Arise to the Mountain is a new young adult inspirational video that was shown during the 2012 General Young Women Meeting of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (mistakenly called “The Mormon Church”). The video invites women of all faiths, and particularly committed young women of the Church of Jesus Christ, to be worthy to make and keep sacred covenants with the Savior and our Heavenly Father, and receive the ordinances of the temple that instruct, edify and strengthen everyone who participates in them. The sheet music for the song, as well as an mp3 version of it are available through Youth.LDS.org.
Young women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live exemplary lives of service, and engage in a program of personal spiritual progress, through which they grow to become wiser and holier as they strive to follow the Savior’s pattern of discipleship in these formative years.
The annual meeting described above precedes what Mormons refer to as “General Conference”- a glorious, global conference of The Church of Jesus Christ where apostles and a living prophet as well as other leaders address those of all faiths, and those particularly, who embrace the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ today.
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The 2012 Young Women General Meeting was held on Saturday, March 24 and broadcast live in 32 languages via satellite and online streaming. Video and audio archives are now available through the broadcast website. Sister Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President, along with her two counselors spoke to the young women, their mothers and leaders. President Thomas S. Monson was the concluding speaker. The music for the session and the video presentation Arise to the Mountain, shown during the broadcast, are also available for download.
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More U.S. self-identified Christians mix in New Age and mystical sorts of beliefs in their worship. Check it out. One in a five believe in the “evil-eye” (casting a cursing glance), and one in six claim that there is spiritual energy to be had from mountains and trees. According to one study, elements of Eastern faiths and New Age thinking have been widely adopted by 65% of US adults, including many who call themselves Protestants and Catholics, or spiritually religious.
I’ve somehow been often made keenly aware of these trends. Deconstructing children’s and some mainstream movies and watching the progression of syncretism–mixing up mysticism or any ‘ism’ with truth–has come almost naturally to me, for better or worse. Hard to sit still in a theatre sometimes watching nuanced and blatant assumptions running through characters’ dialog, imagery, associative techniques, and overall plots of even the seemingly innocuous or most humurous of films. I’m all for working through conflict, having intensity and depth, but sub-themes that tend to pop up that are counter-family; pro-androgenous, counter-gender identities, and that endow entitlements to children and put halos around those who defy authority made wicked catch my full attention.
Media is powerful; someone said, second to the power of the priesthood. That’s because, I believe, it can move us toward God’s truth and power, be a conduit for it, or violate truth and be a ‘craft’ of another sort. What I do get is that there is a hunger to know how to control evil, and to have power over it. The answer the world is giving, though, is the wrong one. This hunger reflects, in my mind, a starvation for the power of the priesthood of God, of Jesus Christ. My question to each of us is, how will we course correct? How are we teaching our children and the next gen, the Milennials, to discern the difference between the gospel and other ‘isms?” How will we post and write and testify of the real power available through the gospel and authority of Jesus Christ?
I have had thoughts analogous to those expressed by Robert Matthews:
In recent years, there has been increased interested throughout the Western world in the occult and mystical-type religions. This is not a revival of the spirituality characteristic of the ancient patriarchs and prophets of Israel, but is a type of magic and spiritualistic wizardry that the true prophets vigorously opposed. For example, the Lord spake through Moses: “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your god’ (Leviticus 19:31). And also: “‘When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God goeth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divinaton, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord; and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God. For these nations which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times,…but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee to do so’ (Deuteronomy 18:9-14). It is clearly seen from the foregoing passages that belief in astrology, spirit mediums, etc. did not constitute the true religion taught by prophets and patriarchs, but was characteristic of the false religions practiced by the surrounding nations that had departed from the Lord” (Searching the Scriptures: “What the Scriptures Say about Astrology, Divination, Spirit Mediums, Magic, Wizardry, and Necromancy, Ensign, March 1974, p. 26).
So, if 26% of those who attend religious services say they do so at more than one place occasionally, and an additional 9% meander around regularly seeking another, how can we get the word out that there is a home, a true Church, to these people? More Good Foundation enables members to engage in this conversation and reach out to those around us, as invited and challenged and called to do so by living prophets and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ. This is a particular subject to write about, if you’re writing, and to get out to those who are all over the map spiritually, searching and not finding. Let’s put our arms around those we can and help them sort this out. Mohler, leading voice in Baptist orthodoxy, commented on this spiritual confusion that exists and indicated that he felt it was largely due to a “failure of the pulpit to be clear about what is and is not compatible with Christianity and belief in salvation only through Christ.” That is true in watered-down mega-sermons often and in some denominations, but we’re pretty dauntless at the pulpit within The Church of Jesus Christ, and our doctrine itself is not diluted; so perhaps for us, it’s a “failure to have enough cyber-messages accessible that are also clear about what is and is not compatible with Christianity and belief in salvation only through Christ.”
John Taylor’s words also ring out here:
As a servant of God I tell you mankind cannot be redeemed, worlds without end can not evolve or crystalize, or get into the condition entitling them to become heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, and to partake of the fulness of His glory; cannot go on to perfection, and sit down in the councils of heaven with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and those bright intelligences who created this world and others, only through the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. All the evolution in the world will not save a single soul; neither will…spiritualism, nor hypnotism, nor any other ism that is not of God. The gospel of Jesus Christ is so plain that a wayfaring man, though a fool, need not err therein” (Conference Report, Oct. 1903, p. 97)
Challenge: Action Item
Can each of us post this week on Salvation through Jesus Christ and respond in positive outreach to those who are confused by these spiritual trends, mixing and making of religions that have no power to save or direct or produce individual happiness, and we share those and help them circulate in social media? Responses welcome.
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Our own Heather Newell has an article in Mormon Times about usage of the word “Mormon”. As the head moderator at LDS.net, she occasionally receives emails from Church members concerned with our usage of words that persons of other faith use:
I receive emails expressing concern about using the word Mormon, especially using the term Mormon Church. As members of the church, we all know who we are, what we believe, and that this is Jesus Christ’s Church. Many of us understand the style guide set forth by the church to the media. But not everyone else does.
Even though I’m an active, daily participant in online conversation about the church, in the past I too have struggled with embracing the word Mormon. I want to share the insights I have gathered which have helped me respectfully say, “I am a Mormon.”
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At Have you born your testimony on YouTube yet? Jane shares a concern about sharing the Gospel online:
I am ready to put a link to the church under “what I believe” on my About page, and to swear less (never, I think) online than I do in real life. I talk about our family reunions and about odd things that occur to me in church. I post videos of my seven-year old practicing her primary talks. But I’m not sure I’m the best example.
Sometimes I worry: will people judge the church by my words and actions…? Will they think I’m hypocritical for drinking Mountain Dew and oppressed because sometimes I hate being a mother?
Is this a problem?
I don’t think so. Jane’s authenticity should be considered a strength, not a weakness. Our friends of other faiths aren’t anxious to discover that all Mormons are alike. I think they’d be glad to discover there’s a Mormon out there just like them, with the same background, education, tastes in food, skin color, and hair color. Maybe they’re even from the same area. (Maybe there’s a Mormon out there for everyone!)
In the comments below Jane’s post, several women say that Elder Ballard’s talk inspired them to start blogs.
Sharing the Gospel online doesn’t need to mean posting your testimony on YouTube or necessarily sharing your testimony, in the traditional sense, at all. While speaking in Washington, D.C., Elder Ballard explained it this way:
Clearly, in this context I am not talking about declaring your testimony of faith in the traditional sense. Naturally, you can and should do that where the setting is appropriate and the audience is receptive, such as a church meeting. Rather, I am talking about taking part in everyday conversations in an unforced way, where your values and your religious beliefs will arise naturally. No one likes to have religion thrust down their throats. Instead, allow people to see how your beliefs lift and shape your life for the better.
- How does the gospel help you as a parent engage with your teens?
- How do your values encourage you to participate in civic affairs?
- How has your experience as a home or visiting teacher enlarged your compassion or care for the sick and needy?
- How has your Church life helped you to avoid such things as pornography and immorality?
- How have family councils or home evenings helped you resolve differences of opinion with members of your family?
- How has your experience in speaking in church helped you address large public groups?
- Where did you learn to respect and not to criticize other faiths?
- And so on.