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by LookingHard
16 Jul 2018, 05:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My Tentative Conclusion about gospel convos with Traditional Believers
Replies: 53
Views: 931

Re: My Tentative Conclusion about gospel convos with Traditional Believers

And yet all those people - paying on net or gross as long as they declare themselves full tithe payers - are still in the minority. Under 25% of members are tithe payers of any kind (full or not). That number is far lower outside the US and Canada. There are very likely in your ward a few active me...
by LookingHard
10 Jul 2018, 05:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My Tentative Conclusion about gospel convos with Traditional Believers
Replies: 53
Views: 931

Re: My Tentative Conclusion about gospel convos with Traditional Believers

Anyway, your friend wants multiple wives in the eternities, but his wife's not into it. Sounds like he's a true blue Mormon, alright. I love what Claudia Bushman (wife of Richard Bushman) said about polygamy (don't have the exact quote). She pressed her husband if he would take on additional wives ...
by LookingHard
08 Jul 2018, 15:11
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My Tentative Conclusion about gospel convos with Traditional Believers
Replies: 53
Views: 931

Re: My Tentative Conclusion about gospel convos with Traditional Believers

I too have spent a TON of hours preparing for how to respond to those that I assume will pushback when I am a bit more open about my (lack of) beliefs. Quite quickly I came to the conclusion I wasn't (and shouldn't) convince them they are wrong, but I do want to defend myself - I want to keep my hon...
by LookingHard
06 Jul 2018, 08:06
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It's Judgment Day, and You've Been Rebuked -- what will you say or do?
Replies: 23
Views: 437

Re: It's Judgment Day, and You've Been Rebuked -- what will you say or do?

God - you know my heart and my soul-wrenching attempts at asking you for help and I don't understand why I didn't get an answer. But you are God and either you are good and where I am going is the best place for me to be happy, or you are an immoral tyrant (See ruben's discussion for WHY) and I can'...
by LookingHard
06 Jul 2018, 08:01
Forum: Book & Media Reviews
Topic: Believer (HBO)
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: Believer (HBO)

I don't have an HBO subscription, but I may just join HBOgo for a month so I can watch this on my computer.
by LookingHard
03 Jul 2018, 17:55
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Update
Replies: 8
Views: 242

Re: Update

Thanks for the update and congratulations!

It can be very healthy for some to be able to see the church in the rear view mirror and not even thinking of it day to day.
by LookingHard
02 Jul 2018, 05:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pathways Program
Replies: 5
Views: 126

Re: Pathways Program

I had a brother that was able to get the degree that he needed and it was the most affordable program - especially if you were going to pay tithing regardless.
by LookingHard
27 Jun 2018, 04:09
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Combining Elders and High Priests
Replies: 19
Views: 938

Re: Combining Elders and High Priests

Well I am old enough to remember when locals were ordained to the office of a "Seventy". I am not sure at the time that being a Seventy was considered a promotion as many really don't like being a missionary. Given that today being ordained a HP doesn't mean much as far as meeting separately or much...
by LookingHard
26 Jun 2018, 06:28
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What is the overall health of our church?
Replies: 8
Views: 295

Re: What is the overall health of our church?

1. Membership growth numbers. More about missionary efforts and appeal of the message. The church is still pumping out missionaries, but to a much less accepting audience. And like was said before, this includes children of record and unknown address members until they are 100 years old. 2. Retentio...
by LookingHard
22 Jun 2018, 14:33
Forum: Introductions
Topic: My Intro & Hellos
Replies: 9
Views: 360

Re: My Intro & Hellos

Thanks for posting. You are NOT alone and there may be people very near to you that are also struggling, but "playing the game" very well. I hope that coming here you can feel some relief, have a place to vent a bit, and be able to help process what you are going through. It can be very rough and al...