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by DevilsAdvocate
13 Sep 2018, 18:22
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Joseph Smith makes me angry
Replies: 36
Views: 712

Re: Joseph Smith makes me angry

I guess I take more of a stoic view than an idealistic approach in this case so I have a hard time feeling very angry about something like this when there is nothing that can be done to change what already happened so long ago. Personally I think Joseph Smith had narcissistic personality disorder or...
by DevilsAdvocate
25 Aug 2018, 09:50
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Healthier Approach to the Porn Dilemma
Replies: 16
Views: 457

Re: A Healthier Approach to the Porn Dilemma

Actually I know someone who got sent to ARP for too many romance novels Well I know plenty of temple "worthy" LDS women here in Utah that read romance novels without apparently feeling much, if any, guilt or shame about it. And why would they worry too much about it if no one has ever told them oth...
by DevilsAdvocate
25 Aug 2018, 09:32
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Healthier Approach to the Porn Dilemma
Replies: 16
Views: 457

Re: A Healthier Approach to the Porn Dilemma

The Church operates on prophetic inspiration. Because of this, it's very difficult for the leadership to admit when things aren't working and make adjustments. Reduction and rehabilitation should be the goal, and I agree that current Church practice is less effective than it should be...In all fair...
by DevilsAdvocate
25 Aug 2018, 09:22
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Healthier Approach to the Porn Dilemma
Replies: 16
Views: 457

Re: A Healthier Approach to the Porn Dilemma

I'll be vulnerable here... Porn can also be very helpful ...No one mentioned this at church...For many years it has been almost impossible for me and my wife to have sex because she is suffering from anxiety and general shame about sex (shame was 100% church induced, maybe also the anxiety)... Watc...
by DevilsAdvocate
23 Aug 2018, 20:17
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Healthier Approach to the Porn Dilemma
Replies: 16
Views: 457

Re: A Healthier Approach to the Porn Dilemma

I think we have framed the pornography discussion in a way that creates a lot of disappointment for everyone in the church. ..I would propose some healthier approaches would be: 1. Let's all acknowledge that people (mostly men) are naturally interested in pornography, this doesn't make them pervert...
by DevilsAdvocate
21 Aug 2018, 07:37
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Name of The Church - Version 152
Replies: 98
Views: 2500

Re: Name of The Church - Version 152

The way that President Nelson announced this made it sound like some new revelation. But it turns out that this is something that has apparently bothered him for a long time and he actually talked about this same general idea in General Conference way back in 1990 but after that it was largely ignor...
by DevilsAdvocate
20 Aug 2018, 07:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Name of The Church - Version 152
Replies: 98
Views: 2500

Re: Name of The Church - Version 152

Church of Jesus Christ is too generic. There are a dozen organizations with names like that. Isn't the church website lds.org? Or mormon.org? I don't think either are offensive. Exactly; what is so bad about "Mormon" and "LDS" to the point that they should be actively discouraged in the first place...
by DevilsAdvocate
18 Aug 2018, 08:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Name of The Church - Version 152
Replies: 98
Views: 2500

Re: Name of The Church - Version 152

To me this sounds like the epitome of straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel (Matthew 23:24). Seriously, of all the things in the world to worry about or try to improve, you expect me to believe that this is what the "Lord" chose to impress upon your mind? Sorry President Nelson, I'm not buying ...
by DevilsAdvocate
09 Aug 2018, 20:15
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Repentance, confessions, and letting go of the past
Replies: 24
Views: 528

Re: Repentance, confessions, and letting go of the past

I have actually tried both approaches (confessing and not confessing) and as far as I'm concerned confessing to priesthood leaders didn't really help anything and is a bad idea in general. These guys are part-time unpaid amateurs when it comes to "pastoral care" and you never know what you are going...
by DevilsAdvocate
27 Jun 2018, 14:20
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What is the overall health of our church?
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: What is the overall health of our church?

If you were to make an assessment of our church, would you say it is healthy? Would you suggest any other metrics? One metric I would add to your list (not that there is any good way to know the exact numbers) is how many "worthy" tithe-paying adult priesthood holders (A.K.A. men) are there that ar...