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by Curt Sunshine
22 Jun 2018, 21:31
Forum: Introductions
Topic: My Intro & Hellos
Replies: 8
Views: 105

Re: My Intro & Hellos

Loneliness sucks. I am glad you found us.
by Curt Sunshine
21 Jun 2018, 19:57
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: An Afterlife?
Replies: 66
Views: 2925

Re: An Afterlife?

no struggle, no conflict, no worries or tears.
Fwiw, that isn't the God of Mormonism. Just saying. :smile:
by Curt Sunshine
21 Jun 2018, 19:54
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New hymnal is in the works! Some major, wonderful changes.
Replies: 37
Views: 666

Re: New hymnal is in the works! Some major, wonderful changes.

I am biased, since I love music. Singing rousing hymns as a group is awesome - except when they are played at funeral dirge speed. :wtf:

When I play a rousing hymn in any meeting, I play it at the upper end of the tempo range listed for it - and sometimes beyond the range.
by Curt Sunshine
21 Jun 2018, 13:41
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Elizabeth Smart: Forgiveness is another word for self-love
Replies: 12
Views: 223

Re: Elizabeth Smart: Forgiveness is another word for self-love

Believing bad things happen for a divinely-inspired reason is a privilege of people who don't face devastating and unbearable lives. (Specific events? Yes. Lives? No.) In practical terms, that view minimizes the pain of those who suffer the most, by imagining such suffering ultimately is good for th...
by Curt Sunshine
21 Jun 2018, 13:32
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is belief a choice? Also, seriously? No really, seriously?
Replies: 18
Views: 269

Re: Is belief a choice? Also, seriously? No really, seriously?

The USA has been a WASP "soft theocracy" for a long, long time. I don't have time to go into all of the reasons that is true, but we aren't out of the woods yet. Much of the current political struggle is to keep us from changing back into a clearer WASP theocracy than the recent diversity movement h...
by Curt Sunshine
21 Jun 2018, 12:07
Forum: Support
Topic: Meeting with the Branch President
Replies: 26
Views: 748

Re: Meeting with the Branch President

God bless good people with good hearts.
by Curt Sunshine
21 Jun 2018, 12:01
Forum: Support
Topic: "I AM" . . . Me
Replies: 0
Views: 44

"I AM" . . . Me

When the Old Testament records God giving Moses a name to share with the Israelites when they questioned his "mission", the name God gave was "I AM". I understand the ways in which that has been interpreted over the years, but my favorite interpretation of it is my own. I see it as saying descriptor...
by Curt Sunshine
20 Jun 2018, 19:21
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Does Programmed Service Build Community?
Replies: 13
Views: 233

Re: Does Programmed Service Build Community?

The idea that non-purely-motivated service is bad comes from a misinterpretation of the Biblical verse that says paying alms (helping others) for public recognition does not bring a reward in heaven. What people fail to recognize is that those who do so are said to "have their reward (already)" - wh...
by Curt Sunshine
19 Jun 2018, 11:22
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New hymnal is in the works! Some major, wonderful changes.
Replies: 37
Views: 666

Re: New hymnal is in the works! Some major, wonderful changes.

Now that we are talking about grace much more openly, I can see it being added - or, at the very least, allowed.

That is an example of why the second change I mentioned is so important. Even if it isn't included, it still may be sung (subject to leadership roulette, but at least possible).