These are interesting times for the LDS church. The Mormon moment that started with Mitt Romney's candidacy for president has not really lost much steam. The number of missionaries serving is at its pinnacle - about 88,000. The church continues to be spotlighted by the media for a variety of reasons in a wide range of media outlets. Many church members have also received attention do to their activism. In response to this added scrutiny, the church has published essays on church history and doctrine. Recently the church also produced a video clip explaining the sacred nature of garments and temple clothing, a move that 20 years would be unthinkable. The result of all this is a very active bloggernacle. I thought I would highlight a few of the more interesting media and blog entries I have seen in the last month or so.
Here is an article in the Daily Beast about the LDS temple in Rome, Italy which is currently under construction.
This interesting piece by Jana Reiss on modesty offers an interesting view point on the topic. Some of the rules at BYU and BYU-Idaho are a bit extreme. From banning beards to blocking You Tube (yes they really did that when I was going to BYU only a few years ago) Church institutions love focusing on the nitty gritty. Jana Reiss asks an interesting question, does the focus on the unimportant things detract us from some of the more important principles of the gospel?
Another interesting piece by Johnny Wycliffe deals with spiritual abuse. Are we every guilty of using church or gospel principles to exert pressure on others in an unrighteous manor? In the wards I have been in most of the members and leaders would have graded out well in those questions. Yet looking at other people's experiences I know this isn't always the case, which is why I wanted to highlight this blog.
Lastly, a response to the Church's new article on Joseph Smith's polygamy. It was an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune. I think this is a well intended response that brings up some important aspects.