LDS General Conference: Ballard speaks on media and others’ inquiries, Nelson Aids Wirthlin

It is the beginning of the 2nd session of LDS General Conference.  Elder Ballard of the Quorum of the 12 is speaking on outside inquiries regarding the Church.  He cites events like the Salt Lake Olympics and individual members of high profile as catalysts for these inquiries.  I get the feeling that this was spurned largely because of the questions resulting from Mitt Romney’s Presidential candidacy.

Here are some highlights:

Helpful things to help explain what we believe:

– Have a few facts about the church on a page to give people and copy of the Articles of Faith

–  Mormon is a nickname of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The term Saint means member.

– Church was resored in 1830 by Joseph Smith; it is HQ’d in Salt Lake City, UT; Gordon B. Hinckly is the Prophet and President of the Church.

– 13 million members, 6 million in US; 4th largest in America.

– The church complete a new chapel each day on average

– Members pay tithes to help fund the Church.

– Congregations are lead by volunteers, there are no paid clergy.

– Mormons are well represented in Government and Politics, in high positions in business, medicine, law etc.

What about our faith:

– We believe in the eternity of the soul. God is father, we will return to hom

– Christ is our personal savior, we commemorate Christ in our Sunday services.

– We accept as fellow christians all who believe in Christ.  Jesus is the core of our beliefs.

– We believe Christ’s church was lost after the death of the Apostles and the priesthood was restored anew with apostles and prophets as well as all necessary ordinances in our day.

We believe in and use the Bible and BOM and other scripture that testifies of the divity of Christ.  The BOM is another testament of Jesus Christ.

– Our theology is family centered.

– The basic unit of church and society is Family

– We have a deep commitment to marriage; one man and one woman. Polygamy  was a limited practice and discontinued in 1890’s.

Everyone is welcome to attend Sunday services.  

– LDS families should hold Family Home Evening, it provides a regular and predicitive time for parents to teach values to children and have fun together. We invite all people of every faith to participate in this practice.

– We focus much on family history and geneaology

– The highest and most sacred ordinaces of our faith relate to the family, both the living and the dead, some of these take place in the temples.

The Savior said, by their fruits ye shall know them.  The Church should be judged by results that it generates.  

Practicing Mormons (regular Church and Temple attendence) have on average:

                                      Longer and healthier lives.  

                                      Divorce rates far below the world and national averages

                                      A higher education level than the national average


Perhaps the best way to answer questions is through how we live and the example we can  be.

Don’t be afraid to bear your testimony.

There was much more, but my son woke up from his nap in the middle of the talk, I will link either an audio copy or a text copy of the talk when released (whichever comes first).

This talk should be interesting for both LDS members and people not-affiliated with the Church.

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UPDATE:

A very touching moment, Elder Wirthlin, who is very frail, started shaking a lot on the stage while continuing to deliver his message. Elder Nelson walked up to hold him steady.  My eyes teared up.  What great and wonderful men lead this church. (It is also fitting that Elder Nelson is a doctor by trade (heart surgeon).

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20 responses to “LDS General Conference: Ballard speaks on media and others’ inquiries, Nelson Aids Wirthlin

  1. Garrett7

    I appreciate your comment about Elder Nelson helping Elder Wirthlin. I live in an area where I can only get audio of Conference. I was wondering about the shaking I heard in Elder Wirthlin’s voice. My children were wondering if he was okay. That helped bring a sweet visual image and comfort to my family.
    Thanks.

  2. skyflyher

    Thanks for the run down 🙂 I’m going to reference this post on my personal blog. 🙂

  3. Joseph Smith is a false prophet who is leading millions of Mormons to hell.
    St Paul dammed anyone who preached a different gospel than his own. Galatians ch 1.

  4. cheaperthencheap

    I too was moved to tears as I watched and I loved that list that was put together, cant wait to get to church today especially since we didnt har from Pres Hickley or Elder Eyring….cant wait, oh and for the potluck between sessions.

  5. DB

    To bgraef:

    You know Joseph Smith to be a false prophet exactly how?

    Perhaps you don’t realize that the doctrine of the Trinity is non-biblical, a 4th century construction emerging from an acrimonious debate among politicians, generals, and churchmen.

    It represents an incomprehensible consensus, not the truth about the nature of God.

    St. Paul did not believe in the modern Christian’s concept of the trinity any more than any of the other New Testament Christians.

    Such notions did not exist at the time of Christ, nor were they taught by him or his apostles after Christ’s death.

    Those Christians also did not have a Bible as we know it today. They did have an old Testament. But they regarded instruction they received in epistles from their early leaders as sacred counsel to be preserved.

    In other words … they believed in an open cannon.

    And you say the Mormons believe a false religion?

    You should read the Bible again…carefully this time.

    And examine your own “Christian” religion in light of Biblical truth.

  6. I think it states somewhere in the BoM that your faith is the only true one.All other Christian denoms make up the great whore of Revelation 17. That tells me enough that the BoM is of Satanic origins.
    And do you really believe your own myths that Christ dismantled his church after the days of the apostles for almost 18 centuries , when he Himself stated he would build his church on earth and the gates of hell would not prevail against it?Are you telling me that for 1800 years the gates of hell prevailed on this earth, and all those people who lived in that era went to eternal damnation because there was no true church of Christ on this earth?
    I think it is you Mormons who need to examine your own propaganda for a change.
    And I dont care how “family oriented” and “charitable”Mormon religion is .
    Christ talked of whitewashed tombs also.

  7. DB

    Thanks for the opportunity to further respond to your misconceptions about Mormonism. I’ll take it line by line. If you really want to know what Mormons think, rather than what others say they think, you will kindly take my comments seriously.

    You said: “I think it states somewhere in the BoM that your faith is the only true one.All other Christian denoms make up the great whore of Revelation 17. That tells me enough that the BoM is of Satanic origins.”

    My response: No, you’re entirely incorrect on both points. The Book of Mormon says nothing of the kind. It is ancient scripture and does not engage modern Christianity in that kind of detail. But Mormons do believe that Christian creeds are wrong in the sight of God because they twist and warp the true nature of God. The creeds in reference here are the Trinity and other notions emerging in the 4th century. Saying that creeds are wrong is not the same as saying that Churches are bad or Satanic, and certainly not that the people in them are.

    Mormons also do not believe that Christian churches are part of the great whore spoken of by John. We believe Christ inspires people of good will and faith everywhere, and we consider Christians to be wonderful people who love the Lord as we do. The great whore is a specific reference to the Kingdom of Satan in the earth, which includes any institution that leads people away from Christ. Christian churches don’t do this, quite the opposite. Hollywood and the pornography industry come to mind, but not Christian churches.

    You said: “And do you really believe your own myths that Christ dismantled his church after the days of the apostles for almost 18 centuries , when he Himself stated he would build his church on earth and the gates of hell would not prevail against it?”

    My response: Yes, we believe there was a falling away from the true gospel. This was foretold by Peter and is obvious in the later writings of the apostles in the New Testament even in their own time as they scrambled to hold the church together as false doctrines “crept in unawares.” John the Revelator also foresaw the falling away when he described the woman giving birth to a manchild and then fleeing into the wilderness. Then, in the last days, he saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven having the everlasting gospel to preach to them who dwell on the earth. Why send an angel with the gospel if it were still around?

    There’s not enough space here to thoroughly address this, so let me just ask you this: If the church was so intact from the time of Christ, why a need for a Protestant Reformation??—of which you are a part. What were you reforming if the church was in such good shape?

    You said: “Are you telling me that for 1800 years the gates of hell prevailed on this earth, and all those people who lived in that era went to eternal damnation because there was no true church of Christ on this earth?”

    My response: Absolutely not. We believe preaching of the gospel goes on in the Spirit world and that rather than receiving eternal damnation, all of those souls will have the opportunity to be saved through their acceptance of Christ. Mormons remain the only religion of which I’m aware that recognizes God has a plan to save everyone. I rather think it’s your beliefs which send people to hell who have not heard the gospel and accepted Christ while in this life. You would even send Mormons to hell because they don’t believe in the non-Biblical Nicean Trinity.

    You said: “I think it is you Mormons who need to examine your own propaganda for a change.”

    My response: What propaganda, for example? What I’m hearing from you is propaganda against Mormons that you’ve picked up somewhere, who knows where. Every bit of it is false. You should really examine your anti-Mormon propaganda. Why do you feel it’s necessary to attack Mormons, especially from such obviously shaky ground—both in your own beliefs, and in what you know about Mormons.

    You said: “And I dont care how “family oriented” and “charitable”Mormon religion is ..”

    My response: Matt 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? No, of course they don’t was Christ’s point. Did you ever wonder how people who believe in Satan could be so “family oriented” and “charitable”? You should ponder this.

  8. All religions try to do good works. True Christians know that all thier good works do not get them to heaven but boast about the finished work of Christ on the cross.
    Muslims are family oriented and charitable but they are still dammed if they dont accept Christ.
    I dont think you Mormons accept Christian churches any more than Muslims do. You say it only because its convenient for you to do so if you are a minority, like Muslims in America.
    But when certain religions gain political power, faith turns into arrogance.
    And ” I would sent Mormons to Hell if they didnt believe in Trinity doctrine”? I do not own the keys to Hell, Christ does, and he made it clear that God will damm people to hell if they had a chance to believe the gospel and didnt repent. Christ spoke more about Hell and how to avoid it than he did about Heaven. Why??
    If you want to candycoat Christs doctrine on Hell then do so, but he will definitely call you to account for your wilful mistakes and blatant omissions on Judgement day.
    There is no word trinity in my bible. There is however a Father, A son, and the Holy Spirit.

  9. Liz

    DB is a lethal weapon of calm, rationality and reason. It is like poetry reading your therapeutic prescriptions for bragriefs anguished spewing. Do you write a regular column somewhere? I would appreciate a little calm and reason in my own life on occasion. Don’t let bragrief hog it all.

  10. Wow, been a while since I’ve commented around here.

    To bgraef:

    Your first statement tells it all: “I think it states somewhere in the BoM that your faith is the only true one.”

    You have passed judgement on something which you know nothing about. You are merely believing the misinterpretations of others. That is a very dangerous road to travel when you start calling others satanic followers.

    “Judge not, lest ye be judged…” sums up why that is a dangerous attitude.

    If you truly think we are satanic followers why don’t you treat us as Christ would have? When Jesus encountered people of differing opinion, or followers of different religions he spoke in parables because he didn’t want to condemn them with further light and knowledge. He had compassion for them, even those that crucified him. I would think a “True Christian”, as you put it, would follow his lead and example.

    I’m a member of the LDS Church. I couldn’t give two shakes whether people think that I’m a “True Christian” or not. Christ said a good tree will bring forward good fruit, so even if the LDS Church were not what it claims to be, the restored Church that Christ organized anciently, it’s still bearing good fruit thus according to Christ must be a good tree.

    I think it’s about time that people stop trying to elevate their own perceived social position by tearing others down. This political race reeks of people that are unwilling to recognize that other’s might have a valid opinion, and when that happens amongst our leaders we, the collective majority, suffer. If the disciples of Jesus Christ follow these divisive tactics, as it would seem is happening here, ALL followers of Christ suffer.

  11. Why are you Mormons so into useless geneology?
    Do you think you can get your ancestors out of hell by praying for them.
    Better read Luke 16 26-31

  12. My response to Matthew 7:16 is Matthew 7:22

  13. ecastro

    To quote you from YOUR OWN website “Who really gives a rats ass about what a kilo of cocaine or pound of marijauna siezed by the cops is “worth” on the street?”

    Sounds like a good Christian to me…lo-life.

  14. ecastro

    BTW, that last comment was for bgraef…a real winner! (judging from his vocab.)

  15. The only people who give an “RA” about what a kilo of drugs is worth are the idiots who peddle it.
    That was the point Im trying to make to the braindead media who insist on publicizing the enormous profits to be made from drugs and in so doing actually encourage the drug trade.
    Read the wholepost, quit being so selective.

  16. Ye shall know them by thier fruits….
    Warren Jeffs for sure….one good apple.

  17. Bgraef,

    Another post of complete ignorance on your part.

    Warren Jeffs is not a member of the LDS church. I’ll repeat that for those that are slow to process. Warren Jeffs is not a member of the LDS church.

    Again, by their fruits ye shall know them.

  18. ecastro

    In response to bgraef:

    “Read the wholepost, quit being so selective.”

    READ THE BOOK OF MORMON, DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS, AND PEARL OF GREAT PRICE…quit being so selective.

  19. So basically you Mormons are telling me if I dont become one of your own, Im not really going to hell, maybe get another chance in another life, or somehow spend eternity in outer darkness or whatever?
    Tell me something…..just what exactly is my fate if I dont become a Mormon?

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