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meetinghouse-rock-church-933549-printMany of you know that we (Susan & Laura) are Mormon’s.  Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Some of our posts have reference to things we do in our church, and some quotes are from prominent members of the Church.

But just because we are Mormon, does not mean that we do not welcome people who are not members of our church.  We really want to be able to share inspiration and a sense of hope and joy in life with anyone who is willing to read our messages. By reading our messages you may find out more about what it is like being Mormon, just as you’ll get to know some of our individuality also.

On Friday’s we have decided to post links to other sources (stories, videos or interviews) that we have enjoyed, and feel that you may be able to get something out of also.

Today I am sharing an interview from a PBS documentary “The Mormons,” with Jeffrey Holland who is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Click here for the full interview.

I would like to share with you the last question recorded in the interview. Although it is a bit cerebral, I think it helps to explain our desire for association will all good people and aspirations.

Turning the question around, do Mormons feel that Christians are Christian?

… It is absolutely incumbent upon us and our solemn obligation to acknowledge every good thing and every good act and every good truth of anybody on the face of this earth, including — and especially, in terms of a brotherhood and sisterhood — Christians and Christian churches. Somehow there has evolved this chasm, this decisive distinction. … That seems to me absolutely wrong. It’s wrong on the face of it; it’s wrong in my experience; it’s wrong doctrinally. … As an institutional response, it seems to me that past, present or future, it is not our call to damn or deny or vilify anybody else. Our call is to extend the fruits of His ministry and the benefit of what we know.

Our universal cry, as I understand it, is to say, “Bring any good thing you have, bring any truth you’ve ever known, every Gospel principle you’ve ever embraced, every non-Gospel, civil, humanitarian impulse you’ve ever had,” which, by the way, would be part of the Gospel in our definition — and our only duty is to add to that. We do believe we can give value added. There’s something we can contribute that … was not available prior to the restoration, the Gospel and Joseph Smith. …

I’m in the good-news business. It is to no advantage and to no purpose for me to desecrate or decry. I would do that against evil. I would speak out against child molesters and pornographers. There are things that I’m not going to equivocate on. But I’m not talking about individual people’s religious belief and their quest for the best that’s within them. …

Now, in saying that, that is not some mournful plea from the gallery about wanting to be mainstream in 21st-century Christianity. That is not an issue for me. I don’t have any particular desire to have anybody say whether we’re mainstream or whether we’re not. … I have no particular wish to in any way be seen as another Protestant religion. We are adamantly not another Protestant religion.

But what I don’t like, and what I don’t want to perpetuate, is the personal antagonism and the personal cleavage where otherwise wonderful people can go to dinner together and have their kids on the soccer team together and carpool to the PTA together, and then, when it comes to religion, just start throwing fists. That does not seem to me right. …

I love that he explains that he is in the “good-news” business.  While we always strive to hold true to our standards, we want to associate with all of the good people around us.  And in a world with so much trouble it is also refreshing to recognize that there are so many good people all around in our neighborhoods and schools etc that we can relate with.

There is so much beauty in the world that is a gift from God, that we want to be able to share our view of that beauty with you, and hope that you will feel welcome in taking this journey with us.

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