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by DarkJedi
18 Oct 2017, 05:48
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Struggling
Replies: 4
Views: 46

Re: Struggling

Welcome. You certainly aren't the only one who has been where you are. That's actually important to know - you are not alone and you don't need to go through this alone. You are wise to not talk to your bishop, but here you can be free to express your thoughts and frustrations (reasonably and respec...
by DarkJedi
18 Oct 2017, 05:29
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings!
Replies: 2
Views: 36

Re: Greetings!

Welcome to the forum. It sounds like you want to "StayLDS" and that's what we do here!

I spent several years as an inactive and coming back can be tough - but it's doable. There are many here have have been in a similar place as you. What can we help you with?
by DarkJedi
17 Oct 2017, 09:12
Forum: Support
Topic: Doubting my Patriarchal Blessing
Replies: 16
Views: 167

Re: Doubting my Patriarchal Blessing

I know people who put a great deal of stock in their PB. I don't. To me it's very much like a visit to a psychic. They probably get all the generic stuff pretty much right if only because it can be self fulfilling (eg it says you're supposed to go on a mission so you do). Like yours Beefster there a...
by DarkJedi
17 Oct 2017, 07:00
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Convert trying to stay
Replies: 9
Views: 137

Re: Convert trying to stay

Welcome. I saw a Facebook post yesterday on "Why members leave and never return." It was an awesome message, so I ended up using it for my home teaching message. It was really good. I hope we can be more welcoming to all. https://mormondom.com/why-people-leave-the-church-and-never-come-back-410e3e8...
by DarkJedi
17 Oct 2017, 06:59
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Convert trying to stay
Replies: 9
Views: 137

Re: Convert trying to stay

Welcome. I am also a convert of many years ago, and I am the only member in my extended family. My view is very much like Dande's. When I returned from inactivity and "rebuilt" my faith it became crucial for me to recognize what I believed and what I didn't believe. We all have to make those choices...
by DarkJedi
12 Oct 2017, 15:31
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Siding with the "bad guys" / Modern English BoM
Replies: 2
Views: 104

Re: Siding with the "bad guys" / Modern English BoM

I don't think there is anything magical to reading the BoM... I don't know about that... whenever I read it, it appears to have the power to put me to sleep. And yes, that was one of the first things that leapt out at me when I read the BoM where I didn't let the book tell me who the good and bad g...
by DarkJedi
11 Oct 2017, 15:05
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Three Cheers for a Wise Bishop
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: Three Cheers for a Wise Bishop

:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

I'm sure there are many wards like this and there are some bishops like this. Then there are the bishops that aren't.
by DarkJedi
09 Oct 2017, 13:52
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kirby nails it twice in one article
Replies: 8
Views: 183

Re: Kirby nails it twice in one article

Nice link, DJ. Thanks. I like your highlights, as well as this one: Religion — choose one — is used far too often as a weapon to batter us into submission rather than to lift us out of bondage. Agree, Agree, Agree!!! It should make my life better! Not worse. And when it started making my life worse...
by DarkJedi
09 Oct 2017, 13:44
Forum: Support
Topic: Tell me why I don't like Sundays
Replies: 35
Views: 834

Re: Tell me why I don't like Sundays

I totally get it Amy. That's one of my criticisms of the rotating block schedule or even having church at an hour other than around 9 or 10. We no longer have small children and we didn't meet in a multi-ward building when we did but at that time there was a push to move SM from 9 to 10 to make it e...
by DarkJedi
09 Oct 2017, 11:06
Forum: Support
Topic: I thought I would teach Gospel Doctrine, when suddenly...
Replies: 4
Views: 157

Re: I thought I would teach Gospel Doctrine, when suddenly...

FWIW, in the Virtue lesson, I completely nixed the first story of the couple who "imploded" their lives by having pre-marital sex. That's a damaging idea to promulgate, in my mind, so I just skipped it. I've taught every lesson as authentically as I can, and class members have come to me after clas...