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Interests: Home spun art and micromedia as an alternative to the mainstream, Bike Culture, New Urbanism, Bioregionalism, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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I agree with Brother Bushman. I have been involved in the "Bridging the Religious Divide" initiative that launched in Salt Lake City in Nov. 2004. I wonder what response he got to his letter. It's deeply offensive to some people to hear that we're part of the "only true church". I believe it's incongruent to claim that in light of scriptures like D&C 10:52-70 which state clearly that the Lord's church pre-existed the establishment of the LDS Church in 1830. At the very least that phrase should not be tossed around casually and some effort should be made to explain in what sense it may be true. On Sunday in Elders Quorum the teacher said that we are perhaps the only church that believes in revelation. In truth you'd be hard pressed to find a Christian denomination that doesn't. If anything our expression of such limited because of hierarchical contraints, while other sects aren't. It's these kinds of misunderstandings that I think justify a change in emphasis in our teaching. I understand there is something on the horizon with the working title "The Doctrine of Inclusion" which friends of mine who have access to Elder Bateman have mentioned, though what form it may take is unclear. Also, at a recent multi-stake conference broadcast in Sandy, UT Elder Ballard spoke of befriending our neighbors even if they have no interest in investigating the Church. My small dialog group left over from the "Bridging" intitiative are producing a documentary about the first signs of hope we have seen in our conversations. We consist of 2 active LDS, a Presbyterian, a Jew and a Lutheran, all of whom have experienced the unique and painful interreligious and even interfamily dynamics here in Utah. Good things are beginning to happen! Not the least of which is this blog. Thank you so much. Let me know what I can do to help.
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2007 on Leaven in the lump at knowyourneighbor