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by SilentDawning
15 Aug 2018, 04:51
Forum: Introductions
Topic: My Lonely Search for God
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: My Lonely Search for God

For me, it was partly how Church members can treat each other -- crossing into the dark side of selfishness, injury, pleasure in seeing others suffer, etcetera -- that pushed me to question what I hear at church. I came at this conclusion not from prison, but from observing certain leaders and membe...
by SilentDawning
10 Aug 2018, 16:18
Forum: Support
Topic: Hard Sayings and Safe Spaces: Amazing BYU Devotional
Replies: 15
Views: 341

Re: Hard Sayings and Safe Spaces: Amazing BYU Devotional

One thing that's difficult for me, with the Church and religion in general, is how "religiously" it is followed. Any opposition is viewed as "of the devil". Criticizing or disagreeing with leadership (past or present) is viewed as apostasy. It's really difficult to come out and say "I don't believe...
by SilentDawning
10 Aug 2018, 16:09
Forum: Support
Topic: Hard Sayings and Safe Spaces: Amazing BYU Devotional
Replies: 15
Views: 341

Re: Hard Sayings and Safe Spaces: Amazing BYU Devotional

Bro Huntsman specifically pointed out, he wasn't referring to "safe spaces" in the way it is commonly used in society. He meant it in "creating environments that are, on the one hand, places of faith where we can seek and nurture testimony, but are also, on the other, places where our sisters and b...
by SilentDawning
08 Aug 2018, 04:53
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kirby and missions
Replies: 11
Views: 299

Re: Kirby and missions

I agree that it's not for everyone. Serving a mission is a lot like having a sales position. I know people will argue that it's not - but it is -- you have to make cold calls, you have to convince people to do things -- granted, you have the Spirit, and salespeople don't, but it's very much like sal...
by SilentDawning
05 Aug 2018, 07:13
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Would you want to be a leader in the celestial kingdom?
Replies: 46
Views: 1058

Re: Would you want to be a leader in the celestial kingdom?

They are worth it to me for reasons that deal both with this life and my hope for the next life - but mostly for this life. My heritage is Mormon. I really don't want to create a totally new heritage solely for myself and my descendants by leaving (and have to deal with all the accompanying issues)...
by SilentDawning
04 Aug 2018, 06:05
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are My Beliefs Really My Own?
Replies: 14
Views: 417

Re: Are My Beliefs Really My Own?

This came from a conversation with a friend earlier today. I think it applies perfectly to this site, as well. If I don't understand the positive and negative implications of my beliefs, I don't understand my beliefs - and, in reality, they are not fully mine. Thoughts? I don't consider it accurate...
by SilentDawning
04 Aug 2018, 06:01
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Would you want to be a leader in the celestial kingdom?
Replies: 46
Views: 1058

Re: Would you want to be a leader in the celestial kingdom?

I will be whatever is needed wherever I end up, if there is an afterlife similar to what we teach. I don't worry about it or even think about it any more than necessary. I try to focus on this life, since it is the only thing that is "real" right now. When I read this part in bold, I thought "the c...
by SilentDawning
02 Aug 2018, 02:27
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: TR Interview Grilling
Replies: 24
Views: 581

Re: TR Interview Grilling

If I can't answer any of the questions honesty, I won't take the meeting. That's it for me right there. I would straighten up any problems BEFORE I go into the meeting so I can answer the questions honestly. Otherwise, I'd stay away. If you walk out of a meeting because they asked a question you do...
by SilentDawning
02 Aug 2018, 02:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kirby Does It Again: Breastfeeding and Other Bodily Functions
Replies: 11
Views: 285

Re: Kirby Does It Again: Breastfeeding and Other Bodily Functions

I wouldn't take a TR away for refusing to refrain from public breastfeeding. But if I were a woman, and someone objected, I'd probably go to the mother's room and do it there out of not wanting to make waves. Bottom line -- discipline and TR-withholding are the two heavy-handed sticks that church le...
by SilentDawning
31 Jul 2018, 18:19
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: TR Interview Grilling
Replies: 24
Views: 581

Re: TR Interview Grilling

I'm surprised people have gotten away with pushing back. We had a SP who would ask if you do your home teaching before the interview. They attached it to supporting local leaders....I always did mine so I don't know what that SP member did when people said "no". I know of one Bishop that took away a...