The church also updated the section on burial and cremation, noting that “the church does not encourage cremation” but the update notes that some countries require it. Burial also can be impractical or unaffordable for some families.
During the church’s October general conference, President Russell M. Nelson said, “I grieve that our Black brothers and sisters the world over are enduring the pains of racism and prejudice. Today, I call upon our members everywhere to lead out in abandoning attitudes and actions of prejudice. I plead with you to promote respect for all of God’s children.”
Similar language was adopted in a new section added to the handbook Friday.
Word of Wisdom
In today’s world, information is easy to access and share. This can be a great blessing for those seeking to be educated and informed. However, many sources of information are unreliable and do not edify. Some sources seek to promote anger, contention, fear or baseless conspiracy theories (see 3 Nephi 11:30; Mosiah 2:32). Therefore, it is important that church members be wise as they seek truth. Seek out and share only credible, reliable and factual sources of information. Avoid sources that are speculative or founded on rumor. The guidance of the Holy Ghost, along with careful study, can help members discern between truth and error (see Doctrine and Covenants 11:12; 45:57). In matters of doctrine and church policy, the authoritative sources are the scriptures, the teachings of the living prophets and the General Handbook.
Here’s a brief summary of the biggest changes:
An updated section says that the church’s position on healing is that it should be sought through a combination of professional medical help, exercising faith and receiving priesthood blessings from those holding the necessary priesthood office.
‘Prejudice is not consistent with the revealed word of God’
President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, said during October’s conference that church members should “root out racism.” A few weeks later, he encouraged BYU students to “heed our prophet’s call” to end racism.
The church continues to oppose recreational use of marijuana.
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