-sex marriage often hear from those who are in favor of it, “why does it matter?” When we share the concerns we have about a slippery slope leading from support for same-sex marriage to other destructive influences on religion and individual belief, we are sometimes derided.
Now, a survey posted on “The Public Discourse,” and performed by Mark Regnerus, has shown just what the results of adopting the world’s standards of morality regarding same-sex marriage can be.
In a massive study, involving 15,738 Americans, representative nationally, the study showed a strong correlation between support for same-sex marriage and other beliefs in opposition to traditional Christian morality. Churchgoing Christians who supported same-sex marriage were 726% more likely than churchgoing Christians who do not support same-sex marriage to believe that viewing pornography was ok, 341% more likely to believe that premarital habitation was a good thing, 647% more likely to believe that no-strings sex is ok, only 64% as likely to believe that couples with kids should stay married except if abused, 577% more likely to believe that marital infidelity is sometimes ok, 602% more likely to support abortion rights, and an astonishing 1,292% more likely to say that 3+ adults living in a sexual relationship was ok.
What is even more alarming is the fact that in each of those categories, the active, churchgoing supporters of same-sex marriage were closer to the average views of the world at large than they were to the average views of the Christian population. In other words, the distinctiveness of traditional Christian beliefs on sexual morality are lost among those who support same-sex marriage. In fact, churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage are actually more likely to say pornographic viewing is ok and that they support abortion rights (and equally like to say they believe marital infidelity is sometimes ok) than the general population at large.