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Prince Ata, the second son of the King of Tonga and fourth in line to the throne has finally been baptized

Prince Ata viewing the October 2014 General Conference with missionaries.
Prince Ata viewing the October 2014 General Conference with missionaries.

There was a lot of controversy when the Prince Ata Tonga showed interest in the Mormon Church. The king learned of his second son decided to be baptized, and when he sent his soldiers first to stop the baptism, but the prince sent the soldiers.

The king was not content with this, but sent the Prime Minister of Tonga to bring an end to the spectacle and negotiate with the prince. The baptism was postponed for a while and the prince continued to go to church.

But now, finally, Prince Ata been baptized in a church in Hawaii in March. We must hope that the king did not make him arvslös and everything else that he threatened. It's not easy when you have errant parents who do not like the religion chosen. This occurs more often than you think.

"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

Isaiah Institute with Avraham Gileadi Ph.D. - Vignette of 1 6

Avraham GileadiAvraham Gileadi is an expert in Isaiah and is a member of the church. For those who are inresserad to learn more about Isaiah, this is a film that is exciting to see.

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Call - not ostracism - reduces the SD's influence


Chronicle of Northern Halland, 5 December 2014

Is not it time to drop the term "Polish parliament"? Not good enough "Swedish parliament" well and good for a world that now witnessing the largest parliamentary collapse in modern times? And all this for the Sweden Democrats brought down the government's budget.

Is the SD therefore culprit? Yes, if we are to believe many pundits. It was SD, who voted for the Alliance's budget, even though the party really stood closer to the Government's proposals. It was SD as trilskt flexed its muscles in a demonstration of power. It was the SD who would rather devoted himself to political games (read: trying to outmaneuver the Green Party from the government) than political solutions.

But we have not forgotten one important detail? The biggest reason SD has such a strong influence today is because of the other parliamentary parties' unwillingness to talk - to put it mildly. There is no denying the facts. By systematically freeze out the Sweden Democrats have the other parties contributed to the antagonist has grown twice as strong.

This is not rocket science. It's very simple: "bullying" has aroused sympathy, and sympathy has generated voices. Additionally, SD has taken a monopoly on migration and integration issues because no one else dares to talk about it. Obviously, these questions are important for many voters. Can anyone therefore be surprised at the election results?

Should not then the other parties have learned a lesson? Yes, reasonably. But unfortunately it seems reasonableness and rationality have fled their cow. Instead, they pursue the same path, determined to ignore his opponent. Now talk Anders Björk and others that even marginalize Sweden Democrats by a coalition between the Alliance and the Social Democrats. A bad idea.

Firstly, we already know from experience that SD is neither being reduced in power or popularity just for applying an isolation strategy. Secondly, if the Alliance and Socialdemokaterna the unlikely form coalition, who do we have left in opposition: the extreme right and left forces in our country.

One need not be a political scientist to understand the parliamentary instability such a weak opposition would create. A strong democracy requires a strong opposition.

I share most people's concerns about the Sweden Democrats' immigration policy. And their humanity awakens anything but my sympathies. But think, there are two obvious problems with the way this party has been met.

  1. Think what you like about the Sweden Democrats' agenda, the party is a elected party. It got 13 percent of the Swedish people's voices. It is Sweden's third largest party. One can, on either moral or democratic grounds, ignore or sweep under the carpet voters in the manner made. If there is democracy, we want to affirm we will never attain the goal by behaving undemocratically.
  1. It can of course asserted that many (not all) Sweden Democrats harboring ill will toward immigrants. But what is better, to systematically demonize the SD for the sake of it or get involved in a factual debate with convincing arguments - for it is not very difficult. Is not the story clearly masters: hatred has never been overcome with hatred. It will not work this time either.

Please leader, for all our sakes, when you sit at the round table, do not be afraid to invite SD. The way to reduce the Sweden Democrats' influence on politics is not to freeze them out. It just makes them victims and increase their influence even more. It's a mystery to me that you have previously turned a blind eye to this fact.

But we do not negotiate with racists, someone might say, moreover, SD rooted in neo-Nazism. Certainly, but if it is consistent we should be, we should not exclude the west portion of all calls too? It was not long ago that the party acclaimed communist dictatorships. No, we must be able to have mature conversations between all the democratically elected parties, no matter what we think of them.

Moreover, the most successful politicians are the ones who lived by the motto: "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer." It's up close we can influence our environment and have greater control, not when we buries its head in the sand and pretend that if problems do not exist.

And if there is anyone who is worried about the debate, was just calm. It's actually not difficult to disarm the Sweden Democrats with sound arguments. (A tribute to the Liberal Party Robert Hannah which is one of the first to dare to take the debate on integration policy.)

But "xenophobia may not control," Gustav Fridolin has recently said. I agree. But if you really mean it, Mr Fridolin, then should you and other party leaders follow the above advice. Otherwise it will 22 March to be a dark day in the history of Sweden. For it is the day when Sweden Democrats get far more than 13 percent of parliamentary votes. Mark my words.

Remember where you read it first.

Guest Columnist: Louis Herrey