By Rod Johnson

Rodric believes Moroni included special instruction for Modern times and wants to share his unique perspective the same way Moroni shared in The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

Educational Ethics: An Educator's Perspective

Educational Ethics
Recently with the changes in society regarding family and sociability, changes also occurred in ethical views. Ethics has been the topic of the day since the introduction and popular acceptance of secularism in Western culture. Of course, ethics existed prior to secularism cloaked in one religion or another; but now, ethics stands alone as its own philosophy and is essentially the making of the consciousness of the giver of the ethic. Instead of focusing on what tenets of a religion teaches or postulates based on some grand philosophy, ethics is the culmination of understanding, morals, and feelings of the individual, which, for many, replaces religion.

Clear Parameter

Education professionals have awareness enough about
what occurs in society to make decisions based on personal understanding and comprehension regarding ethics. They must for the sake of diversity use a different standard to judge other than religion in today's society. There must exist some personal understanding about what requires their attention and what should be best left to others.
People have the privilege to make decisions for themselves—even if in doing so it will cause harm in giving the choice. It is the ethical obligation of an education professional specifically to have accountability—even if others would not know of a particular situation under any circumstance save revelation was given them.
In ethical endeavors, it is important to have the ability to articulate the ideas and understanding that helps to promote individual educators' perspective on varying ethical issues. Enabling others to understand differing perspectives facilitates the opportunity to agree or disagree well informed. Principles of justice that agree across religious and philosophical perspectives help with consensus on appropriate and inappropriate behavior; however, they must be examined and decided upon to create a standard of ethics for a guild or professional league of diverse compatriots.
Applying the ethical perspective is just as important as having one according to Stanovich in a text entitled How to Think Straight About Psychology. The ethical perspective must be something that can fit all circumstances so that there is never a time where wavering is a possibility.

Educators Should Promote Diversity in Religious Beliefs and Philosophies

The ability to ascertain things and apply ethical limits to them is essential in understanding societal roles. A standing principle the author holds to with religious candor is to honor the religious diversity and culture of students and associates.
Why such a position in education? Education is barren and utterly impossible to achieve without some moral code and cultural tradition for students to identify with in order to give some perspective to the things students learn. Some creed, some purpose of life must exist outside of education that drives the wills of students and teachers to help motivate research.
Religion is good, which is a psychological fact--as long as the practices fall within acceptable social norms. Education could possibly be the context of a religion! Ethics change as society changes. Morals need basis in something higher than the individual, even if the deity is merely the constitution of a nation.
Educators having centrist positions on all views, which, in such a democratic republican culture as the United States, seems to be the most ethical stance to take. Instructors, purveyors of education in any form have an obligation to peers and students to maintain a consistent level of behavior so that their judgment can be trusted.
The importance of trust regarding a professional instructor-learner based relationship should never be overestimated. Without trust, education in any form will not progress. Yet, “a trusted researcher can use” his or her “research to justify the continuation of morally reprehensible practices to disguise and thus entrench oppression, to get people fired, to get schools and colleges closed down, to justify inequalities, to deflect attention from much required action or intervention,” (quoted from Pendlebury and Enslin's article on page 364 from the August 2001 edition of theJournal of Philosophy of Education--article entitled Representation, Identification and Trust: Towards an Ethics of Educational Research) as did one educator entrusted with the learning career of the author.

Supporting Another's Stance is Not Acceptance of His or Her Views

Rodric A. Johnson, the author, experienced an incident as a young elementary student being the crux of the cruel moral opinion of a teacher attempting to impose her world-view of racial separation without segregation. To emphasise her disdain for interracial relationships, the teacher stood Johnson and another student in front of the class and categorically protested interracial association to the audience of eight and nine-year-olds. Ethics acts just as much an anchor for religion in a free society as religion behaves as a lodestar for ethics.
As much as Johnson disagrees with racial prejudice, it is his ethical obligation to allow others the right to behave and believe in such positions without fear of retribution as long as those positions do not disenfranchise fellow human beings of freedom, which he personally ascribes to divinity, God. Pendlebury and Enslin in their article suggest that educators should allow others to express their view or “lights” as they call it and let those lights stand without the purveyors having to kowtow to others. Education is about the diversity of ideas more than it is about conformity to popular views.

The Easter Cross is Empty

The cross is now empty. God requires of us a sacrifice of service so that we may cover a multitude of sin. God requires us to pray in the name of Christ to Him for our support and that we perform nothing unto Him save we do it with prayer that He would prosper our work.

We are Christians.

We represent a mixture of teachings that go further than the mere claiming His name because of tradition or nationality. Ours is a way of life. We will ever be a giving and serving people.
Though some may claim to be one with us, our very demeanor will betray us to all around us. Though at times we will fall into sin, we are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ's atonement as we go before God the Father in faithful prayer and offer up our sins to him until we are purged of them never to return to us.
This is our calling as the children of Israel and adopted of Christ come together in recognition of our gratitude to our Savior and King who will come. We prepare the world one person at a time, starting with ourselves to receive Jesus Christ as the King of our lives and salvation.
Not only is there a vast number of Christians upon the planet that slowly take Christ's teaching around the world to prepare for his coming, Christ has established once again the full gospel message in its entirety and beauty through priesthood authority as in the days of Moses and the mortal ministry of Christ.
Those who are willing to bear the service of priesthood authority are welcomed to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as humble servants to the Lord. Christians with authority to act in the name of Christ, not only by his name alone, but in power by his very hand and authority will join with the world in peace until God can reveal all the truths of his glorious plan with all Christians living and dead--all people of all faiths living and dead--who seek righteousness.
Source: swiftbrook
Source: Tim

Love One Another

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Those who are willing to bear the service of priesthood authority are welcomed to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as humble servants to the Lord. Christians with authority to act in the name of Christ, not only by his name alone, but in power by his very hand and authority will join with the world in peace until God can reveal all the truths of his glorious plan with all Christians living and dead--all people of all faiths living and dead--who seek righteousness.

Truth is Knowable

The cross is empty. Jesus lives and has appeared to many. He still lives and still appears to many.
Though most of us will stand for Him by faith through His Holy Spirit, Jesus rewards Christians with visitations as He sees fit to help with our faith of His triumphant return to rule the world in an era of peace and prosperity not known since the days of Enoch.
Until then. let us be humble and faithful. Let us listen to the voice of his prophets and preachers who teach
His word by the Spirit so that we may discern where He wants each individual Christian in order to properly prepare the World.
We will not all serve in one church or one faith, but we will be led by God through His Holy Spirit to which places to go and in which ears to speak to help all of God's children.
Christ only comes as a thief in the night to those who do not know Him. His servants, those Christians who watch for the signs and live by the principles, will know when He comes and not fear when we are caught up to met Him.
It is the privilege of every true Christian to know Christ and have an assurance of his or her salvation in a mansion in the Kingdoms of heaven. It is the blessing of every Christian to know how to help and love his or her family and neighbors as we learn to help and love ourselves. It is the joy of every Christian and good man and woman on the earth to know that Christ is the Savior because of all the witnesses He provides in records and people.
The Cross is empty and the God of the Earth lives.

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Faith unto knowledge

Faith is a mortal term, but it is also an eternal principle that moves God to continue His plans for eternity concerning humanity.

Faith unto knowledge--giving the holder of such faith the power to act without confirmation that the event has taken place--means to understand something so much that its process is given always with an expected outcome.

If God speaks to a mountain with instructions to move, it will do so, and He knows it! That is faith unto knowledge!

God gave this power to a prophet named Nephi, a great missionary among the Nephites. Mormon records the words of the Lord to Nephi as such:
...thou art Nephi, and I am God. Behold, I declare it unto thee in the presence of mine angels, that ye shall have power over this people, and shall smite the earth with famine, and with pestilence, and destruction, according to the wickedness of this people.
Behold, I give unto you power, that whatsoever ye shall seal on earth shall be sealed in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven; and thus shall ye have power among this people...(Helaman 10:6-7)
Just as God knows all things and has all power, Nephi knew that he possessed the power of God and exercised that power as recorded in The Book of Helaman.

Just as Nephi exercised that power, God can give it to us to have that same faith unto knowledge. We can know that God lives, even though we have not seen Him. We can know that we are His Children.

How? We can know by the power of the Holy Ghost, who is the testifier member of the Godhead, or the three that make us the Godhead: God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost.

We can have so much faith in God and His power that it evolves into knowledge!

Just as we know when we switch on a light switch light will come, we can know when we pray that god will answer.

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Faith Unto Knowledge

Sometimes, the best thing to do is to be quiet

No one likes to be wrong. No one that I know likes to be wrong! I know I don't! 

I spoke to a coworker about my religious beliefs and it went well until he discovered what my religion is: I am a Mormon.

We vibed on the things that were alike in our belief system, but he could not reconcile my faith with his, Adventist--though there was little difference in morality. 

I saw opportunity to use our common ground to convince my coworker that I and my fellow Mormons are noble and great, but I did not do what I intended with our conversation.

I spoke to him for several minutes before he passed judgement out of prejudice, and I know that my sincere explanations and invitations touched his soul. I could see the connection in his eyes until he discovered my Christian faith. 

He may believe that my faith is jaded, but not by my actions or through differences in moral values. He did judge because he lacked full information. Now he knows he judges out of sheer desire. This can give him the opportunity to change.

I did not defend my faith very well I though initially because I did not say enough. I later decided by not saying too much more I did.

Sometimes, quiet composure can say more than a room full of apologists.

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