BOOK REVIEW: The Next Mormons (How Millenials Are Changing the LDS Church)

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” column_margin=”default” column_direction=”default” column_direction_tablet=”default” column_direction_phone=”default” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” row_border_radius=”none” row_border_radius_applies=”bg” overlay_strength=”0.3″ gradient_direction=”left_to_right” shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_tablet=”inherit” column_padding_phone=”inherit” column_padding_position=”all” column_element_spacing=”default” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” gradient_direction=”left_to_right” overlay_strength=”0.3″ width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” bg_image_animation=”none” border_type=”simple” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]In his April 2017 address titled “Songs Sung and Unsung,”  Latter-day Saint leader Jeffrey R. Holland asked listeners to remember that, “it is by divine design that not all the voices in God’s choir are the same.” He goes on to caution members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Church) against “conform[ing] to fictitious stereotypes” and reminds listeners that our Heavenly Father “delights to have us sing in our own voice, not someone else’s.” However, sometimes when it comes to topics that are close to our hearts or families, it can be a struggle to navigate the multitude of voices in the choir. 

One of the most pertinent topics in the Latter-day Saint community today is the generational divide between young and old members of the Church. We each have our own views, shaped by our experiences, but in order to truly love one another and come to appreciate the richness of God’s choir, we must choose to listen to and respect each person’s voice–even if it isn’t in full harmony with our own. روليت عربي

In The Next Mormons, Latter-day Saint author Jana Riess amplifies the voices of four generations of Latter-day Saint members and examines the changing landscape of the Church in America–though many of these trends are represented in European LDS communities as well. Drawing on data from her large-scale national study and in-depth interviews with members of the Church, Riess analyses the religious behaviour of young adult Mormons and finds that while their levels of belief remain strong, their institutional loyalties are less certain than their parents’ and grandparents’.

Throughout the book, Riess explores the tensions between the Church’s strong emphasis on the traditional family and younger members’ more inclusive definition that embraces same-sex couples, women’s equality, and single life. Riess recognises that the world that older members grew up in is not the same one that the younger generations have come to know, and honours the internal struggles they face as they attempt to navigate this generational dissonance. طاولة الروليت  

In The Next Mormons, readers will find a thoughtful collection of stories and insights that paint a moving and informative portrait of “a generation navigating between traditional religion and a rapidly changing culture,” whether that leads them to step away from the Church or honour the nuances of their faith. In doing so, Riess also highlights the need within the Church to extend compassion and understanding to one another in order to bridge this generational divide. سباق الأحصنة  

This book is an invaluable resource for all Latter-day Saints, as it not only amplifies the many diverse voices within our community but also encourages us to love one another–one of God’s greatest commandments.  As Elder Holland reminds us, Christ invites everyone  to “come as you are” and at the end of the day “all God’s critters got a place in the choir.” 

This book is in English and available through Amazon HERE.

 

Contributor: Clare Hamn[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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