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by Gerald
22 Nov 2020, 09:26
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic
Replies: 29
Views: 1220

Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

The "tithing settlement" patter has begun in our ward. I'm not trying to avoid it but I'm not working too hard to get it done. My wife thinks it's important so I shrug and say, "Okay, sign us up." But she has a hard time remembering appointments and last year (because I wasn't proactive) we schedule...
by Gerald
22 Nov 2020, 09:22
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: StayLDS Version of the Give Thanks Media Campaign
Replies: 16
Views: 299

Re: StayLDS Version of the Give Thanks Media Campaign

I'm grateful for the science and technology that has made dealing with this pandemic better than it would be without it. Technology has allowed many to keep jobs they would have lost had this happened 30 years ago. I'm grateful for my own health (which I'd kind of taken for granted) and for knowledg...
by Gerald
18 Nov 2020, 16:01
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to respond to missionaries
Replies: 27
Views: 388

Re: How to respond to missionaries

I do feel for them as well. They're just doing their best and trying to make good use of their time. I liked having them for dinner (which isn't happening right now) and I tolerated the inevitable message that followed (they're just doing their job). A month ago, they contacted us about coming over....
by Gerald
17 Nov 2020, 13:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Recent U.S. election
Replies: 25
Views: 775

Re: Recent U.S. election

I've found that on the internet everything seems hopelessly polarized, but when you find people who are actually willing to have a real, civil, face-to-face (before Covid) discussion on political issues there's a lot of common ground. Individuals' views are often much more nuanced than what you'd e...
by Gerald
15 Nov 2020, 06:39
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Recent U.S. election
Replies: 25
Views: 775

Recent U.S. election

I hope this isn't too controversial. (If so, moderators are welcome to delete). I'm certainly not here to promote a particular view. But I've seen a number of blogs and posts where Mormons for Biden are unable to understand why members of the Church voted from Trump and Mormons for Trump are appalle...
by Gerald
15 Nov 2020, 06:20
Forum: Support
Topic: Group Identity
Replies: 19
Views: 671

Re: Group Identity

I've never felt like I fit easily into the the cultural structure of Mormonism. I enjoy attending church and Sunday School. I don't mind going to other related meetings but I hate...hate...hate discussions of leadership. That's when I feel the LDS Church is run by a bunch of successful businessmen w...
by Gerald
07 Nov 2020, 15:00
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Happiness: What Does It Mean To You?
Replies: 16
Views: 1640

Re: Happiness: What Does It Mean To You?

The other thing I have learned is that unhappiness is part of the journey also. We need to allow ourselves to be sad at times, to be unhappy or down, to be negative, to doubt things and be cynical for periods of time. All that is realistic in the balance of the "middle way" that both things can exi...
by Gerald
07 Nov 2020, 14:57
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Mormon Word
Replies: 18
Views: 1178

Re: The Mormon Word

I really hadn't referred to myself publicly as "Mormon" for a while before President Nelson's change to the church nomenclature. I would usually say "member of the LDS Church" or "member of the Church of Jesus Christ etc." (Of course, living in the "Mormon" belt, I didn't have to explain myself all ...
by Gerald
03 Nov 2020, 05:01
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: When Apologies Fail -- then what?
Replies: 8
Views: 886

Re: When Apologies Fail -- then what?

Apologies always work for me when I've been offended and hurt. But I know it's not the same for everyone. A couple of my children struggle with some anger issues and when they are in the throes of an offense, apologizing has no effect. That's a tough place to be. But the fact is that we live in such...
by Gerald
31 Oct 2020, 17:16
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you apologize?
Replies: 35
Views: 2659

Re: Do you apologize?

Growing up, my parents NEVER apologized when they were in the wrong (though to be fair, it didn't happen that often). So I was dumbfounded when one evening when I was 14, my father apologized to me after we had an altercation. He never really apologized again but I was so struck that when I had chil...