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by Roy
18 Feb 2019, 14:06
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Parental Attachment & Church Experience
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: Parental Attachment & Church Experience

“They will expect to be supported and have confidence in their ability to make right decisions.” As an adult and family man who had reached a fairly level and soft landing after a faith crisis, I asked my mother if she had ever worried about me during the early stages of the crisis. My mother respo...
by Roy
18 Feb 2019, 13:36
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: After temple ordinances...am I done?
Replies: 13
Views: 174

Re: After temple ordinances...am I done?

Fantastic topic! Our family and SS study for the last week has been on being born again or born of water and of the spirit. What is meant by being born of the spirit? We know it is important because Jesus said so but how can I know if I have been reborn by the spirit or not? Nicademas was a leader i...
by Roy
15 Feb 2019, 11:56
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Missionaries can call home weekly
Replies: 13
Views: 245

Re: Missionaries can call home weekly

Wonderful! My wife called me at work to share the news! He rejected the philosophy that calling home more than twice a year will weaken or distract missionaries. I am seeing a pattern where we have a policy and then we come up with speculative reasons and justifications to buttress the policy. Then ...
by Roy
15 Feb 2019, 11:13
Forum: Support
Topic: How do I talk to my wife about my faith crisis?
Replies: 7
Views: 148

Re: How do I talk to my wife about my faith crisis?

1) Go slow. The church/gospel/plan of salvation is a mental construct on how to live one's life with meaning and purpose. For all we know it may be True with a capital T. But, for some reason God does not want it to be clearly or obviously true. It is one of a large number of competing philosophies ...
by Roy
15 Feb 2019, 10:37
Forum: Support
Topic: The Indifference Cycle
Replies: 15
Views: 280

Re: And the cycle repeats itself

I have participated at some other churches where they have volunteer appreciation dinners and/or appreciation cards with gift cards as a thank you gift. Paid staff know that they depend on a small army of volunteers to deliver a quality product. Volunteers are a resource to be nurtured. Our church h...
by Roy
14 Feb 2019, 12:21
Forum: Support
Topic: The Indifference Cycle
Replies: 15
Views: 280

Re: And the cycle repeats itself

And then, there is the valuation (by leaders), accommodation (by leaders), indifference (by leaders) and then less activity (by members) cycle at play. Had I been only coming out of less activity he probably would have fallen over himself to give me the names. No disagreement there. I feel that I h...
by Roy
14 Feb 2019, 10:05
Forum: Support
Topic: The Indifference Cycle
Replies: 15
Views: 280

Re: And the cycle repeats itself

My wife is very organized. She and I serve as co-bear den leaders. She sends out a monthly email to the parents of our bear den to let them know upcoming dates and projects. Our cub master is basically incompetant. He is a nice guy but he just does not have the skills to be in a leadership position....
by Roy
12 Feb 2019, 11:19
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My Joseph Smith Narrative
Replies: 5
Views: 177

Re: My Joseph Smith Narrative

1) I believe JS held to a magic world view. Like those around him he believed in spirits and talismans and such. He also lived in a place where discovery of burial grounds or native American artifacts was not uncommon. This became fertile ground for JS to construct a narrative with proto-Christian l...
by Roy
12 Feb 2019, 10:22
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: What I Want -
Replies: 4
Views: 178

Re: What I Want -

I know the author is not literally starting a church but, for the sake of argument, the church that he is talking about might have trouble being successful. No creeds, no doctrine, no financial donations? How is the church supposed to function? No heavenly mansions, no escaping hellfire, no strong c...
by Roy
12 Feb 2019, 09:53
Forum: Support
Topic: The New Sunday Stuff and Me
Replies: 21
Views: 422

Re: The New Sunday Stuff and Me

That is great Amy. Your lessons sound like a good bridge of unity for all the women there.