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Published:May 14th, 2012 12:57 EST
Worthwhile Discussion About Mormons and Mormon Beliefs

Worthwhile Discussion About Mormons and Mormon Beliefs

By SOP newswire2

Lifetree Cafe to Host Discussion on Mormon Beliefs

Sounds like a worthwhile discussion. Professor Blomberg has taken a lot if heat for collaborating on his book with Professor Steve Robinson of BYU, but if your objective is real understanding rather than just reinforcing prejudicrs, Blomberg is a good choice.

The statement from your ex-Mormon panelist sounds a little odd, though, since no Mormon in my acquaintance would take that nonresponsive statement from her bishop as a definitive answer. Mormons have no career clergy, so the bishop who leads a congregation is a parttime leader who serves 20 to 30 hours a week, without any pay, suppirting his family with a regular job, and only serves for about five years. He has two counselors who serve with him who also act in leadership in the congregation. There is a presidency of women age 18 and over, who provide leadership and teaching.  There are teachers of the younger teenage girls who teach lessons about the Church. There are Sunday School teachers for adults. College age students can take religious education courses at the Mormon Institute of Religion from professional religious educators. High school students can take classes at the Mormon Seminary five days a week.

The bottom line is that any Mormon young adult has many diffetent adult Mormons they can ask questions of, and they will have a good idea of which of them are more knowledgable.  Most bishops would tend to be more sophisticated than the one depicted in your story.  In any case, a Mormon youth who could not get satisfactory answers from her bishop has plenty of other people they can approach with questions.  There are also plenty of online resources they can go to to find answers, such as mormon.org and lds.org.

R. Swenson