Getting to Know Our Neighbors in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Center for Interfaith Cooperation would like to invite the Central Indiana community to meet our neighbors from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. CIC events in the next several weeks will provide opportunities to talk with church members and learn the history of their church in America, including the origin and content of the Book of Mormon, a volume of Holy Scripture. Our Latter-day Saint friends will also explain how their faith is practiced today.
The first event is a Living Room Dialogue with the Jensen Family scheduled for Tuesday January 15th from 7:00-9:00 pm at the church south of the Temple on the southwest corner of 116th Street and Spring Mill Rd. Learn more
The second event is The Book of Mormon: An Ancient Treasure facilitated by Ruth Ellen Homer on Thursday January 24th from 7-9 pm in the Indiana Interchurch Center’s Dining Room. Learn more
CIC focuses on the actual history, doctrines, traditions,and daily life of faith communities. For instance, many Americans are unaware that the Latter-day Saints have experienced persecution like few other religious groups in American history. In 1838 the Governor of Missouri issued the Extermination Order, which declared that members of the Church “must be treated as enemies” and be exterminated or driven from the state.
We asked Ruth Ellen Homer for suggestions for reading before these two events:
First, read a background to The Book of Mormon.
“Book of Mormon and DNA Studies” addresses current questions regarding what DNA testing can, and can not, scientifically demonstrate about populations described in the Book of Mormon. Many people believe that our church ignores science, and this piece is a good example of our commitment to seek knowledge in rigorous disciplines. We believe there is no conflict between true science and true religion, as all truth is part of a great whole created by God.
Anyone interested in reading the Book of Mormon can do so online at http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm?lang=eng