Mormon Conference and our Testimonies

Mormon Conference and our Testimonies

In the last weekend in Salt Lake City The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had its 177th Annual General Conference.

Mormon General ConferenceMany talks were highly inspiring but thinking about MGF and missionary work online this is my take of the Conference (all personal opinion, obviously).

I can’t remember of any specific talk given about missionary work, but several speakers, including the Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley and Elder Tom Perry, gave straightforward testimonies of the truth of the message of the Church. Perhaps we are approaching the time in which nothing less than a direct testimony will save the world (or at least some of his inhabitants). People need to choose, as Joshua said a long time ago, who they want to serve.

We should follow our leaders in giving more frequently our testimonies to the world, and since very few of us have the opportunity of being broadcasted on television to millions of people, we may consider the easier medium offered by the internet. Our Mormon Testimonies Website can help you in doing it. You can do it individually or you can organize a group of members and have them write their testimonies (and stories) on the website.

President James E. Faust described the great forgiving attitude of the Amish. The Amish obviously don’t use Internet, but I am sure that those people involved in that great forgiving episode, if they were using the Internet, they wouldn’t be involved in criticizing the Mormon Church. They have better things to do, and I am sure that they are getting closer to the Lord because of that.

I have the impression that even more that in the past, what really matters is not the official religious affiliation, but where people’s hearts are. In other words, the ways of the Lord and the ways of the world are diverging always more and good and honest people from all denominations (such as that groups of Amish, for example) will be attracted to the truth soon or later, even if after this life. On the other hand, even some members of the truth Church, who are simply members for other reasons than the love of the truth, will not be able to stand the day and will fall away, eventually.

So, let us be courageous (as President Monson said) and let us help the Church by writing our testimonies, so that the world will read them and some souls will be converted. Don’t worry if your writing is not perfect. Joseph Smith’s writing wasn’t either!

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Two great multi-language works

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Two great multi-language collaborative works

The first: “And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven…” (Genesis 11:4).

The second: “Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project.” (Wikipedia)

What do they have in common? SiteTim O’Reilly says that Wikipedia and other “web 2.0″ websites are about “harnessing collective intelligence”. That is, working together to build something.

For Wikipedia it has worked pretty well. Mitch Kapor said a study of several science articles in Wikipedia and Brittanica showed that Brittanica had as many mistakes as Wikipedia. Impressive for a free encyclopedia written by volunteers! And the Wikipedia articles were corrected immediately.

But what if all this “collective intelligence” is building (or writing or teaching) the wrong thing? How will we know?

If you believe the Bible, then you believe that God speaks to prophets and the prophets teach us.

The collective intelligence of humanity is pretty good, but prophecy, seership, and revelation are better.

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