Bring peace on social media by asking, “What would Jesus tweet?” “
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Conflict vs conflict
What would Jesus tweet?
Latter-day Saints should consider this before posting comments on social media, say Patrick Mason and David Pulsipher, co-authors of the recently published book “Proclaiming Peace: The Restoration Response to an Age of conflict “.
This does not mean that members cannot or should not take part in disagreements.
“Conflict is inevitable in a universe full of free agents,” the researchers said in a recent interview with Kurt Manwaring. “… Our task is not to avoid conflicts, but to engage them constructively, to channel them towards positive ends. “
The key, Mason and Pulsipher say, is not to let conflict turn into angry bickering – which the church’s core scripture, the Book of Mormon, warns against.
“It’s amazing how much of a Jekyll and Hyde effect social media can have on people,” Pulsipher and Mason said in the interview. “I’ve had friends and ward members who are some of the cutest, most Christian people when you’re with them in person, but whose social media posts are incredibly full of bile and venom. “
Such online outbursts may be the reason why the recently updated church general manual warns members against using “threatening, intimidating, degrading, violent or abusive language or images” on the Internet.
Latter-day Saints should share uplifting content, the guidelines state, and “strive to be like Christ to others at all times, including online, and reflect genuine respect for all children of God “.
Snuggle up with returning missionaries
Stories of Latter-day Saint missionaries are common in sacrament meetings, church classes, family night classes, and, it turns out, in the locker rooms of the Stanford football team. .
And they are greeted by Cardinal David Shaw’s coach.
“I have spoken with everyone who returns from these missions. I say, ‘You’ve been out into the world, you’ve been through things, you’ve grown up, different from these kids who just got out of high school and come here, ”Shaw told The Associated Press recently. “Don’t keep this a secret. Express what you have gathered, everything you have learned, however you have progressed, so that these people can benefit from your experience.
Former missionaries did not preach their religion to their teammates so much as they shared their life experiences, especially those gained during their two-year proselytizing periods.
“Obviously we’ve seen a lot of different issues in the world, and coming back I feel like it can help the team deal with adversity,” said quarterback Tanner McKee. to the P. “There are a lot of people in the football team who come from different cultures or different backgrounds, and who live in Brazil. [where he served his mission] I had to learn a whole new culture and people with completely different backgrounds. So I think the maturity level has helped me a lot to be a better leader, a better quarterback, a better person for this team.
Much adversity followed this Stanford team. After eliminating Oregon early on, the Cardinal stumbled for the remainder of the season with a 3-9 record, losing the last seven games.
Predict new missions
Call it “Mission: Possible”.
In the wake of the church’s creation of new missions in Hawaii and Rwanda, freelance demographer Matt Martinich looked at other places where new boundaries for proselytizing could be set.
His tally, found on lds church growth.blogspot.com, spans four regions – Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania – and predicts 21 new “probable” assignments in the near future.
• Havana, Cuba.
• São Luis, Brazil.
• Lilongwe, Malawi.
• Warri, Nigeria.
• Palawan / Mindoro, Philippines.
• Ubon, Thailand.
• Honiara, Solomon Islands.
• Brisbane, Australia (a second mission).
See the full list.
From La Tribune
• Advertising tech billionaire Jeff T. Green, considered the richest Utah native, has resigned his church membership.
“Although I have a deep love for many Mormons and gratitude for many things that came into my life through Mormonism,” he wrote to President Russell M. Nelson. “I haven’t considered myself a member for many years and I want to make it clear to you and others that I am not a member. “
Read the story.
• Catholic actor Neal McDonough, along with Tony-nominated singer Megan Hilty, recently recorded The Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas concert in Temple Square – the one to appear on PBS during the 2022 holiday season.
“We spend so much time as humans wondering what the right church is,” McDonough said. “By filling [Latter-day Saints and Catholics] together, it shows that whatever it takes to glorify God and be better human beings in his eyes is the goal of all religion and belief.
Read the story.
• Recently released records show Brigham Young University police routinely shared non-public information with the school’s honor code office.
“My mission as an investigative lieutenant,” said a retired officer, “was to provide information to the Utah County Jail Reservation System’s Honor Code office on students who have been reserved. “
Read the story.
• After decades of dancing Celtic green, Danny Ainge now sings a new NBA track – with a jazz beat.
The former BYU basketball star, who previously spent 18 years at the head of the Boston front office, is the new CEO of Utah Jazz.
Read the story.
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