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.
We invite all to learn more about Mormons, what Mormons believe, Mormon Youth, and General Conference. See Additional Resources listed below:
Learn more about General Conference at the official site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called by friends of other faiths as the “Mormon Church”).
Learn about Jesus Christ.
Request a free copy of the Book of Mormon.
We all love short-cuts. Those that are valid. Those that work.
Consider some faves:
- The F-11 key that enables you to use your full screen without toolbar interference; Control X to wipe out text
- The “undo arrow”–what would we do without it?
- The Iphone GPS, showing detailed shortest routes to our destination
- Boxed hair color (maybe not)
- Instant brownie mixes
- Templates for projects
You name it; we’ve gotten a shortened version of it.
Well, it’s not surprising that the world has taken to a shortcut for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: “Mormons.” It is, after all, a long and holy name of the Savior’s restored Church in our day. While we keep the sacredness of the full designation of the Church–receiving the name itself from the Lord Himself in revelation to His leaders–we do accept, as a people, the nickname “Mormons.” Mormon, according to Joseph Smith, means, “more good.” Mormons believe in bringing the Savior’s light and truth–more good, the best good, the saving good truths of the gospel and all that attends that–into the world.
Online searches for information about the Church include the frequent search for Mormon-themed words, including Mormon, Mormons, Mormon beliefs, Mormon religion, and Mormon doctrine. Some of our friends don’t make the connection even between LDS (a Latter-day Saint or member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and “Mormons.”
If you are visiting this site for the first time and are unaware yourself, we are one and the same. Mormon is a nickname derived from a prophet who lived anciently, on this American continent, and after whom an amazing, true, profound and clear record of Christ’s visit, is named. (If you have not read this book, please drop us a note and we will be sure you receive one from us or Mormon missionaries, as you prefer at this point in your journey.)
Although there are millions of searches for LDS, we, as members, have reason to believe that most friends of other faiths seeking information about us do so by keying in the term and nickname, “Mormon.” Few search for us from other faiths, using the official name of the Church.
There’s a difference, though, in calling the individual, lay members of the Church, “Mormons” and combining that nickname with the official Church name. While many will often Google, “Mormon Church,” the actual full inspired appellation is “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” Just so you’re not confused by the nickname itself.
Still, for journalists, the Church requests that the initial reference to the Church be a full-named one, and that subsequent references to the Church include “The Church of Jesus Christ.”
In 2009, there were over 31 million searches for the terms Mormon, Mormons, and Mormonism. This compares with about 32 million for LDS (Latter-day Saint).
In terms of the members, says Mike Otterson, of the Church of Jesus Christ’s Public Affairs office, “It’s simply a reality that people think of Mormons, they don’t think of Latter-day Saints,” Otterson said Thursday. “Mormon is here to stay.”
“Mormon is here to stay.”
For those Mormons blogging, remember to use vernacular that friends of other faiths would understand when addressing families, the temple, your personal gospel insights and experiences, and to define terms or link to definitions and scriptures.
A Relief Society function sounds like a generic humanitarian fundraiser to a friend of another faith rather than a gathering of Mormon women striving to emulate Christ who reach out to those in need, and who are organized into a global affiliation, under the direction of a living prophet and his counselors.
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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.