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LDS Church files brief on transgender case with U.S. Supreme Court

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has joined with other major religions in filing a brief on the transgender case Glouchester County School Board vs. G.G. and Dierdre Grimm (full text may be found here). The major religions joining the Church in filing this brief include:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
National Association of Evangelicals
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
Christian Legal Society

Summary of the Argument

  • Interpreting “sex” to mean gender identity would generate conflicts with religious persons and institutions across a range of fronts. Major religious traditions—including those represented by amici—share the belief that a person’s identity as male or female is created by God and immutable. That belief is contradicted by the U.S. Department of Education’s interpretation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681(a)
  • Our core beliefs and practical experience hold that gender is a given, consisting of attributes intrinsically connected with one’s birth sex—not an individual choice. We and other major religions agree that human beings are the creation of God; that He created them male and female; that to be male or female is an immutable characteristic; and that this characteristic carries certain attributes and responsibilities.
  • One thing is perfectly clear: sacred writings and official statements from several major religions—including those of amici—demonstrate remarkable unanimity on the origin and purpose of gender as immutable and divinely ordained.

     

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Jesus Would Help the Syrian Refugees

file0001349539280Back in September I began feeling alarmed at the refugees coming out of Syria. Like many people, I felt distress over the young boy that was found washed up on the shores of Greece and the other photos of the refugees appearing on the news and on the internet. I thought about my personal difficulties and those of my family. My husband has been unemployed or underemployed for nearly three years now.

I thought about some of the difficult things. The times when my husband only ate one meal a day because we hadn’t received the promised pay from contract work. I thought about how my picky eater kids suddenly would eat whatever was put in front of them because they were very hungry. I thought about how the kids wore shoes that were too small or worn out or the wrong type. And I knew that compared to these refugees, we have not suffered at all.

I thought of some of the people who have helped us. I thought about the brand new washing machine that showed up at our door just as ours was breaking or about the Santa Claus that showed up on our doorstep on Christmas Eve after I told my little children that Santa did not come to kids whose dad does not have a job. And I knew that these refugees needed angels and they needed them now!

A few days later, I listened to some conservative news radio and heard people saying how we cannot bring the refugees here because there are terrorists trying to get into our country through the refugee program. I heard that again and again over a couple of months. And I felt confused. Shouldn’t we help the destitute no matter who they are? Continue reading

Historic: Top Mormon Women Leaders to Serve on Key Priesthood Councils

LDS Church: Top Women Leaders to Serve on Key Priesthood CouncilsSister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women’s general president shared historic news affecting the women of the Church’s visibility, value and voice within the highest councils of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Mormon)

I still vividly remember President Thomas S. Monson announcing the lowered missionary age for young women. Today I witnessed another significant moment – I received an invitation to participate as a member of the Missionary Executive Council. I am honored. This is one of three key councils of the Church, each led by members of the Twelve. Sister Linda Burton will now serve on the Priesthood and Family Executive Council and Sister Rosemary Wixom will be on the Temple and Family History Executive Council.

What a great time to be a woman in the Church where our voices are needed and valued more than ever. I am grateful for the opportunity to add my perspective and experience to this council as we work together to spread the message of the restored Gospel.

Of this breaking and historic news, Tad Welch from the Deseret News reports:

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Why We May Want to Support “A.D. The Bible Continues”

Meet the Characters of A.D. The Bible ContinuesAs Mormon Christians, we sometimes think we don’t need to see what other Christians are preaching, or even appreciate the values they have to offer on the religious front. I remember, as a young girl, hearing and feeling somewhat uncomfortable, when someone bore their testimony about a sermon they heard that very morning from Robert Shuller’s Crystal Cathedral. Now, as an adult, I hope I’m more open minded and accepting of other religions’ attempts at righteous declaration, because we are all fighting for the same cause in our own ways.

Because we are all believers in the Bible, and Jesus Christ, we might enjoy the efforts made by Roma Downey, and her husband Mark Burnett, with their new series “A.D. The Bible Continues.” This is a 12-part series, which started last Easter Sunday, 8 pm (MDT) on NBC.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has gotten behind this series to support this worthy effort. A Mormon Newsroom article quotes Downey as saying, “I think people are hungry for hope, and what a better source to go back to than scripture.” After the General Conference sessions, KSL aired it’s own special on the series, “Finding Faith in Prime Time.”  Continue reading

Editorial Statement: Mormon Women Stand Twitter Account

Mormon Women Stand TwitterMormon Women Stand has received concerned messages from those thinking the official Mormon Women Stand Twitter account (@MWStand) has been hacked. It has not.

 What we’ve learned is that a counterfeit account was recently launched using our official logo and name, which is clearly in violation of Twitter’s TOS. The false account has been posting ideas that go against counsel from the brethren, which has probably confused readers even more when they mistakenly thought the ideas were coming from Mormon Women Stand.

Mormon Women Stand has filed a report and has provided requested documentation. We trust that Twitter will rectify the situation, ASAP.

We are appreciative of the Mormon Women Stand community for recognizing that our voice is not one of personal advocacy but rather a desire to amplify the words and teachings of inspired leaders of the Church.

From MWS Mission Statement:

“Mormon Women Stand is a collaborative online effort to join like-minded female members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who share a desire to make a public stand as witnesses of Jesus Christ and support The Family: A Proclamation to the World. We believe standing together reflects the divine nature and power with which LDS women are endowed to influence others for good. We unequivocally sustain the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—commissioned by God and sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators—and support how the Lord has delegated priesthood authority to organize and administer the gospel among all of His children.”

The purpose of the Mormon Women Stand Twitter account is to assist in this effort and to build online community in order to have our collective voice clearly represented. Continue reading

Transcript of President Eyring’s Address at Vatican Summit on Marriage

UPDATE:  This post has been updated at the bottom to include the video of President Eyring’s talk.

In a historic address at the second day of the International Interreligious Colloquium at the Vatican City, President Henry B. Eyring defended the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman and quoted core LDS doctrine found in The Family: A Proclamation to the World. His address was literally part of the witness segment in the program. This is significant and not by chance. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we know that President Eyring is indeed a witness: President Henry B. Eyring is one of fifteen special witnesses of Christ to all the world. These witnesses are prophets and apostles, and they speak today to the world. It is their duty to represent and carry out the Lord’s will as they lead all of His children in this dispensation.

As a special witness of Christ at the Vatican, President Henry B. Eyring provided the pattern of God’s marriage by solemnly declaring that:

Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. ‘Children are an heritage of the Lord’ (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

“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.

… By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. (The Family: A Proclamation to the World)

These words are prophetic, and they went throughout the entire world today from a prophet, seer, and revelator. He boldly testified of the doctrine of the family not only at the Vatican, but to the world and made an international call to stand up and defend marriage between a man and a woman when he said: Continue reading

Vatican: Pope Francis’ Opening Remarks at Humanum Marriage Conference

pope francisIn an unprecedented move, Pope Francis has summoned faith leaders from around the world to a conference at the Vatican to discuss “The Complementarity of Man and Woman.” The need is due to the current marriage culture quickly eroding the beauty and importance of the covenant of marriage as a man and woman linked to children.

President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) will address the conference on Tuesday afternoon, November 18, 2014.

Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. (See The Divine Institution of Marriage.)  It is a holy sacrament. This conference is providing a way to bring together top religious leaders around the globe who desire to protect marriage and to share a common witness to its vitality in societies everywhere.

Due to the importance of maintaining the value and respect of man/woman marriage, Mormon Women Stand will be following the proceedings of the conference throughout the week and will report here on the blog.

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About the Mormon Gender Issues Survey

woman bloggng (UPDATE:  Please carefully read this important information about the survey from The Millennial Star:  What You Should Know About That Mormon Gender Issues Survey.)

The Mormon Gender Issues Survey Group has placed a survey online for Mormons to complete concerning their attitudes towards gender in the LDS Church. It has approval from several universities and may therefore get a great deal of attention. If those who understand LDS gender issues from God’s point of view complete the survey, it is hoped that this will help prevent misconceptions that could be passed along otherwise. However, if you do take the survey, please proceed with caution and read each question carefully. The survey has multiple choice questions.

At the end, you are invited to complete a few more questions in which you can write more detailed answers, but these are not required. I found some of the multiple choice questions difficult to answer because they were either a bit skewed or simply didn’t contain my answers. Others were a bit more straightforward. They involved questions about what percentage of your friends are LDS, how long you’ve been a member, whether you consider yourself liberal, conservative, or something else, whether or not you want the priesthood, how you feel LDS gender roles impact you, and what you would do if women do receive the priesthood. There was one odd-ball question about how soon you think Mormons will be called to travel to Zion. Since it was followed by how soon you think women will get the priesthood (noting that “never getting the priesthood because it is not God’s will” is not even an option), I presume they somehow think the two answers will somehow be connected—although the connection escapes me. Continue reading

President Eyring to attend Global Marriage Conference at Vatican

marriage vaticanIs natural marriage important to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? You bet it is! President Henry B. Eyring of The First Presidency of the Church, among other global faith-leaders, will attend a gathering of 14 religious traditions from 24 countries. Together, they will gather later this month in what the Mormon Newsroom describes as a “historic” event. The Catholic Church will host a discussion on how “men and women complement each other in marriage.”

 

From the Mormon Newsroom:

Religious leaders and scholars representing 14 faith traditions from 23 countries will assemble at the Vatican later this month in a historic gathering hosted by the Catholic Church to discuss how men and women complement each other in marriage. The announcement came in a press release issued today by the Vatican…

President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency will represent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and address the assembly on November 18. He will be accompanied by Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Bishop Gérald Caussé of the Presiding Bishopric.

 “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the this statement today regarding its participation in the colloquium in Vatican City:

“At this time of rapidly declining moral values and the challenges to traditional family structures and relationships throughout the world, we are pleased to unite with the Catholic Church, other fellow Christian denominations and other world religions in standing firm and speaking clearly about the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.”

Please visit Mormon Newsroom for complete story.

More information is available on the colloquium at http://www.humanum.it

First Presidency Letter Encourages Members to Vote

First Presidency issues letter voteThe Mormon Newsroom has just released an official letter from The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) encouraging members to participate in the upcoming elections by getting out to vote.

        SALT LAKE CITY — The following letter was issued by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 9, 2014, to be read to Church congregations throughout the United States:

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