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by Ray DeGraw
20 Aug 2017, 09:34
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: To Be Seen for the Honors of Men? Lost reward?
Replies: 5
Views: 60

Re: To Be Seen for the Honors of Men? Lost reward?

1) The key phrase in the verse is, "to be seen of them (by others)". This describes a motive. Is one of your motives to be noticed by others - and, through that recognition, to be rewarded for it (even if only by being praised). If so, when you receive that praise or reward, you literally "have YOUR...
by Ray DeGraw
18 Aug 2017, 18:16
Forum: Support
Topic: BYU and Cheap Tuition
Replies: 22
Views: 314

Re: BYU and Cheap Tuition

I was raised rural poor. The only reason I did not attend BYU was that I was accepted into a highly selective school with fully need-based financial aid. In essence, I got a full-ride scholarship except for the standard federal student loans. Without that sort of academic opportunity, I would have a...
by Ray DeGraw
18 Aug 2017, 11:52
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Abusing the Priesthood
Replies: 17
Views: 191

Re: Abusing the Priesthood

:shock: :o :wtf:

Is there an emoji for going blind? ;)

Okay, now that I have taken the thread off the rails, it probably is time to end this sub-thread. :lol:
by Ray DeGraw
18 Aug 2017, 11:49
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The *other* 1978 Declaration
Replies: 3
Views: 79

Re: The *other* 1978 Declaration

Wonderful quote, Sam. Thanks for sharing it.

Someone please copy this and paste it into our quotes thread. I am on a device that doesn't allow me to do it.
by Ray DeGraw
18 Aug 2017, 11:46
Forum: Support
Topic: BYU and Cheap Tuition
Replies: 22
Views: 314

Re: BYU and Cheap Tuition

Saying everyone could just go to another college or university overlooks the issues of cost and debt. It also overlooks the issue of education for millions of members in areas where higher education is not available readily, if at all. I agree, DA, with most of the rest of your comment, but the Chur...
by Ray DeGraw
18 Aug 2017, 11:40
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Another newbie
Replies: 22
Views: 980

Re: Another newbie

:thumbup: :clap: :D
by Ray DeGraw
17 Aug 2017, 15:11
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Daily Scripture Study
Replies: 9
Views: 142

Re: Daily Scripture Study

There is great power in reading inspiring things and being enlightened. Many members find the scriptures inspiring. Many members have thoughts hit them while reading the scriptures that are enlightening. I have had that sort of experience more than once - but I also have had that experience reading ...
by Ray DeGraw
17 Aug 2017, 15:03
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Abusing the Priesthood
Replies: 17
Views: 191

Re: Abusing the Priesthood

My twisted mind immediately went to how some people call men who have been ordained to an office in the Priesthood by the term "the Priesthood", combined with an element of sexual activity for which some members and leaders (and booklet) use a stupid euphemism that includes the word "abuse". In thos...
by Ray DeGraw
17 Aug 2017, 09:47
Forum: Introductions
Topic: How can I enjoy staying?
Replies: 16
Views: 189

Re: How can I enjoy staying?

One more thing: I have said here multiple times that if a leader calls me, they get me. They don't get the person they think I am; they get me. Therefore, I do what I can do and what I am comfortable doing and what I feel won't hurt myself or my family. I will NOT prioritize a calling over myself or...
by Ray DeGraw
17 Aug 2017, 09:29
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: LDS Church Responds to Charlottesville White Supremacist Rally
Replies: 20
Views: 265

Re: LDS Church Responds to Charlottesville White Supremacist Rally

That are astute observations, beefster and Sam - and they are within the parameters of the post. Having said that, let's not make this thread about politics, generally. Let's keep it focused on the Church's statements themselves. If we don't do that, the thread could spiral away from the post in a h...