Mormon Ideas to Live By: the Regeneration
The long-term vision:
Changing attitudes, behaviors and conditions among Mormons (LDS/CofChrist) with regards to:
- Nonviolence (means to an end – no war/no violence, including responding to gender-based violence and proposing alternative nonviolent masculinities through peace education and interfaith theology internally in the Restoration movement),
- Economic cooperation (means to an end – reintroduction of mormon communitarianism, including democratic and participatory community governance and institution of cooperatives for livelihood and trade) and
- Environmentalism (means to an end – becoming a critical mass of Mormons concerned about the environment and about our relationship to the planet, it being a pearl of great price, including education on veganism/alternative diets, securing clean water and alternative energy sources).
You do not need to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints to start regenerating your life through the above suggested changes, but familiarity with the Restoration movement (and the Reorganization), based on the principles and teachings of Joseph Smith Jr., is always an advantage. You would have to commit to three core values: nonviolent communication and living (Sermon on the Mount), economic and social cooperativism (United Order) and environmentalism/vegetarianism (Word of Wisdom). Putting theory into practice, this could mean abiding by the following ideas:
1. Do not enlist in the military, do not go to war (any war), seek peace with your enemies, if already enlisted find alternative work. If not already enlisted, be willing to tell others why you do not want to enlist (conscientious objection)
- Serve a (peace) mission instead (this could be an LDS mission, but make clear you are not enlisting in the Lord’s Army), or join a peace activist group. These two may be combined.
- Serve in your inner temple and seek to understand the will of a peaceful God for your life
- Seek to be a peacebuilder (educate yourself and your family on issues related to peace), be a peacemaker (find opportunities to serve and educate others), or a peaceworker (put the education into practice)
2. Always include the opposite sex in all processes of decision-making
- in family, in discussions, in groups, in cooperatives
- if already an LDS/CofC priesthood bearer, find ways in which members of the opposite sex and any other member can serve alongside you on issues of strategic importance for the Regeneration movement
- Always engage your new encounters with others not like you with a prayerful heart, and ask for an opportunity to serve your fellow human beings
3. Help Establish Zion – literally and economically!
- Be willing to part with your disposable income when you see a need
- Live within your means (and give within your means) and repay your debts, should you have any
- Put money aside for rainy days
4. Find alternative and cooperative ways to making new purchases
- See if members (family, church, movement) are able to help you in meeting your needs
- Be creative about solving your material needs, repair old stuff
- See if you are able to help members and let them know what you can help them with
5. Become a vegetarian/vegan – Live according to the Word of Wisdom
- Buy fair traded and/or organic goods, buy local produce if possible
- Be creative and selective about what you eat and about what you put into your body
6. Care about the environment
- Educate yourself about the environment
- Be creative about solving your transport needs, join a car drive
- Start a homegarden and establish a food storage, just like the prophet said
And if you do all these things already, you are on the straight and narrow path to Zion!