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by Ray DeGraw
23 Jun 2017, 16:37
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The culture of marriage
Replies: 10
Views: 113

Re: The culture of marriage

I did some research into marriage ages inside and outside the LDS Church a few years ago when the question was asked. The differences aren't surprising, but a few things might be to many here. To the best of my memory: 1) The average first-time marriage ages for male and female, active Mormons (in t...
by Ray DeGraw
21 Jun 2017, 20:03
Forum: Support
Topic: Quick update on another meeting with SP
Replies: 40
Views: 451

Re: Quick update on another meeting with SP

Regarding a verbal suggestion?

No.
by Ray DeGraw
21 Jun 2017, 20:02
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Fanny Alger, First Plural Wife?
Replies: 13
Views: 229

Re: Fanny Alger, First Plural Wife?

I believe it wasn't a marriage. I think it was an extra-marital affair. I don't believe polygamy was a cover for the affair. I think Joseph saw prophetic polygamy in the Bible and believed in "restoring" all things that seemed reasonable to him. I think it seemed reasonable to him - but that was aft...
by Ray DeGraw
21 Jun 2017, 11:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Transitioning into adulthood
Replies: 12
Views: 517

Re: Transitioning into adulthood

Thank you for the update. I am glad you have found peace and a good, supportive spouse.
by Ray DeGraw
21 Jun 2017, 11:21
Forum: Support
Topic: new website to build bridges
Replies: 8
Views: 176

Re: new website to build bridges

I think your intent is noble, Bill - because I know you and your heart. I think most traditional members would have a visceral, negative reaction to the home page, as been been stated by others. That first impression is of someone only highlighting negatives - and a couple of the claims are not as c...
by Ray DeGraw
20 Jun 2017, 21:11
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Parting Glass
Replies: 9
Views: 128

Re: The Parting Glass

Thanks for letting us know how you are.

We try to help people stay, but if they leave we want them to leave in peace.

I am happy you are at peace.
by Ray DeGraw
20 Jun 2017, 21:07
Forum: Support
Topic: Quick update on another meeting with SP
Replies: 40
Views: 451

Re: Quick update on another meeting with SP

Humans gonna human, but it still appeals me when things like this happen.

You are handling it well. I admire and respect that greatly.
by Ray DeGraw
19 Jun 2017, 19:24
Forum: Support
Topic: I can't anymore. I'm done with God.
Replies: 47
Views: 1531

Re: I can't anymore. I'm done with God.

We see God very differently, Joni, so all I can do is offer my supporting ear and heart - and ask you again to figure out how you personally WANT to feel about God. What do you want God to be like? Once you answer that, believe in that God. Even if you believe you can't express it openly to others, ...
by Ray DeGraw
19 Jun 2017, 09:03
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Abuse or Mis-Use?
Replies: 10
Views: 221

Re: Abuse or Mis-Use?

That was beautiful, thoughtful, and important, mom3.

Thank you so much for writing it. I probably will use parts of it in the future.

Would you mind if I post it on my personal blog, as something a friend shared with me?
by Ray DeGraw
19 Jun 2017, 08:58
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Looks, charm and celestial glory
Replies: 8
Views: 214

Re: Looks, charm and celestial glory

DJ, I have heard of that conclusion specifically in cases of homosexual members who are told, essentially, that they are an abomination currently (and an enemy) and will be "fixed" in the next life. (and I recognize the cruel irony of that wording) I haven't heard it in other situations, like people...