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by Curt Sunshine
18 Feb 2018, 10:17
Forum: Support
Topic: Tribal Living instead of Being an Island (Quasi-Vent)
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: Tribal Living instead of Being an Island (Quasi-Vent)

We sometimes refer to this forum as an Island of Misfit Toys. There is a HUGE difference between the idea that no (wo)man is an island (which I believe with some exceptions) and that islands are bad. There is a reason islands are some of the most visited vacation spots - and why we are encouraged to...
by Curt Sunshine
15 Feb 2018, 16:08
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Speaking up in class
Replies: 9
Views: 195

Re: Speaking up in class

When I say anything in class, I make sure I am speaking in "Mormonese". I also speak relatively slowly, pause to think for visual effect, and generally use a gentle tone. I can get away with a lot, since I know the scriptures and a lot of religious history pretty well - and since everyone knows I ha...
by Curt Sunshine
15 Feb 2018, 16:05
Forum: Support
Topic: Playing a different part in the church orchestra - Vocal Version
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Re: Playing a different part in the church orchestra - Vocal Version

Elder Wirthlin's "grand orchestra" analogy in "Concern for the One" is a favorite - and Elder Uchtdorf has referenced it, in one way or another, multiple times in his GC talks. I have sung bass and tenor, as the primary part, at different times in my life, and I like to sing soprano and alto (an oct...
by Curt Sunshine
14 Feb 2018, 20:47
Forum: Support
Topic: Sustaining Others in Callings
Replies: 7
Views: 157

Re: Sustaining Others in Callings

If you are interested, Amy, check out the following link to my personal blog. It includes multiple posts about sustaining.

http://thingsofmysoul.blogspot.com/search?q=Sustain
by Curt Sunshine
14 Feb 2018, 20:31
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The value of unorthodox parents
Replies: 7
Views: 168

Re: The value of unorthodox parents

My parents were generally orthodox, but my dad wasn't afraid to express a different opinion in church - and they supported me and my unorthodox views.

It was one of the greatest blessings of my childhood and adolescence.
by Curt Sunshine
11 Feb 2018, 17:03
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can we "buy" blessings?
Replies: 46
Views: 599

Re: Can we "buy" blessings?

I have had a few experiences I chalk up to divine blessings, but I believe more "blessings" are natural cause-and-effect than we tend to realize or want to believe.
by Curt Sunshine
11 Feb 2018, 16:16
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can we "buy" blessings?
Replies: 46
Views: 599

Re: Can we "buy" blessings?

Back to the question of the post:

I do not think we can buy blessings, but I do believe strongly we can be "blessed" as a result of our actions and mindsets. That applies to life, generally, not religion, specifically.
by Curt Sunshine
11 Feb 2018, 16:14
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can we "buy" blessings?
Replies: 46
Views: 599

Re: Can we "buy" blessings?

Fwiw, I also don't see the Lord's Prayer as an outline of how to pray - or, especially, as a template to be recited. I don't take the Bible that literally. I am fine, however, with using it to teach a general approach to prayer: sample elements that are fine, so to speak. (like directly addressing t...
by Curt Sunshine
11 Feb 2018, 15:53
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Questions About Faith
Replies: 16
Views: 255

Re: Questions About Faith

Anything takes faith if the person has no prior experience with it - if there is no "seen evidence" of the outcome.
by Curt Sunshine
11 Feb 2018, 09:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can we "buy" blessings?
Replies: 46
Views: 599

Re: Can we "buy" blessings?

As I said, it is a distinction without a difference.

The sentiment is nice, but I think it twists the words to express it as a condemnation/criticism of asking for individual blessings in personal prayers - which is how the original statement came across to me.