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by Arrakeen
13 Jul 2020, 16:16
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Jana Riess on shame and fear
Replies: 7
Views: 66

Re: Jana Riess on shame and fear

I suppose my question would be if we needed to rescue them from leaving the church. I wish there was some sort of function where there could be some sort of "exit interview" where the person could be heard and made to feel valued. We could then enter their stated reasons for self distancing from th...
by Arrakeen
12 Jul 2020, 18:37
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Does the formula for developing spirituality work for you?
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Does the formula for developing spirituality work for you?

No. The formula kind of worked for me before my faith crisis, until suddenly it didn’t. The things that used to strengthen my testimony kind of helped destroy it. Reading the scriptures, now all I see are the problematic doctrines, unscientific beliefs, and historical inconsistencies. With prayer, n...
by Arrakeen
09 Jul 2020, 16:31
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Wouldn't it be easier just to tell us?
Replies: 6
Views: 142

Re: Wouldn't it be easier just to tell us?

I don’t like the idea that we’re supposed to find some one true path. I prefer to think that we’re meant to forge our own new, unique path. What would be the point of agency if there’s already a pre-built path we need to follow? What learning would there be? Maybe God doesn’t tell us anything becaus...
by Arrakeen
08 Jul 2020, 15:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Change...
Replies: 16
Views: 952

Re: Change...

Thinking about this thread reminded me of how much is changing in my life right now. I'm young, single, not quite "menace to society" but getting there, and in the middle of the so-called "quarter-life crisis." Everything I was and believed is now changing. My mission was a major turning point. Up t...
by Arrakeen
08 Jul 2020, 14:50
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The God of this world
Replies: 11
Views: 179

Re: The God of this world

I agree information isn't enough. Humans naturally like to form narratives to make sense of information, and this process is inevitably shaped by biases and experience. Maybe God is just one of those narratives used to piece things together. I think the church puts too much emphasis on getting answe...
by Arrakeen
07 Jul 2020, 19:31
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The God of this world
Replies: 11
Views: 179

The God of this world

I've been trying to figure out recently whether I believe in God at all anymore, and whether it makes any difference. My opinion seems to be along the lines of "If there is a God, he doesn't seem to do a whole lot". Then I wonder what God's role is supposed to be. I remember an interesting TED talk ...
by Arrakeen
07 Jul 2020, 18:46
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Change...
Replies: 16
Views: 952

Re: Change...

Then there's the really unorthodox people like me who wipe the operating system and install Linux instead :lol: I find it often gives old, slow computers a second life. Seriously though, many people don't even know this option exists, thinking they're stuck with choosing between Microsoft and Apple ...
by Arrakeen
12 Jun 2020, 15:27
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NAACP, the Church, and modern race relations
Replies: 17
Views: 659

Re: NAACP, the Church, and modern race relations

It could also be interesting to look at changing how ward and stake boundaries are drawn to promote diversity with local units. I live in a city with a major demographic divide between the North and South, but the ward and stake boundaries are drawn as thin slices from East to West. This makes it so...
by Arrakeen
12 Jun 2020, 15:10
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Announcement from Church HQ (missionary apparel)
Replies: 10
Views: 453

Re: New Announcement from Church HQ (missionary apparel)

Before the sister missionary dress standards were extended to all missions they also did a similar thing where it was up to the mission presidents to decide. This might similarly get extended to all missions in a year or two. What I don’t like is how you still need white shirts or dresses for church...
by Arrakeen
11 Jun 2020, 17:27
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NAACP, the Church, and modern race relations
Replies: 17
Views: 659

Re: NAACP, the Church, and modern race relations

The church has come a long way, but there's still a lot of racist ideas that get passed around. My parents were criticized by people in the church when they got married because they weren't of the same race. Being multi-racial, I always thought it was ridiculous when the Young Men's lesson on marria...