Monday, December 23, 2019
It's Our Church
"if it be called in the name of a man then it be the church of a man..." (3 Ne. 27:8). It's The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, i.e. Jesus's and the latter-day saints', i.e. it doesn't belong to any particular man, woman, or group thereof, it belongs to Jesus and the entire body of the Church. "We have learned by sad experience...", i.e. those who have particular callings in the church are always going to have the urge to advance themselves as being above everyone else, and many Latter-day Saints are willing to promote or go along with that. I'd like it if mormons got rid of the "they/them" pronouns when referring to The Church. Like, who is being referenced exactly by these pronouns? It's our church. Some of us take turns doing different tasks in the church, and we try to support one another, but that should not turn into a hierarchy. And definitely we should get rid of us/them. There's not supposed to be a clergy/laity binary. That's half of what we were supposed to root out. Everybody's clergy.