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by Man in the Arena
10 Feb 2015, 13:09
Forum: Support
Topic: Baptism on the horizon
Replies: 11
Views: 571

Re: Baptism on the horizon

Good question, I struggled with it too- I still believe in Jesus Christ, but post faith crisis I felt, and still feel, like a hypocrite. On one hand I was baptizing my kid into a faith that I no longer believed (I also have strong feelings about the long term message I am sending to my kids by doing...
by Man in the Arena
16 Jan 2015, 18:42
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: John Dehlin Facing Excommunication
Replies: 123
Views: 6282

Re: John Dehlin Facing Excommunication

I believe a lot of the same things as John Dehlin. I appreciate his thoughtfulness and assistance to those of us struggling with a faith crisis and standing up for those of us Mormons that believe differently. It is my personal belief that he is facing problems with the church because he is open and...
by Man in the Arena
09 Jan 2015, 20:16
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Authenticity when speaking or teaching
Replies: 24
Views: 1195

Re: Authenticity when speaking or teaching

I've been thinking a lot about this topic, because maintaining authenticity is key to me staying in the Church. If I can't, then it is time to cut the cord. At the risk of hijacking the topic, perhaps a better question is what things can I do in the Church that allow participation but allow someone ...
by Man in the Arena
06 Jan 2015, 17:21
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Authenticity when speaking or teaching
Replies: 24
Views: 1195

Re: Authenticity when speaking or teaching

What a great topic! I have had to be more open with myself and a few leaders about what I could do and what I believed in order to maintain my integrity. Unfortunately, trying to be authentic has led to my choice to become almost not involved at all on Sunday and definitely not on the path to any so...
by Man in the Arena
07 Nov 2014, 15:32
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Essay on Polygamy! (update, a 2nd one posted also)
Replies: 113
Views: 6273

Re: New Essay on Polygamy! (update, a 2nd one posted also)

Ray, all I meant to imply was that I believe it to be fair to question the motivations of Joseph concerning the practice of polygamy, especially in light of official statements put out by the Church. I don't mean to be contentious, although it may have come off that way (it's a hot button issue for ...
by Man in the Arena
05 Nov 2014, 17:59
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Essay on Polygamy! (update, a 2nd one posted also)
Replies: 113
Views: 6273

Re: New Essay on Polygamy! (update, a 2nd one posted also)

why not worry about world conflict, hunger, poverty, disease, moral failings of men, or any other great problem facing mankind. Those things did occupy his mind. It's neither fair nor accurate to make it an either/or conflict, no matter how one feels about polygamy. I respectfully disagree. I find ...
by Man in the Arena
02 Nov 2014, 16:17
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Essay on Polygamy! (update, a 2nd one posted also)
Replies: 113
Views: 6273

Re: New Essay on Polygamy! (update, a 2nd one posted also)

I think the Salt Lake Tribune piece is extremely thoughtful and should be listened to by Church leaders. What harm would it do for the church to acknowledge that Joseph and other leaders made a mistake when it comes to polygamy? I don't think it would diminish faith, but it might do a good deal to r...
by Man in the Arena
01 Nov 2014, 12:54
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Positive
Replies: 7
Views: 296

The Positive

I feel I need to also share a little about why I'm grateful for the church. Both my parents came from environments that would not have predicted success in life. Mom was abused in more ways than one and my dad endured a hateful mother and other issues that faced youth in the 1970's. The church saved...
by Man in the Arena
01 Nov 2014, 09:55
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Essay on Polygamy! (update, a 2nd one posted also)
Replies: 113
Views: 6273

Re: New Essay on Polygamy! (update, a 2nd one posted also)

Also, I'm at least grateful the church tried to address it,but I won't be satisfied until the church disavows the practice as it did on the issue of blacks and the priesthood.
by Man in the Arena
01 Nov 2014, 09:42
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Essay on Polygamy! (update, a 2nd one posted also)
Replies: 113
Views: 6273

Re: New Essay on Polygamy! (update, a 2nd one posted also)

I view polygamy in the old testament as a product of culture in the region, the same culture that had to have a document to tell people not to have sex with animals and tells women not to speak in churches. That's not the God that I believe in... mine is fair, charitable, just, kind, loving, all pow...