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by Reuben
27 Nov 2017, 01:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buzzwords
Replies: 15
Views: 293

Re: Buzzwords

More: tender mercies, sustain, eternal truths, celestial (when it means "identified by the Church as godly"). I wonder whether there are loads of them that I just can't hear. JWs use the word "stumble" as an act you do to someone else ("don't stumble the other brothers") and it's so, so weird, but t...
by Reuben
26 Nov 2017, 19:14
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First Time Temple Freakout - You Weren't Prepared
Replies: 44
Views: 1079

Re: First Time Temple Freakout - You Weren't Prepared

The endowment needs streamlining. They should let you take 10 names through per session. "Think of the first given names ," etc. Heck, just about everything could be parallelized like that! If Jesus could be punished by proxy for everyone at once, and we're supposed to be saviors on Mount Zion, why ...
by Reuben
26 Nov 2017, 18:01
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buzzwords
Replies: 15
Views: 293

Re: Buzzwords

"Testimony" drives me batty. To everyone else in the world, it's the words you say when you testify. To a Mormon, it's an abstract thing inside you that can be strong or weak, which you influence by doing stuff the Church tells you to do. Many members don't think about it deeply enough to properly i...
by Reuben
21 Nov 2017, 02:00
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Upcoming YSA Face to Face
Replies: 14
Views: 523

Re: The Upcoming YSA Face to Face

I think Elder Ballard thinks the Church is honest and transparent, and has never evaluated whether that's actually true. It would be enlightening for him to do so, but nobody is going to hold his feet to the fire until he does. Besides, to him, the Church is axiomatically good. To him, it's not poss...
by Reuben
14 Nov 2017, 02:01
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lansing Michigan Apostle Visit
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: Lansing Michigan Apostle Visit

What if a Beehive got up and gave a Beehivic blessing mentioning parents, people that struggle spiritually, people seeking an education, and people that deal with mental illness? I know this is just a rhetorical device, but I really, really, really want to see this. I laughed so hard, especially at...
by Reuben
09 Nov 2017, 01:56
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Symbolism in the temple vs. baptism
Replies: 18
Views: 582

Re: Symbolism in the temple vs. baptism

While I do love the symbolism of being buried and resurrected to new life etc., I can also see how sprinkling baptism have related symbolism. So I'm having a hard time reconciling why it's OK to perform and "preach" that sort of symbolism in the temple (at least that temple ordinance) and not bapti...
by Reuben
03 Nov 2017, 15:11
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Funnest Experience at another church -- new story!
Replies: 13
Views: 451

Re: The Funnest Experience at another church -- new story!

I don't think it's the beat, it's the instruments. The list of approved instruments for SM appears to be very short. Pianos, organs, violins, flutes, cellos, harps. That's about it. Well, so much for my tuba-accordion-and-bagpipe rendition of Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. What, no harmonica or...
by Reuben
03 Nov 2017, 01:10
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Luther's 95 Thesis Moment In Dispute
Replies: 13
Views: 441

Re: Luther's 95 Thesis Moment In Dispute

SamBee wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 15:58
And Abner Doubleday never invented baseball and William Webb Ellis never invented rugby.
Pfft. Revisionist history! Next you'll tell me that Sir Isaac Newton never invented gravity.
by Reuben
01 Nov 2017, 19:50
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Luther's 95 Thesis Moment In Dispute
Replies: 13
Views: 441

Re: Luther's 95 Thesis Moment In Dispute

I love all of those theses. But I don't think #62 (open sealings) would ever fly. To add: Have missionaries do useful service like build schools and work at homeless shelters *instead of* proselyting. I've read that the SDAs do this and that it's very good at bringing in converts. Cease the hysteric...
by Reuben
01 Nov 2017, 18:58
Forum: Support
Topic: This article broke my shelf
Replies: 30
Views: 931

Re: This article broke my shelf

Reuben, thank you for kind words. I'm sorry for the abuse that you suffered when you were growing up. As I told Nibbler, I hope that my use of the word doesn't offend you. I obviously haven't feared for my safety in the church as you had to do daily. When I talk about spiritual abuse I'm not even r...