Have I made any effort to “Light the World”? Have you?

Have I made any effort to “Light the World”? Have you? December 5, 2018

 

Christmas in Ghana
The Accra Ghana Temple in December 2006  (Wikimedia Commons public domain photograph)

 

Just in case you haven’t already heard the story, here’s an item from the Daily Mail, in the United Kingdom:

 

“‘Everyone will die’: Blood-soaked man is arrested for stabbing four during Sunday service at LDS church in Brazil”

 

Not a pleasant event, obviously.  But the news items in this blog entry will get better.  To some extent, anyway.

 

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Some traditional attitudes among conservative Protestants have been eroding at the very time that the justification for holding them has been growing stronger:

 

“Have most Protestants in the United States gone soft on drinking alcohol?”

 

In the meantime, however, the position of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on this matter is looking better and better.  In case you missed the news from the end of the summer, I offer a couple of links:

 

“It’s time to rethink how much booze may be too much: Researchers are changing how they study the risks of alcohol — and it’s making drinking look worse.”

 

“The ‘safest level of drinking is none,’ says alcohol study: A comprehensive worldwide study of alcohol use and its impact on health concludes that the safest level of consumption is zero.”

 

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I don’t much care for this defense, but it’s undeniably interesting:

 

“Is religion better than atheism as a coping mechanism?  Unthinkable: Secular philosophies ‘lack the melodrama of religion’, says Stephen Asma”

 

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Sigh.  This is the same sort of tiresome, one-sided bilge that I occasionally read about the horrors of life within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

 

“‘Deconstructing My Religion’ at CBS: Another tiresome diatribe on sex and evangelicals”

 

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Some of you might find this of interest:

 

“Injured Latter-day Saint Wins 8 Medals at Invictus Games, Receives Personal Congratulations from Prince Harry”

 

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Also from England:

 

“#LightTheWorld ‘GIVING MACHINES’ Open in London During Christmas Season”

 

“Apostle Gives Copies of the Book of Mormon at United Kingdom Parliament”

 

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From Cairns, Australia, where my wife and I recently spent some time:

 

“Cairns ‘Lights the World'”

 

And from the Queen’s possessions to the north of me:

 

“Billboards Across Canada Promote ‘Light the World’ Initiative”

 

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Moreover, in that same vein:

 

“#LightTheWorld Christmas Initiative Launches in Fiji”

 

“Fiji Sun: ‘Light Someone’s World Today, Fijians Urged'”

 

“American Samoan Latter-day Saints #LightTheWorld”

 

“VIDEO: Church Leader Launches #LightTheWorld in Vanuatu on National Television: ‘Every time we care more about other people than ourselves, we express our love to our Saviour'”

 

 

 

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