OK, but then so are road shows.

George

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stacy Smith" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2003 10:20 AM
Subject: Re: [ZION] Is Laughter a Sin?


> I don't feel the same way and I'm a former Baptist.  I feel it's
> sensationalistic.
>
> Stacy.
>
> At 10:41 AM 07/15/2003 -0600, you wrote:
>
> >And I for one just love Gospel music and am grateful that I can find some
on
> >the cable channels.  The Baptist may have a lot wrong, but they have
great
> >music.
> >
> >George
> >
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: "Stacy Smith" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> >To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> >Sent: Monday, July 14, 2003 1:41 PM
> >Subject: Re: [ZION] Is Laughter a Sin?
> >
> >
> >It's been a mystery to me for a long time, but being serious-minded
myself
> >I felt I didn't have to worry about it.  This is, however, one of the
> >reasons I won't listen to sing-songy Protestant hymns and deplore the
choir
> >from singing them.  I also refuse to listen to Gladys Knight for the same
> >reasons.  I think there is too much emotionality in these songs that
could
> >contribute to levity.
> >
> >Stacy.
> >
> >At 09:46 AM 07/14/2003 -0800, you wrote:
> >
> > >Yesterday in Priesthood Meeting we studied the sermons of John Taylor
on
> > >the topic of keeping the Sabbath day holy.  At one point in the lesson
we
> > >came to these words:
> > >
> > >"And when we do meet to worship God, I like to see us worship him with
all
> > >our hearts. I think it altogether out of place on such occasions to
hear
> > >people talk about secular things; these are times, above all others
> > >perhaps, when our feelings and affections should be drawn out towards
God."
> > >
> > >In the course of our discussion of this particular teaching of
President
> > >Taylor, I mentioned my puzzlement over a related issue.  To my mind,
one
> > >of the mysteries of Mormonism is the commandment found repeatedly in
the
> > >Doctrine and Covenants and elsewhere that we avoid loud laughter and
light
> > >mindedness.
> > >
> > >D&C 59: 15.
> > >15 And inasmuch as ye do these things with thanksgiving, with cheerful
> > >hearts and countenances, not with much laughter, for this is sin, but
with
> > >a glad heart and a cheerful countenance-
> > >
> > >D&C 88: 69.
> > >69 Remember the great and last promise which I have made unto you; cast
> > >away your idle thoughts and your excess of laughter far from you.
> > >
> > >D&C 88:121
> > >  121 Therefore, cease from all your light speeches, from all laughter,
> > > from all your lustful desires, from all your pride and
light-mindedness,
> > > and from all your wicked doings.
> > >
> > >When I turn to the Topical Guide, and read the references cited under
> > >"Levity" I gain some insight from this:
> > >
> > >D&C 43:34
> > >  34 Hearken ye to these words. Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Savior
of
> > > the world. Treasure these things up in your hearts, and let the
> > > solemnities of eternity rest upon your minds.
> > >
> > >Even Joseph Smith seemed to think that "levity" was a sin:
> > >
> > >JS-H 1:28
> > >  28 But I was guilty of levity, and sometimes associated with jovial
> > > company, etc., not consistent with that character which ought to be
> > > maintained by one who was called of God as I had been.
> > >
> > >Further, I see these scriptural admonitions reflected in our church
> > >culture.  Our hymns are thought unusually solemn by other
> > >churches.  Mormons are frequently accused of taking themselves too
> > >seriously.  And not a few have remarked that many Mormons don't seem to
> > >have much sense of humor.
> > >
> > >I grew up outside the Church largely among Jews in the Omaha Jewish
> > >community.  I have long been impressed with how well developed a sense
of
> > >humor the Jews have.   Indeed, many of our best professional comedians
are
> > >Jewish.  And while living among American Indians at BYU I noticed that
> > >most Native Americans are almost as funny as Jews.  But as a group, the
> > >Mormons are a deadly serious people.  At least that is the way it seems
to
> >me.
> > >
> > >So is cracking jokes a sin?  If not, then what do these scriptural
> > >passages mean?  In D&C 88:121 we are actually commanded to cease "from
all
> > >laughter."  What is the reconciliation?  Or must this remain a mystery
to
> >me?
> > >
> > >
> > >John W. Redelfs                       [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> > >===========================================
> > >"There is no place in this work for those who believe only
> > >in the gospel of doom and gloom.  The gospel is good
> > >news.  It is a message of triumph." --Gordon B. Hinckley
> > >===========================================
> > >All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
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