September 29, 2015

Patrick Mason in Deseret News re: Family Proclamation

by Tad Walch
“Unique LDS family doctrine still drives church, propels it to friendships with other faiths”
Deseret News
Sept. 29, 2015

On September 23, 1995, Gordon B. Hinckley, then president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, issued a document entitled The Family: A Proclamation to the World. To mark the twenty years anniversary of the document the Deseret News ran an article discussing its impact on the LDS church. “The usage of the proclamation among the leadership and membership of the church is really striking,” Patrick Mason Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate university explained. “”It hasn’t been canonized, and as far as I know there’s no immediate impulse to canonize it, to include it in either the Doctrine and Covenants or Pearl of Great Price, but just the way that it is used shows its importance. Mormons don’t frame copies of (D&C) Section 76 and put it on the wall of their home. Just that act is a really significant statement of saying, ‘This is really part of the bedrock of who we are and what we believe as Latter-day Saints in the 21st century.'”

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