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by Gerald
15 Jul 2018, 10:18
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Would you want to be a leader in the celestial kingdom?
Replies: 18
Views: 242

Re: Would you want to be a leader in the celestial kingdom?

I don't worry about it or even think about it any more than necessary. I try to focus on this life, since it is the only thing that is "real" right now. A decent point. But if we are going to focus on this life I would have to say that if there is any aspect to the LDS Church that I would do away w...
by Gerald
19 Apr 2018, 09:53
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gerontocracy versus Terms?
Replies: 18
Views: 573

Re: Gerontocracy versus Terms?

I wonder how the members of the Quorum of the Twelve feel about it? If I had to guess, I have a feeling that they are fine with the lifelong calling, illness and stress notwithstanding. My guess is that individuals called to the upper echelons of leadership tend to be workaholics by nature and being...
by Gerald
16 Apr 2018, 12:32
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Was I really like that? Yes.
Replies: 17
Views: 496

Re: Was I really like that? Yes.

We had an interesting situation in Church that seems relevant to this thread. A woman was giving a talk about the Proclamation to the Family in sacrament meeting and at one point said something to the effect, "I struggle with the Proclamation's conception of gender. I believe in the Proclamation but...
by Gerald
01 Apr 2018, 04:41
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Combining Elders and High Priests
Replies: 19
Views: 923

Combining Elders and High Priests

I must admit that I was surprised last night to have an announcement of some importance presented in the Priesthood session. It used to be that you always got some cool announcement that you could run home and tell your wife or family about but that hadn't happened for years (though it's probably fo...
by Gerald
03 Feb 2018, 14:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Setting Goals
Replies: 21
Views: 762

Re: Setting Goals

The vocabulary of the LDS Church perplexes me. And nothing perplexes me more than the constant, incessant, and persistent use of the word "goal." My current bishop is really into goals and has set goals for the ward, has asked each auxiliary presidency to set organizational goals, and has pushed eac...
by Gerald
27 Jan 2018, 05:55
Forum: Support
Topic: Asking to be released...
Replies: 29
Views: 1622

Re: Asking to be released...

My father was a bishop and he told me that one of the most surprising things about that calling was how many people said "no" to callings and how many people asked to be released. My wife was in the primary presidency a number of years ago and one of her teachers gained her release by slapping down ...
by Gerald
21 Jan 2018, 08:30
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: On DFU Making it Back to the FP or Becoming Pres
Replies: 12
Views: 621

Re: On DFU Making it Back to the FP or Becoming Pres

I don't know how much of a difference it would make. Or stated differently, the church can't place all of its hopes in the Uchtdorf basket. I have to agree with Nibbler's comment here. I certainly appreciate President (now Elder) Uchtdorf and I enjoy his talks and his often moderate approach. But i...
by Gerald
20 Jan 2018, 09:30
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Alma and Corianton: The Parent-Teenager Responsibility Lecture + Doctrinal Discussion
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Re: Alma and Corianton: The Parent-Teenager Responsibility Lecture + Doctrinal Discussion

I think one of the saddest stories in the Book of Mormon, is Corianton. He did some pretty bad things, on his mission to be sure. But his dad had a talk with him, he repented, and by Alma 49 he was an exempliary man of God. And yet, his sins are engraven on plates of gold for time and for all etern...
by Gerald
20 Jan 2018, 09:28
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Candid are you with Non-Members about the church?
Replies: 17
Views: 821

Re: How Candid are you with Non-Members about the church?

I live in the Mormon belt and so my opportunities to talk with nonmembers is fairly limited. One guy I work with closely is not a member but grew up around Mormons his whole life. We mainly have professional discussions but he is always respectful and aware of the Mormon faith but doesn't ask me que...
by Gerald
03 Jan 2018, 08:42
Forum: Support
Topic: President Monson Passes
Replies: 23
Views: 966

Re: President Monson Passes

For me, President Monson's death marks the end of a personal era. As a child, I never tracked these changes in the Quorum of the Twelve (I'm not sure that I understood the difference between Seventies and Apostles). They were just men who spoke at Conference from time to time. Right before I left on...