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by SilentDawning
19 Feb 2018, 06:57
Forum: Support
Topic: Feeling like an imposter, losing hope in the middle way
Replies: 13
Views: 190

Re: Feeling like an imposter, losing hope in the middle way

See for me there is a point where I got through the self-loathing that comes with inauthenticity or imposterism... it didn't take me very long, and I think it was encouraged by this: 1. The realization I'm not authentic with many people in my life -- discretion is the better part of valor. I never t...
by SilentDawning
19 Feb 2018, 06:45
Forum: Support
Topic: When you feel the need to apologize for the church
Replies: 7
Views: 162

Re: When you feel the need to apologize for the church

I am always walking a balance between being positive about the church and "qualifying" its behavior, for lack of a better word. I try not to bash it to non-members, and never bash it to members locally...but I have, on occasion, indicated I don't agree with a stance the church takes. I don't go so f...
by SilentDawning
11 Feb 2018, 23:42
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The value of unorthodox parents
Replies: 7
Views: 177

The value of unorthodox parents

I just want to share something. For years I was in the dog house a bit with a very orthodox daughter in the gospel. I was very proud of how she stuck out the church even when myself and my wife were not very committed, although we did go to church. But there was this kind of testy divide on many iss...
by SilentDawning
06 Feb 2018, 21:07
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Setting Goals
Replies: 21
Views: 342

Re: Setting Goals

My HPGL wants me to lead a discussion tomorrow in 3rd hour council meetings on the topic of how we can achieve our goal to have 150 people attend sacrament meeting by increasing temple attendance. Any ideas for me? How do you feel about goals and how would you suggest it be approached? We can't pre...
by SilentDawning
05 Feb 2018, 08:58
Forum: Support
Topic: Church History Suddenly and Inexplicably Stopped Bothering Me...
Replies: 13
Views: 307

Re: Church History Suddenly and Inexplicably Stopped Bothering Me...

Hooray!!! You have started arriving! It's like you are a Star Trek character, and you have started materializing on the transporter deck of the proactive, productive, peaceful relationship with the church many of us are seeking. But you haven't fully materialzed yet. I have been there for a few year...
by SilentDawning
05 Feb 2018, 08:49
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Talk help - Book of Mormon
Replies: 11
Views: 168

Re: Talk help - Book of Mormon

I love to reframe tasks given to me in a way that fits my mental state and comfort level with the topic. In this case, I would focus on how certain scriptures encourage Christlike behavior. Read some of the short pithy ones that focus on patience and long suffering, or the natural man Mosiah 3:5, fo...
by SilentDawning
01 Feb 2018, 12:28
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Small Success in Teacher's Council Efforts
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Re: Small Success in Teacher's Council Efforts

My ward is very much like yours SD where the teacher council leader is not a member of the SS presidency but is a good teacher. I'm sure he had frustrations similar to yours, but he plugged away. I think it's because of people like you and him that are at least partly responsible for the early succ...
by SilentDawning
01 Feb 2018, 12:21
Forum: Support
Topic: What are the implications of not paying tithing?
Replies: 20
Views: 526

Re: What are the implications of not paying tithing?

I think the 'No one is justified in making any other statement than this" applies here. I don't pay on gross and never have, and what I pay has changed over time. Bottom line is that it's up to each of us and what we feel comfortable with and it's nobody else's business. Interesting that subsequent...
by SilentDawning
29 Jan 2018, 05:58
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Small Success in Teacher's Council Efforts
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Small Success in Teacher's Council Efforts

Wanted to report a small success in the teacher's council. I have a leader who normally stands up and talks the full 50 minutes in priesthood. Very boring. Last Sunday he actually did an interactive lecture. He laid out the board with a structure that guided the full 60 minutes, Everyone participate...
by SilentDawning
29 Jan 2018, 05:48
Forum: Support
Topic: What are the implications of not paying tithing?
Replies: 20
Views: 526

Re: What are the implications of not paying tithing?

Here is a very nuanced way of looking at tithing found at Pure Mormonism blog . I am NOT endorsing this method of calculating your tithing, but only offer it up as another way some people are doing it. Sheldon -- that article is way too long and verbose for me....do you have a quick comment or expo...