Month: May 2016

War: A Latter-day Saint Creed

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints renounces war and proclaims peace IAW Doctrine and Covenants 98:16.  The Church sympathizes with members who, on a personal basis, seek relief from military service.  In 1942, the following statement on war was issued by the First Presidency: The Church is and must be against war.  The Church itself cannot wage war, unless and until the Lord shall issue new commands.  It cannot regard war as a righteous means of settling international disputes; these should and could be settled—the nations agreeing—by peaceful negotiation and adjustment.  But the Church membership are citizens or subjects...

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Church: Original Jurisdiction of Christ

  Membership in the Church of Christ has its privileges (like forgiveness, rather than wrath, when one repents). Repentance is not used to collect evidence for the purpose of condemning the penitent (what the State does), but to pardon (what Christ does). Original jurisdiction in any dispute involving disciples of Christ (who cannot reconcile the dispute themselves) belongs to the Church. D&C 82 21 And the soul that sins against this covenant, and hardeneth his heart against it, shall be dealt with according to the laws of my church, and shall be delivered over to the buffetings of Satan until the day...

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Reconciliation: A Gift Requiring a Leap of Faith

Most critics of nonviolence assume that adherents believe in remaining aloof of conflict, either by allowing themselves to be run over or by turning a blind eye to offense.  This simply is not the case.  The Christian pacifist seeks conflict resolution through reconciliation, not through overwhelming force.  They follow the Biblical model given them by Jesus: If your brother sins [against you], go reprove him, between him and you alone. If he listens, you have won your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others with you. The evidence of two or three witnesses is required...

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Faithful Questions for Faithful Mormons

The Purpose of Questions The Restoration of the Gospel began because of a question (JS-H 1:13). Personal apostasy begins when we stop asking questions (Alma 12:9-11). Therefore, our very salvation depends upon our ability to ask deep and often uncomfortable questions. Unfortunately, many Mormons doubt the authenticity of those who ask hard questions so let me clear about my motives. I believe in and strive to follow Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I believe in the restoration of His Gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith. I believe the words of the holy prophets as found in scripture (at least...

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