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by dande48
20 Mar 2019, 13:16
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ministering Rules
Replies: 7
Views: 77

Re: Ministering Rules

Looking at the title, I thought this would be a post about how awesome ministering is. MINISTERING RULES!!! This "rule" is in large part to protect the "good name of the Church". If a man is alone with children who are not his, or with a woman of the opposite sex who is not his wife, and accusations...
by dande48
19 Mar 2019, 10:41
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rome Temple
Replies: 35
Views: 644

Re: Rome Temple

I think one person's personal revelation can be different than another person's personal revelation because we are all unique and require different things. To your peanuts allergy example I wouldn't say that's a contradiction, since we're talking about two different people in two different (but sim...
by dande48
19 Mar 2019, 06:10
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rome Temple
Replies: 35
Views: 644

Re: Rome Temple

This is off topic but I think the subject that we never broach at church is what we do if we receive personal revelation that isn't in harmony with the revelation a church leader receives. I think we often resolve that in our minds by making the assumption that a genuine personal revelation would a...
by dande48
19 Mar 2019, 00:25
Forum: Support
Topic: Exposure / Apologists
Replies: 9
Views: 145

Re: Exposure / Apologists

With dating/marriage... and life in general... I think there are many times where we want or need something, and worry we are never going to find it. I got married before I went through my "faith transition", or whatever you want to call it. My wife has been very loving and supportive, despite how h...
by dande48
18 Mar 2019, 14:02
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rome Temple
Replies: 35
Views: 644

Re: Rome Temple

There have been church leaders that have said things like, "the Q15 process for accessing revelation is not unlike the process for you as individual members". Let's just say that I prefer somewhat demystifying statements such as these. Most LDS members take their own "revelation" as perfect, do the...
by dande48
18 Mar 2019, 12:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rome Temple
Replies: 35
Views: 644

Re: Rome Temple

I have 2 concerns with the way that "revelation" for church policy can be used... I fully agree with both of those reasons. That being said, I believe the Church leadership believes it's revelation, and to them, that is reason enough. One of the reasons having prophets/seers/revelators (i.e. the Q1...
by dande48
15 Mar 2019, 16:49
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pros and Cons of Supplementing
Replies: 8
Views: 231

Re: Pros and Cons of Supplementing

This creates a "yes man" culture at the local level and leaders who are shielded from problems. There is no real avenue for dissent, we can preach unpopular doctrines, but only when those are what the leaders want, not when they question authority. That's very true, but I think it's also true for m...
by dande48
15 Mar 2019, 09:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pros and Cons of Supplementing
Replies: 8
Views: 231

Re: Pros and Cons of Supplementing

A few thoughts I had: Our biggest selling point, is that we are God's one and only true church. Because of that, we need to stand out. We have to have all the ordinances, the right ordinances, the priesthood authority, living prophets who speak directly with God, etc, etc. Take those away, and we're...
by dande48
14 Mar 2019, 09:31
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Spiritual Ponzi Scheme
Replies: 38
Views: 700

Re: A Spiritual Ponzi Scheme

It's certainly true that some poor people are happier than some rich people.... That's another thing the "rich" are happy to point out. On the one hand, the poor, needy, and destitute deserve their fate. But on the other hand, being rich is hard, and full of responsibility and its own problems... s...
by dande48
13 Mar 2019, 10:02
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Spiritual Ponzi Scheme
Replies: 38
Views: 700

Re: A Spiritual Ponzi Scheme

If we see all our blessings as being in physical form, we become materialists. I wonder how this goes down in poor countries. Poor countries tend to be far more religious than rich countries. It certainly helps "keep them in their place". Promising spiritual blessings, or blessings in the next life...