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by Gabe P
05 May 2009, 09:17
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: I'd like to bear my testimony, I know this church is...
Replies: 49
Views: 3666

Re: I'd like to bear my testimony, I know this church is...

Yeah, fast and testimony can be really good or really bad. Rarely in the middle. I think we need to train the heck out of our bishops on this and have them remove people from the stand who can't give a talk or bear a testimony. I think every ward needs to have two or three people tossed off the stan...
by Gabe P
04 May 2009, 23:23
Forum: Book & Media Reviews
Topic: Mormon Scientist
Replies: 13
Views: 2317

Re: Mormon Scientist

I think if it were less faith promoting, nobody would buy it. There aren't too many sort-of-Mormon-but-not-Mormon-enough types to buy it otherwise. People who are really disaffected won't buy it and if you lose the TBM audience, there's really no point in trying to make a profit. If you were doing a...
by Gabe P
03 May 2009, 13:28
Forum: Support
Topic: Uh-oh, I opened up the polygamy can of worms
Replies: 31
Views: 1508

Re: Uh-oh, I opened up the polygamy can of worms

Best. Joke. Ever. Wow.
by Gabe P
29 Apr 2009, 17:05
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: I'd like to bear my testimony, I know this church is...
Replies: 49
Views: 3666

Re: I'd like to bear my testimony, I know this church is...

I can say that I know that the shortcomings of the Church are matched in myself and in other organizations. That doesn't give them a free pass, but I know that the Church inspires good and won't do me harm if I don't let it.
by Gabe P
29 Apr 2009, 11:38
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Historic Mormon Conundrums - one sentence thoughts.
Replies: 43
Views: 2336

Re: Historic Mormon Conundrums - one sentence thoughts.

Yeah, I agree with you on that and wish I could feel that way. It's very difficult for me because I can easily see how "revelations" that I feel I have received can be traced to my self interests, and I see the same thing in others. I do believe there's an ideal better than my experience, I just don...
by Gabe P
29 Apr 2009, 11:35
Forum: Support
Topic: The Church's interests and my interests
Replies: 21
Views: 1228

Re: The Church's interests and my interests

I definitely agree with that. I'd just make sure that I'm actually worn out at the homeless shelter and not doing things that aren't really helping anyone.
by Gabe P
28 Apr 2009, 18:35
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Historic Mormon Conundrums - one sentence thoughts.
Replies: 43
Views: 2336

Re: Historic Mormon Conundrums - one sentence thoughts.

The lost 116 pages - Religious experiences can't be reproduced on demand, which is a powerful argument for taking them with a large grain of salt. Brigham Young - A dynamic leader who did what was required. Mountain Meadows - We actually have apologized, JMB. Unless you want an official acknowledgme...
by Gabe P
28 Apr 2009, 18:04
Forum: Support
Topic: raising kids
Replies: 35
Views: 2166

Re: raising kids

JMB - welcome to the forum. My view on this (as one who has no children) is that if I have children, they'll probably be raised in the church. However, they'll also be raised with the idea that most people have no interest in being smart or thinking things through and they'll be told that they're go...
by Gabe P
28 Apr 2009, 12:07
Forum: Support
Topic: The Church's interests and my interests
Replies: 21
Views: 1228

Re: The Church's interests and my interests

Hawk, I think that's right. I also think we bring it on ourselves as an organization. For any large group, all three of those patterns that you identify are adaptive. People asking for more, saying no less, and constantly feeling like they're not good enough is necessary to get people to do stuff th...
by Gabe P
27 Apr 2009, 18:29
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Just a Girl..New to Forums :)
Replies: 20
Views: 1608

Re: Just a Girl..New to Forums :)

I've heard the kid being prompted, but I haven't heard it often. Maybe my wards have just been better about it, but that's not been a huge issue. It bugs me to death when it has happened, though. I think this may have more to do with parenting styles than with anything that goes on at church. LLL, w...