Sharon Eubank, whom I know and very much respect, has sounded an important theme of late:
With their characteristic disingenuousness, certain critics of Mormonism and the Church have taken Sister Eubank’s remarks to mean that giving material assistance to those in need is unimportant, rather than understanding them as she plainly intended them to be understood. (They are seeking to further the narrative that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does virtually nothing for the poor, the hungry, and the suffering.) Sister Eubank was, of course, saying that, while financial aid and food and clothing and shelter are vitally important, it’s also important to build human relationships with those who require such aid and to love them and to express that love and care.
There are critics who insist that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which they often prefer to style “LD$, Inc.” is really a corporate business, rather than a genuine church or religion, and that its leaders are greedy frauds bent on personal gain.
Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture published an important review, last Friday, of an important book on this topic:
In that vein, here is some related material:
Some wrongly imagine that, after the ugliness of 2012 that resulted in (among many other and more significant things) my expulsion from the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, I disapprove of everything that the Maxwell Institute does. This is not so. For example, I appreciate the new publications reviewed here:
I simply point out that such materials could have been published without the 2012 putsch. It was unnecessary.
I strongly believe that Latter-day Saints can learn a great deal about Sabbath observance from our Jewish brothers and sisters. I’ve thought so for years, and, clearly, I’m not alone in that:
On a rather lighter note, some of you might enjoy this new item from performers at Brigham Young University: