There has been a lot of talk lately from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who say they sustain the prophet and apostles but actively promote opposition to the Church’s stance on same-sex marriage and homosexual relationships and try to persuade others to dissent. Can one be true to the faith if they are doing this? Is there a such thing as “loyal opposition” in God’s kingdom?
With this particular issue, we’re not talking about minor disagreements. We’re talking about being opposed to fundamental, coredoctrines of the gospel; namely that marriage is only between a man and a woman and the law of chastity. Put these two things together and one can see how it creates an impasse; and sadly, a wall between them and the prophet.
Many years ago when I was a freshman in college, I attended a CES fireside. It was November or December, and the topic of the fireside was “Joseph Smith.” At the end of the talks the congregation sang, “Praise to the Man.” As we were singing, people began standing up. After more and more people stood, I followed.
At the end of the song, the priesthood holder conducting the meeting came back to the microphone and told us that there has been a new trend in the Church to stand while singing, but that this practice was not appropriate all of the time. He then said something I would never forget. He pointed to the member of the Twelve Apostles who was on the stand and said that if we wanted to know if we were doing the right thing, we needed to look to the Brethren.
I had been thinking about deception early on during my freshman year. I wanted to follow God. I wanted to be one of the five virgin’s whose oil cruses were full, but I did not feel like I knew how to do it. After this was said, I was sorry that I had followed the crowd, but I was very grateful for the counsel given to look to the apostles. Since that time, I have learned some ways that have helped me to remain faithful, keep my spiritual cruse of oil full, and continue to joyfully endure to the end even when something I read, hear, or don’t understand shakes my faith. Continue reading →
Some concerns have surfaced about the history of the Church and of Joseph Smith. Is there a way to still be a faithful believer?
With the Church’s recent publication of the essays about Polygamy in the Topics section of its website, there has recently been a flurry of criticism both directed at Joseph Smith, and at the Church. I had noticed some common themes in people’s statements that I thought would be good to address. Before I address those five common concerns, let me start with a fictional conversation that will hopefully help you notice a pattern that the Lord has established.
Was Nephi Hiding the Truth From Us?
Imagine you had the following conversation with a friend. (In order for the story to make sense, just know that the “small plates” of Nephi contained a more spiritual history of Nephi’s people. The “large plates” contained a history detailing the wars and other “non-spiritual” events of his people.)Continue reading →
When you walk into the kitchen and see your toddler covered in the chocolate cake you just made and ask, “Did you eat the cake when I told you not to?” and your toddler responds, “No,” you know this is a lie. You can see the cake all over your child’s face and hands. There are tiny chocolate finger prints on the counters and cupboards in the kitchen. You do not doubt the truth of the matter. You may even laugh to yourself that your little one thought she could get away with this.
Most of everything in this life is not so obviously a lie or a truth. As you watch television and movies, read articles and books, and listen to the conversations of your friends and family, you will be presented with a lot of information. Some of it will be true. Some of it will be false, but most of it will be a mixture of both. The devil is a master of deception. He knows that if he tells us something that is obviously not true, we will not believe it. We may even laugh that we were presented with such undoubtedly false information. So instead of just presenting us with lies, Satan presents us with a mixture of truth and a mixture of lies. And he is really good at it. Continue reading →
I’ve been thinking about the questions we all might have from time to time as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I’ve seen a lot of posts swirling around about this topic, but most seemed to fall short in teaching correct principles. Except for this post by the popular blogger Middle Aged Mormon Man. It articulates exactly what I’ve been thinking and feeling, and perhaps what you’ve been thinking about too. He points out six principles that cut through to the heart of the dialogue swirling around Mormons and questions. They are a must read and I’m not going to share them on here because I don’t want to give it all away. In short, he completely nails it.
This fantastic post can be found by clicking on this link:“I am Mormon, and I Have Questions” Please also read the 146+ comments, it’s a great discussion and one worth engaging in, whether here on Mormon Women Stand or on Middle Aged Mormon Man’s post.
What do I hope we gain from reading this piece? First, I hope it goes viral (again). I also hope for better understanding. Better conversations about these issues on Mormon Women Stand. And ultimately, better online, personal and face-to-face discipleship leading us towards Jesus Christ and His church.
Please share this and engage in this conversation. It’s so important to get it right.