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Re: StayLDS reference center

Post by mom3 » 28 May 2015, 10:19

The following is the text from a speech President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency gave April 24, 2015, at the John A. Widtsoe Symposium at the University of Southern California.
https://www.lds.org/prophets-and-apostl ... d?lang=eng

Our discussion thread viewtopic.php?f=11&t=6642
"I stayed because it was God and Jesus Christ that I wanted to follow and be like, not individual human beings." Chieko Okazaki Dialogue interview

"I am coming to envision a new persona for the Church as humble followers of Jesus Christ....Joseph and his early followers came forth with lots of triumphalist rhetoric, but I think we need a new voice, one of humility, friendship and service. We should teach people to believe in God because it will soften their hearts and make them more willing to serve." - Richard Bushman

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Re: StayLDS reference center

Post by mom3 » 28 May 2015, 10:22

Stake's Resource List for Struggling Members
Our threaded discussion of it viewtopic.php?f=5&t=6557

Overview -
____________ Utah __________ Stake

The following resources are meant to assist ward leaders as they minister to members of the church who are struggling with issues of doubt, “intellectual” concerns, or the complexities of church history. This list of resources is not comprehensive, but it provides an introduction and starting point on a variety of issues important to many members of the church. As ward leaders strive to understand these topics and different perspectives, they will better be able to work with others who are struggling with these issues. In addition to becoming acquainted with these resources themselves, ward leaders can share them (and read through them together) with members of the church who express their concerns. There are often no easy answers for many of these issues, but as members feel from their local leaders a sincere, open, honest, sympathetic, and informed desire to work through their concerns, they will often overcome their anxieties and emerge with a more mature commitment to the Gospel.


Dealing with Doubt, Uncertainty, and Belonging
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Lord, I Believe,” April 2013 General Conference. (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/ ... e?lang=eng)

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Come, Join with Us,” October 2013 General Conference. (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/ ... s?lang=eng)

Elder Bruce C. Hafen, “On Dealing with Uncertainty,” Ensign (August 1979). (https://www.lds.org/ensign/1979/08/on-d ... y?lang=eng)

Elder Bruce C. Hafen, “Love Is Not Blind,” BYU Speeches (1979). (http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=651)

Terryl L. Givens, “Letter to a Doubter,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 4 (2013): 131-146 (http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/letter-to-a-doubter/)

Terryl and Fiona Givens, The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith (Deseret Book, 2014). (http://deseretbook.com/Crucible-Doubt-T ... /i/5125923)

M. Sue Bergin, “Keeping the Faith: What Can You Do When A Child Expresses Doctrinal Doubt?” BYU Magazine (Spring 2014). (http://magazine-stg.byu.edu/keeping-the ... al-doubts/)

Eugene England, “Why the Church is as True as the Gospel” (http://www.eugeneengland.org/why-the-ch ... the-gospel)

Mormon Scholars Testify Website (http://mormonscholarstestify.org/)


Difficult Issues in Church History, Scripture, and Teachings (General Resources)
Elder Steven E. Snow, “Start with Faith: A Conversation with Elder Steven E. Snow,” Religious Educator 14.3 (2013): 1-11. (http://rsc.byu.edu/archived/volume-14-n ... ven-e-snow)

The Joseph Smith Papers (The Church Historian’s Press, 2008–) (http://deseretbook.com/search/search#q= ... re&facets=)

The Joseph Smith Papers Website (http://josephsmithpapers.org/)

Richard Lyman Bushman, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling (Knopf, 2005). (http://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Rolling-Bu ... 5G200GZX8W)

“Church Provides Context for Recent Media Coverage on Gospel Topics Pages,” Church Newsroom (November 11, 2014). (http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/c ... pics-pages)

Gospel Topics Essays (https://www.lds.org/topics?lang=eng)

FAIRMormon: Critical Questions, Faithful Answers Website (http://en.fairmormon.org/Main_Page)

Robert L. Millet, ed., No Weapon Shall Prosper: New Light on Sensitive Issues (Deseret Book, 2011). (http://rsc.byu.edu/recent-books/no-weap ... ive-issues)


Difficult Issues in Church History, Scripture, and Teachings (Specific Topics)

Mormonism and Traditional Christianity
Gospel Topics Essay: “Are Mormons Christians?” (https://www.lds.org/topics/christians?lang=eng)

Stephen E. Robinson, Are Mormons Christians? (Deseret Book, 1991). (http://www.amazon.com/Are-Mormons-Chris ... christians)


Different Accounts of the First Vision
Gospel Topics Essay: “First Vision Accounts” (https://www.lds.org/topics/first-vision ... s?lang=eng)

The Joseph Smith Papers Website: “Primary Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision of Deity” (http://josephsmithpapers.org/site/accou ... rst-vision)

Steven C. Harper, “Suspicion or Trust: Reading the Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” in No Weapon Shall Prosper (ed. Millet; Deseret Book, 2011). (http://rsc.byu.edu/archived/no-weapon-s ... rst-vision)


The Book of Mormon (Translation Process and DNA)
Gospel Topics Essay: “Book of Mormon Translation” (https://www.lds.org/topics/book-of-morm ... n?lang=eng)

The Joseph Smith Papers Website: “The Gold Plates and the Translation of the Book of Mormon” (http://josephsmithpapers.org/site/the-g ... -of-mormon)

Gospel Topics Essay: “Book of Mormon and DNA Studies” (https://www.lds.org/topics/book-of-morm ... s?lang=eng)


The Book of Abraham and the Kirtland Egyptian Papers
Gospel Topics Essay: “Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham” (https://www.lds.org/topics/translation- ... m?lang=eng)

The Joseph Smith Papers Website: “Book of Abraham and Egyptian Material” (http://josephsmithpapers.org/site/book- ... n-material)


Joseph Smith, Polygamy, and Post-Manifesto Polygamy
Gospel Topics Essay: “Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo” (https://www.lds.org/topics/plural-marri ... o?lang=eng)

Gospel Topics Essay: “Plural Marriage and Families in Utah” (https://www.lds.org/topics/plural-marri ... h?lang=eng)

Gospel Topics Essay: “The Manifesto and the End of Plural Marriage” (https://www.lds.org/topics/the-manifest ... e?lang=eng)


The Mountain Meadows Massacre
Gospel Topics Essay: “Peace and Violence among 19th Century Latter-day Saints” (https://www.lds.org/topics/peace-and-vi ... s?lang=eng)

Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley, and Glen M. Leonard, Massacre at Mountain Meadows (Oxford University Press, 2011). (http://www.amazon.com/Massacre-Mountain ... s+massacre)


Teachings on Deification
Gospel Topics Essay: “Becoming Like God” (https://www.lds.org/topics/becoming-like-god?lang=eng)


The Temple
“Temple Garments,” Church Newsroom. (http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/temple-garments)

Matthew B. Brown, The Gate of Heaven: Insights on the Doctrine and Symbols of the Temple (Covenant Communications, 1999). (http://www.amazon.com/Gate-Heaven-Insig ... +of+heaven)

Donald W. Parry, ed., Temples of the Ancient World: Ritual and Symbolism (Deseret Book, 1994). (http://www.amazon.com/Temples-Ancient-W ... ent+temple)

Matthew B. Brown and Paul Thomas Smith, Symbols in Stone: Symbolism on the Early Temples of the Restoration (Covenant Communications, 2003). (http://www.amazon.com/Symbols-Stone-Sym ... s+in+stone)


Women, the Priesthood, and the Church
Elder D. Todd Christofferson, “The Moral Force of Women,” October 2013 General Conference (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/ ... n?lang=eng)

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood,” April 2014 General Conference. (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/ ... d?lang=eng)

The Joseph Smith Papers Website: “Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book” (http://josephsmithpapers.org/paperSumma ... inute-book)

Sheri L. Dew and Virginia H. Pearce, The Beginning of Better Days: Divine Instruction to Women from the Prophet Joseph Smith (Deseret Book, 2012). (http://deseretbook.com/Beginning-Better ... /i/5078230)

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher, Janath Russell Cannon, and Jill Mulvay Derr, Women of Covenant: The Story of Relief Society (Deseret Book, 1992). (http://www.amazon.com/Women-Covenant-St ... f+covenant)

Sheri L. Dew, Women and the Priesthood: What One Woman Believes (Deseret Book, 2013). (http://deseretbook.com/Women-Priesthood ... /i/5112810)

Neylan McBaine, “To Do the Business of the Church: A Coorperative Paradigm,” FAIRMormon Conference, 2012. (http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/ ... e-paradigm)

Neylan McBaine, Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact (Greg Kofford Books, 2014). (http://www.amazon.com/Women-Church-Magn ... e+of+doubt)

The Mormon Women Project Website (http://www.mormonwomen.com/)

David L. Paulsen and Martin Pulido, “‘A Mother There’: A Survey of Historical Teachings about Mother in Heaven,” BYU Studies 50.1 (2011): 71-97. (https://byustudies.byu.edu/PDFViewer.as ... e5b079.pdf)


Race and the Priesthood
Gospel Topics Essay: “Race and the Priesthood” (https://www.lds.org/topics/race-and-the ... d?lang=eng)

“Race and the Church: All Are Alike Unto God,” Church Newsroom (February 29, 2012). (http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/race-church)

Elder Bruce R. McConkie, “All Are Alike Unto God,” BYU Speeches (August 18, 1978). (http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=1570)


Same-Sex Attraction
Gospel Topics Essay: “Same-Sex Attraction” (https://www.lds.org/topics/same-gender- ... x+marriage)

Mormons and Gays Website (http://mormonsandgays.org/)

“Same-Sex Marriage and Proposition 8,” Church Newsroom. (http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/s ... position-8)

Ty Mansfield, comp., Voices of Hope: Latter-day Saint Perspectives on Same Gender Attraction (Deseret Book, 2011). (http://deseretbook.com/Voices-Hope-Ty-M ... /i/5062130)

Voice(s) of Hope Website (http://www.ldsvoicesofhope.org/
"I stayed because it was God and Jesus Christ that I wanted to follow and be like, not individual human beings." Chieko Okazaki Dialogue interview

"I am coming to envision a new persona for the Church as humble followers of Jesus Christ....Joseph and his early followers came forth with lots of triumphalist rhetoric, but I think we need a new voice, one of humility, friendship and service. We should teach people to believe in God because it will soften their hearts and make them more willing to serve." - Richard Bushman


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Re: StayLDS reference center

Post by mom3 » 08 Aug 2015, 12:08

Thoughts on marriage and faith crisis. Not the be all end all but some place to begin.

https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/sharin ... n-beliefs/
"I stayed because it was God and Jesus Christ that I wanted to follow and be like, not individual human beings." Chieko Okazaki Dialogue interview

"I am coming to envision a new persona for the Church as humble followers of Jesus Christ....Joseph and his early followers came forth with lots of triumphalist rhetoric, but I think we need a new voice, one of humility, friendship and service. We should teach people to believe in God because it will soften their hearts and make them more willing to serve." - Richard Bushman

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Re: StayLDS reference center

Post by mom3 » 20 Sep 2015, 19:10

Women deserve a voice. Here is a website with quotes from/about Women from General Conference. Use it well. They are leaders, too.

https://gcsisters.wordpress.com/
"I stayed because it was God and Jesus Christ that I wanted to follow and be like, not individual human beings." Chieko Okazaki Dialogue interview

"I am coming to envision a new persona for the Church as humble followers of Jesus Christ....Joseph and his early followers came forth with lots of triumphalist rhetoric, but I think we need a new voice, one of humility, friendship and service. We should teach people to believe in God because it will soften their hearts and make them more willing to serve." - Richard Bushman

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Re: StayLDS reference center

Post by LookingHard » 18 Oct 2015, 09:00

I just listened to a 2007 Mormon Stories http://mormonstories.org/mormon-stories ... our-faith/. We all know (kind of) where John is now, but I think he gave some really good advice in this.

Back in 2007 I was still a faithful KBM (Kind'of Believing Mormon). I have only lately started listening to earlier episodes. Just like many historical characters, John isn't a simple one-dimensional figure. But I do get that he was honestly trying his best to show both sides of the story. I know later on he admitted at one point he became frustrated and wasn't objective. But I read it as a true journey of someone going on a faith crisis, transition, and then getting to a point where he was a lightning rod for so much pain he couldn't help but speak very bluntly on certain issues that ruffled feathers.

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