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by Tim
30 Sep 2016, 13:52
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking from the Outside In
Replies: 4
Views: 549

Looking from the Outside In

I don't "know" much of anything anymore, and in fact I'm personally convinced that Mormonism = Every other religion on the earth. So in making decisions on how to interact with the church it helps me to think of the church as if I was on the outside looking in. I imagine if I was in Iran and attendi...
by Tim
30 Sep 2016, 13:09
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cultural Identity Preservation
Replies: 16
Views: 960

Re: Cultural Identity Preservation

But to answer what I think your real question is... "Is maintaining your own cultural identity important?" I would say, yes. I no longer believe the church is the one true church, but I'm a Mormon and always will be one, and I believe I can identify as a Mormon and be a part of the tribe regardless ...
by Tim
30 Sep 2016, 13:06
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cultural Identity Preservation
Replies: 16
Views: 960

Re: Cultural Identity Preservation

Would not the plight of the tribal leaders be one deserving of sympathy? It depends on whether you believe that being a part of the tribe is good for society or not. I attended a Community of Christ service recently, and it was filled with old ladies mostly. Yes, I had sympathy for their dying chur...
by Tim
15 Sep 2016, 15:52
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Conversation with Bishop
Replies: 22
Views: 1515

Re: Conversation with Bishop

For me, it would be to see the bishop show up to church in jeans once in a while. To smell cigarette smoke and see tattoos a little more often on church attendees. To see fewer white shirts, and more sweat shirts. To allow people to openly discuss the issues with Joseph Smith and church history with...
by Tim
15 Sep 2016, 15:32
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What would make you gung-ho about the church?
Replies: 26
Views: 1499

Re: What would make you gung-ho about the church?

The temple recommend questions force people to be all in, or all out. The emphasis on the temple, and on being temple-worthy, and then the recommend questions make it so that honest truth-seekers who don't employ biasses in their truth seeking can not be full-in members. They force out those like my...
by Tim
29 May 2016, 12:24
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Giving a presentation on polygamy...help?
Replies: 36
Views: 2844

Re: Giving a presentation on polygamy...help?

Tell the historical truth without spin, one way or the other.
by Tim
29 May 2016, 12:22
Forum: Support
Topic: What are your thoughts on dating someone who isn't LDS
Replies: 10
Views: 946

Re: What are your thoughts on dating someone who isn't LDS

Do what makes you happy. Mormon men aren't the only good men around. Not by a long shot. But find someone who can control themselves.
by Tim
15 Jul 2015, 08:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is feeling the Spirit dependent on obedience?
Replies: 26
Views: 919

Re: Is feeling the Spirit dependent on obedience?

You guys are going against everything I was taught on my mission. Which was disobedience = no spirit = sad failure as a missionary.
by Tim
06 Jun 2015, 20:10
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My Baby Just Finished High School
Replies: 18
Views: 738

Re: My Baby Just Finished High School

We're still in the midst of the struggle with our 10 yr old autistic son. Maybe 1/2 time homeschooling for next year? It has to be something different.
by Tim
31 May 2015, 10:47
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Taking the Sacrament with Your Right Hand
Replies: 69
Views: 10895

Re: Taking the Sacrament with Your Right Hand

This is an interesting part of human psyche that we like ritual, and like feeling good about doing it correctly and somehow feel smug about knowing how to do it right and self-righteously correcting others who don't know as much as we do. It shows how so many different elaborate religious rituals in...