Campus Essentials - Building Bridges of Understanding: What is Mormonism, Really?

On Monday, October 22, HFCC Psychology teacher and U-of-M Dearborn counselor Dennis Underwood presented the lecture “What is Mormanism, Really?”
For the second lecture in the Building Bridges of Understanding series, Mr. Underwood provided an in-depth discussion regarding Mormanism and some of the inner workings of Mormon communities, which are referred to as “wards” (small, intimate congregations). Raised by a Christian father, Mr. Underwood first learned of Mormanism from the Tabernacle Choir his father listened to. He eventually went on to join the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and, in 1975, become a minister.
It’s history and influence on personal lives serving as the highlight of the talk, the Mormon faith was founded by Joseph Smith in the 1820’s, with its name derived from the Book of Mormon, an addition to the Christian Bible. The fundamentals of the Mormon faith are derived from the 13 Articles of Faith, which is similar to the Christian Nicene creed. When asked about the portrayal of Mormons in popular culture, Mr. Underwood jokingly replied, “As long as you don’t think it’s real, it’s funny.”
With Mr. Underwood providing a fun and insightful second lecture, the Building Bridges series has gotten off to a very successful start. The third and final lecture for the semester will be provided on Thursday, November 15, by Koho Vince Cousino Anila, the Guiding Teacher of Still Point Buddhist Temple. Mater Anila will be in room L-14 from 12:40-2:00 p.m. to give a presentation entitled “Zen Practice for Everyday Life.” For anyone who is interested in learning more about Zen meditation or the Building Bridges series, this is the perfect opportunity to catch up before the semester ends.

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