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by On Own Now
15 Dec 2017, 13:44
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Two Guests for Christmas
Replies: 13
Views: 179

Re: Two Guests for Christmas

Couple of thoughts. We don't celebrate the birthday of Jesus; we celebrate the birth of Jesus. It' doesn't matter that we do this on December 25th. In the same sense, we celebrate Jesus' resurrection, rather than the date of it. Easter this year was universally celebrated on April 16. Last year, the...
by On Own Now
11 Dec 2017, 21:14
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Proselytizing without Eternal Family mention
Replies: 20
Views: 275

Re: Proselytizing without Eternal Family mention

Our human view of the afterlife (at least for the good people) is defined in most all religions as being "more of what we love and none of what we don't." There's more light, more love, more music, more smiling. There's no sickness, sorrow or death. Furthermore, all the jerks are in Hell, so they ca...
by On Own Now
09 Nov 2017, 13:18
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Religious Right? Secularism
Replies: 12
Views: 394

Re: Religious Right? Secularism

Whether they are religious or not, conservative or liberal, no matter their race, sex, or orientation, human beings have a very strong tendency to think that their own perspectives are the clearest, that their ideas are the most rational, and that their values are the most enlightened. Anyone who di...
by On Own Now
09 Nov 2017, 10:20
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Symbolism in the temple vs. baptism
Replies: 18
Views: 582

Re: Symbolism in the temple vs. baptism

As I mentioned earlier, the Church uses looser rules when it comes to the Sacrament...and this is sanctioned by the revelation I referenced earlier. Instead of wine, we drink water. This was apparently done at a time when buying wine was a hardship for the impoverished Church. The water version even...
by On Own Now
07 Nov 2017, 09:57
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Interesting morning yesterday
Replies: 11
Views: 378

Re: Interesting morning yesterday

Part of the Catholic Mass is to greet your neighbors with a handshake, eye-contact a sincere smile and say, "Peace be with you." Cynics will say it is forced. How can anyone be sincere in the scripted context of the Mass? Yet, I enjoy it on the occasions when I am there.
by On Own Now
07 Nov 2017, 07:23
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Charity - Moroni 7:45/ 1 Corinthians 13:4
Replies: 9
Views: 311

Re: Charity - Moroni 7:45/ 1 Corinthians 13:4

DJ beat me to the alternate translations. I will add that everywhere EXCEPT in the King's English of the KJV, the Greek Ἡ ἀγάπη (hei agapei) is translated as 'love' rather than 'charity'. In verse 8, which we know as "Charity never faileth", it is rendered in modern translations as "Love never fails...
by On Own Now
07 Nov 2017, 06:58
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Symbolism in the temple vs. baptism
Replies: 18
Views: 582

Re: Symbolism in the temple vs. baptism

There's a document from the early christian days called the Didache. Scholars generally believe it's a first century document, and it is sort of like a first edition Church Handbook of Instructions. Here's a quote regarding baptism: "And regarding baptism, baptize like this: having asserted all thes...
by On Own Now
25 Oct 2017, 06:53
Forum: Support
Topic: Counselor Conundrum
Replies: 4
Views: 312

Re: Counselor Conundrum

I’m having a hard time deciding how to select a counselor to work with who understands LDS faith challenges to work with. In my own experience, it was good to have a counselor who was indifferent to LDS faith and LDS faith challenges. You don't go to a counselor to talk about the Church but about y...
by On Own Now
17 Oct 2017, 15:07
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My Nephew Met a GA
Replies: 14
Views: 460

Re: My Nephew Met a GA

I had an experience on my mission with a GA that I feel still helps my attitude toward these folks. While Joseph B Wirthlin was still a Seventy, he came to my area for a Stake Conf. During the weekend, he sat down with each of us missionaries serving in the area for a one-on-one interview. It was a ...
by On Own Now
05 Oct 2017, 11:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bitter ex-members the outliers?
Replies: 16
Views: 504

Re: Bitter ex-members the outliers?

FWIW, my own view after my FC was exactly that; that most people who left after a FC were bitter. This is because of my own experience. When I went through my own FC (long ago) I went out to find others like me online. All I found was vitriol toward the Church and its members. My own perception, eve...