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by Gerald
16 Feb 2020, 06:10
Forum: Support
Topic: Stake Conference
Replies: 14
Views: 810

Re: Stake Conference

I have never enjoyed Stake Conference much. I find it (generally) the most boring meeting of ALL the meetings the LDS Church inflicts on its members. It CAN be interesting (just like any meeting can be) but it generally is not. Even when General Authorities visit, we don't hear anything we couldn't ...
by Gerald
27 Jan 2020, 04:56
Forum: Support
Topic: I tried
Replies: 8
Views: 448

Re: I tried

What an incredibly difficult (and frightening) time for you! You might be surprised what you will hear at sacrament meeting (no guarantees though!) I think many members have very profound and tender testimonies of Christ. Some will share them and some will not. Whatever the Church curriculum or prog...
by Gerald
02 Jan 2020, 06:30
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It's official, so long Scouts
Replies: 28
Views: 2787

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: 43
Views: 3918

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: 580

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: 763

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: 748

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: 1650

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: 1650

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...