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"Sophie was caught by a sect"

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Just when I began to think that Media in Sweden might have begun to be less restricted and more international in its mind, suddenly an article appears in Aftonbladet, which is the pure return to the Middle Ages.

In an article in Aftonbladet with the title "Sofi was caught by a sect" (2015-03-06) describes how distraught parents who lost her daughter to a Mormon sect. Another interview with a renegade Mormon included. Unlike the story of "Sofi" so is this woman's name is not fingrerat.

The story of "Sofi" is a story that many members know. Indeed, there is not so many members in Sweden that you do not know who it is written on, especially not in this case. On Mormon Lady, we wrote about "Sofi" for a couple of years ago. The story is tragic. It is not really about a girl who chooses to become a Mormon. It is about parents who can not accept her daughter's life choices. Self I recognize all too well. My parents forbade me to have the church do when they understood my interest in it. I was forced to choose between the church and my parents. I was in fear of those who would represent my security and trust. How difficult it must be for parents to accept their children's choices and how difficult it must be for Aftonbladet not to be so black and white - all to create sensation? The sad for Aftonbladet is that there are lots of people in this country who actually know Mormons and who know that what they write is not true. "Sofi" himself wrote a blog post here on Mormon Lady for a couple of years ago where she gave her version of what had really happened. To avoid further conflicts with his parents as we were asked, however, to remove the blog post.

It is surprising that Aftonbladet may still be in this kind of duck pond and not realize that they have made fools of themselves. Other Swedish newspapers wrote today respectful of our faith. If you read a popular magazine, Huffington Post, you find many articles about the "Mormons." Some are not so flattering, but many are quite positive. They give words a nuanced picture of our church and our faith. How can Aftonbladet be as medieval? It is a mystery indeed.

Church Public Affairs felt that this article was going on and will respond to the criticism. Mormon Lady has been in contact with FINYAR researching new religions and alternative spirituality. They are surprised Aftonbladet's actions, but says Aftonbladet is difficult to communicate with. Aftonbladet had not contacted them that the article was about. Mormon Lady was the one who had to tell "Sofi" man if they stood them in Aftonbladet. The question is what kind of journalism it represents; not to allow all parties to be heard and not even informed that they intend to write about them?

On a couple of facebook groups for Swedish Church members who I'm in so discussed Aftonbladet article. How do you react when members of the Church of the article? Yes, some taking up the fact that only 16% of the Swedish population have confidence in Aftonbladet, according to a recent survey. Others feel a sense of security that people in general and, for example, employers think it is ok that they are "Mormons." Some get upset and think that Aftonbladet represents a limited socialist vision. We can all think differently. For my part, gives the closest to a post-traumatic stress disorder. I myself have gone through like Sofi has had to go through. But even though it is our parents who torment us so no one asks about our emotions and how we have been treated.

My eldest daughter is no longer active in the church. Sure, I hope that she will come back to the church sometime because it is such a great joy and comfort to have Jesus Christ in his life. But whatever she chooses for life, I respect her life. She has her free will and the right to choose her own life. As members of the Church, we must respect that our children choose their own lives and their own life view. To me it is also obvious that all parents, regardless of their faith, respect their children's choices.

To read the article in its entirety so is this:

Something big could happen

Jon Henry and other artists, good luck tonight!
Jon Henry and other artists, good luck tonight!

Chronicle of Östersunds Posten, February 21 2015

One Saturday for precise thirty-one years ago, the audience begins to flow into the Liseberg Hall in Gothenburg. While doing to all artists ready. All except me and Richard. We are still stuck in the long checkout line at the Domus, the Avenue.

Twenty minutes earlier, the impulsive but bright realization struck us: what if we win the whole party! How do we do then? SVT has certainly prepared the Champagne for the winners, but ... we're abstainers.

Each with a ginger ale bottle in hand, we begin to move forward. "Sorry ... can we penetrate us before?"

Marveled gaze meets us.

"The fact is that we will sing in a little while," explains Richard.

"Yes ... Melodifestivalen!" I add, and clears his throat me apologetically.

Talk about stress. But it had been all week. It started with the original costumes. They felt completely wrong. Too much glitz and ostentation. Could not we just run with something simpler, cleaner style? White pants and pastel colored shirts maybe? But the shoes then? We could take some Peter Pan boots and spray them with gold paint. But it will be really neat? Hmmm ... they will have to do anyway. And by the way, it will probably not many in the audience will pay attention to the shoes anyway.

The choreography we also have to simplify. It could barely sing to that aerobics session. We will remove most Spins. We jump less. And all flapping his arms, we cut down to a minimum. However, we should probably keep the little armsnurren the beginning of the chorus. Who knows, someone might think it looks great?

We return to the Liseberg Hall with the breath in the throat and the Pommac bottles in the hand. It only takes a moment to change. Then we get ready behind the curtain. Ready to conquer the world. And when we dance on stage as the swinging intro and Per start singing "Flashes and thunder ..." then I know: now something big will happen.

Today I am forty-eight years. Very wonderful has happened over the years, but I still remember with clarity the transformative joy of age of seventeen sing a popular song of the world's best songs - a song I already knew would survive us all. Certainly there are more important things in life than the Eurovision Song Contest, but I'd be lying if I did not acknowledge me humble and grateful for the opportunity that was given me and my brothers.

Therefore, I'm pleased with the people who get this opportunity. Tonight, for example, there will be several debutants at Östersund Arena Stage, including the region's own Jon Henrik Fjällgren. I hope he shows - as I and the brothers tried to do - devotion and love for his melody. Do I know him fairly, he does it. And who knows when it might happen something big.


In my eight year old daughter, there is another recipe for success in Mello. You have to look nice and cute in television, "as you were when you sang Diggiloo Diggiley, Dad."

"What?" I protest. "Is not I still pretty?"

"Oh yes!" She says, and pauses. "It seems to me mom, anyway!"

Guest Columnist: Luois Herrey

No, I'm not Charlie

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Freedom of expression is something precious that we must protect our society. We must have the right to express our views. It is a prerequisite for a democratic society. But freedom of expression is something that can also be abused. One of the things that Jesus Christ went through, which was part of his suffering before he underwent a painful death was that he was mocked. The mockery was both verbally and physically. Jesus was mocked because he recognized that he was the king of the Jews and had a crown of thorns pressed down on his head and a cloak laid on their shoulders. How should we as Christians behave towards our fellow human beings? Yes, not Jesus critics made in each case.
Yes, though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, this would be me nothing. (1 Cows 13: 3)

To express their opinion, freedom of expression, but to mock, ie shape, is not freedom of expression. We should show respect for our fellow man, which does not mean that we necessarily agree with them in their opinions or beliefs. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we know that we are to live in such a way that we have the Holy Spirit's presence. Paul expresses in praise of love that it does not matter what we do, if we do not do it in love.

Sometimes that bothered my two boys together. One of them can run crying to me and complain about how he has been kicked and beaten by her brother. Such terrorism is not accepted in our family, but at the same time, I ask, of course, why the former brother struck the other. The answer is many times that the kinds and kicks come in response to a verbal provocation. Provocation does not give the right to retaliate, but provocation in itself is not right. As a mother rebukes I both my boys. Both have acted wrongly. Then of course there is no excuse for terrorism, but that there is any right to legitimize mockery.

In Sweden, you have the right to think and say almost anything you want. You have the right to express yourself on the radio, on television and on the web. The Freedom of Expression states of these rights. There is also what not to do, such as slander or insult another person. (Source: )

Yes, what you say about the above quotes? Well, those who advocate the right to violate believe that they violate Muhammad - who is dead. But if Muhammad is dead, how can he be offended? Of course, is not directed against the mockery of a dead person can not be violated without the ridicule aimed at the target group that feels offended; those who believe that Muhammad was God's true profet.Frågor that these are not simple and I notice in various forums that the views on free speech differ between members of the Church. All do not look at it as I do. We are members of the church and go to the temple, however, include covenants which among other things means that we must not mock second people.Although I can to some extent feel fragmented in terms of, for example, satire artwork. My uncle took several years Gothenburg Trade and Sjöfartstidning. The magazine was known among other things for its satire drawings of Nazism in 1930 century. Using various means to combat xenophobia and racism does not feel foreign to me, but to mock people's religion is simply reprehensible. He who is without sin may cast the first stone.

Celebrocracy - The world is governed largely by values

rat_pack_narrowweb__300x232,0Reading an interesting biography of the rock band U2 written by John Jobling. The singer of the band Bono has been heavily involved in political humanitarian work.

The book addresses a phenomenon called Celebrocracy. The world is run largely by appraisal.

We in the church would like to influence by individual examples.

In the Celebrocracy as Jobling talking about takes place through influence rather than a celebrity obsessed media. A few celebrities statements get a copious impact. Celebrocracy is a power institution.

A telling example mentioned in the book are from live 8 years 2005. Bob Geldof performs with a representative of an organization that works with humanitarian work 24 / 7. The Representative factual exposition of the complex problems ignored largely with silence. When his neighbor on the podium Bob makes some simple powerful "one liners" is the uncritical into newscasts and newspapers, and get a huge impact.

Forces of Celebocracy evident partly in the changed attitude to the definition of the concept of marriage and the right for same-sex couples to adopt. Celebrity statements have changed the values ​​of millions in a short time.

In social media appears increasingly celebrities (artists, actors, bloggers, writers) short highly simplified "one-liners". They also think a major impact on the members of the Church.

We're supposed to ponder and then ask God and study the best books. A patient strenuous path to sound values. It is I think worth noting the differences.

Celebrocracy can also turn negative. Avi Steinberg takes in his new book about lds up an example of this.

"To be a fan of The Book of Mormon is to walk a lonesome road. You have almost no one to talk to. None of your friends have read the book. None have had it assigned in school ... It is not Merely socially acceptable to mock and dismiss it, it's a prerequisite for being taken seriously. "

Avi is a non-believer, but deeply fascinated by the LDS. I think he's right describes something that increasingly will become universal thanks to the power of Celebrocracy. When deep contemplation replaced with powerful simplifications will members of an even higher degree of non-believers to be painted as weak, naive and foolish.

Hope I'm wrong because it's a scary way.

Guest Columnist: Observers

Are you a member of the Mormon Church? Then it's time to get yourself an LDS Account as soon as possible

As part of an effort to find more Effective ways to communicate with a growing global membership, the Church is contacting millions of its members via email to share Important announcements.

If you are a member and do not have an LDS Account already so it's time to get one as soon as possible. For now, the church should begin sending email to all members who have such an account.

The 3 and 4 December, they send out an email from the First Presidency to all who have an LDS Account on, and the first email is part of "News & Inspiration" that you can subscribe to, and it will eventually be expanded to a few different choices that members can subscribe to via email. The members can of course always stop the subscription whenever they want, by accessing their LDS Account and changing the settings.

Would not it be nice to get such an email. This first email will be translated in 10 different languages, so I do not know if it will be in Swedish, but otherwise, so we hope that it will be in English to us. You can set the default language of the LDS Account.

Church to Send Email Newsletters to Members Worldwide

For the first time, the Church is contacting millions of its members via email to share Important announcements. On December 3 and 4 batches of emails will be late to members who have provided an email address through Their LDS Account. The content is a message from the First Presidency and two messages Concerning the holiday season.

In the email, the First Presidency writes, "We are pleased to announce this new Church Email Newsletter That We Will Regularly publish and share with members throughout the world. This newsletter is part of our effort to find more Effective ways to communicate with our growing global membership in order to share timely and valuable messages That Can Strengthen our love for Jesus Christ, for our families, and For Those Around Us. "

To be respectful of members' needs and choices, it will be possible to unsubscribe from the emails. To make surethat members receive the emails They will need to register with an LDS Account online and include an email contact address. If members have already registered The, They Will Need to makesure Their account is updated with a current email address. Church newsletters will be translated into 10 languages.

"In a world where communication channels are so Numerous and fragmented, delivering a message That does not've become distorted along the way is increasingly Difficult," said Elder Anthony D. Perkins of the Seventy. "The Church has a unique advantage in That millions of faithful members have entrusted Their email address to us. We feel the time has come to Utilize These staff email addresses to Improve the effectiveness of our communications to Church members. "

The first email is part of the "News and Inspiration" email subscription. The specific content for the email is a welcome and introduction by the First Presidency addressing the purpose of the email and giving a greeting staff. The email alsocontains information about the Church's Christmas message, "He Is The Gift." The third and final part of the email contains details about the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional.

"One purpose of email newsletters is to assist members in Becoming aware of Church resources thatwill Strengthen Their faith in Christ, bless Their families, and help them serve in the community," said Elder Perkins. "We plan That overtime members willhave a few more specific choices in newsletters They would like to receive. But this email channel Could Also be used to notify members During Emergency Situations or for matters of urgent importance to the First Presidency or the Twelve. "