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by Curt Sunshine
22 Jan 2020, 21:33
Forum: Support
Topic: Church Disavows Dark Sin as a Curse
Replies: 17
Views: 260

Re: Church Disavows Dark Sin as a Curse

I generally approach the issue with conservative members by focusing on the Book of Mormon as a historical record that reflects the views of the people at that time. It would be surprising to see a record of that stated time that was "progressive" with regard to race - but the BofM has one verse tha...
by Curt Sunshine
22 Jan 2020, 21:17
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bullying - Stop It more relevant than ever
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Re: Bullying - Stop It more relevant than ever

Bullying is "natural" - and it needs to be understood better and addressed more comprehensively.
by Curt Sunshine
20 Jan 2020, 19:47
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Talk help/suggestions
Replies: 14
Views: 321

Re: Talk help/suggestions

Great job. Thanks for sharing it with us.
by Curt Sunshine
20 Jan 2020, 19:32
Forum: Support
Topic: Church Disavows Dark Sin as a Curse
Replies: 17
Views: 260

Church Disavows Dark Sin as a Curse

At a meeting with the NASCP, Elder Stevenson said a paragraph in the Book of Mormon Sunday School manual was from an outdated understanding, that it had been removed from the online manual, and that it will not be included in any future manuals. He then said the Church disavows any statements that l...
by Curt Sunshine
19 Jan 2020, 11:16
Forum: Support
Topic: Sex Education Video for 11-15 Year Old Kids: Recommendations?
Replies: 1
Views: 61

Re: Sex Education Video for 11-15 Year Old Kids: Recommendations?

[Admin Note]: I am going to lock this post, since the topic doesn't really match our site mission, but there is nothing wrong with the question itself - so, if anyone has suggestions, please send Teancum144 a private message. Teancum144, if you want to start a discussion about how we deal with sex a...
by Curt Sunshine
17 Jan 2020, 14:30
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: What does a Temple Recommend mean to you?
Replies: 9
Views: 217

Re: What does a Temple Recommend mean to you?

It means I can go to the temple with my wife and children - and good friends.

It means I can hold certain callings and help in ways not possible without it.

That's about it.
by Curt Sunshine
14 Jan 2020, 18:25
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Talk help/suggestions
Replies: 14
Views: 321

Re: Talk help/suggestions

I would focus on "holy" meaning more like God, using Jesus' ministry as the example.

In that light, "holy" can mean "consecrated" - but the focus is more on whom we serve as disciples of Jesus - based on how he served them.
by Curt Sunshine
14 Jan 2020, 18:22
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Relief Society Lesson - Discipleship & Ministering as the Savior Does
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: Relief Society Lesson - Discipleship & Ministering as the Savior Does

I love the insights about Sariah.

In my lesson, one of the girls said she followed Levi because she had no real choice. She was his wife, and that's what wives did.
by Curt Sunshine
13 Jan 2020, 08:00
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Faith or Not
Replies: 7
Views: 223

Re: Faith or Not

Fwiw, I have a small number of those experiences. I don't see the other view I described as watered down. I see it as consistent with Paul's definition - "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen". I don't believe in a literal moving of mountains; I see those stories as myt...
by Curt Sunshine
12 Jan 2020, 20:33
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lawsuit Against the Church -- Implications
Replies: 16
Views: 395

Re: Lawsuit Against the Church -- Implications

State laws differ in how they define multiple aspects of reporting abuse. I also am a mandated reporter, and my responsibility is not tied to state of residence or church / ecclesiastical position. I am obligated to report abuse of the vulnerabe (not just children), and that would remain even if I w...