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by SamBee
25 May 2018, 08:04
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chosen People
Replies: 5
Views: 61

Re: Chosen People

William Norman Ewer once wrote "How odd of God/To choose the Jews."

Someone replied -
"But not so odd/ As those who choose/ A Jewish God/ Yet spurn the Jew"
by SamBee
25 May 2018, 07:42
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Scientology - What makes a religion evil, dangerous, or a cult?
Replies: 13
Views: 282

Re: Scientology - What makes a religion evil, dangerous, or a cult?

I think "cult" like "troll" is all too often bandied about to describe something we don't agree with. The two basic types of cult are the ones which largely cut themselves off and the ones which interact with society to some degree. Mormonism as a whole, and even Scientology, do not conform complete...
by SamBee
24 May 2018, 07:27
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Covenant Keeping
Replies: 10
Views: 132

Re: Covenant Keeping

And I have a word to say to these people...
by SamBee
23 May 2018, 12:39
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you measure success in "ministering"
Replies: 21
Views: 364

Re: How do you measure success in "ministering"

I see its roots in the colonization of Deseret... in a much more non-threatening way. Many of the members became farmers in remote areas, and having home teachers promoted community between these remote outposts so they got to know each other and also meant that help could be requested if needed.
by SamBee
23 May 2018, 05:30
Forum: Support
Topic: Feeling Traumatized at Church?
Replies: 13
Views: 217

Re: Feeling Traumatized at Church?

For me, "Families are Forever" is irritating. I have no living family I am close to. I am unmarried.

I've never experienced anything this bad at church. In non-church contexts but not in church.
by SamBee
23 May 2018, 05:27
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Scientology - What makes a religion evil, dangerous, or a cult?
Replies: 13
Views: 282

Re: Scientology - What makes a religion evil, dangerous, or a cult?

I often hear people say how strict the LDS is. Well it may be when compared with liberal Methodists and Episcopalians. But compared to most Jews we have an easy life - we don't have strict diktats about our diets*, our clothing rules are simple compared to the ultra-Orthodox... Likewise, with Scient...
by SamBee
22 May 2018, 05:42
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kirby nails another one - Mormon merit badges
Replies: 18
Views: 285

Re: Kirby nails another one - Mormon merit badges

How about the "weird but useful guy at the back" badge. I hold a respectable calling, but certain members still give me a wide berth. I don't know that I'm all that weird, but others would probably disagree. I do likewise hold a respectable calling and there are some who likewise give me wide berth...
by SamBee
21 May 2018, 02:54
Forum: Support
Topic: The whens, wheres, and whys of speaking up at church
Replies: 15
Views: 337

Re: The whens, wheres, and whys of speaking up at church

The women here tend to do more cooking, socializing, craft activities etc. Some of them even go on cruises together.
by SamBee
21 May 2018, 02:51
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kirby nails another one - Mormon merit badges
Replies: 18
Views: 285

Re: Kirby nails another one - Mormon merit badges

How about the "weird but useful guy at the back" badge. I hold a respectable calling, but certain members still give me a wde berth.
by SamBee
21 May 2018, 02:39
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Scientology - What makes a religion evil, dangerous, or a cult?
Replies: 13
Views: 282

Re: Scientology - What makes a religion evil, dangerous, or a cult?

I don't deny that Dande... that's why I was happy enough to buy and read Dianetics but not to go through extremely expensive auditing. (Some auditing can be very helpful as a form of counseling I'm told and can relieve traumas that are repressed.) There is a rebel Scientology movement called Free Zo...