More sure, I have to wonder. Are you asking the church to love and accept
sinners or love, accept and celebrate their sins? There is a difference and
the church as an institution does a pretty good job with the first.
Moresure word. I have no doubt the miracles attributed Elder Cowley actually
did occur as he described them. Elder Cowley is not as well know to church
members as he once was. He was a remarkable man who no doubt possessed the gift
I don't know where the caption for the first picture came from but the man
in the right front next to Elder Gifford Nielsen is Bro. Lindsay Dil, Pacific
Area Church History Advisor, and former Area Seventy. I am guessing that the
mayor is the man in the center front.
@ Thunder, there is a photo where you can read the words.
I would like to have a transcript of the monument text since I don't
anticipate visiting New Zealand anytime soon.
It would have been interesting to see more local leaders in the picture, and to
learn the name of the apparent local leader in the center of the photo, as well
as in the other thumbnails.
Elder Cowley claimed to have experienced miracles while serving a Mission in New
Zealand. He claimed to have witnessed a brother of a dead man bring his brother
back to life. He also claimed that he administered to a baby born blind, and
the child is said to have received his vision.Whether these things
actually happened, or not, matters not to me. Elder Cowley was a compassionate
man; and he admonished members of the LDS Church to welcome sinners, not
ostracize them. He was called by the “The Man of Many Friends, because
the people of Maori, New Zealand loved him so.The LDS Church would
do well to follow Elder Cowley’s lead, when it comes to loving the sinner
and treating other human beings as they would want to be treated.