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by DoubtingTom
05 Dec 2017, 19:31
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why the Church cannot change...at least not too much
Replies: 30
Views: 622

Re: Why the Church cannot change...at least not too much

No doubt the rapidity (or lack thereof) of change is difficult to deal with. I find the same to be true for the nation as well. Not growing up in the civil rights or equal rights ammendment eras, I can only imagine the frustration with the slow speed of change those in those eras had to deal with. Y...
by DoubtingTom
05 Dec 2017, 18:17
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Spiritual Role of Emotions
Replies: 15
Views: 326

Re: Spiritual Role of Emotions

I have a good friend who takes anti-depressants intermittently and he has told me this. When he's on his meds his emotions are so blunted that he doesn't often feel what he interprets as the spirit. It's definitely a real and palpable thing for him. As for my own thoughts on the matter, I have stopp...
by DoubtingTom
05 Dec 2017, 17:17
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why the Church cannot change...at least not too much
Replies: 30
Views: 622

Re: Why the Church cannot change...at least not too much

I tend to think some changes are inevitable. If history has taught us anything, it's that the church certainly does change, especially when social pressure mounts enough that not changing would do more harm than changing. That's when revelations come. Polygamy and the priesthood ban are clear exampl...
by DoubtingTom
09 Nov 2017, 16:23
Forum: Support
Topic: Heartfelt thanks and (maybe) parting thoughts
Replies: 10
Views: 393

Heartfelt thanks and (maybe) parting thoughts

I wanted to write this brief post to say thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me during my faith transition. You were there for me when I first started doubting, my world was spinning and I needed a landing place to process my thoughts in a safe place. You were there for me when I was ...
by DoubtingTom
02 Nov 2017, 15:10
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Does more knowledge cause greater pain?
Replies: 15
Views: 427

Re: Does more knowledge cause greater pain?

Excellent question and for me, absolutely it does! As I have transitioned I've thought about if I would rather go back to when I had a "pure" testimony with my simple black and white view of the world. While I was blissfully ignorant and happy in that perspective, I would never want to go back despi...
by DoubtingTom
01 Nov 2017, 16:14
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

Speaking of the 95 theses, I thought this post was interesting. Many great ideas even if you don't agree with all. What would you add? What would you take away?

http://www.the-exponent.com/my-ninety-f ... on-church/
by DoubtingTom
26 Oct 2017, 20:10
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Questions to ensure youth are ready to serve a mission
Replies: 23
Views: 650

Re: Questions to ensure youth are ready to serve a mission

This is a little off base from the topic of the OP, but this thread has veered into a discussion of missionary life in general and how things could possibly improve. One thought I've had reading through these posts is about knocking door-to-door. At least in the US, I think that should be banned. We...
by DoubtingTom
25 Oct 2017, 22:29
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Was the priesthood ban revelation?
Replies: 26
Views: 814

Re: Was the priesthood ban revelation?

This is an interesting discussion. I think the consensus is that the ban was definitely not revelation. So here is a bigger question: what is revelation? Is it God revealing to man His will? Or is it man having an "epiphany" that he thinks is God's will? Does the first type of revelation happen with...
by DoubtingTom
25 Oct 2017, 21:43
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: For those who stay. Do you still follow all the teachings of the church?
Replies: 20
Views: 729

Re: For those who stay. Do you still follow all the teachings of the church?

Such a weird question for me because my thoughts and feelings about the church, faith, and even god have changed so drastically over the last year. The short answer is that I still attend but rely on my own inner moral compass for making decisions. I don't trust the church or its leaders to tell me ...
by DoubtingTom
19 Oct 2017, 13:50
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Was the priesthood ban revelation?
Replies: 26
Views: 814

Re: Was the priesthood ban revelation?

This is really hard issue for me. Brigham taught the ban as if it was revelation, using clear wording to that effect. So it begs the question, if a prophet can teach false doctrine believing it comes from God, and members can hear and accept that doctrine and get a confirmation from the spirit that ...