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♥ Book Title : Our Heritage
☯ Full Synopsis : "The central message of this book is the message declared by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since its beginning. Joseph Smith, the first prophet of this dispensation, taught: “The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.” Every prophet who has succeeded Joseph Smith has added his personal witness of the divine mission of the Savior. The First Presidency affirmed: “As those who are called and ordained to bear witness of Jesus Christ to all the world, we testify that He was resurrected on that Easter morning nearly two thousand years ago, and that He lives today. He has a glorified, immortal body of flesh and bones. He is the Savior, the Light and Life of the world.” Millions of faithful Saints have also had testimonies of the divinity of Jesus Christ. This knowledge has motivated them to make the sacrifices necessary to build The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the kingdom of God on the earth. The story of the establishment of the Church is one of faith, consecration, and joy. It is the story of living prophets who taught the truths of God to the modern world. It is the story of men and women from all walks of life who sought for the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and, upon finding it, were willing to pay the price of becoming the Savior’s disciples. These stalwart Saints pressed on through sufferings and hardships, witnessing even in their darkest hours of the goodness of God and the joy of his love. They have left a legacy of faith, courage, obedience, and sacrifice. The heritage of faith continues today. Latter-day Saints throughout the world are modern pioneers in their own homelands, where they live with faith and courage in a time fraught with new challenges and opportunities. There are pages of history yet to be written. We each have an opportunity to leave a heritage for generations to follow that will help them understand the joy of living and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. As we learn more about the faith of those who have gone before us, we can better understand those with whom we have joined hands in bearing witness of the Savior and helping to establish his kingdom. We can determine to live more righteously as faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ."Article| The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : An American Philosophy
☯ Full Synopsis : "In this book, the author invites you at a reflection on life by a psycho-social study of the modern North America in which he lives for more than 40 years and loves dearly. Dedicated especially to College and University students because of its complexity, "An American philosophy: a way of living" is also for each adult who desires to understand the meaning of moral concepts from philosophy to environmentalism through human, physical and natural sciences which mean all in our life. Also, according importance to the man-woman union to family to society, this book is truly... a way of living."Article| Alain Leclerc| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Colonia Juarez
☯ Full Synopsis : "Colonia Juarez, one of the two remaining Mormon colonies in Mexico, has existed and prospered for one hundred and twenty-five years. This is a history of that first one hundred and twenty-five years. Although there are currently fewer than two hundred descendents of the original colonists living in Colonia Juarez, thousands of ther descendants still refer to it as "down home.""Article| Lavon Brown Whetten| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Mormon Menace
☯ Full Synopsis : ""It incarnates every unclean beast of lust, guile, falsehood, murder, despotism and spiritual wickedness." So wrote a prominent Southern Baptist official in 1899 of Mormonism. Rather than the "quintessential American religion," as it has been dubbed by contemporary scholars, in the late nineteenth century Mormonism was America's most vilified homegrown faith. A vast national campaign featuring politicians, church leaders, social reformers, the press, women's organizations, businessmen, and ordinary citizens sought to end the distinctive Latter-day Saint practice of plural marriage, and to extinguish the entire religion if need be. Placing the movement against polygamy in the context of American and southern history, Mason demonstrates that anti-Mormonism was one of the earliest vehicles for reconciliation between North and South after the Civil War and Reconstruction. Southerners joined with northern reformers and Republicans to endorse the use of newly expanded federal power to vanquish the perceived threat to Christian marriage and the American republic. Anti-Mormonism was a significant intellectual, legal, religious, and cultural phenomenon, but in the South it was also violent. While southerners were concerned about distinctive Mormon beliefs and political practices, they were most alarmed at the "invasion" of Mormon missionaries in their communities and the prospect of their wives and daughters falling prey to polygamy. Moving to defend their homes and their honor against this threat, southerners turned to legislation, to religion, and, most dramatically, to vigilante violence. The Mormon Menace provides new insights into some of the most important discussions of the late nineteenth century and of our own age, including debates over the nature and limits of religious freedom; the contest between the will of the people and the rule of law; and the role of citizens, churches, and the state in regulating and defining marriage."Article| Patrick Mason| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Mormon Missionary
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Dr. Lively hasn't left a stone unturned. His book is an encyclopedic investigation of the missionary program of the LDS church. Very interesting reading." Newel Kay Brown, Composer of I Hope They Call Me on a Mission Many have answered a knock at the door to find two young men standing there. Polite, well-dressed, and wearing black nametags, they introduce themselves as “Elder Smith” and “Elder Jones” of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are Mormon missionaries, and they want to share their faith with you. It is an awkward moment. American culture does not welcome strangers at the door, and the appearance of Mormon missionaries raises a fundamental question: should they be so aggressive in trying to convert us to their faith? Don’t they understand that if we want to know about their church, we will ask them? As a result, most missionaries are turned away—and not always in a friendly manner. But while they may decline the offer of a visit, an increasing number of non-Mormons are asking questions such as: “Who are these people?” Why are they doing what they are doing?” “Who pays for it?” and, “What do they and the Latter-day Saint Church gain from it?” Rob Lively attempts to answer these questions. While not a member of the LDS Church, he has interviewed over 275 past, present, and future missionaries. He shares their missionary stories and their highs and lows, and he discusses the importance of the missionary experience for the individual and for the Church. No other book exists that gives such a comprehensive overview of the Mormon missionary program. It is something we take for granted, but which is really quite unique. The Church could not exist without it."Article| Robert L. Lively Jr| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Church History Study Guide, Pt. 3
☯ Full Synopsis : "Latter-Day Prophets Since 1844. This volume is the third of three on Church History and the Doctrine and Covenants. It covers Church history during the administration of all of its Prophet-Prophets since Joseph Smith. It begins with the succession of the Apostles after Joseph Smith?s martyrdom, the building of the Nauvoo Temple, and the trek to the west of the Latter-day Saint pioneers. We follow them through Iowa, Winter Quarters, and on to Utah. We witness the colonization of the state of Deseret, while the rest of the country suffered from Civil War. Then we follow events through the administrations of all of the 19th-Century, 20th-Century, and 21st-Century prophets from John Taylor to Thomas S. Monson. We become familiar with the early lives, missions, marriages, and callings of each of these prophets, seeing how the Lord prepared them for the particular time that they led the Church. We finish with a look toward the future as we await the Second Coming of our Lord. The cover features a beautiful photograph of the Salt Lake Temple, taken at dusk during the Christmas season from the roof of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building."Article| Randal S. Chase| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : ANOTHER JESUS, a Different Spirit, a Different Gospel
☯ Full Synopsis : "It’s the Christmas season—“the most wonderful time of the year” for most people in River City, California. But for Jehovah’s Witnesses Lawrence and Brad, it’s a time for them to try to explain “the truth” about this holiday season to the people of the community. Their earnest efforts may earn them ridicule, disagreement, or a door slammed rudely in their faces, but they persist—and are sometimes able to find a mind and heart receptive to their urgent message about Jehovah’s coming Kingdom. Whereas for Elders Skousen and Marshall—two Latter-day Saint (Mormon) missionaries—the season is another opportunity to share their Church’s distinctive interpretation of the Christian gospel; but their efforts are often rebuffed, as well. In the course of their work, these two pairs of men engage in dialogue with traditional Christians, as well as members of the Church of Christ; the Community of Christ (RLDS); Seventh-day Adventists; and “Oneness” Pentecostals—not to mention skeptics, atheists, and the increasing numbers of people who lack any particular religious beliefs. But when a local church brings in a researcher to give a series of lectures on “Cults”—and specifically targeting the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons—a confrontation is ensured, where theological and biblical concepts collide in a public forum. Who, if anyone, really has “the Truth”? Can one still discover the “true meaning of Christmas” in the midst of passionate disagreements over the validity of the holiday season? Are objections raised about the secularization and rampant commercialism of the modern celebration valid? Spend a holiday season (or any other season) with some interesting and intellectually-stimulating characters, as they explore these and other challenging questions. (Readers of the author’s earlier novel, A Multicultural Christmas, will be pleased to see a brief reappearance of two characters from that book.)"Article| Steven H. Propp| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Religion and Men's Violence Against Women
☯ Full Synopsis : "This reference offers the nuanced understanding and practical guidance needed to address domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in diverse religious communities. Introductory chapters sort through the complexities, from abusers' distorting of sacred texts to justifying their actions to survivors' conflicting feelings toward their faith. The core of the book surveys findings on gender violence across Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Eastern, and Indigenous traditions--both attitudes that promote abuse and spiritual resources that can be used to promote healing. Best practices are included for appropriate treatment of survivors, their children, and abusers; and for partnering with communities and clergy toward stemming violence against women. Among the topics featured: Ecclesiastical policies vs. lived social relationships: gender parity, attitudes, and ethics. Women’s spiritual struggles and resources to cope with intimate partner aggression. Christian stereotypes and violence against North America’s native women. Addressing intimate partner violence in rural church communities. Collaboration between community service agencies and faith-based institutions. Providing hope in faith communities: creating a domestic violence policy for families. Religion and Men's Violence against Women will gain a wide audience among psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and other mental health professionals who treat religious clients or specialize in treating survivors and perpetrators of domestic and intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual assault, rape, or human trafficking."Article| Andy J. Johnson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Mormon Quest for Glory
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has 6 million members in the United States today (and 13 million worldwide). Yet, while there has been extensive study of Mormon history, comparatively little scholarly attention has been paid to contemporary Mormons. The best sociological study of Mormon life, Thomas O'Dea's The Mormons, is now over fifty years old. What is it like to be a Mormon in America today? Melvyn Hammarberg attempts to answer this question by offering an ethnography of contemporary Mormons. In The Mormon Quest for Glory, Hammarberg examines Mormon history, rituals, social organization, family connections, gender roles, artistic traditions, use of media, and missionary work. He writes as a sympathetic outsider who has studied Mormon life for decades, and strives to explain the religious world of the Latter-day Saints through the lens of their own spiritual understanding. Drawing on a survey, participant observation, interviews, focus groups, attendance at religious gatherings, diaries, church periodicals, lesson manuals, and other church literature, Hammarberg aims to present a comprehensive picture of the religious world of the Latter-day Saints."Article| Melvyn Hammarberg| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Early Mormon Missionary Activities in Japan, 1901-1924
☯ Full Synopsis : "Provides an understanding of why the standard LDS missionary approach of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was so poorly suited for evangelizing the non-Christian, non-Western peoples of Japan."Article| Reid Larkin Neilson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Brigham Young University Studies
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