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by Roy
15 Feb 2019, 11:56
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Missionaries can call home weekly
Replies: 7
Views: 91

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: 5
Views: 59

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: 11
Views: 174

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: 11
Views: 174

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: 11
Views: 174

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: 142

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: 136

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: 20
Views: 339

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.
by Roy
11 Feb 2019, 17:08
Forum: Support
Topic: The New Sunday Stuff and Me
Replies: 20
Views: 339

Re: The New Sunday Stuff and Me

"That is true. But we have the Priesthood." Many years ago we did a segment on commercials in a middle school class. There were some examples of how to make your product seem better without it necessarily being better. It was an eye opener for me. One example involved creating a trademark for an in...
by Roy
08 Feb 2019, 13:16
Forum: Support
Topic: Help on a talk
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: Help on a talk

If it was me I would be tempted to base my talk on this BYU devotional: http://forum.staylds.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=8315&hilit=daughters+BYU 1) that girls should be encouraged to pursue education regardless of concrete plans to enter the workforce. 2) because to learn is a spiritual pursuit that wi...