April 23, 2012
Editor: I hope readers of this blog will take these observations with the purpose they were intended — To help members in their own lives and also to help them understand some things from a Mormon Bishop’s perspective.
For those who are not LDS (Latter-day Saints) aka Mormons and read this – here is some background information at the following link about what is a Mormon Bishop, what they do, what are some of their responsibilities, etc.: Mormon Bishop. Bishops have regular full-time jobs/professions. Serving as a Bishop usually requires a weekly time commitment of 20-30 hours per week – sometimes even more than that. Usually Bishops serve several years – a very common time length is about 5 years. They are not paid by the Church or congregation so the sacrifice required and expected is very, very significant. This service is given very willingly at great personal and family sacrifice. Bishops willingly do this because of the love they have for the Lord, for the love and charity they have for Gods children and for doing what is asked. Being a Bishop can be very stressful, demanding, tiring, never-ending, etc. But it is very rewarding in the feelings you get while helping and serving others and the unique position you are in to help change peoples lives.
The following is from a talk I gave upon my release as a Bishop over a decade ago. I served for almost 5 years for a Ward (congregation) of 400+ members with average Sunday attendance of 200+.
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March 12, 2012
A great FAQ website about Mormons and Mormonism:
January 4, 2012
In addition to running this personal blog – I also administer, control and maintain the content on AskaMormon.com.
If you have any questions for Mormons or about Mormons – the best place to go is Mormon.org or lds.org. If you don’t want to go there you can try AskaMormon.com
December 22, 2011
Silent Night, Holy Night
As told by Walter Cronkite with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
The 1900’s, the final century of the recent millennium, brought unprecedented possibilities and promise.
The children of these hundred years would see more improvement in the human condition than ever before in the world’s history.
Advances in medicine, science, and industry would all but eradicate disease, extend human life, open a dialogue among the peoples of the earth, and lift them into the vast reaches of space.
But these hardly seemed like possibilities as the Christmas of 1914 drew near.
Click link for rest of story and also the video: Silent Night, Holy Night
November 28, 2011
I came across this great article talking about the differences between Mormons and Evangelicals. I highly recommend reading it. It can be found here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700201923/LDS-Christianity-Differences-that-matter.html.
Also – included in the article is a nice graphic showing some of the major differences. Link
ps I believe that both groups are Christians. Both believe in Jesus Christ and that He is our Savior and Redeemer. We might have differences, but we actually have a lot more in common (esp from a values standpoint) than we realize.
October 11, 2011
I manage a website called AskaMormon.com. With the recent comments by a prominent Dallas Pastor calling Mormons a cult and non-Christians I received a question from a Clifford Keys, Colonel, US Army (Retired) asking whether Mormons are Christians. I of course responded affirmatively. In response Col. Keys wrote a letter to Dr. Jeffress, the LDS Church, CNN, his email list of hundreds of other retired military personnel, and myself. With his permission I have posted his letter here: Baptist Pastor
December 23, 2010
Excellent version of Longfellow’s Christmas by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir