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by Reuben
24 May 2018, 19:57
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Scientology - What makes a religion evil, dangerous, or a cult?
Replies: 27
Views: 685

Re: Scientology - What makes a religion evil, dangerous, or a cult?

I don't think there is any clear dividing line or consistent definition of "cult" that everyone is going to agree with. I think the universal definition is "an ideological group I don't particularly like at this moment." Still, I imagine some concrete lines have to be drawn. I think "cult" has too ...
by Reuben
22 May 2018, 20:38
Forum: Support
Topic: Feeling Traumatized at Church?
Replies: 18
Views: 745

Re: Feeling Traumatized at Church?

Soon there is a knot in your stomach and your heart rate rises as you feel anxiety and just want to get out of there . Sometimes you can cope by tuning out and focusing on something else but sometimes you feel like the only emotionally healthy option is to get up and leave. [...] Why am I experienc...
by Reuben
12 May 2018, 06:03
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "It's Because You're Black" - June 2018 Ensign
Replies: 27
Views: 741

Re: "It's Because You're Black" - June 2018 Ensign

I thought of an analogy while reading this thread. When an old building in a modern city becomes unfit or unsafe, we knock it down to build a new one in its place. It's relatively easy to haul away the debris containing the old materials and bring in new materials to start from scratch. A year later...
by Reuben
05 May 2018, 18:02
Forum: Support
Topic: Everybody Poops
Replies: 31
Views: 937

Re: Everybody Poops

Guys. This is a thread to talk about poop.
by Reuben
24 Apr 2018, 10:03
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Poll: Mormon identity and its effect on emotional health
Replies: 12
Views: 512

Re: Poll: Mormon identity and its effect on emotional health

I'm running this poll at NOM for comparison. (Feel free to vote both places if you have accounts.) I'm really curious about what I'll find. The poll is inspired by a few things: Starting to study secular Buddhism Wondering why disaffected members resign, and why they often report such a difference i...
by Reuben
24 Apr 2018, 09:44
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Poll: Mormon identity and its effect on emotional health
Replies: 12
Views: 512

Poll: Mormon identity and its effect on emotional health

I'm not asking about the actual effects of actually being an active Mormon or not. For example, satisfaction or stress from having a calling if you are an active Mormon isn't the kind of joy or sorrow I'm after. I'm not asking about the actual effects of thinking of yourself as a Mormon or not. For ...
by Reuben
21 Apr 2018, 18:33
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nelson in Africa
Replies: 42
Views: 1144

Re: Nelson in Africa

So what happens if Church members faithfully pay tithing and then can't afford to pay for their mortgage/rent or even food for their families in the worst cases? They'll probably give them support through fast offerings, which will both increase their loyalty to the Church and feel indebted to it. ...
by Reuben
09 Apr 2018, 04:58
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can't remember why I'm hurt but I still am!
Replies: 14
Views: 440

Re: Can't remember why I'm hurt but I still am!

It's heightened adrenaline that causes goosebumps and hair standing on end. Based on this and some of your other language, I think you're dealing with not just hurt, but a state of fight or flight brought on by a conditioned fear response. Of course, this makes emotional pain easier to recall... If ...
by Reuben
01 Apr 2018, 17:31
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: April 2018 Sunday Afternoon Session (HT/VT End)
Replies: 35
Views: 1129

Re: April 2018 Sunday Afternoon Session (HT/VT End)

Finally, Cook addressed the elephant in the room with cases of rape! I wish he had been more direct and called a spade a spade, but it's something. I agree. I'm still scratching my head at "nonconsensual immorality." What the heck is that? If the victim didn't consent it's not immorality on her or ...
by Reuben
01 Apr 2018, 14:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: April 2018 Sunday Afternoon Session (HT/VT End)
Replies: 35
Views: 1129

Re: April 2018 Sunday Afternoon Session (HT/VT End)

Curt Sunshine wrote:
01 Apr 2018, 14:16
The most important day in our lives is when we truly learn to behold the man.
For me, he had to disappear before I could really see him. He looks so different, too.