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by Gerald
05 Aug 2019, 06:04
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The challenge to be baptized
Replies: 10
Views: 330

Re: The challenge to be baptized

Sometimes church leaders realize that how things happened in the past is not how they want them to happen going forward. They desire to make changes but do not wish to throw and previous church leaders "under the bus." So then they can make statements that obfuscate the known origins of a particula...
by Gerald
05 Aug 2019, 06:02
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The lies that we tell ourselves
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: The lies that we tell ourselves

I hope you don't mind me commenting on an issue that is probably unrelated to the true message of your post. We all struggle to evaluate our own competence...it's actually part of the human condition. https://www.forbes.com/sites/markmurphy/2017/01/24/the-dunning-kruger-effect-shows-why-some-people-...
by Gerald
31 Jul 2019, 06:10
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The challenge to be baptized
Replies: 10
Views: 330

The challenge to be baptized

I generally try to steer away from criticism of our Church leaders. I don't personally find it productive but I understand the frustration that others on this board describe from time to time. I must say I did feel a bit of that frustration upon reading this: https://www.thechurchnews.com/leaders-an...
by Gerald
31 Jul 2019, 05:51
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Porn Addiction?
Replies: 19
Views: 1010

Re: Porn Addiction?

I have always been a bit uncomfortable using the term "addiction" to describe porn use. It forces the issue into a "black and white" conceptualization (you're either addicted or you're not addicted). This is why a member of the Church casually viewing Victoria's Secrets website may be described as "...
by Gerald
22 Jul 2019, 04:10
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Feeling a Good Spirit in the home
Replies: 7
Views: 323

Re: Feeling a Good Spirit in the home

My thoughts. There's a schedule that's followed (though not necessarily strictly). Children are relatively clean as is the home (I put emphasis on "relatively"). The dynamic between parents and children (as well as children and their siblings) seems healthy. Children may be quiet but not sullen or h...
by Gerald
22 Jul 2019, 03:58
Forum: Support
Topic: Potential predator in primary
Replies: 17
Views: 672

Re: Potential predator in primary

Tough question! I can't comment on whether it is or isn't grooming behavior but it is certainly borderline inappropriate. Can you politely ask the couple to not give your children such gifts? Assuming the the worst motives of this couple, this would let them know that you are watching them. Assuming...
by Gerald
22 Jul 2019, 03:45
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: missions and the 10000 hour theory
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Re: missions and the 10000 hour theory

Interesting idea! They would spend two years mastering some kind of ability and then go off and be ambassadors for the Church in a variety of contexts. I'm not sure how many would choose proselyting over that kind of mission but it would certainly generate some publicity.
by Gerald
10 Jun 2019, 06:54
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Has the church really changed
Replies: 13
Views: 458

Re: Has the church really changed

There have definitely been some changes but I suppose it depends on what you define as "substantive change." For some, the changes are not enough and for others, too much. I'll be honest and say (I think I may said it earlier) that I don't care much for the changes made. But that has more to do with...
by Gerald
09 Jun 2019, 06:33
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Nature of Men in the LDS Church
Replies: 21
Views: 870

Re: The Nature of Men in the LDS Church

I feel that the chruch disdains and estranges a man's man. Working class men that are rough around the edges are not accepted in Mormon culture. I hadn't thought about this but I think I have to agree. I live in a ward (and have lived in wards) with a number of men "rough around the edges." Their d...
by Gerald
25 May 2019, 07:17
Forum: Book & Media Reviews
Topic: Two Interesting Books
Replies: 4
Views: 783

Two Interesting Books

I've been reading two books that are interesting to read as a pair. The first is "Faith is Not Blind" by Bruce C. Hafen. It just came out in the past year. The other is "A Skeptic Discovers Mormonism" by Timberline Riggs which was published in 1941. They can both be read as an unusually long testimo...