Is the ‘Mormon’ name fading away?

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Is ‘Mormon’ on its final legs?

The shift among the many press towards heeding the church’s need to jettison the “Mormon” time period to explain the religion and its members is rising extra evident and can proceed to increase.

So states Michael Peterson in a latest Public Sq. Journal article.

“Although some latest nationwide church-related tales contained the earlier names of their headlines, however the clear, general development is one among adjustment and respect,” he writes. “…One very latest scholarly essay on a church historical past subject, written by a revered historian who initially resisted the change, repeated the time period ‘Latter-day Saints’ all through most of his references — as an alternative of the oft-used earlier nicknames.”

Peterson particulars the the explanation why all ought to comply with President Russell M. Nelson’s name to discard the generally used Mormon and Mormonism monikers, and challenges a string of counterarguments, together with some The Salt Lake Tribune and others have put forth.

(Keith Johnson | Particular to The Tribune) President Russell M. Nelson speaks in regards to the identify of the church in the course of the 188th Semiannual Normal Convention of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 7, 2018, in Salt Lake Metropolis.

The author speculates that the day will come (or has come) that any media retailers, bloggers, students or script writers who proceed to wield these names might routinely be seen as antagonistic towards the church.

“Within the spirit of kindness and goodwill and friendship which all of us search earnestly on the planet,” Peterson concludes, “I humbly recommend that it behooves every of us, as fellow vacationers right here, both of press or public, from students to bizarre observers, to perpetually drop the phrases ‘Mormonism’ and ‘Mormon’ and willingly name The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its members, tradition, and teachings — previous and current — by their approved names.”

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It’s time to wash church cleansing

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)
Two Latter-day Saint meetinghouses, proven in 2014, in Kaysville. A blogger desires the church to rent janitors to scrub its buildings as an alternative of counting on member volunteers.

Exponent II blogger Mindy Farmer is coming clear about cleansing church meetinghouses.

She is just not a fan.

Farmer desires member volunteers to drop their vacuum handles, mud rags and scrub brushes — and switch these instruments again over to paid and skilled custodial crews.

“Janitors must be employed to scrub and protect church buildings weekly,” Farmer writes, “with members contributing in sustaining this cleanliness.”

She factors to a 1999 assertion by then-Presiding Bishop H. David Burton, who insisted the principle motivation for having members shoulder these chores was by no means to save cash however moderately to assist them “develop private character and obtain everlasting blessings.”

Farmer argues Latter-day Saints have already got greater than sufficient on their bodily and non secular to-do lists, and that they not have to make this “sacrifice.”

The meetinghouses want “extra deliberate, skilled, targeted care,” states the blogger, including that the church “can afford to supply well-paying, fascinating, revered janitorial positions.”

The just lately reported $52 billion within the church’s most distinguished funding account affords proof that it does.

In fact, members needn’t be slobs.

They “ought to present respect for the constructing by emptying trash, cleansing white boards, cleansing up after messes,” Farmer writes. However “wouldn’t it’s higher to create jobs that assist people and communities and to have immaculate, well-maintained buildings?”

Tab Choir cancels tour, charts new course

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Sq. sings at Normal Convention on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Sq.’s on-again, off-again, on-again Heritage Tour to Nordic international locations and Nice Britain is off — once more.

The truth is, it’s canceled.

“The latest omicron surge has not permitted the intensive monthslong preparation wanted for the choir to have the ability to accomplish the diplomatic and missionary functions of the tour,” choir President Mike Leavitt introduced final week. “Though by summer season, situations might have modified to make journey possible, circumstances merely don’t permit us to arrange adequately.”

Leavitt additionally unveiled the next 4 targets for the church’s premier performing troupe:

• Enhance the choir’s digital viewers by shifting from CDs and DVDs to streaming on social media.

• Enlarge the choir’s missionary position.

• Help the church’s world mission by diversifying the choir. “This has been a dialog for a few years, and earnest efforts have been made to include members whose heritage displays the worldwide church,” Leavitt mentioned in a information launch. “The First Presidency has approved the choir presidency to discover new alternate options that can assist us accomplish this.”

• Improve the choir’s world visibility. So whereas the deliberate Heritage Tour could also be historical past, anticipate extra bookings to return.

“It’s our goal to grow to be much more seen worldwide,” mentioned Leavitt, an ex-Utah governor and former U.S. Cupboard secretary. “We plan to be seen in additional international locations the place the choir’s bodily presence will make a distinction by lifting missionary work, inspiring member devotion, and constructing vital friendships for the church.”

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