NeuroTypical Posted October 16, 2021 Report Share Posted October 16, 2021 Interesting article from a month ago: https://www.thechurchnews.com/members/2021-09-29/general-handbook-terms-no-longer-used-226551 Quote Repentance and Church membership council terms The language in Chapter 32: Repentance and Church Membership Councils was adjusted to have a more ministerial tone and be more precise and clear. Terminology that had a legalistic tone was removed. For example: “Probation” has been changed to “membership restrictions.” Terms such as “jurisdiction” and “investigation” have been removed. “Discipline” has been changed to “restrictions.” “Disciplinary council” has been changed to “membership council.” (The term “disciplinary council” presumed a need for “discipline” before the council had been held.) “Disfellowship” has been changed to “formal membership restrictions.” (“Disfellowship” connotes shunning and withholding fellowship, which is contrary to the intent of the action taken.) “Excommunication” has been changed to “withdrawal of membership.” A new introduction to the chapter outlines the doctrine of repentance. “The desire there was to make sure that the emphasis is on repentance — not discipline,” Elder Perkins said. President Russell M. Nelson taught in the April 2019 general conference: “Too many people consider repentance as punishment — something to be avoided except in the most serious circumstances. But this feeling of being penalized is engendered by Satan. He tries to block us from looking to Jesus Christ, who stands with open arms, hoping and willing to heal, forgive, cleanse, strengthen, purify and sanctify us. … “Repentance is not an event; it is a process. It is the key to happiness and peace of mind. When coupled with faith, repentance opens our access to the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.” DennisTate 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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