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by Beefster
16 Jan 2018, 23:21
Forum: Support
Topic: New First Presidency of the church
Replies: 27
Views: 357

Re: New First Presidency of the church

I'll admit I'm sad about Uchtdorf not being in the FP anymore and I'm bracing myself for DHO, but perhaps there's a silver lining in all this. I don't think we really know all the sides to RMN and DHO. RMN has never really rubbed me the wrong way and he has always had good variety in his talks. DHO ...
by Beefster
16 Jan 2018, 19:48
Forum: Support
Topic: How to Resolve Feelings of Intellectual Dishonesty
Replies: 15
Views: 193

Re: How to Resolve Feelings of Intellectual Dishonesty

I do see where it could be hard serving as a ward missionary teaching investigators/new members. I am not exactly sure what I would do if a Missionary turned to me and said "Bro. Roy could you share your testimony of the First Vision?" I do not know that I could honestly say what the Missionary wan...
by Beefster
15 Jan 2018, 12:07
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi!
Replies: 13
Views: 135

Re: Hi!

Welcome! I know how you feel regarding the temple. The endowment is cultishly ritualistic and it completely freaked me out my first time through. I frankly don't understand how people went through it and loved it . It still bothers me a little and is something I don't particularly care to do. There ...
by Beefster
15 Jan 2018, 11:57
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Candid are you with Non-Members about the church?
Replies: 11
Views: 155

Re: How Candid are you with Non-Members about the church?

I don't go out of my way to talk about the church, but when it comes up, I'm not bashful about it. If people have questions, I answer them as candidly as possible and I don't whitewash. I present the facts as I understand them and I let them decide for themselves. I don't push or pressure. I don't p...
by Beefster
15 Jan 2018, 11:30
Forum: Support
Topic: How to Resolve Feelings of Intellectual Dishonesty
Replies: 15
Views: 193

Re: How to Resolve Feelings of Intellectual Dishonesty

Thing is, it started as a "teach Gospel Principles" calling. I was reluctant to accept at the time because the faith transition was already in full swing at the time. But my conditioning meant I said yes. Now I'm being roped into calling members (active or not) to have them feed the missionaries (wh...
by Beefster
14 Jan 2018, 18:29
Forum: Support
Topic: How to Resolve Feelings of Intellectual Dishonesty
Replies: 15
Views: 193

Re: How to Resolve Feelings of Intellectual Dishonesty

To start, I think defining intellectual dishonesty (or "authenticity") is important. Are you intellectually dishonest when you try to present yourself in the best light on a first date? How about when you do not want to go on a date but do not want to hurt the askers feelings? I defined the term in...
by Beefster
14 Jan 2018, 12:29
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Does God really expect us to pick the right church?
Replies: 7
Views: 129

Does God really expect us to pick the right church?

I guess this is sort of a sequel to "Can God really hold us accountable for anything?" I have been struggling lately with reconciling my feelings on the "one true church" mentality. There are hundreds of thousands of churches/faiths/congregations in this world right now . There are so many conflicti...
by Beefster
14 Jan 2018, 11:54
Forum: Support
Topic: How to Resolve Feelings of Intellectual Dishonesty
Replies: 15
Views: 193

How to Resolve Feelings of Intellectual Dishonesty

I feel I have (at least somewhat) resolved my feelings of blaming the church for my social deficiency and not feeling like I belong. I truly feel like I have a lot to gain socially from the church. But I can't really get behind many of the things the church stands for. Some of those things I can dea...
by Beefster
10 Jan 2018, 18:31
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Women and Religion
Replies: 23
Views: 758

Re: Women and Religion

I think 'feminist' is a very murky term that can mean a lot of different things, depending on who you ask. It can range anywhere from meaning 'egalitarian' (where I stand personally) to "female superiority and misandry" (which seems to be the more popular ideology right now). There are genuinely goo...
by Beefster
10 Jan 2018, 08:36
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Superstitions
Replies: 18
Views: 362

Re: Superstitions

Satan ruling the water, so no swimming for missionaries. (I like the policy. It is too easy for missionaries to have problems when swimming in many places. However, the devilish angle simply is a superstition left over from Greek mythology.) I've always found this ironic, since missionaries are sup...