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by Curt Sunshine
23 Nov 2020, 17:00
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic
Replies: 29
Views: 1203

Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

I really like the idea of telling the Bishop (or clerk or secretary): "I have been a full tithe payer all my life, but I really dislike tithing settlement meetings. I think they are a complete waste of time in my situation. You can check the full-tithe payer box. I will tell you if that ever changes...
by Curt Sunshine
22 Nov 2020, 23:14
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pope endorses same sex civil unions
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Pope endorses same sex civil unions

God, No. Our prophets? Yes and No, depending on the issues. "The incorrect traditions of their fathers" is not confined only to "others". It is the central reason the Restoration needs to be on-going, based on "further light and knowledge". Ancient Israel, Jews, Christians, and Mormons never have ha...
by Curt Sunshine
22 Nov 2020, 23:06
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: StayLDS Version of the Give Thanks Media Campaign
Replies: 16
Views: 276

Re: StayLDS Version of the Give Thanks Media Campaign

[Admin Note]: This is not the place for objections to any examples of thanks, and the original examples only were posted to show examples of heterodox thanks. They were not included to say or imply they are good or bad. Again, this is a thread for thanks only, not objections to other people's expres...
by Curt Sunshine
21 Nov 2020, 13:16
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: StayLDS Version of the Give Thanks Media Campaign
Replies: 16
Views: 276

Re: StayLDS Version of the Give Thanks Media Campaign

I am thankful for my upbringing - and for experiences that expanded my understanding and allowed me to grow beyond that upbringing, including experiences that allowed me to leave behind elements of that upbringing that no longer were appropriate for each stage of my life.
by Curt Sunshine
21 Nov 2020, 13:14
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: StayLDS Version of the Give Thanks Media Campaign
Replies: 16
Views: 276

StayLDS Version of the Give Thanks Media Campaign

I am not a big fan of the LDS Church's holiday media campaigns that use formulated hashtags, although I am not a strong critic either. This year, however, I have seen a few "Give Thanks" Facebook posts from LDS friends that have brought a smile for their unorthodox authenticity. I have seen people u...
by Curt Sunshine
21 Nov 2020, 12:38
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to respond to missionaries
Replies: 24
Views: 358

Re: How to respond to missionaries

Honestly, I accept their invitation and find a way to teach them a perspective from the scriptures they hadn't considered previously. We have had some long, fun conversations (including about mistakes missionaries make in the way they teach the Gospel) - but I am confident enough to do something lik...
by Curt Sunshine
21 Nov 2020, 12:24
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is StayLDS at its end of life?
Replies: 30
Views: 2556

Re: Is StayLDS at its end of life?

I am a good example right now of greatly reduced participation over the last few months. I have been crazy busy at work, for a number of reasons I can't get into here. I have been working a lot of overtime hours, so my "free time" has had to be focused on staying in touch with family and close frien...
by Curt Sunshine
21 Nov 2020, 12:04
Forum: Support
Topic: Bad trying to be good or good that does bad?
Replies: 9
Views: 895

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

I try to be a good person, which is complicated.

That is good enough for me.
by Curt Sunshine
21 Nov 2020, 12:03
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic
Replies: 29
Views: 1203

Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

If it is important to you to declare a status, send an email. Done. If it is not important to you to declare a status, ignore the requests to do so - or, this year, just say you are being super careful about going anywhere you don't need to go and say you are paying what you can during this difficul...
by Curt Sunshine
21 Nov 2020, 11:52
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why do you go?
Replies: 13
Views: 1065

Re: Why do you go?

I go to support people I love, especially those who don't fit the stereotypical mold.

I am not shy, and I know how to say unorthodox things in orthodox words (how to speak "Mormonese"), so I go so other unorthodox members hear someone saying things in a way that helps them in their journeys.