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by Arrakeen
30 Sep 2019, 18:29
Forum: Support
Topic: Overcoming feelings of isolation
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Overcoming feelings of isolation

We're human, we judge one another, and at church I think people assume that everyone is on the same page. I don't think this is limited to judgement either. I often hear people make comments like "we all know ____," "we all believe ____," or "isn't it great to be at a place where we all have the sa...
by Arrakeen
28 Sep 2019, 17:09
Forum: Support
Topic: Overcoming feelings of isolation
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Overcoming feelings of isolation

I'm having a really hard time lately feeling like I don't fit in at BYU. In academic and work contexts, it's totally fine. The people I interact with are great, friendly people. But as soon as church topics come up, I get hit with intense feelings of loneliness, and realize I just don't belong. Chur...
by Arrakeen
17 Sep 2019, 18:21
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is It Arrogant to Pray?
Replies: 12
Views: 368

Re: Is It Arrogant to Pray?

I don't think prayer is inherently arrogant, but it can be depending on what you pray for. For example, if you expect God to give you more blessings than someone else because you are more righteous than they are. Or if you pray about how glad you are to be better than others (like the Pharisee in Je...
by Arrakeen
17 Sep 2019, 18:05
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 9/17 Nelson Devotional
Replies: 20
Views: 974

Re: 9/17 Nelson Devotional

I really did not like the devotional. It seemed to me like saying the church is true because the church leaders say so and the world is always wrong. I didn't like how it seemed dismissive of concerns, especially those "disaffected from the church". I feel like those who trust the church leadership ...
by Arrakeen
13 Aug 2019, 09:42
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can We Talk about The Atonement?
Replies: 19
Views: 646

Re: Can We Talk about The Atonement?

Personally, I view the atonement as a demonstration of God's true character. Rather than being a distant, harsh, lawgiver God, he was one who became a vulnerable human to meet us at our level, allowing himself to suffer and die rather than exempting himself from these mortal trials. He met with sinn...
by Arrakeen
29 Jul 2019, 22:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Porn Addiction?
Replies: 21
Views: 1365

Re: Porn Addiction?

There's definitely an unhealthy obsession with pornography in the church. Porn is a real problem, but the church's methods are not helpful. We seem to spend a lot more time scaring people away from it instead of how to move on from it if you've already used it (which many, perhaps most, have). This ...
by Arrakeen
19 Jul 2019, 13:00
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: End of Duty to God, Personal Progress, Faith In God
Replies: 19
Views: 832

Re: End of Duty to God, Personal Progress, Faith In God

I don't get why they feel the need for even more indoctrination. They already have Sunday church and seminary every weekday. I don't think force feeding more of the gospel is going to keep kids in the church. It's just going to appeal to the super spiritual types and alienate everyone else. We might...
by Arrakeen
17 Jul 2019, 14:39
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: End of Duty to God, Personal Progress, Faith In God
Replies: 19
Views: 832

Re: End of Duty to God, Personal Progress, Faith In God

I never really liked the achievement-focused approach in young mens, so I never even bothered with Duty to God. It just seemed like a checklist to get done and get an award. Scouting on the other hand was fun because a lot of our activities were focused on having a good time, and the achievements we...
by Arrakeen
16 Jul 2019, 12:21
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Time to Pivot
Replies: 11
Views: 517

Re: Time to Pivot

I find it interesting that at the same time we're becoming more comfortable with a diversity of religious belief, we're becoming less comfortable with a diversity of political beliefs. The "us vs them" mentality seems to be declining in religion and increasing in current ideologies, and an argument ...
by Arrakeen
02 Jul 2019, 19:52
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Old Wine, Old Skins, Old Everything - 5th Sunday
Replies: 18
Views: 804

Re: Old Wine, Old Skins, Old Everything - 5th Sunday

Our 5th Sunday in the YSA ward was about finances. It's a useful topic, but there was so much focus on the whole "always pay tithing first, even if you don't have enough for rent. act in faith and it will work out". After my experiences with faith, I'm not going to make that bet. Other than that it'...