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The President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s prophet on earth today. In Community of Christ, while the church president is recognized as a prophet, members also assemble and vote on proposed changes in doctrine and … Even now we have members who disagree with some of our understandings and doctrines, such as the affirming same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT members, but they remain members in good standing as we have no creed for membership. I particularly liked the conclusion. Now if only there were a CoC congregation meeting regularly in Anchorage Alaska where we live, and if only my TBM husband could become convinced that Joseph Smith III was the rightful successor instead of Brigham Young, then we might actually have an opportunity to share the same religion again. Joseph Fielding Smith whom was an LDS Apostle for 60 years later became the tenth prophet of the Church said this about the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS). Community of Christ International Headquarters is located in Independence, Missouri. It has been proven time after time the LDS General Authorities…well any LDS leadership for that matter, are quick to punish their congregation, while the CofC is understanding and more Christ like blaming the nature of man for short comings. A message from the Community of Christ's prophet. I’d certainly consider joining the CoC if my husband would, especially after hearing this (Thank you Dr. John and Prophet-President Steve). Community of Christ Prophet President Steve Veazey sits down with Linda Booth to talk about the year ahead and other timely topics that are impacting nations, the … Seriously, if more disaffected Mormons knew more about the CofC, more would see it as an almost too-good-to-be-true solution. I wasn’t 100% certain on what teaching came in the pre- and Nauvoo periods, so I had to check with a friend who just finished a new two-volume set of RLDS/CofC history. Thank you jon and steve for being so honest and open and really interesting, l enjoyed hearing about steve’s version of the Coc gospel, it does seem so much more simplified which is how is see Jesus being, l would have liked to hear about how the Coc church feel about the plan of salvation and baptisms for the dead in more explanation and the use of the temple also how they regard the wearing of garments and how that would relate to the church’s principles and beliefs,very good, much enjoyed, thank you. The False Prophet, is called that in Matthew 24: 11, in II Peter 2: 1-3, I John 4: 1, and Revelation 16: 13. I think my life is empty without it. I hope this helps answer some of your questions. Jesus Christ said: A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. It healed my soul to hear of other people who could take the same events and writings and be so intelligent and loving in how they implemented them in their lives and used them to bring them closer to God. I want to take clips from the video to share on Facebook. One of his counselors in the First Presidency is female. Stephen Veazey hopes a future prophet-president will be female or Black. Veazey, you strike me as a wonderful representative for your faith. The church is reducing it's budget by $1.21 million and laying off 18+ people. It means very, very much for me ! The Community of Christ was formerly (1872–2001) known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS). 156:5a “…shall be dedicated to the pursuit of peace. 156:5c By its ministries an attitude of wholeness of body, mind, and spirit as a desirable end toward which to strive will be fostered. Stephen M. Veazey is president of Community of Christ. So members and nonmembers of the Church are welcome to enter all parts of the Temple as we understand it to be a House of God for all peoples and a place of preparation, worship and healing; 5) historically the RLDS/CofC church taught the three glories (Celestial, Terrestrial, and Telestial). And this second beast looks like a lamb but speaks as a dragon, meaning he is deceptive. Thank you both so much for this glorious interview ! Prior to his ordination on June 3, 2005, he served as a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles, the leading missionary quorum of Community of Christ. Pres. Everything Steve said seemed to be the opposite of what LDS leaders would say. I’m missing The Plan of Salvation in CofC. b. Christ would come out of Egypt. (Courtesy of Community of Christ Archives.) I am 2/3 through watching John Dehlin’s interview of Stephen Veazey. = Ordination of Women: Not sure of the date, but women were given full equality with men decades ago. The Book of Mormon production was well under way … All rights reserved. I guess you could say, in one sense, that we did reject some of Joseph’s teachings from the Nauvoo period. Sometime during the 1840's, a portrait of Joseph Smith was painted. The purpose of the Temple, as articulated in our Doctrine and Covenants section Text: Jeremiah 23:9-40 I. The congregation with Community of Christ Church in Sarnia celebrated 100 years in the community Saturday with an open house and a visit from the international faith's president. Listening to this interview has brought a renewed sense of lightness to my soul: the fact that the same foundation could give rise to two very different churches – one proclaiming a prosperity gospel and the other a message of compassion and grace – gives me hope for the future. It seems to me that the Community of Christ is to mainstream Mormonism something like what Unitarian Universalism is to the Judeo-Christian tradition. He was ordained as president of seventy at the 1988 World Conference and as an apostle at the 1992 World Conference. Manuscript page from Joseph Smith's New Translation. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. Copyright © 2019 Mormon Stories. As January dawned in the year 1830, the Prophet Joseph Smith had much on his mind. Community of Christ is headquartered in Independence Missouri. Your email address will not be published. While I am active LDS with various faith challenges, I feel a great jealousy for the spiritual maturity reflected within your faith community. This list gives 15 ways in … Would the CofC really be considered an Organized Religion? 1 Ne. Wouldn’t it be something if the general authorities of the LDS church were this open and honest. The included persons have served as President of the organization. Of course, the best solution is to just get it done and throw JS under the bus and back over him a few times before leaving him behind as road kill, but if you need a half-way house on the way out of Mormonism, the Community of Christ looks ideal. (see Fig. 156:5e And it shall be a place in which the essential meaning of the Restoration as healing and redeeming agent is given new life and understanding, inspired by the life and witness of the Redeemer of the world. It opened a possibility for me to be more open and positive toward CofC. If the the oft quoted proverb “By your fruits ye shall know them” has any validity, then what this church has become over time testifies to their humanity and Christianity. The list of denominations in the Latter Day Saint movement includes: . Promote justice and peacemaking by… building an international community of congregations as a global witness of Christ's peace. As a longtime friend of the Veazey family, I can vouch for their genuine kindness and devotion to the ministry of Christ. Veazy’s formal attitude on the CofC website and how he is as a human person. 11:27; 2 Ne. Subcategories This category has the following 3 subcategories, out of 3 total. The Prophet learned about Satan through the Bible translation and the Lord made that information directly relevant to the latter-day Church in D&C 29. (Used by permission, Library-Archives, Community of Christ.) Veazy didn’t wear a tie and he sat comfortable and talked freely/unformal. Lehi, Nephi. One of their apostles is a Polynesian female. This is a very interesting interview as it is completely different than the LDS General Authorities. He is a preacher of righteousness. Required fields are marked *. That dispersal of those who did not follow Brigham remained until April 6, 1860, when Joseph’s son, Joseph Smith III, became the president-prophet of the dispersed Saints and brought them back together. Oh well…. Represent Christ primarily as ministers... of prophetic visioning and worldwide church leadership. e. This prophecy of Messiah’s birth was foretold by Micah over 500 years before it happened, and it was fulfilled in Bethlehem when God became man: the Divine Incarnation in the person of Jesus Christ. This article lists the Prophet-Presidents of the Community of Christ. It shall be for reconciliation and for healing of the spirit. I think they have the capacity, but would probably see it as a sign of weakness. The organization is now known (since April 2001) as the Community of Christ in order to separate themselves from the Mormons. Community of Christ has 250,000 members in more than 60 nations. I am glad Pres. This is a great gift Joseph Smith gave us, it’s a pitty it’s not in the CofC, I’m holding on to it. When he was 14, Joseph knelt in a grove of trees to ask God which Church to join. Excommunication (which means ex-communion – no sacrament for you for now) is rare, and ‘expulsion’ from membership is only for murderers and repeat adulterers. And not only all of the above, but he says that honest, open inquiry and study of all available sources of information and history is fully encouraged, and a wide variety of conclusions about Joseph Smith, Golden Plates, historicity of the cartoons, etc., is all tolerated. And since we don’t believe in the infallible word of God through a prophet, we do practice Common Consent, which serves as a kind of Check and Balance. Formal reorganization occurred on April 6, 1860 at the, In 1995, Wallace B. Smith named his successor and retired to emeritus status in 1996, On 29 November 2004, McMurray resigned as President of the Church. I would have really liked to have grown up in the version of the gospel. Steve was an executive minister to the Fremont Congregation in California, and was in charge of a missionary development project for the San Francisco Bay Stake. Create ministry partnerships with… seventies, high priests, evangelists, bishops, and mission center officers. I see it lacking in mine. A prophet denounces sin and foretells its consequences. This from an ex-Mormon turned Unitarian Universalist, who is still married to (and still in love with) a diehard 150 percent devoted LDS wonderful man. i was impressed with Pres. He is also Veazey urges congregations not to open too early and being physically present in church is NOT a test of faith. In this Sacred Grove, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to young Joseph in … We practice Common Consent and so we are able to vote on when or when not to include new words from the prophet in our Doctrine and Covenants as sacred scripture, and many other policies/doctrines that would be binding on the church at large, such as accepting believer’s baptisms performed in other denominations. Prophets. :o). 11:13, 20. d. He would be baptized by the messenger-prophet beyond Jordan near Bethabara; the prophet would testify of him, and the Holy Ghost would descend on him as a dove. Nephi. Steve’s other church activities include serving as young adult minister to the Pacific Northwest Region; director of youth camps and seminars; field associate for a young adult campus ministries office; presiding elder; and counselor to the pastor in Paris, Tennessee. Learn how your comment data is processed. ( John 13:34). I have a question. The church’s mission is to “proclaim Jesus Christ and promote communities of joy, hope, love, and peace. This interview is absolutely mind blowing. Figure 2: Close-up of page 6 of Old Testament Revision 1, showing Satan’s rebellion. I see the possibility to comment are closing … I still want to share my great gratitude for this Pearl of Great Price you gave us, John ! For current and former LDS Church members interested in Community of Christ, check out the Latter-day Seekers program. It broke down the wall of prejudice I was experiencing and I was able to listen without problems. Canada West Mission 7603 190 Street NW Edmonton, AB T5T 5H6 Canada 877-411-2632 2) interviewee responds that we try to be moderate. While the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly called the "Utah Mormon" church (which holds the allegiance of most of the world's Mormons) is known for its former practice of polygamy, the Community of Christ never accepted that doctrine.Originally insisting that Joseph Smith had nothing to do with it, the church's leadership in … He fulfills the role of the False Prophet in Matthew 24: 5, "For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many." Prophet–Presidents and Presidents of the Community of Christ including all Presidents of its institutional predecessor, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As Stephen M. Veazey, current president of the church states, "Community of Christ is a church that provides light for the way as well as space for the personal faith j… Too bad I didn’t seriously consider it as a youth. CLICK HERE FOR OUR LATEST PODCASTS Donate, John Dehlin November 23, 2015 Best of Mormon Stories, Faith Promoting Stories, Johns Favorites, Progressive Mormonism, Top 100, Top 25 Faithful 26 Comments. And it’s OK to believe that the BofM is fiction and the Golden Plates never existed. God bless you richly Steve. Just like the John Hamer podcasts, this one is very precious for me and I will listen again and again. Masterfully done, John. What are the grounds to punish for some sins and not others? (Hence the name Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) In that reorganization, teachings such as the practice of secret/sacred rites in the Nauvoo Temple, the huge issue of polygamy, plurality of Gods, sealing marriages in the temple for eternity, and the unquestionable, infallible word of God through the Prophet/President were not included in the Reorganization’s doctrines. Are the sins that are not punishable considered a human error just like text in the BofM regarding skin color? His early demise left the fledgling church with a political power struggle. If ever there was a man called by God, it is Seve Veasey. After decades of watching LDS leaders spin and excuse and prevaricate, I was totally unprepared to watch a Mormon-tradition religious leader answer hard questions candidly and directly without showing evidence of carefully rehearsed dodging. Veazy, the focus and approach of the Community of Christ, its efforts to be transparent and inclusive. 31:4–8. Your email address will not be published. I also get the impression there are not manuals handed out and each congregation can teach what they want which of course is not the same as the LDS church. 11 days ago. You can even toss out verses from the BofM you don’t like, cursing the Lamanites with dark skin, for example. Robertson divides his work into fourteen chapters. This is a very important inspirational vision for me Joseph Smith gave us. This group, who refused to follow Brigham Young after the death of Joseph Smith, formed their own Church with Smith's son as their prophet leader. This helped me to see a distance between the LDS Brethren, Pres. Would that include most of what he taught in Nauvoo? Credit: Courtesy Community of Christ Library-Archives, Licensed to Joseph Smith Papers Project. No. After Joseph’s martyrdom many of the Saints dispersed throughout the surrounding states, with Brigham taking the LDS out to Utah. You asked all the pertinent and hard questions very respectfully. 14) It is this painting that some historians suggest was re-photographed and copyrighted by Joseph Smith III. In this three-part series I interview Community of Christ Prophet-President Stephen M. Veazey. His primary responsibility, however, is to bear witness of Christ. I suppose in one sense you could say many of Joseph’s Nauvoo teachings were rejected. 156:5b It shall also be for a strengthening of faith and preparation for witness. His past assignments include missionary and administrative work in the Southern USA Mission Field; the Africa/East Central Field; the Ontario, South Central, and East Central Regions; apostle for SPECTACULAR; Outreach Ministries commissioner; the North Central Region; Advanced Leadership Studies at International Headquarters; and African American Ministries. This one left me with the same impression I had after hearing the MS interviews with John Hamer, that Community of Christ is what a church SHOULD be, what churches should have been all along. It is an inspiration to read the comments left here regarding Steve the CofC by LDS and non LDS alike. He finally consented to become a prophet and on April 6, 1860 the Reorganized Christ of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was born. Thanks for your question. Cultural Context Preceding the Book of Mormon. Please don’t hate me, but these interviews felt to me to follow this pattern: 1) interviewer claims “our” church is extreme, and asks is your church more moderate? Hope this helps! Thank you. All RLDS/Community of Christ doctrine is based on the assumption that God’s revelation to Joseph Smith, saying that all other churches were wrong, made the original LDS the only true church before the falling away of Joseph Smith. The prosperity focus of Mormonism vs. the grace and love of Community of Christ. After the church dispersed in 1844, those folks who did not head west with Brigham Young kind of scattered until April 6, 1860 when Joseph’s son, Joseph Smith III, was ordained prophet-president (Hence the name Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of LDS) The church did not bring into our beliefs doctrines dealing with the practice of secret/sacred rites in the Nauvoo temple, the issue of polygamy, a plurality of Gods, sealing marriages in the temple for eternity, and the unquestionable, infallible, word of God through the Prophet/President. To serve God is to serve others and is the greatest form of charity: the pure love of Christ. Thank you for your comments and questions, Beth. The revelation was the culmination of instructions shared over the course of more than 150 years by prior prophet-presidents recognized by the Community of Christ. The temple was built by the Community of Christ in response to a revelation presented at their 1984 World Conference by church prophet-president Wallace B. Smith. Particularly minister with... World Church leaders, priesthood, members, affiliates, and partner organizations to promote Christ's mission. = Gays are welcomed with open arms, including married gay couples. In his work, The Christ of the Prophets (P&R, 2004), O. Palmer Robertson provides an invaluable guide to the prophetic books. Be well. Portrait. Hosea. Veasey shows it can be done, which leaves LDS leaders with no excuses. :o), However, CofC perfectly fits in my idea of Plan of Salvation, time and insight will tell how it will come together. According to his bio: Stephen M. Veazey is … This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. We have also moved away from the “storehouse” concept and signing over our property and surplus to the church. He distills the fruit of a lifetime of study into one masterful volume. There are no sealing ordinances performed in the Temple. In this three-part series I interview Community of Christ Prophet-President Stephen M. Veazey. Like the LDS church, Joseph Smith Jr is your founding prophet, and you use the Book of Mormon, but there is a point where you reject some of his teachings, correct? It truly comes down to the money. Is this something you allow/encourage? Why punish people at all? For a closer look at the history and beliefs of the Community of Christ, click here. 10:9–10; 1 Ne. His responsibilities also included Church Planting Ministries and Young Adult and Campus Ministries. Those teachings are not as prevalent today. Doctrine and Covenants is a compilation of the open canon of scripture received or submitted by prophet-presidents and other leaders throughout the history of the restoration movement and during the establishment and growth of Community of Christ from 1820 through 2016. Any chance to get a printable copy of this interview with Stephen Veasey? Not only all of the above, but Stephen Veazey actually believes the most important thing his church can do is practice the teachings of Jesus Christ above all other considerations. It is clear in the Bible/BofM that adultery is a sin, but what about all of the other sins listed too? Thanks for your question. After cleaning up it’s a beautiful idea, it doesn’t exclude reincarnation, and gives way for beautiful ideas to sustain a positive self image and our relationship with our eternal spiritual self, life and others. Wow! As a life-long member of the RLDS/Community of Christ church, I can say that 1) the church does not practice and has not since the time of the Reorganization (April 6, 1860) practiced baptizing the dead; 2) members do not wear special garments, as that is not part of the CofC doctrine; 3) the Temple is open to everyone to enter. All LDS problems solved! Currently this painting is in the hands of the Community of Christ Church (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Salt of the earth people! In March 2005, a joint council of church leaders led by the, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_Prophet-Presidents_of_the_Community_of_Christ&oldid=988928654, Prophet-Presidents of the Community of Christ, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 16 November 2020, at 01:58. “Who is this man?” When we look for Godly men in the world, this man would qualify for the title. One of the CofC apostles is a man from Zimbabwe. I was a devoted Latter Day Saint in those days and entirely obnoxious about the LDS claim to truth—-Steve and wife Cathy simply had nothing but love and patience for me. Their head office moved several times and finally settled in Independence MO in 1920. A part of the foundation of the church were prophets - Ephesians 2:19-20 B. Thank you so much for sharing. Hi Mark. Their leadership seems to fully embrace the teachings and compassion of Jesus extended unconditionally to everyone, regardless of genitalia or attraction proclivities. The solution for many gay Mormons and oppressed female Mormons is now dirt simple: You get to keep the Joseph’s Mythology you’re not ready throw under the bus yet, PLUS you solve ALL of the annoying, insulting problems that The Brethren hold dear with no sign of relenting … like the following: = Discrimination against Blacks: RLDS figured that out after the Civil War. Thank you, John and Steve, for a most enjoyable podcast. In 1844, Joseph Smith, prophet and seer and revelator of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, met an untimely death when he was killed in a gun battle at Carthage Jail in Carthage, Illinois (History of the Church 7:101-103). It’s a very important tool for me, a frame of thinking that gives me a good feeling. Linda thank you for expressing your position because it summarizes what I was thinking perfectly. 156:5d It shall be the means for providing leadership education for priesthood and member. They were organized on 1860-APR-6 in Amboy, IL. But what I found most interesting this there is still discipline in the CofC for second offence adultery and a few other sins. The original content was at Category:Prophet-Presidents of the Community of Christ. To this day we do not teach any of those concepts. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License. The included persons have served as President of the organization. One excerpt: “We…believe that the diversity that is evident in creation is a reflection of God’s nature. It affirms my belief in what Steve taught me so many years ago. Is there a way to download the video as there is a way to download the audio? Geeze! In April 2002, Steve was set apart as president of the Council of Twelve and was the director of Field Ministries. In the video link below, Community of Christ Prophet-President Stephen M. Veazey speaks about the importance of diversity in Community of Christ leadership. Yet, I’m not ready. The Community of Christ was formerly (1872–2001) known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS). Thank you jon and steve for being so honest and open and really interesting, l enjoyed hearing about steve’s version of the Coc gospel, it does seem so much more simplified which is how is see Jesus being, l would have liked to hear about how the Coc church feel about the plan of salvation and baptisms for the dead in more explanation and the use of the temple also how they regard the wearing of garments and how that would relate to the church’s principles and beliefs, it seems the Coc is far more clear in it’s ideas and thinking and that perhaps these issues are of less importance, anyway overall jon very interesting and well put together interviews, hope to see more like these and more discussions on the lds history and transparacy in the mainstream church, well done jon, keep up the good work, you’re helping so many of us struggling with faith. It summarizes the vibe I get from CoC. He is the eighth president of the church and the second who is not a direct descendant of church founder Joseph Smith Jr. This was a great interview and the progression the RLDS /CofC has made is courageous. So the church body could vote against any revelation or teaching put forth by the prophet that would be binding on the church. The Community of Christ and Polygamy. And you still get to keep Joseph Smith while shedding virtually ALL of the uncivilized aspects of Modern LDS homophobics and misogyny. He voiced support for continuing to explore church online After hearing these videos, I really wish I had joined Community of Christ instead of the LDS. This article lists the Prophet-Presidents of the Community of Christ. Nevertheless, the Community of Christ offers a number of the commonly held beliefs of its members and leaders as the "generally accepted beliefs of the church." 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