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by Roy
18 Nov 2018, 16:16
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: The limit of Free Agency
Replies: 22
Views: 248

Re: The limit of Free Agency

Prior to my faith crisis I felt that through the combined power of my righteous agency and covenant blessings, I could control the uncontrollable. I can't blame religion too much for implanting this idea in my head. The ability to control the events in my own life was a deep craving. Had I not exper...
by Roy
18 Nov 2018, 15:56
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: The limit of Free Agency
Replies: 22
Views: 248

Re: The limit of Free Agency

Are you implying that informed decision making is not the same as free agency? Just because I made a decision based on available data doesn't mean it wasn't my free choice. I could have chosen otherwise, I chose this option. I think I understand what Dande is saying. Let me go back to my cereal ana...
by Roy
18 Nov 2018, 13:53
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: The limit of Free Agency
Replies: 22
Views: 248

Re: The limit of Free Agency

dande48 wrote:
15 Nov 2018, 22:23
It is limited to any area you can control, and limited out of any area you can't. I think that's the whole of it.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
by Roy
18 Nov 2018, 12:52
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Announcements - Less of?
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: Announcements - Less of?

A peeve of mine is that we do not do a very good job of advertising our activities. For a missionary minded church it seems strange that the primary means of communication is over the pulpit to those that are sitting in the pews. Seems to me to be a variation of "preaching to the choir." What to do ...
by Roy
18 Nov 2018, 12:41
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tithing Settlement
Replies: 9
Views: 195

Re: Tithing Settlement

I see the point several of you are making about the tithing settlement being unnecessary. For those that have a TR they have an opportunity to declare at that time. For those that do not come to church, they probably do not pay anything and do not care what the bishop writes down. For me and me only...
by Roy
18 Nov 2018, 12:01
Forum: Support
Topic: Major, Positive Change to Mission Call Options
Replies: 17
Views: 278

Re: Major, Positive Change to Mission Call Options

I have seen a variety of service mission examples. I am wondering if some service missions could be promoted as unpaid internships on a young person's resume. I had put my missionary service on my resume but that was mostly because it was easier to do that than to explain a two year gap in employmen...
by Roy
18 Nov 2018, 11:37
Forum: Support
Topic: Major, Positive Change to Mission Call Options
Replies: 17
Views: 278

Re: Major, Positive Change to Mission Call Options

I see this as a positive though limited change. 1) My son has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 2) Church culture is such that if one does not serve a mission there are large social consequences. 3) This appears to be an option for my son to navigate a path of church involvement and belo...
by Roy
18 Nov 2018, 11:16
Forum: Support
Topic: "Called to Serve, Not Called to Suffer"
Replies: 12
Views: 224

Re: "Called to Serve, Not Called to Suffer"

I loved the article. I sent the listed reporters an email. I received a very short and professional response to my email. The relevant portion to the current topic is below: I'm sure the missionary program will continue to evolve -- as evidenced by today's announcement about service missions. I am ...
by Roy
15 Nov 2018, 16:13
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: The limit of Free Agency
Replies: 22
Views: 248

Re: The limit of Free Agency

This is perhaps one of my favorite topics post FC. This to me is a twist on the "nature vs. nurture" with a side of self determination thrown in. Start with the foundational building blocks of your genetic code and your biology and/or spirit that would make you different from other babies. Then add ...
by Roy
15 Nov 2018, 09:57
Forum: Support
Topic: "Called to Serve, Not Called to Suffer"
Replies: 12
Views: 224

Re: "Called to Serve, Not Called to Suffer"

Not long ago DW mentioned the idea about the "snowflake in the blizzard" meaning that the changes ahead are bigger than the changes behind. We speculated for a few minutes on what those changes might be. After reading this article, I wonder if we might relax on the expectation that every young man s...