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by dande48
18 Aug 2017, 13:01
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Abusing the Priesthood
Replies: 17
Views: 164

Re: Abusing the Priesthood

8-) Blind and happy. Now go, "Wash your Face and Hands"
by dande48
17 Aug 2017, 21:58
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Daily Scripture Study
Replies: 9
Views: 122

Re: Daily Scripture Study

Finally, just to say it, I don't believe ANY of the top church leadership stresses daily scripture study to keep members brainwashed. I am certain you didn't mean it to be literal, but we don't go for charges of cultish brainwashing here. Just saying. :D I'm not sure if that was an Admin warning fr...
by dande48
17 Aug 2017, 15:04
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Daily Scripture Study
Replies: 9
Views: 122

Re: Daily Scripture Study

It's funny, last time I spoke with my bishop, he incouraged me to read from the Book of Mormon every day. Little does he know, this regular reading is what first brought on my "faith crisis". Literally, the more I read, the less I believed. But I think the principle behind it is a wonderful one, and...
by dande48
17 Aug 2017, 14:55
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Abusing the Priesthood
Replies: 17
Views: 164

Re: Abusing the Priesthood

Did BY win the lottery? New one on me. Not the literal "lottery", as we think of it today. But he did retain the autority to draw from Church tithing funds for his own expenses, which he did heavily, and interest free. He also landed himself the most lucrative position in the west. During the trial...
by dande48
17 Aug 2017, 07:24
Forum: Support
Topic: BYU and Cheap Tuition
Replies: 22
Views: 280

Re: BYU and Cheap Tuition

FWIW I don't think any starving Africans' tithing is actually used to fund BYU, temples, etc., unless you consider it an equal small percentage of each tithing dollar goes to each of the things tithing pays for. The US and Canada actually subsidize the rest of the world, particularly South America,...
by dande48
17 Aug 2017, 07:14
Forum: Introductions
Topic: How can I enjoy staying?
Replies: 16
Views: 173

Re: How can I enjoy staying?

TB, we've all been there. We all love and are grateful for the Church, which is why we try so hard to "Stay LDS", even when some of our core beliefs come crashing down. I agree with what's been said; there is no shame in asking to be released from your calling. You can choose what details you want t...
by dande48
17 Aug 2017, 06:42
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Abusing the Priesthood
Replies: 17
Views: 164

Re: Abusing the Priesthood

Give blessings for money? Catholic Church Use it to gain beautiful women or sex through it? Joseph Smith Use the powers to win the lottery? Brigham Young But using the "supernatural" powers of the priesthood for personal benifit, the Church generally declares that as impossible. What is very possib...
by dande48
16 Aug 2017, 13:29
Forum: Support
Topic: BYU and Cheap Tuition
Replies: 22
Views: 280

Re: BYU and Cheap Tuition

Anyway, I have a follow up question. BYU-P is clearly the flagship university with strong academic qualifications, high entrance requirements etcetera. BYU-I has a near open admissions policy which is probably a lower academic standard. Yet a lot of quality people get turned away from BYU-P. Why no...
by dande48
16 Aug 2017, 07:34
Forum: Support
Topic: BYU and Cheap Tuition
Replies: 22
Views: 280

Re: BYU and Cheap Tuition

I can see many reasons. The biggest one is that it undoubtably improves the lives of Church members, even "if it costs the Church a fortune". What else is the Church there for? Some less altruistic reasons include: -Less dependence on welfare -Higher tithing revenue -Overseeing/controlling the teach...