by Ben | May 14, 2013 | About Mormons
There’s a lot of junk in this world. Pornography, abuse, kidnappings, not to mention each person’s individual trials, including depression and other challenges. And that’s just close to home. Further away, there are wars, government upheavals, famines, outbreaks of various diseases, civil unrest, discrimination; the list could go on. For the most part, though, I am relatively happy.
But why? How can I be happy when I turn on the nightly news and hear about kidnapping victims in Ohio or a tragic building collapse in Bangledesh? Or when I call my family and hear about the cousin whose marriage has failed, just the latest in a long line of family tragedies? The answer is twofold: knowledge and action.
Knowledge of the Truth
The number one reason I am happy is because of what I know. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes inadvertently called the Mormon Church, the things I believe give me the greatest opportunity for peace and happiness. Some pieces of knowledge that bring me the most peace and happiness are as follows (more…)
by Ben | May 14, 2013 | Meet Some Mormons
When Suzette Steward was nominated for the national “Top Teacher Award” in conjunction with the Live With Kelly and Michael morning show, it was obvious she made a big impact on those around her. The award the result of a nationwide search of public and private schools from Pre-K through 12th grade; the Top Teacher program aims to honor teachers who make a difference in and out of the classroom.
An Exemplary Teacher
Written by Lisa Clements and placed on the show’s website, the submission about Suzette is sincere and telling:
Suzette is a unique, awesome, amazing person, teacher and friend. She grew up in the Katy area and returned after college to interact and teach our “special” kids. She teaches Special Education Kids at the Junior High School during school hours, but it doesn’t stop there. (more…)
by Ben | Jun 8, 2011 | Mormons in the News
Pres. Thomas S. Monson dedicates youth camp in Ontario
June 26, 2011
He expressed love and fondness for the people of Canada and reminisced a bit about the time he and his wife, Frances J. Monson, and their children lived in Toronto three years as he presided over the Canadian Mission, beginning in 1959. Their oldest son, Tom, was nearly 8 years old when the family moved to Canada in the spring of 1959. Their daughter, Ann, was nearly 6, and their youngest son, Clark, was born in Toronto.
“Although many of our dear Canadian friends have passed on, there are those who remain still — as well as the children and grandchildren of those stalwart saints of years ago,” President Thomas Monson said. . .
Richard Bushman: ‘The Book of Mormon’ is like looking into a fun-house mirror; the reflection is hilarious but not really you
June 27, 2011
. . .Mormons experience the show like looking at themselves in a fun-house mirror. The reflection is hilarious but not really you. The nose is yours but swollen out of proportion.
Take the issue of getting your own planet, for example. Elder Price talks about a planet for himself and one for Jesus. Those are not really core Mormon beliefs. Mormon scriptures and Church leaders don’t say anything about people getting their own planets. The idea is more like lore than doctrine.
Mormons do believe in the principle of theosis, the doctrine that God wants humans to become like himself–in effect gods. That belief leads Mormons to speculate about creation. Will beings with god-like qualities have the powers to form earths? Perhaps, who knows?. . .
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Mormon Tabernacle Choir wraps up summer tour
President Monson extols musicians during final tour stop
June 27, 2011
TORONTO, Ontario — Professing “there is no finer choir in all the world” than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson welcomed invited guests to the final concert of its summer tour.
Speaking at a reception prior to a concert Monday evening in Roy Thomson Hall, President Monson said that when he became president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2008, he appointed himself as adviser to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which includes the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Bells on Temple Square. It is, he said, one of his favorite assignments. . .
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