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3 Firsts at General Conference + Today’s Digest

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3 firsts you may have missed at the April 2022 general conference

Haley Lundeberg – LDS Living

Without any new major announcements or initiatives, it may have seemed like this latest General Conference didn’t have anything new to offer. But here are a few new things that you may not have caught the first time you watched.

How the Person Became a Self

Ryan T. Anderson – First Things

This adaptation of the foreword to Carl Trueman’s new book “Strange New World” is great reading by itself, and can introduce you to the general idea before you choose to buy it or not. You can also check out Trueman’s article here on Public Square.

Press quiet as a mouse when it comes to Catholic angles in this Disney-DeSantis fight

Clemente Lisi – Get Religion

While talk about Florida’s new elementary sex-education bill has dominated headlines, especially with Disney weighing in favor of schools teaching sexual orientation and gender identity to children 5-8. But Clemente Lisi points out that all of this media coverage. has rather conspicuously left out the Catholic faith of Governor DeSantis and much discussion of faith at all from their coverage.

New federal rules on abortion, transgender services may pose ‘existential threat’ to Catholic hospitals

Tom Tracy – America

Leaders at the Catholic Benefits Association are sounding alarm bells about new rules coming from the Department of Health and Human Services that may pose increasing problems for the free exercise of religion, including potentially shuttering many hospitals with religious missions. I don’t know enough to know if I should share the concern, but certainly something worth having on your radar.

Is Science of Any Help in Thinking About Heaven?

Stephen M. Barr – Church Life Journal

This article asks a very interesting question and adds some interesting thoughts about the role of the body. But ultimately, this article is likely of interest to Latter-day Saints for the sheer number of questions asked for which we have doctrinal answers. What’s the destiny of the physical universe? What will our resurrected bodies be like?


About the author

C.D. Cunningham

C.D. Cunningham is the managing editor of Public Square magazine. After graduating from BYU-Idaho, he studied religion at Harvard University Extension. He serves on the board of the Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association.
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