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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: 253

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: 81

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: 312

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: 524

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...
by Gerald
30 Dec 2017, 12:04
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Can God really hold us accountable for anything?
Replies: 12
Views: 306

Re: Can God really hold us accountable for anything?

The whole notion of "fulfilling the measure of our creation" would seem to imply that judgment will vary from person to person. Each individual will be held accountable for different things. This is why a "checklist" of commandments doesn't make much sense to me. Yes, of course, we should not kill a...
by Gerald
30 Dec 2017, 11:16
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Charity Vending Machines at Temple Square
Replies: 8
Views: 269

Re: Charity Vending Machines at Temple Square

One thing about the Church I really appreciate, is I DO trust them (for the most part) with my charitable donations. Other organizations have too big of an overhead, with CEOs making in 7-figure salaries. With other organizations, when you "buy" specific items as a donation, it all really just goes...
by Gerald
30 Dec 2017, 11:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grief - Mourning with those that Mourn
Replies: 8
Views: 240

Re: Grief - Mourning with those that Mourn

I remember many years ago (I was in my late 20s) an elderly woman who lived down the street from me had lost her husband of many years. I didn't know her particularly well so was aware of her loss without knowing much about it. I happened to be walking past her one morning as she watered her lawn. I...
by Gerald
20 Dec 2017, 13:14
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Ponderize" revisited
Replies: 9
Views: 331

Re: "Ponderize" revisited

I always felt it was a bit of a tempest in a teapot. But I'm not into catchy phrases or cutsie acronyms. :roll: (I hate it when people call vegetables "veggies"). So it didn't bother me one way or the other. I would never have purchased such merchandise personally. As far as the word entering the LD...
by Gerald
17 Dec 2017, 06:40
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Missionaries behind closed doors
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: Missionaries behind closed doors

I was the secretary to the president in my mission and responsible for missionary files (this was back in the 1980's, mind you). Everything good and bad was kept in those files. Oh my, the stories I could tell. The elder who was so cognitively impaired he could barely function. The elder who had a n...
by Gerald
03 Dec 2017, 17:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why the Church cannot change...at least not too much
Replies: 30
Views: 899

Why the Church cannot change...at least not too much

I read enough blogs and listen to enough podcasts from the liberal side of the Mormon spectrum to know that what many people look for, focus on, and hope for is change! Change in doctrines, change in policy, change in leadership, change in so many things that will make the Mormon faith (from their p...