1. These former members of the Presiding Bishopric did not serve as a Seventy during their time as a general authority. All this comes as the public profile of America’s Mormons had been raised by two pop-culture hits: the recent TV series “Big Love” and the current Broadway hit, “The Book of Mormon.” The attention, says church spokesman Michael Purdy, is a “double-edged sword.”. [27][29], Jensen at times addressed the press or public as a church representative. And to some voters, Mormonism remains a complete enigma. LDS Church practice is to release Seventies from service following their 70th birthdays, which Jensen had observed in May of that year. He elaborated that “maybe since Kirtland, we never have had a period of, I’ll call it … [11] From 1996 to 1998 he was executive director of the Church Historical Department. That’s a common story to PhD student John Dehlin, who conducts conferences nationally for “unorthodox Mormons” wrestling with doubts and has a podcast, mormonstories.org. Certainly the church can change, as it did a generation ago in admitting blacks to the higher priesthood. These are tumultuous times for the faith founded by Joseph Smith in 1830, and the rumbling began even before church member Mitt Romney’s presidential bid put the Latter-Day Saints in the spotlight. In January 2012, it was announced that, after a transition period, Steven E. Snow would replace Jensen as the Church Historian and Recorder later in the year. He quit attending service, telling himself, “Ok, I’m done.”. In 2012, Mormon General Authority Marlin K. Jensen acknowledged that members are leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "in droves." This is a serialization of “A Faithful Reply to the CES Letter from a … In 2004, he replaced D. Todd Christofferson as executive director of the Family and Church History Department,[13] a position he held previously when it was just the Historical Department. In the wake of the Prop 8 battle, Brandie Balken, executive director of gay rights group Equality Utah, was one of five gay advocates who met with three LDS officials to ease tensions. [3] This supported his real passion of living a farming lifestyle. Observers reported that his contributions "helped transform the Utah-based faith's approach to its history," and saw the church's history department "truly come of age. The curious find a family-focused church with socially conservative values that teaches Christian principles and believes Christ appeared to founder Joseph Smith in America, where Smith established the new religion. It seems like the people who I talk to about church history are people who find out and leave quickly. Marlin K. Jensen, an Emeritus General Authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, served in the First Quorum of the Seventy from 1989 to 2012. In 2005 the callings of Church Historian and Church Recorder was restored. His March 7, 2006 interview probed a variety of subjects, including some controversial topics. The LDS church claims 14 million members worldwide -- optimistically including nearly every person baptized. [16] Snow succeeded Jensen on August 1, 2012. Many are happy as Mormons. But the Church did in 2009 support a job and housing anti-discrimination measure in Salt Lake City, saying that opposing discrimination was a separate issue from same-sex marriage. [35] On behalf of the First Presidency[36] at Westminster College's Interfaith Dialogue on Immigration, Jensen said lawmakers should "take a step back" since this "deal[s] with God's children" and "a more humane approach is warranted".[34]. “Maybe since Kirtland, we’ve never had a period of - I’ll call it apostasy, like we’re having now,” he told the group in Logan. Jensen was born in Huntsville, Utah. He asked for LDS historians to "not be in an apologetic mode, but to be as open, candid and fair about our own history as we can". They are the parents of eight children. With defections rising, the church has launched a program to stanch its losses. The purpose of this post is to provide to new members of this forum, who simply 'may have missed it', the link to the 2012 article where LDS church historian Marlin K. Jensen verifies that the Q15 do know that church members are... 'leaving in droves'. LDS Church Historian Elder Marlin K. Jensen was asked if church leaders were aware that Mormons were “leaving in droves” which Jensen confirmed. Marlin K. Jensen, in Logan, Utah, on November 11, 2011, who states that there is a massive exodus/apostasy going on, where more people are leaving Mormonism right now, than any other time since Kirtland! Jensen observed "greater dialogue coming about, less suspicion and a greater openness that is coming to pass". [3] He obtained a Juris Doctor[3] degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1970,[4] graduating first in his class. Jensen is one of the few general authorities of the LDS Church who self-identifies as a member of the Democratic Party.[14]. During the South Carolina primary, one Mormon woman there said an acquaintance was surprised to see her driving a car, confusing Mormons with the Amish. But Christian Anderson, 41, a non-practicing Mormon in Columbia, South Carolina, for years filed away on a mental “shelf” concerns about the historical veracity of the religion’s central text and its socially conservative views. “ Reports of the Death of the Church are Greatly Exaggerated,” January 15, 2013) It won’t allow its property to be used for polling, unlike many other churches, and has been careful not to run the “I am a Mormon” ads in early primary states. First Seven Presidents of the Seventy / First Council of the Seventy, CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (. For example, the “I am a Mormon” ad campaign, which features stereotype-busting Mormons who are black or single parents, helped boost chat sessions on the church’s website to more than a million in the last 12 months. See: In 1837 the callings of Church Historian and Church Recorder were separated, but in 1842 these callings were again merged. And Jensen was uncharacteristically frank in acknowledging their concerns. Did the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints know that members are “leaving in droves?” a woman asked. LDS Church Historian and Recorder General Authority Marlin K. Jensen confirmed the end of 2011 that LDS are "leaving in droves." Not since a famous troublespot in Mormon history, the 1837 failure of a church bank in Kirtland, Ohio, have so many left the church, Jensen said. Sociologists estimate there are as few as 5 million active members worldwide. [2] At the relatively young age of 28, he served as bishop of his ward in Huntsville, as had both his father and grandfather. Many evangelicals say they do not consider the LDS church to be Christian. “I think we are at a time of challenge, but it isn’t apocalyptic,” he said. 8", "Special report-Mormonism besieged by the modern age", "Mormons tackling tough questions in their history", "Reports of the Death of the Church are Greatly Exaggerated", General Authorities and General Officers: Elder Marlin K. 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One thing often said by online critics is that Church membership is in decline and that even Elder Marlin K. Jensen admitted that people are “leaving in droves.” While not always official church positions, his statements illustrated his candid views as a leader within the LDS Church. Mitt Romney’s religion has been less of a prominent issue on the campaign trail this time around than in 2008. He is married to the former Kathleen Bushnell and they have eight children and 32 grandchildren. _____ Mormon Numbers Not Adding Up (2-2-12) Mormonism is no longer one of America’s fastest-growing faiths. In 2012, Mormon General Authority Marlin K. Jensen acknowledged that members are leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "in droves". I know that many very good people have been deeply hurt, and I know that the Lord expects better of us. But on Broadway, the church’s gospel and missionary zeal are mocked. While Larsen was still technically Church Historian until 1997, others succeeded him as Executive Director of the Historical Department, and those men were sometimes referred to as the Official Church Historians. Topic: MARLIN K. JENSEN -Link To MC Article- I have met Marlin Jensen and think that he is a good person. As a 19-year-old, he served as a missionary for the LDS Church in West Germany. 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Starting in 1978, the duties of Church Historians fell to the Executive director of the historical department. [2] After returning home in 1964, he graduated from BYU with a B.S. Access to the internet is often credited and blamed for this mass exodus, where members learn about problematic doctrines and cover-ups of LDS history… Over the years, church literature has largely glossed over some of the more controversial aspects of its history, such as the polygamy practiced by Smith and Brigham Young, who led the Mormons to Utah. Elder Marlin K. Jensen's response: “The church has a very progressive research and information division, with tremendous public opinion surveyors,” he said. Marlin Keith Jensen (born May 18, 1942) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1989. For example, the book describes Israelites moving in 600 BC to the Americas, where they had horses and other domesticated animals. In 2012, Mormon General Authority Marlin K. Jensen acknowledged that members are leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "in droves." Jensen served in these positions until 2001. As Droves Out Our Windows Reuters published a fascinating and timely article yesterday, and the opening four paragraphs reminded me of a favorite Richard Bushman quote: "To be credible we must be candid". [15] From 1990 to 1992, Jensen served as president of the Utah North Area. Utah State University that LDS Church Historian and General Authority, Elder Marlin K. Jensen gave in late 2011. He was the 19th man to hold that calling since it was established in 1830. “It’s a different generation,” Elder Jensen told the group in Logan. On May 5, 2008, Jensen officially responded to Timothy Egan's New York Times op-ed piece which claimed that FLDS polygamy "is a look back at some of the behavior of Mormonism's founding fathers". As a new Seventy in 1989, he was counselor to John K. 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