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by Gerald
02 Jan 2020, 06:30
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It's official, so long Scouts
Replies: 28
Views: 2380

Re: It's official, so long Scouts

I thought I'd bump this post up given that Scouts has officially ended. I also came across this nice analysis on By Common Consent: https://bycommonconsent.com/2019/12/31/the-mormon-american-boy-scout-1913-2019-rip/#more-111013 My own feelings about the end of scouting are mixed. I enjoyed cub scout...
by Gerald
22 Dec 2019, 06:32
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An Unemotional Analysis of the Recent "Whistleblower" on LDS Church Finances
Replies: 40
Views: 2881

Re: An Unemotional Analysis of the Recent "Whistleblower" on LDS Church Finances

There are two pieces of advice that individuals and organizations ought to follow: don't mess with people's kids and don't mess with people's money. I think we see both of these problems rearing their heads in the Church. The recent concerns over interviews of youth (which I won't comment on) and no...
by Gerald
15 Dec 2019, 05:58
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Somewhat Reduced Participation
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: Somewhat Reduced Participation

God bless! You've always been a voice of reason to my mind. I'm glad you will still chime in from time to time.
by Gerald
08 Dec 2019, 05:59
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Seminary Manual vs. non-LDS Scripture Commentary
Replies: 8
Views: 493

Re: Seminary Manual vs. non-LDS Scripture Commentary

I have taught Gospel Doctrine off and on for a while and regularly look at outside commentary for assistance. While not all ideas are appropriate for lessons, I have received some wonderful insights from other faiths regarding scriptural interpretation. The New Testament has been particularly reward...
by Gerald
01 Dec 2019, 04:47
Forum: Support
Topic: Tithing
Replies: 12
Views: 465

Re: Tithing

I pay to help the people in the Church - because the things tithing funds are important to lots of members, including the ones who helped make me who I am. I enjoy them (some greatly), but I pay to contribute financially to my tribe. I feel this is the right attitude. I know that many people object...
by Gerald
15 Nov 2019, 05:08
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Restriction on Christmas Sacrament Meeting
Replies: 22
Views: 1281

Re: Restriction on Christmas Sacrament Meeting

I think in some areas, over time some traditions keep getting bigger and bigger and adding more things that were once nice ideas but start to get out of balance, and so some areas leaders try to course correct a little and bring it back down to basics...which isn't a bad thing. It can remind people...
by Gerald
11 Nov 2019, 19:00
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Restriction on Christmas Sacrament Meeting
Replies: 22
Views: 1281

Re: Restriction on Christmas Sacrament Meeting

The missionaries came over for dinner last night. Their spiritual message was to share a clip of the new Church Christmas video. It looks excellent. (in the original language, no subtitles, very realistic) They also mentioned that December 22nd is supposed to be strictly a Christmas worship service...
by Gerald
10 Nov 2019, 06:13
Forum: Book & Media Reviews
Topic: Poetry Corner
Replies: 21
Views: 2401

Re: Poetry Corner

Father, where shall I work today?"
And, my love flowed warm and free.
Then He pointed out a humble spot and said,
"Tend that for me!"......
I haven't heard this poem for a long time. I really like it.
by Gerald
10 Nov 2019, 06:11
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Restriction on Christmas Sacrament Meeting
Replies: 22
Views: 1281

Restriction on Christmas Sacrament Meeting

I'm in the ward choir (don't really enjoy it but I always feel so sorry for ward choir directors which is a thankless calling in our ward). The choir director recently told us that our Christmas sacrament program had to be a regular sacrament meeting (though Christmas themed) with (seemingly) a mini...
by Gerald
10 Nov 2019, 05:53
Forum: Support
Topic: Interaction with orthadox member
Replies: 7
Views: 778

Re: Interaction with orthadox member

There is a particular personality type that results in the kind of judgmental orthodoxy you described in your co-worker. Most members I know aren't that extreme. One gentleman I know, however, is very much that way. He found out a co-worker (who was not active) was living with her boyfriend and lect...