The president of the Mormon church reiterated Sunday that he wants members, the media and others to use the faith’s full name, saying nicknames are “a major victory for Satan.”
Addressing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ twice-yearly conference in Salt Lake City, Russell M. Nelson said the church’s name “is not negotiable.”
“When the Savior clearly states what the name of his church should be, and even precedes his declaration with, ‘Thus shall my church be called,’ he is serious,” Nelson said. “And if we allow nicknames to be used and adopt or even sponsor those nicknames ourselves, he is offended.”
Nelson, 94, who is considered a prophet, reiterated that his instruction is not a name change, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
“It is a correction,” he said. “It is the command of the Lord.”
Nelson’s speech came after the church announced Friday that the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been renamed the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. It’s the first big change since Nelson announced guidelines in August asking people to stop using previously accepted shorthand names.
The faith had embraced and promoted the term Mormon over the past several years, using it in a documentary and TV and billboard ads. A church webpage that was up before Nelson’s announcement had described the term as an “unofficial but inoffensive nickname for members.”
If people use Mormon to describe the church or its members, Nelson on Sunday urged adherents to “be courteous and patient” in their efforts to correct them.
Nelson, who in January took over the top post of the Utah-based faith with 16 million members worldwide after the previous president died, rejected what he called “worldly arguments,” including the benefits of internet search engine optimization with the word “Mormon.”
The faith believes that God revealed the full church name to founder Joseph Smith in 1838. The term “Mormon” comes from the church’s signature scripture, the Book of Mormon, which followers believe is based on the record-keeping of an ancient prophet named Mormon.
The entry about the church in the Associated Press Stylebook, which many news outlets follow, remains unchanged.
Recently, the LDS church severed ties with the Boy Scouts after several policies went into place that were contrary to the teachings of the Bible.
Slowly but with certainty, the once-proud organization that was a champion of morality, teaching boys to become men, will be taking things to a ridiculous new low.
Leadership of the Boy Scouts has mandated that condoms be “readily and easily accessible” for next year’s 24th World Scout Jamboree, which is scheduled to be held in the mountains of West Virginia from July 21 to Aug. 1, 2019.
One has to wonder if this is to prevent DNA evidence from being collected from what appears to be a giant orgy in the making.
So what are the “Genderless Scouts? saying?
According to an announcement on the event’s page,
“For the first time, a world jamboree will be hosted by three national Scout organizations: Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México, and the Boy Scouts of America.”
“These three distinct cultures will join together to host the world Scouting community in a celebration of cultural exchange, mutual understanding, peace, and friendship,” the statement adds.
The theme for the 2019 Jamboree is called “Unlock a New World,” a concept that was conceived by the Scouts’ youth bid team, “known as the Dream Team,” according to the announcement.
“This theme speaks to the new adventures, cultures, and friendships that will be shared by Scouts from around the world during the event,” the statement adds.
And about the condoms?
According to its 2016 handbook, the World Scout Committee is mandating that condoms be made readily available.
A subsection on page 10 of the publication reads,
“The Host [Organization] must ensure that condoms are readily and easily accessible for all participants and [International Service Team] at a number of locations on the site.”
The directive adds, “When making this information available onsite, consideration shall be given to the various cultures and beliefs present.”
According to Charisma News, “It appears the Jamboree guidelines were drafted after the 2015 World Jamboree in Japan in preparation for the 2019 event and were just recently released in an email.”
What are others saying about this?
In light of the mandatory condom policy, it is not clear how far down the rabbit hole the Boy Scouts will continue to fall. With the addition of condoms and alcohol, the World Jamboree is starting to sound more like a 1960s Woodstock festival rather than a campout that parents would want to send their children to! All of this should be deeply disturbing to the churches that are chartering Boy Scout Troops. These policies present a clear youth protection problem that the BSA absolutely refuses to recognize. The fact that they are requiring that condoms be “readily accessible” and are communicating this to everyone—including youth participants—shows that the BSA is both anticipating and facilitating sexual conduct between minors at this event. These policies are both outrageous and completely irresponsible.
The Scouts have found themselves under increasing fire from some over the years, after permitting openly gay scout leaders to lead packs to allowing girls to join the organization, prompting a name change from “Boy Scouts of America” to simply “Scouts BSA.”
Most recently, the Mormon church severed ties with the Scouts after over a century of affiliation.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
October 9th, 2018