New LDS 1st Presidency News Conference, 1-16-18, summary

New LDS 1st Presidency News Conference
1-16-18
summary by Nate Richardson
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7 Questions from news media groups responded to by the new LDS 1st Presidency:
1. How plan to respond to LGBT issues?
2. What plan to do to face issues?
3. Church leadership is white male American, how will you bring all to decision making?
4. How retain Millennials whom are falling away from belief in God and the church?
5. The future of the church in Brazil?
6. How can the youth follow an old man prophet?
7. What of the growth of the church not being where we want it, and past church statements or leaders?

Responses:
1. How plan to respond to LGBT issues?
God loves all his children, there is a place for everyone in his church, there are struggles with keeping the commandments, but they are for our happiness. Leaders of the church have the duty to teach God’s love and God’s commandments.

2. What plan to do to face issues?
God has a plan for us, living that plan will avoid issues, but some issues are a part of life and must be dealt with like natural disasters. We have connections across the world to help everyone around the world. We are concerned about the whole world, and particularly to our own church members to whom we have particular responsibility.

3. Church leadership is white male American, how will you bring all to decision making?
Wherever the church is its leaders are locals, and not all white Americans. You can’t possibly represent all countries in the high positions. We will live to see more flavors in the church (referring probably to race). No leader in the church asked to be there, the Lord calls us and we show up. Its dangerous to label yourselves as a particular nationality etc. We are all children of God and keeping that in mind we can better relate to each other, thus avoiding a quota system which the Lord does not recognize. We have women in temples, women in auxiliary councils, we need their voices input and participation with us. The males need the influence of their wives. Women are the source of most of the strength we see. Position and recognition can be a concern to people, but in terms of influence the Lord has already given them greatest influence. In the Doctrine and Covenants it teaches that before the foundation of the world women were created to bear and care for the sons and daughters of God, and in doing so they glorify God.

4. How retain Millennials whom are falling away from belief in God and the church?
Show them what we mean when we sing that we are children of God. Help them appreciate their bodies and how precious their lives are, their ability to love and learn and cry. Help them see their ability of who we can become. But millennials are also good, look at our missionaries many of them with rock solid faith, when I (Eyring) was young in a mission we would have about 3 powerful ones in a mission, now there are about 50 powerful ones per mission, we speak of how to hold on to them, but a better question is how to hold on to them and not get left behind ourselves. Also millennials are stronger when they marry, many of the issues of millennials go away as they marry. It says man is not without woman nor woman without man in the Lord, and that particularly applies to millennials.

5. The future of the church in Brazil?
Brazil is a seed bed for the future of the church. In the year I (Nelson) was born, there were no members of the church in South America. Ghana, Niberia, Congo, South Africa, South America, Asia, these will all follow like the US, becoming mighty in the church, but it will take time.

6. How can the youth follow an old man prophet?
Only if they run. Old age is a good age. A well educated man never stops learning. I (Nelson) am more valuable to the church now than I was 6 months ago. Oaks Nelson and Eyring combined have been apostles for 90 years. They can give good guidance. Nelson has 116 great grand children. Nelson still skis at age 93. The example of the prophet is more important than his sermons to the youth, and the prophet’s optimism is good for youth who are often discouraged.

7. What of the growth of the church not being where we want it, and past church statements or leaders?
Church leaders are all imperfect, Gods only perfect child is Jesus. Give church leaders a little room. Don’t be offended by what may have been said or transpired, make sure you’re squared with Heavenly Father who loves you and wants you to be happy, and that is done via commandments. Commandments are not restrictive, but liberating. Keeping the word of wisdom will allow you to ski with your grandchildren. All commandments bring you to joy. You don’t have to take the statements of one particular leader as expressive statements defining the church, we don’t believe in infallibility, we have multiple prophets with a council system. The 12 and 1st Presidency together define the doctrine of the church, they meet in council to determine these. Church policies are some of them doctrine and other times administrative, but they come out of a council. On transparency, we published the Joseph Smith Papers, all of them, and the documents that came out of the founding of this restored church; if we were not interested in transparency we would not have done that. How would you like to have someone go through all your papers and have it dissected by people who live 100 years later who don’t understand the context? Joseph comes out mighty high, a remarkable prophet.

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