Search found 5029 matches

by DarkJedi
23 Oct 2017, 05:39
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Cry Heard Round the Room
Replies: 6
Views: 108

Re: The Cry Heard Round the Room

I'm sorry. I've been in my ward for nearly 30 years. I've watched many families grow up and the adult children mostly move on. I've seen the "super faithful" never miss a home evening types and the far more liberal never have a home evening types. Turns out some of those families who never had home ...
by DarkJedi
22 Oct 2017, 14:39
Forum: Support
Topic: Experimenting and Experiencing
Replies: 21
Views: 329

Re: Experimenting and Experiencing

So I just got back from experiencing the temple and here are my findings: If you're just wanting to get to the celestial room then do sealings or initiatories. Won't take as long and maybe you can get something out of them that you don't the endowment session. You actually can go to the temple and ...
by DarkJedi
22 Oct 2017, 14:37
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: For those who stay. Do you still follow all the teachings of the church?
Replies: 9
Views: 149

Re: For those who stay. Do you still follow all the teachings of the church?

That's kind of a tough question, and I'm sure you'll get a gambit of answers here. Just to put this up front, everybody is a cafeteria Mormon to some extent or another. Except for the vegetarians and vegans among us, all of us have eaten meat in summer and other than times of famine. So I'll answer ...
by DarkJedi
22 Oct 2017, 11:50
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Upcoming YSA Face to Face
Replies: 6
Views: 116

Re: The Upcoming YSA Face to Face

^What Nibbler said. My observations have been the same. They also pick (or their staffs pick) which questions will be given and answered ahead of time and the answers are prepared. They will shy away from most SSA questions except to say we love everyone and to reiterate heterosexual marriage. For t...
by DarkJedi
22 Oct 2017, 04:38
Forum: Support
Topic: Visiting Teaching Shift
Replies: 7
Views: 146

Re: Visiting Teaching Shift

Yeah, I get the numbers thing as well, and let's admit it - the church is run by business men who run it like a business. In many ways it is a business. VT/HT shouldn't be one of those ways though.

Perhaps instead of asking "Did you visit?" the question could be "How did you serve them this month?"
by DarkJedi
21 Oct 2017, 16:48
Forum: Support
Topic: Visiting Teaching Shift
Replies: 7
Views: 146

Re: Visiting Teaching Shift

This made me think a bit. I bet if the names were changed to visiting ministers and home ministers and there were some minor changes to the program (e.g. dump the message or at least make it optional) we would actually see an improvement in visits and quality of visits - as was pointed out, what cou...
by DarkJedi
20 Oct 2017, 05:18
Forum: Introductions
Topic: An Introduction...
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: An Introduction...

Welcome. Yes, we like introductions because it helps us understand where you're coming from and get to know each other. I also see lots of gray, hence my own username. I'm not a Sith nor am I a Jedi - I'm in the gray area. But I am also not "inauthentic." Being authentic does not mean that I have to...
by DarkJedi
19 Oct 2017, 14:57
Forum: Support
Topic: Experimenting and Experiencing
Replies: 21
Views: 329

Re: Experimenting and Experiencing

I think there's something to be said for letting go of guilt and fear. There are many things "the church teaches" that are simply not as bad as what is taught. I think these things are mostly ties to our Puritan roots (in the church and otherwise). Gambling is an example. I don't really see that it'...
by DarkJedi
18 Oct 2017, 15:42
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Quinn's Research on LDS Church Finances
Replies: 25
Views: 407

Re: Quinn's Research on LDS Church Finances

Finally, I believe that the church is using some of its wealth to fund projects that it feels are important. You may hate the city creek mall or the condos around the Ogden temple. However, the areas around both of these temples were becoming somewhat run down. The church is trying to protect the l...
by DarkJedi
18 Oct 2017, 15:10
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: God has Favorites?
Replies: 12
Views: 213

Re: God has Favorites?

We are in the Isaiah chapters now in the Book of Mormon - with a whole lot of "God has a favorite nation - except when they are sinning". Right now, I view the whole "favorite people" thing as an extension of the prosperity gospel cycle, so I am very skeptical. I get why Isaiah was calling Israel t...