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by Arrakeen
17 Nov 2020, 16:14
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Recent U.S. election
Replies: 25
Views: 775

Re: Recent U.S. election

I also wonder if some of the problem has to do with the idea that you should never bring up religion or politics. Especially during times like Thanksgiving with family. We know these topics are controversial and want to avoid conflict, so we just keep quiet about them in some social situations. And ...
by Arrakeen
17 Nov 2020, 15:52
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Recent U.S. election
Replies: 25
Views: 775

Re: Recent U.S. election

Gerald, this reminds me of a line from the movie Wreck-It Ralph 2: First rule of the internet: Do not read the comments For some reason, comment sections seem to bring out the worst in humanity. I once commented on some Youtube video (just some fun video, nothing remotely controversial) and someone ...
by Arrakeen
17 Nov 2020, 11:47
Forum: Support
Topic: Group Identity
Replies: 19
Views: 671

Re: Group Identity

Another aspect I need to clarify, from my experience (for what it's worth), groups (branches, wards or stakes) that reside close to a college or university setting seem to be more "progressive" or tolerant of opposing views or opinions. This is a generalization I know that doesn't always work. In m...
by Arrakeen
17 Nov 2020, 11:24
Forum: Support
Topic: Group Identity
Replies: 19
Views: 671

Re: Group Identity

A second part of this is that if you have served a mission then you have already dedicated significant resources to being part of the group. You are a native Mormon and do not feel lost, confused, or bewildered by all the quirks, acronyms, or shared cultural memories. That is a significant advantag...
by Arrakeen
17 Nov 2020, 11:09
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Recent U.S. election
Replies: 25
Views: 775

Re: Recent U.S. election

The internet and social media are definitely a problem. I'm not that old, but I still remember when the internet was more "free". Youtube was just a bunch of funny videos of teenagers doing dumb things, instead of a bunch of sponsored videos and professional influencers. Facebook was a fun place to ...
by Arrakeen
17 Nov 2020, 10:51
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Food Storage a Commandment?
Replies: 32
Views: 2363

Re: Food Storage a Commandment?

I was living in New England back in 2008 when there was a huge ice storm that knocked out power for a week. The roads were all covered in ice so we couldn't go anywhere for a few days. We ended up having to use some of our food storage that we cooked on a gas camping stove. I don't think most people...
by Arrakeen
12 Nov 2020, 22:03
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why do you go?
Replies: 13
Views: 1081

Re: Why do you go?

I used to get a lot of benefit as a teenager because that was where all my friends were. Church was the main opportunity I had to socialize and make friends. When I first started college, the church was a convenient support community to help each other adjust to being away from home. As a missionary...
by Arrakeen
12 Nov 2020, 21:45
Forum: Support
Topic: Group Identity
Replies: 19
Views: 671

Group Identity

One of the things I struggle with in the church is the feeling that I don’t fit in with the group identity. I seem to have a really difficult time feeling a sense of loyalty or belonging to a group. For example, my mission had the whole mission vision statement and mission song, but I was never real...
by Arrakeen
06 Nov 2020, 15:41
Forum: Support
Topic: Bad trying to be good or good that does bad?
Replies: 9
Views: 903

Re: Bad trying to be good or good that does bad?

I remember reading about how people tend to attribute their good actions to their personality, and their bad actions to circumstances. So when I do something good, it’s because I’m a good person, but when I do something bad it’s because of some circumstance. But then when viewing others, people tend...
by Arrakeen
05 Nov 2020, 10:13
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Mormon Word
Replies: 18
Views: 1178

Re: The Mormon Word

One thing some people don’t realize is “Mormon” and “Member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” aren’t always interchangeable. “Mormon” is a broader term that can refer to culture, not just religious membership. There are people who are “Mormon” but are not “Members of The Church of ...