The Church has released a new 35-page pamphlet titled Muslims and Latter-day Saints: Beliefs, Values, and Lifestyles. The publication was first introduced by Elders David A. Bednar and Gerrit W. Gong at a conference at Brigham Young University last year.
The pamphlet, available now on the Gospel Library app, is the result of years of work, including collaboration with respected Muslim leaders. The introduction states that its purpose is to “introduce Muslims (followers of Islam) and Latter-day Saints (members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) to each other … at a time when societies and religious believers want and need mutual understanding.”
This type of mutual understanding can help Latter-day Saints learn from their Muslim brothers and sisters: one Latter-day Saint man shared with LDS Living how his travels to the Middle East have helped him learn more about prayer and scripture study from Islam. “I know that the devotion to God and His word, as demonstrated by my Muslims friends, has encouraged me to be more thoughtful about and committed to my scripture study,” Taylor Halverson writes.
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The Church also released two new videos to accompany the pamphlet’s publication. A four-minute video below gives an at-a-glance introduction to the pamphlet and the BYU conference, “The Islamic World Today: Issues and Perspectives,” at which Elders Bednar and Gong spoke last October.
The 30-minute video below contains Elder Bednar and Elder Gong’s entire remarks from the conference.