Mormon News Report, 5 April 2017

Mormon News Report, 5 April 2017


President Thomas S. Monson Hospitalized (multiple)
Multiple outlets are reporting LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson was hospitalized on Monday night. According to LDS spokesperson Eric Hawkins, “President Monson was not feeling well last evening and was admitted to the hospital…He has received treatment and fluids and will hopefully be released soon.” Tad Walsch of the Deseret News writes “President Monson again reduced his speaking load at conference in April 2016, cutting his two talks to four minutes each, a practice he has continued. Sunday’s talk lasted just over three minutes. He pleaded with church members to devote themselves to daily scripture study.”
The Mormon connection: “The ruling would also cap off years of increased restrictions by the Russian Federation against minority religions. Last summer, Russia introduced an anti-terrorism law that also restricted evangelism, and a regional court ordered the deportation of six missionaries with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 2015, a court banned the Church of Scientology’s Moscow branch.”
“City of Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad said, generally, when a temple is built in a new city, that area sees between a 20 and 40 percent increase in economic growth, and hopes the same will happen to Pocatello. “We’ve worked hard, we’ve seen a lot of economic development, we’ve seen a lot of economic growth, and it will be exciting to see more of that if that’s what will truly happen,” Blad said. He anticipates more restaurants, jobs and higher-paying jobs to pop-up after the temple is built. Blad also said the temple will not ask for any tax breaks and will still be expected to pay all of the fees expected of everyone else who moves into the community.”
“The first pilot is called “extra class” by students in Vanuatu who meet in two meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said Stephanie Allen Egbert, associate director of the faith’s new Global Education Initiative. The program provides homework help and study sessions for students in grades 7 through 10. They meet two days a week for two hours with church service missionaries who tutor them. The missionaries also provide a religious lesson and English skill development. All three pilots were approved by the LDS Church Board of Education in May 2016. They are the result of a brief new policy statement the board approved in November 2015: “The Church Educational System will seek to provide opportunities for education to the members of the church wherever the church is organized.””
“Of the handful of hymnals that were actually printed and distributed in the 1830s and 40s, (the 1844 Bellows Falls) is one of the very rarest ones,” [rare Mormon book collector Ken] Sanders said. “Of the pre-1850 LDS hymnals, there are only handfuls of any of them that still exist. They’re extraordinarily rare.” On the set of “Antiques Roadshow,” Sanders appraised the 1844 hymnal for $40,000-$50,000. He said his evaluation was based in part on his selling price of that same hymnal several years earlier — $50,000. He mentioned that a first-edition 1835 hymnal in nice condition could be worth as much as $100,000. Sanders added that in general, hymnals are “exceedingly rare” compared to Book of Mormon editions. As an example, he mentioned that while an 1830 Book of Mormon edition is of great value and importance, the one thing that it isn’t is rare, as he has come across hundreds of copies in his career.” I wonder how much my 1986 Korean edition of the LDS Hymnal with the translation error on hymn 184 and the blemish to the cover hymnal will go for…
Deseret Book is attempting an “Audible” model for LDS Audiobooks, starting at $9.99 / month. While there’s a few typical Deseret Book options out there, there are a few good ones on their promo page, specifically Patrick Mason’s excellent book “Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt.” There could be potential here, but I don’t anticipate some of the heavier academic Mormon books to be on their radar either. Also, it might be just me, but I do get uncomfortable using LDS church leaders in promotional and marketing materials like they have in the ad above.
“Though church leaders didn’t name a specific person or political movement, the timing of the comments is significant because it represents the first time Mormon leaders have spoken to a church-wide audience since the November election. President Trump has been accused by his critics of running a vitriolic campaign and administration and his presidency has coincided with the rise of extreme movements that decry diversity and racial harmony. The connection between the current political climate and the comments from Mormon leaders wasn’t lost on church members. Writing on the religious website Patheos, Gary Ashcroft, who is Mormon, described the meetings as the “anti-Trump general conference.”” Dalrymple, when he writes about Mormon issues, is usually quite good. The downside is that you have to wait for a Mormon story to break.
“Perhaps I missed something; was the vandalism at the LDS church targeting and attacking the Mormon faith, as was the case at the Islamic Center? Have Mormon churches around the country been receiving domestic terrorism threats recently, as has been happening to Muslim mosques and Jewish community centers? Had “anti-Mormon”‘ flyers been distributed on cars around town prior to the vandalism, like has been the case with anti-Muslim flyers recently? Has the president of the United States tried to enact a travel ban against Mormons similar to one for Muslims?”

“Almost thirteen years have passed, and I don’t think either of us would claim to be on closer standing with God through our sex life. We have never had a hallelujah moment, at least, not that kind, during sex, and it has struck me over the years just how wrong my Young Women’s teachers were. Either I am doing it wrong, or there is some false advertising going on. Sex is just sex. It is a pleasant physical sensation that God gave us in hopes that it would lead us to stumble into parenthood often enough to perpetuate the species. In fact, our sexual responses are so ingrained, we can respond sexually at times and under circumstances we would chose not to if we could–as innocent as a man becoming aroused when he sees an attractive woman who is not his wife or as awful as a prisoner becoming aroused by the abuse of their captor.”
“Given that we’re in the relatively brief window of time between all the Conference talks being given and the release of their printed versions (other than the Women’s Session, for which they’re already out), I thought it might be fun to speculate about what edits we might see this time around. Here are some of my guesses. I’d love to hear yours in the comments.”
My HOT TAKE back in January was this will be one of the best books of the year. We’re 4 months into 2017, and my stance hasn’t changed. I’m very glad JI is continuing their great summer book club series. Check out the “reading schedule” in J Stuart’s post, and make sure you read the comments for the upcoming discussion posts.
[Yesterday] in Mormon History, courtesy of Today in Mormon History blog
April 4, 1877
Pres. Brigham Young arose and explained in regard to the Order of the Priesthood, and designated what officers should sit in the different stands on the east and west ends of the main room of the Temple. He congratulated those present on their being in a Holy Temple, erected to the name of the Most High God, in which to worship and to attend to saving ordinances for the living and the dead, a privilege he said, enjoyed by no other people that we have any account of, since the days of Enoch. — St. George, Utah [Source: James G. Bleak. “Annals of the Southern Utah Mission,” Archives, Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah..; Journal History of the Church, Selected Collections from the Archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints DVD 2 (2002), in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009)]
April 4, 1877
[George Q. Cannon]
… Saturday, the 7th, the Twelve apostles had a meeting at one of the houses of Bro. Erastus Snow for the purpose of taking steps as a quorum to lead out in the United Order. [Source: The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian’s Press]
April 4, 1942-6
Because of limitations on travel, the annual April general conference was closed to the general Church membership and confined to General Authorities and presidencies of the 141 stakes. The First Presidency on April 5, 1942, closed the Tabernacle for the duration of the war. Conference sessions were held in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square and in the assembly room of the Salt Lake Temple. [Source: Church News: Historical Chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]
April 4, 1987
First Counselor Gordon B. Hinckley tells priesthood session of conference that “marriage should not be viewed as a therapeutic step to solve problems such as homosexual inclinations of practices…” This reverses decades long policy formulated by Spencer W. Kimball. [Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996]
April 4, 1992
Apostle Richard G. Scott tells general conference that LDS women should avoid “morbid probing into details of past acts, long buried and mercifully forgotten,” and that “the Lord may prompt a victim to recognize a degree of responsibility for abuse.” Among his concluding remarks: “Remember, false accusation is also a sin,” and ‘bury the past.” Unspoken background to his remarks is that in recent years current stake presidents and temple workers have been accused of child abuse by their now adult children. Salt Lake Tribune reports that suicide prevention lines are swamped with telephone calls by women in days after Scott’s remarks. [Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996]

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