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by SamBee
25 Apr 2018, 13:18
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Redesigning the Marriage Ceremony
Replies: 10
Views: 117

Re: Redesigning the Marriage Ceremony

I'm not keen on the School of Life - I prefer the similarly named Academy of Ideas which I recommend checking out. School of Life is mostly Alain de Boton's (or however it's spelled) mouthpiece and isn't even-handed especially in regard to religion.
by SamBee
22 Apr 2018, 12:49
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nelson in Africa
Replies: 42
Views: 766

Re: Nelson in Africa

Certain programs like emergency preparedness are probably even better suited to Africa than the developed world. I think also that the meetinghouses will also provide much needed cultural, social and sporting facilities in the places that need them, where corrupt governments will fail to provide for...
by SamBee
19 Apr 2018, 15:41
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gerontocracy versus Terms?
Replies: 18
Views: 344

Re: Gerontocracy versus Terms?

An ideal leadership should be mixed in age. The gerontocracy does lend itself to stability. I went to a talk on Quakers once and much as I admire them, it was obvious that at a lot of points they had been following the cause du jour. Ironically one of the worst examples of cause du jour in the churc...
by SamBee
19 Apr 2018, 15:36
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nelson in Africa
Replies: 42
Views: 766

Re: Nelson in Africa

I've just looked up the stats for Eritrea and some sources put Islam at 40%, and there is a figure around 30% for Ethiopia.

Either way it's the parts of Africa nearest the Arabian peninsula who seem keenest on it (no pun intended).
by SamBee
19 Apr 2018, 12:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nelson in Africa
Replies: 42
Views: 766

Re: Nelson in Africa

I wonder if there are occurrences of female genital mutilation among the saints in Africa. I assume that there aren't any as RMN would probably want to put a halt to that post haste. It tends to be non-Christians, notably Muslims who do that and since most LDS converts come from Christian backgroun...
by SamBee
18 Apr 2018, 06:01
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Getting ordained online
Replies: 15
Views: 285

Re: Getting ordained online

I would look into who you get the ordination off - you don't want your name linked with the next death cult
by SamBee
18 Apr 2018, 05:58
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Pious Fraud?
Replies: 10
Views: 217

Re: Pious Fraud?

Ilovechrist77 wrote:
17 Apr 2018, 16:44
I guess it reminds of my favorite song by Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven, "words sometimes have two meanings."
Isn't that notorious as a Satanist song? Either way Jimmy Page was heavily into black magic and Aleister Crowley at the time (and 12/13 year old girls)!
by SamBee
17 Apr 2018, 10:16
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nelson in Africa
Replies: 42
Views: 766

Re: Nelson in Africa

If tithing collected in an African country is spent and redistributed within that country, it would be better. Africa has had a serious problem with self-reliance. Colonialism has led to many problems, as have wars and corrupt governments. I also see onerous bank loans and a lot of charity work as s...
by SamBee
16 Apr 2018, 17:58
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: If Church's stance on LGBT persons is an Issue for you, how do you Deal with it?
Replies: 35
Views: 558

Re: If Church's stance on LGBT persons is an Issue for you, how do you Deal with it?

I have a particular problem with the term "gay lifestyle" (Which nobody here has used in this thread). I feel that it is pejorative in that it conjures up images to gay clubbing and promiscuity. The word "lifestyle" also implies "lifestyle choice" and "choice and accountability" to LDS listeners. I...
by SamBee
16 Apr 2018, 17:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: If Church's stance on LGBT persons is an Issue for you, how do you Deal with it?
Replies: 35
Views: 558

Re: If Church's stance on LGBT persons is an Issue for you, how do you Deal with it?

"Promiscuity" is a natural result of cultural prohibitions on committed relationships, especially when all monogamous relationships are considered promiscuous. Really strong nonconformists rebel against such prohibitions, but most people don't have the ability or desire to fight such a battle. Just...