Tuesday, 28 July 2015
- Church Re-evaluating Scouting Program (LDS Newsroom)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply troubled by today’s vote by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board. In spite of a request to delay the vote, it was scheduled at a time in July when members of the Church’s governing councils are out of their offices and do not meet....
- Boy Scouts End Ban on Gay Leaders, Over Protests by Mormon Church (New York Times)
The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its ban on openly gay adult leaders.
But the new policy allows church-sponsored units to choose local unit leaders who share their precepts, even if that means restricting such positions to heterosexual men.
Despite this compromise, the Mormon Church said it might leave the organization anyway. Its stance surprised many and raised questions about whether other conservative sponsors, including the Roman Catholic Church, might follow suit.
- LDS Church 're-evaluating' Scouting program after Boy Scouts of America policy change (Deseret News - Utah)
The Boy Scouts of America's National Executive Board voted 45-12 to end the organization's blanket ban on gay adult leaders on Monday, although the change in policy would still allow church-sponsored BSA units to disallow openly gay leaders for religious reasons.
- LDS Church ‘deeply troubled’ by Boy Scouts ending ban on gay adult leaders, will re-evaluate relationship with program (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
LDS Church leaders say they will evaluate the faith's centurylong relationship with the Boy Scouts of America in the wake of Scouting's decision to immediately end a blanket ban on gay adult leaders.
The policy change was approved Monday evening by the BSA's 80-member National Executive Board in a teleconference. The new policy allows church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion because of their religion.
Even so, Mormon apostle Jeffrey R. Holland and LDS Young Men President Stephen Owen voted against the policy change, church spokesman Eric Hawkins told The Salt Lake Tribune.
- LDS Church relationship with Boy Scouts in doubt, may create new international program (Deseret News - Utah)
The future relationship between the Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is now uncertain after the Scouting body voted Monday to rescind a nationwide ban on gay Scout leaders, prompting strong words of concern from the church and a promise to re-evaluate its century-long affiliation with the organization.
"The church has always welcomed all boys to its Scouting units regardless of sexual orientation," church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a prepared statement. "However, the admission of openly gay leaders is inconsistent with the doctrines of the church and what have traditionally been the values of the Boy Scouts of America.”
- Seeking a balanced life (LDS Church News)
“Seeking balance among the essential responsibilities of life is preparatory to salvation,” Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy told graduates at Brigham Young University-Idaho Commencement Exercises held on July 23.
Held in the BYU-I Center on the university’s Rexburg, Idaho, campus, the event recognized 1,891 graduates. Of those graduates, 1,395 received bachelor’s degrees and 523 received associate degrees.
- BYU student’s portrayal of Mormonism’s Heavenly Mother vanishes from photo exhibit (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
The art show of a Brigham Young University student became more participatory than expected last week.
Part of a photography exhibit by Katie Marie Liechty was stolen sometime between July 16, when the BYU senior put up the display, and July 20.
The swiped piece focused on Heavenly Mother, part of a series of photos examining topics from "Mormon Doctrine," the 1958 encyclopedia of LDS teachings by the late Mormon apostle Bruce R. McConkie.
- Divisive ‘Book of Mormon’ musical opens Tuesday in Utah (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
No matter your opinion about that profane, sweet little "Book of Mormon" musical — perhaps you've heard of it — there's a special thrill to a story about Mormon missionaries unfolding in front of a Broadway set depicting the Salt Lake LDS Temple spires that exist just two blocks away from downtown's Capitol Theatre.
"Clearly it's a little bit fraught and exciting to bring the show to Salt Lake City," says Megan Sanborn Jones, an associate professor of theater at Brigham Young University. After all, Salt Lake City, or in the musical's parlance, "Sal Tlay Ka Siti," isn't often referenced in the contemporary musical-theater canon.
4 And thus we see, that there was a time granted unto man to repent, yea, a probationary time, a time to repent and serve God.
Understanding the Savior’s freely given atoning love can free us from self-imposed, incorrect, and unrealistic expectations of what perfection is."
"Becoming Perfect in Christ" - Elder Gerrit W. Gong, July 2014