Last week President Nelson asked us not refer to ourselves as Mormons anymore. I felt that this was a call to repentance. That is how I personally felt, I know thousands of others have felt the same way, but this charge to do better has revealed an ugly undercurrent within our culture. The need to shame and call out those who we view as not following the Prophet.
What am I talking about? Members all over social media are being Pharisees and calling others to repentance and attacking them on Facebook they are trying to shame others into obeying the Prophet’s guidance on dropping the terms LDS and Mormon. Here is the deal. Repentance is about ME, not YOU. When we are called to repentance on a topic it is not our job to go around to our neighbors and persecute them for the very thing that we were doing yesterday!
The Lord Just Called His Entire Church To Repentance.
One role of a prophet is to cry repentance, and that is what the prophet has just done. What am I talking about? How we as members of the Church, and even the Church itself, have not followed the counsel in D&C 115:4. “Thus shall my church be called in the last days, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” See, the Lord did not say, “This is what you should name the Church, but it’s ok to call yourselves ‘Mormon’”. He simply gave the name for His Church. The Lord is calling the entire church to repentance. President Russell M. Nelson, the man who we sustain as a prophet released the following:
The Three Levels Of Discipleship.
Discipleship. It’s a word we use to describe our attitude and commitment God. But there are many types of disciples, and they are not created equally. Our discipleship and commitment are based on our motivation to follow Christ. Read more
I have been studying the life of President Russell M. Nelson and I have fallen in love with his talks about the Temple. As a doctor he talks a lot about life, death and consequently the temple. I want to share 10 of my favorite quotes about the Temple I have found from President Russell M. Nelson. Read more
Why Mormons Should Stop Saying “Don’t Pray For Patience.”
I recently sat in Sunday School and I heard the oft repeated saying, “don’t pray for patience! If you do, the floodgates will open up on you!” Read more
10 Things President Benson Taught That Every Mother Should Do.
Recently I was listening to old conference talks when stumbled across a talk from April of 1992 where President Benson gave a list of 10 things he asked the mothers of the church to do. He follows up with saying that the men of the Priesthood and each son and daughter should do their part in helping make these 10 things happen.
3 Ways Mormon Culture Is Sucking The Joy Out Of Living The Gospel.
In the gospel, we are taught that ”men are that they might have joy” 2 Nephi 2:25. Joy is something that we believe we are actually meant to experience. Both in this life and in the next. Yet for so many members of the church, joy seems to be a rather elusive concept. It is almost as if something is stealing it. Now when I talk about joy, I am not talking about having a super bubbly personality, I am talking about the peace and happiness that come from God that soothes the soul and buoys us up through trials and helps us every day. The amazing thing is that this joy is a natural byproduct of living the gospel. Elder Anthony D. Perkins taught us in my stake conference: “If you are not happy living the Gospel, you are not doing it right” Read more
There is an epidemic occurring within the Church and it is causing suicide rates to skyrocket. In Utah alone, suicide is the number one cause of death among teenagers. And has doubled in the past 7 years. I have personally lost a childhood friend to suicide. It rocked me to the core, especially because I had a prompting to call him the day he killed himself but I was “too busy” and ignored it. Read more
I have had dozens of Missionaries ask me for advice on how thy can use Facebook effectively. I’ve even had members of Mission Presidencies ask me about tips for harnessing the power of social media for missionary work. Read more
Mormons, just the word often evokes strong emotions. But often, it also carries a lot of misconceptions. As a Latter-day Saint who lived in the “Buckle” of the Bible Belt, I always had people asking what religion I was, I would always tell them “I am a Latter-day Saint” very quickly as I would talk the would realize they had heard of Latter-day Saints by their nickname of Mormon. Then I had something that shocked me, a lot of people admitted: “I don’t know anything about Mormons.” So here are 10 things most Americans don’t know about Mormons! Read more