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by dande48
20 Oct 2018, 07:30
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Teachers Council Once a Quarter? Once a Quarter!
Replies: 5
Views: 66

Re: Teachers Council Once a Quarter? Once a Quarter!

I love callings where I can contribute but if a season comes where it's a low key-er I take it. I wonder if we'll see more of these types of callings with the two hour change. It seems like in every ward, there's a HUGE push for every member to have a calling. I swear, it's almost doctrinal. I thin...
by dande48
19 Oct 2018, 22:51
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Teachers Council Once a Quarter? Once a Quarter!
Replies: 5
Views: 66

Re: Teachers Council Once a Quarter? Once a Quarter!

What do you want from your calling?
by dande48
18 Oct 2018, 06:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Masonry and Metaphor
Replies: 13
Views: 200

Re: Masonry and Metaphor

GBSmith, you bring up many of the issues that I have encountered with the ritual after adopting a non-literal view. Is the ritual focused on aiding personal spiritual progression or in entrenching loyalty and obedience to the institution? The loyalty of the membership to the Church is more importan...
by dande48
17 Oct 2018, 12:31
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Masonry and Metaphor
Replies: 13
Views: 200

Re: Masonry and Metaphor

The million-dollar question is how do you change the system to accommodate literal believers (which are preferred) and non-literal believers (who may be less committed)? One of the underlying tenants of Christianity is "faith". It's not enough to be a "good person". You have to believe the right th...
by dande48
17 Oct 2018, 08:07
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help (In a Good Way)
Replies: 7
Views: 164

Re: Help (In a Good Way)

I would love to have an environment in Church, were people can disagree, and still be ok. Uchtdorf's talk last GC, where he disagreed with Solomon in Ecclesiastes was GREAT, not because I fully agreed with him, but because he could fully disagree with another religious authority. I think it would be...
by dande48
17 Oct 2018, 07:39
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you consider Church attendance mandatory for everyone?
Replies: 17
Views: 300

Re: Do you consider Church attendance mandatory for everyone?

Technically, in our theology salvation is a gift to all who are born, except the few Children of Perdition, for their premortal choice. Exaltation is different. From the LDS website: “Salvation” and “saved” are also used in the scriptures in other contexts with several different meanings. Again, it...
by dande48
16 Oct 2018, 18:25
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you consider Church attendance mandatory for everyone?
Replies: 17
Views: 300

Re: Do you consider Church attendance mandatory for everyone?

At the most basic, we see examples of the churches who go out of their way to help the poor like the Salvation Army, and at the other the Prosperity Gospel and the love of money. Then we see open tolerant churches up against the Westboro Baptist Church and the Aryan Nations. I'd say most churches e...
by dande48
16 Oct 2018, 10:52
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Sunday Worship
Replies: 20
Views: 311

Re: New Sunday Worship

GBSmith wrote:
16 Oct 2018, 10:44
Having it first has always given me the impression of just getting it over with so we can get on to more important things.
But then most members wouldn't show up for the first 40 minutes of sacrament meeting! :lol:
by dande48
15 Oct 2018, 11:38
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Value of Accumulating Luxuries
Replies: 13
Views: 276

Re: The Value of Accumulating Luxuries

I've always thought it would be interesting to accumulate wealth in the first part of your life & spend the last half giving it away to worthy causes or trying to solve problems in the world. Similar to the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. I've always thought this sort of philanthropy to be a bit o...
by dande48
15 Oct 2018, 08:15
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Value of Accumulating Luxuries
Replies: 13
Views: 276

Re: The Value of Accumulating Luxuries

If I understand you right: The value of accumulating luxuries, is in realizing that luxuries have no inherent value. That's an interesting insight. I'd like to extend it a little further: The value of making mistakes, is realizing they are mistakes. ... and therefore we shouldn't look down on oursel...