And it’s OK to believe that the BofM is fiction and the Golden Plates never existed. “Who is this man?” When we look for Godly men in the world, this man would qualify for the title. The prosperity focus of Mormonism vs. the grace and love of Community of Christ. In April 2002, Steve was set apart as president of the Council of Twelve and was the director of Field Ministries. Prophets. Veazey, you strike me as a wonderful representative for your faith. He distills the fruit of a lifetime of study into one masterful volume. A part of the foundation of the church were prophets - Ephesians 2:19-20 B. Doctrine and Covenants is a compilation of the open canon of scripture received or submitted by prophet-presidents and other leaders throughout the history of the restoration movement and during the establishment and growth of Community of Christ from 1820 through 2016. It is clear in the Bible/BofM that adultery is a sin, but what about all of the other sins listed too? Veazey urges congregations not to open too early and being physically present in church is NOT a test of faith. For current and former LDS Church members interested in Community of Christ, check out the Latter-day Seekers program. As a longtime friend of the Veazey family, I can vouch for their genuine kindness and devotion to the ministry of Christ. (Courtesy of Community of Christ Archives.) It truly comes down to the money. They were organized on 1860-APR-6 in Amboy, IL. :o), However, CofC perfectly fits in my idea of Plan of Salvation, time and insight will tell how it will come together. Thank you. Thank you, John and Steve, for a most enjoyable podcast. All LDS problems solved! 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. This is a great gift Joseph Smith gave us, it’s a pitty it’s not in the CofC, I’m holding on to it. When he was 14, Joseph knelt in a grove of trees to ask God which Church to join. He finally consented to become a prophet and on April 6, 1860 the Reorganized Christ of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was born. The organization is now known (since April 2001) as the Community of Christ in order to separate themselves from the Mormons. The President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s prophet on earth today. Now if only there were a CoC congregation meeting regularly in Anchorage Alaska where we live, and if only my TBM husband could become convinced that Joseph Smith III was the rightful successor instead of Brigham Young, then we might actually have an opportunity to share the same religion again. 156:5e And it shall be a place in which the essential meaning of the Restoration as healing and redeeming agent is given new life and understanding, inspired by the life and witness of the Redeemer of the world. He voiced support for continuing to explore church online It opened a possibility for me to be more open and positive toward CofC. The temple was built by the Community of Christ in response to a revelation presented at their 1984 World Conference by church prophet-president Wallace B. Smith. 1 Ne. He fulfills the role of the False Prophet in Matthew 24: 5, "For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many." One of his counselors in the First Presidency is female. One of their apostles is a Polynesian female. You asked all the pertinent and hard questions very respectfully. I suppose in one sense you could say many of Joseph’s Nauvoo teachings were rejected. http://mormonstories.wpengine.com/stephen-m-veazey-prophet-president-of-community-of-christ-formerly-rlds-church/. 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. 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. Their head office moved several times and finally settled in Independence MO in 1920. The Community of Christ and Polygamy. Currently this painting is in the hands of the Community of Christ Church (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). As a life-long member of the RLDS/Community of Christ church, I can say that 1) the church does not practice and has not since the time of the Reorganization (April 6, 1860) practiced baptizing the dead; 2) members do not wear special garments, as that is not part of the CofC doctrine; 3) the Temple is open to everyone to enter. 10:9–10; 1 Ne. Thank you so much for sharing. I deeply appreciate the insight into CoC. Veazy didn’t wear a tie and he sat comfortable and talked freely/unformal. Thanks for your question. It’s a very important tool for me, a frame of thinking that gives me a good feeling. 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. Promote community by… promoting holistic "signal communities" of Christ's peace throughout the world. Particularly minister with... World Church leaders, priesthood, members, affiliates, and partner organizations to promote Christ's mission. You can even toss out verses from the BofM you don’t like, cursing the Lamanites with dark skin, for example. Those teachings are not as prevalent today. 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. Your email address will not be published. The Community of Christ was formerly (1872–2001) known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS). Represent Christ primarily as ministers... of prophetic visioning and worldwide church leadership. I am 2/3 through watching John Dehlin’s interview of Stephen Veazey. Stephen M. Veazey is president of Community of Christ. Salt of the earth people! Thank you jon and steve for being so honest and open and really interesting, l enjoyed hearing about steve’s version of the Coc gospel, it does seem so much more simplified which is how is see Jesus being, l would have liked to hear about how the Coc church feel about the plan of salvation and baptisms for the dead in more explanation and the use of the temple also how they regard the wearing of garments and how that would relate to the church’s principles and beliefs, it seems the Coc is far more clear in it’s ideas and thinking and that perhaps these issues are of less importance, anyway overall jon very interesting and well put together interviews, hope to see more like these and more discussions on the lds history and transparacy in the mainstream church, well done jon, keep up the good work, you’re helping so many of us struggling with faith. A message from the Community of Christ's prophet. Current status : The Community of Christ was formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints -- the " RLDS Church ". Would that include most of what he taught in Nauvoo? I had the pleasure and honor of having Steve as a teacher/mentoring influence. I think my life is empty without it. Nephi. Excommunication (which means ex-communion – no sacrament for you for now) is rare, and ‘expulsion’ from membership is only for murderers and repeat adulterers. At the founding of the church, Peter quotes the prophet Joel - Acts 2:14-21 A. It affirms my belief in what Steve taught me so many years ago. The church is reducing it's budget by $1.21 million and laying off 18+ people. The congregation with Community of Christ Church in Sarnia celebrated 100 years in the community Saturday with an open house and a visit from the international faith's president. And you still get to keep Joseph Smith while shedding virtually ALL of the uncivilized aspects of Modern LDS homophobics and misogyny. Thank you both so much for this glorious interview ! Listening to this interview has brought a renewed sense of lightness to my soul: the fact that the same foundation could give rise to two very different churches – one proclaiming a prosperity gospel and the other a message of compassion and grace – gives me hope for the future. In his work, The Christ of the Prophets (P&R, 2004), O. Palmer Robertson provides an invaluable guide to the prophetic books. 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. Thanks for your question. Hi Mark. His early demise left the fledgling church with a political power struggle. The Community of Christ was formerly (1872–2001) known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS). In the video link below, Community of Christ Prophet-President Stephen M. Veazey speaks about the importance of diversity in Community of Christ leadership. 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. It healed my soul to hear of other people who could take the same events and writings and be so intelligent and loving in how they implemented them in their lives and used them to bring them closer to God. The original content was at Category:Prophet-Presidents of the Community of Christ. 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. Your email address will not be published. (see Fig. As Stephen M. 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