History of the Gospel January 28

1521 – The Diet of Worms began, at which Protestant reformer Martin Luther was declared an outlaw by the Roman Catholic church.

1908 – Author and activist Julia Ward Howe, composer of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” became the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

BYU Church History Symposium: Joseph Smith’s Study of the Ancient World (7-8 March 2013)

The title of this year’s symposium is “Approaching Antiquity: Joseph Smith’s Study of the Ancient World.On Thursday, March 7, the conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the keynote speaker, Richard L. Bushman in the Herold B. Lee Library auditorium on the BYU Campus in Provo. The symposium will continue in the same location until 4:30. Papers will be given addressing Joseph Smith’s reading of ancient Jewish and Christian texts, his interactions with the scholars of his day, and his interest in the ancient Americas. At 7:00 p.m. the plenary session, held in the Joseph Smith Building (JSB) auditorium (south end of BYU campus), will feature remarks by Elder Steven E. Snow, the new Church historian and recorder, and a plenary address by David F. Holland, professor of history at UNLV.

On Friday, March 8, the conference will continue in Salt Lake City at the LDS conference center’s little theater. It will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. Presentations will address Joseph Smith’s study of the Bible, contemporary biblical commentaries, and biblical languages, and his relationship to 19th-century Egyptology.

Where are the Nones?

You know, the people who do not affliate with one of the main religious identity? Or as Gallop puts it “What is your religious preference — are you Protestant, Roman Catholic, Mormon, Jewish, Muslim, another religion, or no religion? (If respondent names “another religion,” ask:) Would that be a Christian religion or is it not a Christian religion?

It is interesting to me that in a time where our Prophet has called for an increase of missionaries serving in the field by calling all men 18 years and older plus sisters 19 and older that we have a slowing of those who proclaim religious devotion. Is this the time fortold where “Men’s hearts shall fail them”? Is that time still far off? Remember how Luke said the failure should come from fear. Are we becomeing a faithless people. Are the “Nones” that faithless people?

Gallop says; “Across the past five years, the biggest jumps in “nones” occurred between 2009 and 2010 and between 2010 and 2011 — an increase of 1.1 percentage points each between the two years. In absolute terms, 15.3% of the population had no explicit religious identity in 2009, compared with 17.5% in 2011.” And all this while missionary efforts are increasing as demand does.”

So here is the break down:

What is your religious preference -- Protestant, Roman Catholic, Mormon, Jewish, Muslim, another religion, or no religion? 2012 yearly numbers by demos

Whats your take?




See the whole article at http://www.gallup.com/poll/159785/rise-religious-nones-slows-2012.aspx#1