08 December 2011

Exponent II Essay

I've only had a few minutes to glance over the new issue of Exponent II, but I loved Emily Clyde Curtis' essay about being a chaplain.  Her experience teaching parents to baptize their children in the hospital was beautiful.  I look forward to reading more when I can get it downloaded onto a more convenient device.

And I have an article in there too, starting on page 14.  It's a Mormon magazine, so it's a Mormon article, although I can never leave Central Asia out of anything.

I debated posting this here, since this blog is sort of a separate life from my article, but that's okay.


  1. I loved, loved, loved your article. I remember my dad telling me that on his mission to Guatemala, he told the members that guitar music was not appropriate for Sacrament Meeting (because his Bishop back home in the States had said so). He really regretted it afterward, when he realized he'd left them without religious music they could relate to.

    I have American Mormon friends who incorporate Jewish, Catholic, or even Pagan elements into their worship at home. Like you point out, President Hinckley's injunction to "bring all the good that you have" should not be limited to Protestants.

  2. Great article! I enjoyed it very much and you make great points.

  3. I loved it too--great job!

  4. Martin HoldenDecember 13, 2011

    I enjoyed your article. Being British I am well aware of how the gospel is perceived through the lens of US culture. The point you made about members using a lot of Protestant assumptions should be obvious but isn't something I had thought about. In our small ward we do though have a Thai Buddhist convert. I have two African daughters in law so I am well aware of the different views Africans have on reverence and music. Culture is a major issue for the church and lack of understanding of cultural differences causes a lot of challenges for new members. Unfortunately good growth in third world countries allows members to think that nothing needs to be done. I do not believe that being one means that we have to do everything the way that is normal on the wasatch front. It would be nice if every culture could adapt non-doctrinal matters to what fits them best but that would be a big ask for most members who assume the church organisation is perfect and I am sure as the history of Christianity shows us it would eventually lead to doctrinal matters having a different emphasis depending on where you live. Mind you that can be seen already. After all the concepts of mother-in -heaven and becoming gods I would think are emphasised far less in most areas

  5. Martin holdenDecember 13, 2011

    Sorry - I missed off the end of my post the last line of which should have read: After all the concepts of mother-in -heaven and becoming gods I would think are emphasised far less in most areas
    outside of America

  6. Thanks, mj.

    And thanks for your comment, Martin.