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by Bill Atkinson
04 Feb 2010, 21:55
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Non-Member Seeking positive ways to approach Member Spouse
Replies: 16
Views: 1358

Re: Non-Member Seeking positive ways to approach Member Spouse

Hi NotaMember I think one of our standard "heros" here on StayLDS may be worth you reading, M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled. What is important in his book is that love takes effort, it is work. A kind of summary that I nabbed off of Wikipedia about love is: Instead "true" love is about the ex...
by Bill Atkinson
17 Jan 2010, 16:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are we the wheat or the tares?
Replies: 13
Views: 798

Re: Are we the wheat or the tares?

Poppyseed this is a good question and from my own personal point of view potentially dangerous, what if on consideration I decide that indeed I am a tare? What is there to do? On a more prosaic level Wikipedia comes to information front with this artlice : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolium_temulen...
by Bill Atkinson
13 Dec 2009, 20:29
Forum: Support
Topic: I Had No Idea There Were So Many With Needs
Replies: 7
Views: 483

Re: I Had No Idea There Were So Many With Needs

Thanks Ray, that is a wonderful example of the kind of Christ like service we need to focus on. I do a narrower variation on it with my teenage Gospel Doctrine class. I have come to realize that the "transmission of knowledge about the gospel" doesn't really take place in the 30 to 45 minutes of a S...
by Bill Atkinson
30 Nov 2009, 07:43
Forum: Introductions
Topic: A Mormon Boy That's Not Sure He Can Stay LDS
Replies: 22
Views: 1628

Re: A Mormon Boy That's Not Sure He Can Stay LDS

Goodtruebeautiful I really appreciate the care and thoroughness of your post, it is so heartfelt and in many ways so painful to read it but you have a courageous soul, don't ever doubt that. Valoel suggested that you look at James Fowler's material and I think that may be crucial. It seems to me tha...
by Bill Atkinson
26 Nov 2009, 07:36
Forum: Support
Topic: Our Lives Are Not Consolation Prizes
Replies: 10
Views: 563

Re: Our Lives Are Not Consolation Prizes

Thank you Ray that is a great link and a wonderfully well written discussion of grace. I'm glad that you were lazy and just posted it.
by Bill Atkinson
25 Nov 2009, 08:42
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ethics?
Replies: 14
Views: 659

Re: Ethics?

Chris I understand and share your uneasiness but I have too much of a testimony of so many other aspects of the Book of Mormon that I can put the death of Laban on a shelf and wait for insight at some further point in life. I used to skip all of Alma simply because of the constant warfare and bloods...
by Bill Atkinson
25 Nov 2009, 08:16
Forum: Support
Topic: Our Lives Are Not Consolation Prizes
Replies: 10
Views: 563

Re: Our Lives Are Not Consolation Prizes

Thanks Ray for sharing that post. I can really identify and feel what she is saying. I am very impressed that she is able to stand back from it and understand. As a Church we do have too much of a "public" emphasis on works and it is so important to really grasp the importance of the grace that Chri...
by Bill Atkinson
25 Nov 2009, 08:05
Forum: Support
Topic: Seniors mission? Serious reservations
Replies: 8
Views: 719

Re: Seniors mission? Serious reservations

Hawkgrrl thanks for your thoughts, I always appreciate your comments in posts you have a good grasp of reality and honestly state some quite good insights. In this case I focused on: The only caution about that is that sometimes we get a calling we don't think is suitable, but I do think you have to...
by Bill Atkinson
24 Nov 2009, 08:21
Forum: Support
Topic: Seniors mission? Serious reservations
Replies: 8
Views: 719

Re: Seniors mission? Serious reservations

Thanks Valoel and Ray for the good advice, I appreciate it. Interestingly StayLDS has performed an immensely valuable service for me and I would like to share that. I had thought that the core of my difficulties with the Church focused around the correlation program, the beaurocracy of the Church, t...
by Bill Atkinson
22 Nov 2009, 22:41
Forum: Support
Topic: Seniors mission? Serious reservations
Replies: 8
Views: 719

Seniors mission? Serious reservations

I was considering placing this in Humanist's "What if you don't want to go on a mission" thread and decided that it was related, yes but really coming from another angle and time frame so thought I would bring it up here and ask for some help and ideas. Since my wife and I have been retired for 4 ye...