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Thomas S.Monson, 16th President of the LDS Church, has died

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:42 am
by Sstavix
I know there aren't a lot of LDS people on the forums, but if you would like to know more, just look at the leadership. President Thomas S. Monson passed away yesterday, January 2, 2018. The Deseret News has an article which sums up his life quite well, but there's always more to tell.

One of the things that really has stood out to me has been Monson's focus on the individual. Even though many changes and events in the church happened while he served as one of the Lord's Apostles, the most powerful - and memorable - stories tend to be about him interacting with other individual members of the church. To me, that also is one of the most powerful things about Christianity; a personal relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. God may lead us in different ways, and down different paths, and it may indeed be a different path than your friends or family will take. But if you proceed in faith, He won't steer you wrong. I think President Monson not only understood this concept as well, he tried to live it. Even if you aren't Mormon, you can learn something from the Godly life he lived.

Rest in peace.

Re: Thomas S.Monson, 16th President of the LDS Church, has died

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:31 pm
by ArcticFox
I guess we knew it would be soon when he wasn't able to attend General Conference this last time.

I'm happy for him. He's back with his wife now. :D

Re: Thomas S.Monson, 16th President of the LDS Church, has died

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:20 pm
by ccgr
Interesting article, thanks for sharing. Lots of growth under his leadership.

Re: Thomas S.Monson, 16th President of the LDS Church, has died

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:23 pm
by ccgr
Found a negative spin on digg today - https://newrepublic.com/article/146589/ ... isis-faith

Re: Thomas S.Monson, 16th President of the LDS Church, has died

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:32 pm
by Sstavix
So basically, the article claims that if the LDS church doesn't start "changing with the times" and become more secular, then it will get left behind?

I suppose that's possible. But really, just because something might be popular or trendy - or even legal - does not mean that it is morally correct. I don't give too much credit to the article.

Re: Thomas S.Monson, 16th President of the LDS Church, has died

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:10 pm
by Rachel1701
I'm not LDS, but I have some LDS friends who really looked up to President Monson as a spiritual leader. I respect him because he made my friends want to become better people and everything I've learned about him made it seem like he wanted to make the world a better place and teach people about Jesus.

Re: Thomas S.Monson, 16th President of the LDS Church, has died

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:59 pm
by ArcticFox
So basically, the article claims that if the LDS church doesn't start "changing with the times" and become more secular, then it will get left behind?

I suppose that's possible. But really, just because something might be popular or trendy - or even legal - does not mean that it is morally correct. I don't give too much credit to the article.
Nor do I. The author seems to have had the notion that growth in the size of the Church is somehow evidence of its truth, and that if it isn't forever expanding at an increasingly rapid pace, that's somehow evidence that it's not true.

What a bizarre notion. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world at the moment. By this guy's logic we should all convert to Islam. The growth of Christianity in general since the time of Christ isn't exactly a straight line, and may even have shrunk form time to time. None of that should cast doubts on the Gospel.

Frankly, I EXPECT Christianity in general, and the LDS Church as part of that, to shrink some over the next little while as more and more people are seduced by a popular culture that no longer values objective ideas of morality and has a message t hat's increasingly hostile to the wisdom of the Gospel. We Christians are at our best and most devout when we're in the minority. Look at the early Christians during the time of the Roman Empire when they were still persecuted. Could we, today, handle that the way they did?