The Mormon Newsroom recently ran a 5-part series of articles about Why Religion Matters. Of course, the PR arm of a large Church is going to believe that religion matters. However, that doesn’t mean that you should just dismiss the series. It really is a good read.
One of my favourite quotes from the series is from Making Selves Out of Others:
And yet a principle found in many religions is that there is little separation between you and the people around you. Jesus Christ put the charge quite simply: “love thy neighbor as thyself.” In other words, your well-being is much more than aloof personal freedom; it is tied to your neighbor’s well-being also. And so, religious institutions can be helpful junctures where two cooperating impulses meet — the desire for individual purpose and the desire for communal belonging. Like all human goods, these impulses fit within a balance.
One of my favourite things about General Conference weekend is seeing The World Report. This is a “news” program that the Church puts together highlighting what has happened in the last 6 months. Normally I watch the broadcast between sessions of conference, but didn’t have a chance to. I just watched it earlier this week. As usual, it had the “standard” items, as well as some items that you sometimes don’t hear about.
The broadcast included segments on:
- President Monson’s 85th birthday celebration
- Elder Holland’s visit to Harvard
- Elder Bednar’s trip to Mexico
- Elder Oaks’ trip to India to create the first stake
- Elder Christofferson’s trip to Eastern Europe and the Middle East
- An update on the construction of the Rome temple including information about the visitors centre that will house the Christus and the apostle statues
- Information on the dedication of the Kansas City Temple and the associated cultural celebration
- Information on the Brigham City Temple dedication
- Elder Holland doing the groundbreaking for the Provo City Center Temple
- Information on the dedication of the Manaus Brazil Temple and the associated cultural celebration
- Information on the Pioneer Day concert with Katherine Jenkins
- Information about a new Family History Centre in Nauvoo
- Elder Oaks’ visit to Notre Dame
- Information about the candidacy of Mitt Romney for US President
- Gail McGovern’s trip (President of the American Red Cross) to Salt Lake City
- Pocatello Idaho brush fire and Mormon Helping Hands
- London Olympics and Hyde Park Chapel and Visitors Centre
- More information on the Christus and the apostle statues that will be in the Rome Temple Visitors Centre. The marble comes from Carrara Italy
The Mormon Newsroom has links to the full video, as well as individual segments. There are also links to other stories that the Newsroom has released about the segments.
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