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by AmyJ
18 Oct 2018, 06:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Masonry and Metaphor
Replies: 13
Views: 223

Re: Masonry and Metaphor

There was a time as a non-literal believer when I tried to separate the “presentation of the endowment” from the endowment itself. I saw the presentation as the adoption and borrowing of certain masonic elements that are actually non-essential to the actual endowment itself, which I saw as the cove...
by AmyJ
17 Oct 2018, 05:27
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help (In a Good Way)
Replies: 8
Views: 216

Help (In a Good Way)

My mom and I are very close even though we live about 6 hours away from each other. We talk on the phone at least 1x a week for 35 minutes or so. She knows about all my challenges in general, and is acquainted with my faith transition. She is also in the Relief Society Presidency of her ward. She as...
by AmyJ
12 Oct 2018, 11:28
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Two Hour Church
Replies: 53
Views: 1256

Re: Two Hour Church

I just gave this a good amount of thought and checked my calendar - I have not been to a ward activity this year. I just checked my calendar. We haven't had a ward activity this year. :P We save it all for Halloween and Christmas. I think we did something for Memorial Day and I took the girls. I we...
by AmyJ
12 Oct 2018, 05:21
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Two Hour Church
Replies: 53
Views: 1256

Re: Two Hour Church

I was thinking about it the other day actually. As a family, we don't invite people over to our house because we don't. 3/4 of us are introverts to various degrees, with a really small, really humble house. Bottom line - We don't put resources (executive functioning and otherwise) into socializing w...
by AmyJ
10 Oct 2018, 08:45
Forum: Support
Topic: I May Throw Up...
Replies: 34
Views: 822

Re: I May Throw Up...

I am not sure exactly the context of how it was said but DW reported that President Oaks listed people getting married later as if it was a bad thing. This was concerning to her because we know of a number of couples that got married young and it did not quite end well. DW and I married at the ripe...
by AmyJ
10 Oct 2018, 07:40
Forum: Support
Topic: Why do you stay?
Replies: 19
Views: 953

Re: Why do you stay?

My wife has asked me a number of times if she wasn't around if I would still go to church. I don't know the answer to that question. Probably I would go less often. I am much happier when I feel I have real choices. I don't feel like I've every had legitimate choices when it comes to my membership ...
by AmyJ
10 Oct 2018, 07:01
Forum: Support
Topic: I May Throw Up...
Replies: 34
Views: 822

Re: I May Throw Up...

But of all the Church related things that make my tummy hurt, I don't think this makes the top 10. Of all the things spoken of at the women's conference, this one also wasn't a point mentioned that I am wrestling with. The whole "handing off the emotional load of teaching the home-centered church-s...
by AmyJ
10 Oct 2018, 06:52
Forum: Support
Topic: I May Throw Up...
Replies: 34
Views: 822

Re: I May Throw Up...

I also will not be doing a social media "fast" in the 10 day sense. I am analyzing and following the "Spirit of the Law" behind his request to the best of my ability. His talk prompted me review how I spend my "social media time" each day - and I realized that there were some changes to make (so I m...
by AmyJ
08 Oct 2018, 12:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Elder Gong's Talk
Replies: 7
Views: 284

Re: Elder Gong's Talk

There was a lot to be grumpy about... My family watched all conference sessions (5 for my 8.75 year old and myself, 4 for my husband). I wanted to hear what the amazing announcements would be firsthand. I wanted to support my husband. I went up to our branch building to be with my community and expo...
by AmyJ
08 Oct 2018, 06:53
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Elder Gong's Talk
Replies: 7
Views: 284

Re: Elder Gong's Talk

I took his talk as painting a Christ-like life. He gave 5 tools to use to do so, but he also said "not limited to" the standard litany of answers. But I did tune out the straight Obedience principles alot... I don't disagree Amy, but those five things were all the "tried and true" principles that m...