1 Ne. The Community of Christ was formerly (1872–2001) known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS). It seems to me that the Community of Christ is to mainstream Mormonism something like what Unitarian Universalism is to the Judeo-Christian tradition. Community of Christ International Headquarters is located in Independence, Missouri. I would have really liked to have grown up in the version of the gospel. (Used by permission, Library-Archives, Community of Christ.) This helped me to see a distance between the LDS Brethren, Pres. http://mormonstories.wpengine.com/stephen-m-veazey-prophet-president-of-community-of-christ-formerly-rlds-church/. I’m not ready giving it up, even though I’m changing it for myself: kicking out the dirt that happened to have gotten into it, as the terrible ideas about our beloved black brothers and sisters and the lies that sustain polygamy. The original content was at Category:Prophet-Presidents of the Community of Christ. Text: Jeremiah 23:9-40 I. Yet, I’m not ready. It affirms my belief in what Steve taught me so many years ago. When he was 14, Joseph knelt in a grove of trees to ask God which Church to join. He is a preacher of righteousness. Portrait. 11:27; 2 Ne. Why punish people at all? It truly comes down to the money. Is there a way to download the video as there is a way to download the audio? What are the grounds to punish for some sins and not others? 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. 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. In his work, The Christ of the Prophets (P&R, 2004), O. Palmer Robertson provides an invaluable guide to the prophetic books. 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. He finally consented to become a prophet and on April 6, 1860 the Reorganized Christ of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was born. (see Fig. Stephen Veazey hopes a future prophet-president will be female or Black. The included persons have served as President of the organization. 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. It shall be for reconciliation and for healing of the spirit. So the church body could vote against any revelation or teaching put forth by the prophet that would be binding on the church. 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. Their leadership seems to fully embrace the teachings and compassion of Jesus extended unconditionally to everyone, regardless of genitalia or attraction proclivities. Their head office moved several times and finally settled in Independence MO in 1920. Would that include most of what he taught in Nauvoo? Too bad I didn’t seriously consider it as a youth. Credit: Courtesy Community of Christ Library-Archives, Licensed to Joseph Smith Papers Project. 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. Thank you both so much for this glorious interview ! As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License. This was a great interview and the progression the RLDS /CofC has made is courageous. To this day we do not teach any of those concepts. 156:5b It shall also be for a strengthening of faith and preparation for witness. Be well. I am 2/3 through watching John Dehlin’s interview of Stephen Veazey. 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. But what I found most interesting this there is still discipline in the CofC for second offence adultery and a few other sins. Create ministry partnerships with… seventies, high priests, evangelists, bishops, and mission center officers. The Community of Christ states that it recognizes that "perception of truth is always qualified by human nature and experience" and it therefore has not adopted an official religious creed. 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? 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. 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. In this three-part series I interview Community of Christ Prophet-President Stephen M. Veazey. He was ordained as president of seventy at the 1988 World Conference and as an apostle at the 1992 World Conference. 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. Thank you for your comments and questions, Beth. 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). I think they have the capacity, but would probably see it as a sign of weakness. b. Christ would come out of Egypt. After hearing these videos, I really wish I had joined Community of Christ instead of the LDS. 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 … Especially proclaim and promote... God's vision for creation and the church's mission throughout the world. 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… 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. Thank you, John, for arranging the interview, and thanks to Stephen for being willing to speak so openly about the issues. e. Subcategories This category has the following 3 subcategories, out of 3 total. While I am active LDS with various faith challenges, I feel a great jealousy for the spiritual maturity reflected within your faith community. 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. 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. I have a question. If ever there was a man called by God, it is Seve Veasey. All rights reserved. The church is reducing it's budget by $1.21 million and laying off 18+ people. Your email address will not be published. Represent Christ primarily as ministers... of prophetic visioning and worldwide church leadership. Community of Christ is the new name of what was formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 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. 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 ! The President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s prophet on earth today. 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. :o), However, CofC perfectly fits in my idea of Plan of Salvation, time and insight will tell how it will come together. Thanks for your question. Is this something you allow/encourage? Those teachings are not as prevalent today. 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. 156:5d It shall be the means for providing leadership education for priesthood and member. Masterfully done, John. 2) interviewee responds that we try to be moderate. They were organized on 1860-APR-6 in Amboy, IL. Thank you. Would the CofC really be considered an Organized Religion? Veazy didn’t wear a tie and he sat comfortable and talked freely/unformal. I hope this helps answer some of your questions. Nephi. 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. You can even toss out verses from the BofM you don’t like, cursing the Lamanites with dark skin, for example. God bless you richly Steve. 11 days ago. Manuscript page from Joseph Smith's New Translation. :o). I’d certainly consider joining the CoC if my husband would, especially after hearing this (Thank you Dr. John and Prophet-President Steve). This article lists the Prophet-Presidents of the Community of Christ. This list gives 15 ways in … No. Community of Christ has 250,000 members in more than 60 nations. One of their apostles is a Polynesian female. Veazy, the focus and approach of the Community of Christ, its efforts to be transparent and inclusive. i was impressed with Pres. Prophets. As a longtime friend of the Veazey family, I can vouch for their genuine kindness and devotion to the ministry of Christ. It opened a possibility for me to be more open and positive toward CofC. It means very, very much for me ! He voiced support for continuing to explore church online Born in Tennessee, he received a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Tennessee, and a master of arts in religion from Park College, Parkville, Missouri. 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." Lehi, Nephi. 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. Veazy’s formal attitude on the CofC website and how he is as a human person. 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. There are no sealing ordinances performed in the Temple. This is a very interesting interview as it is completely different than the LDS General Authorities. 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. Linda thank you for expressing your position because it summarizes what I was thinking perfectly. Hi Mark. According to his bio: Stephen M. Veazey is … Canada West Mission 7603 190 Street NW Edmonton, AB T5T 5H6 Canada 877-411-2632 The prosperity focus of Mormonism vs. the grace and love of Community of Christ. On occasion, prophets may be inspired to foretell the future for the benefit of mankind. After Joseph’s martyrdom many of the Saints dispersed throughout the surrounding states, with Brigham taking the LDS out to Utah. Thank you, John and Steve, for a most enjoyable podcast. I deeply appreciate the insight into CoC. 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