Today Radio Free Mormon share with us the “Pharisee Phenomenon” as found in the LDS Church. Running through 12 examples where all the fun lies. RFM shows us what it means to be pharisaical in the LDS Church. Its not everyday you get to explore LDS Leaders practicing or advocating strict observance of external forms and ceremonies of religion or conduct without regard to the spirit. Part 3 of 3
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I would like to thank you, so much for providing the valued disclaimer that your podcast is “not connected to the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints”.
One of the church’s basic doctrine is the privilege that all men/ women make their own choices. The members understand the rights for free press and free speech and are especially grateful to practice religion freely in America.
Freedom means you should be able to talk about and act upon your beliefs. Our freedom ensures we can live and share these beliefs. Everyone needs to have this freedom. With freedom under attach our Apostles have spoken about this topic dozens of times in the last decade. We must learn to respectfully share our beliefs, have meaningful and kind conversations with those of differing beliefs. Find common ground that unites us. Understand one another’s perspective and look for common ground that unites us. This is the what a true Diciple of Christ is. This is what I believe is true as a Christian
I appreciate your open forum to espress opinions and thoughts.
My parents’ funerals were turned into sacrament meetings. I vowed at that time that my own funeral would not be held in the local LDS chapel with a chorister to lead the “opening & closing songs”, “opening” and “closing prayers”.
NO, NEVER! My explicit instructions are for jazzy music, preferably with some of the local Black Church of Christ members as singers; and with humorous stories about me told.
Funerals are such a time for family and friends of all denominations to come together to celebrate the life and influence of the recently deceased. NOT an additional LDS sacrament meeting.
The idea that there is a formal language of prayer is so silly. This became abundantly apparent to me while serving a mission in Germany, where informal language is used in prayer (which coincides with the English thee, thine and thou). Ever since then, when I hear talks given about using the formal language of prayer, I just had to laugh inside at the ignorance and irony of what was being said. Glad you thought to include this example to your list. Great podcast!
It was a surprise to my wife and me to learn of the restriction about family involvement and humour at a funeral. All four of our parents had family involvement and humour. I’m glad we missed that memo. I’m glad the bishops involved were not sticklers over this ruling. In fact, we must be in an area where this ruling is ignored. (Mind you, the last of these was in 2011 so maybe it’s a bigger deal now.). We can’t recall any funerals we have gone to that were so devoid of life. “It is the laughter we will remember” from The Way We Were and “the love and the laughter will live on long after all of the sadness and and the tears” from My Old Friend by Tim McGraw come to mind. I remember leaving one funeral after a fairly in depth talk on the plan of salvation and overhearing someone express annoyance about that. I believe the incidental and naturally occurring comments about the loved one’s hope in Christ shine through. Best wishes and thank you for your excellent reasoning.
Right, RFM, today’s FAIRisees will indeed still seek to “put you out of the way.” Not by Crucifixion, but, they will Burn you at the Stake (center).