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by Gerald
06 Oct 2019, 06:33
Forum: Support
Topic: Can't we be joyful?
Replies: 10
Views: 241

Can't we be joyful?

I've said this before: I try REALLY hard not to be critical of Church leaders. BUT...what is it with President Nelson and his need for "sacred silence :shh: ". He spent at least a minute (maybe more) last night telling the audience to control themselves during the announcement of temples. :eh: Why n...
by Gerald
06 Oct 2019, 06:21
Forum: Book & Media Reviews
Topic: Poetry Corner
Replies: 19
Views: 883

Re: Poetry Corner

My contribution: Abou Ben Adhem By Leigh Hunt Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, And saw, within the moonlight in his room, Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom, An angel writing in a book of gold:— Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold, And to...
by Gerald
06 Oct 2019, 06:06
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Women and Priesthood
Replies: 8
Views: 897

Re: Women and Priesthood

This thread is interesting particularly in light of President Nelson's talk yesterday at the Women's Session of Conference. I'm just not sure how I feel about this issue and the Church's response to it.
by Gerald
06 Oct 2019, 05:45
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Major Changes to the Young Women and Young Men Programs
Replies: 7
Views: 289

Re: Major Changes to the Young Women and Young Men Programs

I personally liked the shift of stake Sunday School and Young Men responsibilities to High Council members (I've always felt those callings at the stake level could easily be done by the High Council body). I see nothing wrong with any of the changes to Young Men's and Young Women's organization. I ...
by Gerald
19 Sep 2019, 04:16
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 9/17 Nelson Devotional
Replies: 20
Views: 973

Re: 9/17 Nelson Devotional

I was watching the devotional in real time and it seemed like a standard talk until President Nelson got to the discussion of the November policy. It got my attention and by the time he was done I said to myself, "Oh boy! There are going to be some mad people out there." However, Pres Nelson wasn't ...
by Gerald
05 Aug 2019, 06:04
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The challenge to be baptized
Replies: 10
Views: 473

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: 253

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: 473

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: 21
Views: 1365

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: 434

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...