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by Orson
25 Aug 2017, 13:23
Forum: Support
Topic: Faith Crisis, Round 2
Replies: 11
Views: 767

Re: Faith Crisis, Round 2

I have decided for now, for the sake of balance, to continue to go to church and hold a TR until this is resolved completely one way or the other. The beginning of my faith reconstruction in earnest began the moment I realized matters of faith will never be resolved completely. It is uncertainty an...
by Orson
17 Aug 2017, 08:28
Forum: Introductions
Topic: How can I enjoy staying?
Replies: 18
Views: 2016

Re: How can I enjoy staying?

Hi Trailblazer, It is difficult, challenges abound. I just try to focus on positive things and allow people to believe whatever they do. In time you may be able to re-frame the troubling topics, and just let them sit as they are. Paradigms change with new information. Let me take a stab at the items...
by Orson
20 Jul 2017, 13:04
Forum: Support
Topic: How do you reconcile Joseph Smith?
Replies: 70
Views: 3807

Re: How do you reconcile Joseph Smith?

I have a few more thoughts so please excuse me while I continue. :smile: If we are to remain a true and "living" faith we need to not become fossilized. Some have critiqued that the correlation program could have an unintended consequence of making a fossil out of our church. Living things grow and ...
by Orson
20 Jul 2017, 08:16
Forum: Support
Topic: How do you reconcile Joseph Smith?
Replies: 70
Views: 3807

Re: How do you reconcile Joseph Smith?

So, how can I stay LDS when I'm questioning if Joseph Smith even had the first vision... if he was even a prophet... Because if he didn't have the first vision and if he wasn't a prophet, I'm left in a very scary spot. I'm upset, I'm scared, I'm confused, I'm heartbroken... It is extremely troublin...
by Orson
20 Jul 2017, 07:39
Forum: Book & Media Reviews
Topic: BoM Geography Theories (GT)
Replies: 21
Views: 1880

Re: BoM Geography Theories (GT)

You make several good points Heber, thank you.
by Orson
18 Jul 2017, 19:08
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: A new interpretation of Matt 5:48
Replies: 11
Views: 602

Re: A new interpretation of Matt 5:48

I agree. I wish that verse would always be read in the context of those preceding it.
by Orson
18 Jul 2017, 19:05
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Questions for Hofmann
Replies: 25
Views: 1287

Re: Questions for Hofmann

Most of these questions have been answered in books and interviews of people who were close to him. He was supposed to tell all after he was sentenced and in prison, but those interviews fell apart after a while. OON has the right idea and my understanding is he wouldn't take visitors or talk to any...
by Orson
18 Jul 2017, 18:52
Forum: Book & Media Reviews
Topic: BoM Geography Theories (GT)
Replies: 21
Views: 1880

Re: BoM Geography Theories (GT)

... But uncovering the exact location would "take away our need for faith" and "frustrate God's purposes", right? That is my position, and why I have no interest in discussions that rely on an assumption that the BoM is literal history. The only way to hear God's voice in the book is through readin...
by Orson
27 Jun 2017, 13:13
Forum: Support
Topic: Help talking to a spouse
Replies: 42
Views: 2809

Re: Help talking to a spouse

I DO believe in Santa!! This is the key: I might get hung up on whether or not there is a literal Father in Heaven that we are trying to become more like, but that doesn't change that I believe it's important to learn and grow and improve from our experiences. I was in much the same situation Tom. F...
by Orson
11 May 2017, 08:54
Forum: Support
Topic: Help me find meaning...
Replies: 27
Views: 2426

Re: Help me find meaning...

Among the good ideas already shared, and because I don't have time to write a book length reply... One thing I consider often is the idea that our purpose on earth may be boiled down to personal growth. If we take that seriously we are constantly putting events of life into perspective, asking "how ...