Interfaith Project Included as Part of Episcopalian Convention

Interfaith Project Included as Part of Episcopalian Convention

This author has often said that if we as a race of people, the human race, would spend more time focusing on the commonalities that should bind us as brothers and sisters, and less time adding mortar and brick to proverbial walls of division and contention based on our differences, the idealization of world peace would be more than just a dream – it would be a reality. One of the ways to bring about this reality is for people to put aside their religious differences and join efforts in projects that help to build bridges of hope and understanding, and promote the common good of all concerned. Episcopalian Convention Embarks on Interfaith Project From 25 June through 3 July 2015, more than 10,000 members of the Episcopal faith met in Salt Lake City, Utah, for their 78th General Convention. This was the first time that the Convention has been held in the state of Utah. As part of the event, Episcopalians always take advantage of the opportunity to serve the communities they visit, and this... Read the rest of this entry »

On Common Ground – Methodists and Mormons Follow in the Master’s Footsteps

On Common Ground – Methodists and Mormons Follow in the Master’s Footsteps

Every Christian faith and denomination has beliefs that are unique to its practices and doctrines. However, the differences should not cause a wall of division, but rather people of different faiths and beliefs should be able to “come together, and reason together” as brothers and sisters on a common ground – that being a belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers in Jesus Christ should follow the admonition of the Apostle Paul to the Saints at Ephesus when he exhorted: I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all (Ephesians 4:1-6). As members of different faiths and denominations... Read the rest of this entry »

Latter-day Saint Children and the Issue of Malnutrition on the Isle of Kiribati

Latter-day Saint Children and the Issue of Malnutrition on the Isle of Kiribati

The island nation of Kiribati, officially the Republic of Kiribati, is located in the central Pacific Ocean. The nation encompasses 32 atolls and reef islands, and one raised coral island, Banaba. Three island groups form Kiribati – the Gilbert, Phoenix, and the Line Islands. The total land-mass is 800 square kilometers (300 square miles), dispersed over 3.5 million square kilometers (1,351,000 square miles). The land area straddles both the equator and the International Date Line, with the International Date Line being indented in order to put the Line Islands in the same time zone as the Kiribati Islands. As of 2011, the population was just over 100,000, with the most populated area being South Tarawa, the capital. Other interesting factoids about the island nation of Kiribati include being a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the IMF and the World Bank. Kiribati also became a full member of the United Nations in 1999, is the only country in the world that lies within all four hemispheres,... Read the rest of this entry »

The Pros and Cons of LDS Perfectionism

The Pros and Cons of LDS Perfectionism

We are commanded in the scriptures to “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). And so, many people, in particular religious people, seek for ways to live a life that is considered “perfect.” However, is the idea of being “perfect” even remotely possible? The question that begs an answer is, “How does a person go about living a perfect life in an imperfect world?” According to a new study, our quest to answer that question has significant bearing on our mental health. Defining the Terms When we hear the words “perfect,” “perfectionist,” or “perfectionism” what thoughts come to mind? The philosophical definition of perfectionism is “a doctrine holding that religious, moral, social, or political perfection is attainable, especially the theory that human moral or spiritual perfection should be or has been attained.” The Apostle Paul addressed the subject of being perfect in his treatise to the saints of the... Read the rest of this entry »

The Book of Mormon Weathers Claims of Critics

The Book of Mormon Weathers Claims of Critics

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints profess that the Book of Mormon is the cornerstone of the Mormon faith. It is considered to be a sacred volume of scripture that is comparable to the Holy Bible. The Book of Mormon is not used as a substitute for the Holy Bible, but rather it is used in conjunction with that sacred text, and its teachings enhance the doctrines and principles that are found therein. In fact the 8th Article of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ states, “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.” The work is nothing less than a miracle and has touched the lives of millions of people all over the world. A modern-day Apostle, Elder Mark E. Petersen, in his October 1977 General Conference address titled “It Was A Miracle!” commented, “The Book of Mormon is a literary and a religious masterpiece, and is far beyond even the fondest hopes or abilities... Read the rest of this entry »

No More Strangers Among Us

No More Strangers Among Us

Republished From: This article has been shared here by permission of the author. The original article can be found at Morsels of Bread.net The word “stranger” is basically defined as a person whom one does not know or with whom one is not familiar. The word “stranger” comes from the Latin word extraneus, which means “exterior” or “from the outside.” Therefore, generally speaking, a stranger is someone who may be considered an outsider because of religion, culture, race, or whatever the reason. If we look around the room this morning we may find at least one or two people who are strangers to us. Each of us, have been strangers ourselves on different occasions. For example, for 20 years of my life I served on active duty in the United States Navy. During those 20 years, I was blessed with opportunities to travel all over the world on different assignments. I was even blessed to live in a few different countries for a time. In each of those situations, I was considered... Read the rest of this entry »

Sharing the Book of Mormon with the World

Sharing the Book of Mormon with the World

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revere the Book of Mormon as a sacred volume of scripture that is comparable to the Holy Bible. The Book of Mormon is not intended to replace the Bible, but rather its teachings enhance those doctrines and principles that are taught in the Bible. Latter-day Saints testify that the Book is exactly as its name declares, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Therefore, they further testify that both the Bible and the Book of Mormon together present to the world an irrefutable testimony of the Divine Redeemer and Savior of the World, and the immensity of His love for all mankind. To date the entire book of Mormon has been translated into 91 languages, and selections of the Book of Mormon have been translated into an additional 24 languages. Thus, the volume is made available to many people in their native tongue, but the question that begs an answer is, “How many people have ever read it or know anything about it?” In 2014, three returned... Read the rest of this entry »

Mormon Women

Mormon Women

Republished From: This article has been shared here by permission of the author. The original article can be found at Mountain Meadows Massacre.com Women have an unusual place in Mormonism. While they do not hold the priesthood (which is held by all worthy men ages twelve and older) they have the opportunity to do essentially everything a minister in another church might do. Mormons—a nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—believe that gender was assigned before our births and that each gender has sacred responsibilities. The Bible demonstrates that God sometimes assigns roles based on gender, including childbirth and family leadership. This is not a reflection on the abilities of the gender, but merely a simple way to provide a division of duties. In general, women have primary responsibility for the home and men for providing financially for the family. However, caring for the home is usually too large a job for one person and so Mormon men are taught... Read the rest of this entry »

The Silent Influence of Virtuous Living

The Silent Influence of Virtuous Living

What is meant when we refer to someone as being virtuous? What we are saying in essence is that person lives his or her life according to high moral standards. Whether we are conscious of the fact or not, our speech, our behaviors, and our lifestyle in general, can have a tremendous influence on the life of people whom we meet on our life’s journey. Even though people may not say anything to us, we can be assured that they are watching us, and some even begin to imitate the virtues that they see in us. Our Life Story Influences the Lives of Others Helen Mirren, an English actress, is quoted as saying, “You write your life story by the choices you make. You never know if they have been a mistake. Those moments of decision are so difficult.” Therefore, if we are to write a life story which will have an indelible mark for the good, we must take care in how we present ourselves to others because we are the living pages of that story that is being written daily. We must realize that people... Read the rest of this entry »

Global Faith Leaders Meet at Vatican to Discuss Marriage

Global Faith Leaders Meet at Vatican to Discuss Marriage

The Family: A Proclamation to the World, a treatise that is familiar to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as members of other prominent faiths, emphatically declares: The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. However, in the realm of today’s ever changing society, the definition of traditional marriage and family have become misinterpreted through deceptive agendas used by some to expand the definition to include same-sex marriages. Same-sex marriages... Read the rest of this entry »