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The #1 Cause of Death in 2018

Worldometer is an independent site that collects data from governments and other reputable organizations and then reports the data, along with estimates and projections, based on those numbers. [1]

For 2018, Worldometer estimates approximately 59 million deaths took place worldwide. A few of the causes listed were:

Cancer – 8.2 million people

Smoking – 5 million people

HIV/AIDS – 1.7 million people

Other death causes listed, but at much smaller numbers, were alcohol, suicide, and malaria. Those are saddening numbers. Far too many people are taken, and families scarred, by these horrible diseases, tragedies, and addictions.

Even with the many lives represented by these numbers, there is still one life-taking cause that trumps them all. In fact, the unbelievably high number of victims from the number one cause of death in 2018 is far greater than the total of most other listed causes combined. You can add almost any other medical or accidental death cause total not listed to the combined total and still not surpass it.

What is this cosmic sized victim count? 41.9 million people in 2018 alone.

And, what is this leading cause of death? In one word, Abortion. [2]

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A Call to Protect the Virtue of Our Youth

ClassroomThere is a movement being pushed in classrooms throughout the country called Comprehensive Sexuality Education or CSE. It is not your traditional sex education about anatomy and physiology. Instead, it uses graphic content to teach students the process of having sex, including how to negotiate sexual encounters and how to acquire and use contraceptives. It normalizes homosexual sex, alternative lifestyles, and gender theory. It teaches students about abortion and where to find reproductive health services in the community. Students often role play various same- or opposite-sex scenarios to learn how to encourage their partner to use protection. Many CSE programs teach children and youth that they are sexual beings and have a right to sexuality education. Any or all of these components – and many more – can be included in a Comprehensive Sexuality Education curriculum. A link to examples is included at the end of the article.

Many of these teachings are completely counter to what we believe about the divine origin of gender and the sacred nature of sexual intimacy. This topic is frequently addressed by Church leaders, and there is no question as to the standards we are commanded to uphold and to teach our children. Continue reading

Gearing up for LoveLoud: a review of “Believer” documentary

Related imageRecently, a new HBO documentary titled “Believer” was released which follows the making of the LoveLoud Festival, and sadly, points blame at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its doctrine on marriage and chastity for the depression, anxiety and suicides of LGBT-identified people. While the documentary itself was well received by fans, many faithful members of the Church are not aware of what it actually discusses and teaches. The aim of this post is to provide more information and important context.

The documentary includes at least three recurring themes: 1) blame the Church for LGBT-identified people’s suicides; 2) change the Church from within because the Church needs to change, and will change, if enough social pressure is placed from within its own members; and 3) for the production company to promote the band and its concerts. Continue reading

Guest Stand: Let’s Talk About ‘Love’

“​And in ​​​that day​ shall be heard of ​​​wars​ and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men’s hearts shall ​​​fail​ them…”(Doctrine and Covenants, 45:26).

alone, buildings, cityOur hearts are failing us 

It’s happening, wouldn’t you agree? We see it everywhere;  the wars, the rumors, the commotion.  I used to think that “hearts failing” meant only discouragement in the Last Days. But now when I think of our “hearts failing” us, I’m seeing it another way. What I’m seeing now is that with a cultural emphasis of making decisions solely based on our emotions, we may be in danger of making bad choices. Perhaps there’s more to be considered than just the way we feel about things. Continue reading

Fighting Against Evil to Preserve the Laws of God

council-in-heaven-mormon-doctrineThere is a battle going on all around us. The fight is against Good and Evil. Where Evil is trying to convince us there is no evil, only “honesty within one’s self”, Good is trying to defend, protect, and honor the God of all goodness.

 

God has taught us that there are eternal laws, that are absolute, that even He must obey. “There is a law irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated–” (D&C 130:20). “If they would not repent they must suffer even as I; which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit–and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink–Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook” (D&C 19:18-19) Continue reading

Huffington Post Reports on Mormon Sexuality

Mormon sexualityRecently, The Huffington Post did a series of interviews on various religions, asking select members of each faith how their church views sexuality. This controversial subject is one that is often misrepresented amongst members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Where those interviewed did a fair job in answering the questions, it’s clear that the world really doesn’t understand what Mormons believe when it comes to sexually related topics. For instance, within the LDS faith masturbation and pornography are never okay — before or after marriage or within the marriage relationship.

Mormons are very much like other religious people. We follow what the scriptures say. We believe that keeping one’s self pure and free of sexual sin brings one closer to God and brings happiness into one’s life. We believe that good is still good, and evil is still evil. Our prophets have reminded us to be sensitive and respectful, to those who struggle with sexual or gender identity, but by the same token, we desire to be respected for our own beliefs. Continue reading