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by cjonesy108
08 Dec 2008, 09:04
Forum: Support
Topic: What do you enjoy? What is hard to sit through?
Replies: 12
Views: 1939

Re: What do you enjoy? What is hard to sit through?

those are really good ideas. i love to read and i love to write -- good alternatives for a guy who feels some discomfort right now.

thanks!
by cjonesy108
07 Dec 2008, 20:32
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The First Vision
Replies: 35
Views: 2892

Re: The First Vision

this is a hard topic for me. i found out about the alternate versions while on my mission, and that was pretty difficult, i often felt insecure about it while teaching it. i didn't really dwell on it until college -- and i still feel conflicted -- i don't necessarily doubt that something happened to...
by cjonesy108
07 Dec 2008, 20:24
Forum: Support
Topic: What do you enjoy? What is hard to sit through?
Replies: 12
Views: 1939

Re: What do you enjoy? What is hard to sit through?

i watched general conference for the first time in a while, and i really enjoyed it -- i have always liked the music, and certain speakers still resonate for me (holland especially). i find sunday school difficult right now in general -- i find myself footnoting and commenting a lot, probably becaus...
by cjonesy108
07 Dec 2008, 20:21
Forum: Support
Topic: Considering a new Recommend
Replies: 24
Views: 1665

Re: Considering a new Recommend

i haven't been to the temple in quite some time, and haven't gone through the interview, so take this for what it's worth. i'm pretty sure the bishops/sp are told not to ask follow-up questions. and 'temple worthiness' isn't between him and you, but between you and god. so if it's something that is ...
by cjonesy108
07 Dec 2008, 16:35
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Book of Mormon Translation
Replies: 119
Views: 9101

Re: Book of Mormon Translation

salo hit on some points that resonate with me. i think the book offers a window into joseph smith's personal beliefs, and in many ways is a critic of the bible and of 19th century Christianity. this viewpoint has shifted the meaning of the book a great deal for me, while i respect the belief of most...
by cjonesy108
26 Nov 2008, 10:16
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Book of Mormon Translation
Replies: 119
Views: 9101

Re: Book of Mormon Translation

We can definitely get into a lot of semantic wrangling with the Book of Mormon. I think foremost among those semantic challenges is the word translation. I think growing up we all saw the pic of Joseph with the gold plates on the table as he dictates to his scribe. I'm assuming all of us know that a...
by cjonesy108
25 Nov 2008, 11:18
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Intellectual Faith?
Replies: 5
Views: 1184

Re: Intellectual Faith?

hmmm, a lot to digest in that post. I'm going through my faith crisis/struggle pretty intensely right now, and appreciate a lot of what people like Bennion and Aarington have to say and contribute. I guess the problem I've been having when I'm at church right now is that I am constantly footnoting a...
by cjonesy108
25 Nov 2008, 11:10
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Book of Mormon Translation
Replies: 119
Views: 9101

Re: Book of Mormon Translation

I have very recently come to a nuanced conclusion that the Book of Mormon is not what it claims to be. The Book claims to be a translation from an ancient record handed down through generations and preserved to come forth in the latter-days. I tend to think along the lines of Anthony Hutchinson and ...
by cjonesy108
23 Nov 2008, 20:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What's the difference between NOM and StayLDS?
Replies: 57
Views: 5177

Re: What's the difference between NOM and StayLDS?

I think those missions are well articulated...for me, someone who is on the fence, I'm going to be trying to be a part of both -- so my apologies in advance if I don't toe the line as well as I should.

I'm still falling off the cliff, and am not quite sure how I will land.
by cjonesy108
23 Nov 2008, 20:08
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Okay I'll say it, Polygamy
Replies: 18
Views: 2919

Re: Okay I'll say it, Polygamy

ahh polygamy...what a topic. like many Mormons, I'm a descendant of a polygamist. that said, i think it is and always has been wrong, evil, vile, etc. I don't personally think it was ever a commandment of God. A little food for thought from one of my favorite philosophers, Soren Kierkegaard. He has ...