Posts Tagged ‘ apostles ’

251-252: Mormonism’s Apostasy Narrative

October 1, 2014
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251-252: Mormonism’s Apostasy Narrative

No story differentiates Mormonism from other Christian traditions more than its claim to be the restoration of the church Jesus Christ set up while on the earth—an organization led by twelve apostles who were granted priesthood and authority to continue Christ’s saving work after he died. This framing narrative of an original church organization with priesthood keys that entitled its apostles to special revelation that, following the death of these leaders, fell into apostasy for some eighteen centuries before being restored to the earth, has provided a key part of our understanding of ourselves as Latter-day Saints and our historical…

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27: Mormons and Their Leaders

April 12, 2011
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27: Mormons and Their Leaders

This episode, which was recorded a couple of days after the close of the April 2011 General Conference, explores the interplay between Latter-day Saints and those who are called to lead them as prophets, seers, and revelators. Why do some church members want to elevate leaders’ words delivered at conference almost to the level of scripture? Why is there so much adoration of leaders even as they regularly acknowledge their own humanity and fallibility, and even speak of the adulation they receive as one of their biggest challenges? To whom do church leaders aim their words, and why? How much…

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Help Wanted: Predicting the Next Apostle

March 31, 2009
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Help Wanted: Predicting the Next Apostle

This Thursday or Friday, someone at the Church Office building will get a phone call and make the long walk to President Monson’s office.  By the time he leaves, he will have traded in his current position for a lifetime calling as an apostle.  We’ll find out Saturday who he is, but why “stand idly, looking on” when we can spend four days speculating?

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Keep Pedaling

December 4, 2008
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One thing that I don’t see very often at Mormon Matters is the bearing of testimony.  Some see the bearing of testimony as a form of social control, some may see it as people trying to convince themselves of truth, and so it seems that it doesn’t have much “place” in academic discussions.  Yet there is something powerful in the bearing of testimony, and sometimes I feel that it’s all I truly have to offer.  Here is a part of mine, and it is a testimony of the Apostles, in the light of Elder Wirthlin’s passing.

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Rock the Gerontocracy!

June 12, 2008
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Rock the Gerontocracy!

Larry King described the Mormon faith as a “gerontocracy” (Hello–Pot? Kettle here).  Being led by 15 men with a median age of 76 is a unique feature of our church. So, what are the side effects of being in a gerontocracy? How does it color our life experience and perspectives? How does it affect the image of the church?

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