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by dande48
22 Oct 2018, 09:16
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: President for a day
Replies: 8
Views: 111

Re: President for a day

- I would disavow polygamy: This is slightly off topic, but it troubles me too, that polygamy is still doctrine. We don't practice it for the living, right now, but it is still practiced. Specifically, President Nelson is a polygamist according to the laws and doctrines of the Church, because he ha...
by dande48
21 Oct 2018, 19:44
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Teachers Council Once a Quarter? Once a Quarter!
Replies: 8
Views: 162

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

Just feel abandoned and used by our organization, and I'm clearly not happy as a fully committed Mormon right now. That's a tough spot to be in. FWIW, I don't think they are going to release you. I think your calling will become less "needed", with the recent changes. On the one hand, you want your...
by dande48
21 Oct 2018, 19:22
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: President for a day
Replies: 8
Views: 111

Re: President for a day

RMN is also overhauling the Sunday School cirriculum. That would be something I might've done. I'm interested to see how it'll turn out, but it sounds like it'll be more focused on specific topics, with scripture passages cherry-picked to support the Church's views on those topics; i.e. the Church i...
by dande48
20 Oct 2018, 07:30
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Teachers Council Once a Quarter? Once a Quarter!
Replies: 8
Views: 162

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: 8
Views: 162

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: 223

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: 223

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: 8
Views: 217

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: 331

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: 331

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...