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by GBSmith
10 Dec 2017, 14:38
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hamula revisited
Replies: 19
Views: 1116

Re: Hamula revisited

I'm of an age when decisions of courts were announced in priesthood meeting and the usual reason given was "conduct unbecoming a member". What I've heard is that what he did wasn't that bad but that someone didn't like him so he was excommunicated. Leadership roulette at the top.
by GBSmith
18 Nov 2017, 18:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First Time Temple Freakout - You Weren't Prepared
Replies: 44
Views: 2918

Re: First Time Temple Freakout - You Weren't Prepared

SamBee wrote Now my opinion. Freemasonry is partly preparation for death. So too is the temple ceremony. It reminds us we are mortal. I'm a master mason so no argument there. * Masonic lodges and temples are frequently used for public functions. The Nauvoo Temple was used for dances, as I recall. O...
by GBSmith
17 Nov 2017, 14:19
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First Time Temple Freakout - You Weren't Prepared
Replies: 44
Views: 2918

Re: First Time Temple Freakout - You Weren't Prepared

SamBee wrote:
15 Nov 2017, 10:00
A ritual that is practically plagiarized from the freemason initiation- something that not even the most stalwart apologists can link to Solomon's Temple.
They already have!
I'm sorry but have they plagiarized it or have they linked it to King Solomon's Temple or both?
by GBSmith
06 Nov 2017, 07:16
Forum: Support
Topic: Transgender Discussion and Experience at Church Today
Replies: 4
Views: 576

Re: Transgender Discussion and Experience at Church Today

For clarification when does church discipline come into the picture? If there's gender reassignment surgery? As to callings I assume Primary and SS are off the table but library, RS callings not involving teaching, or activities committees would be ok. It will be interesting what your SP and area au...
by GBSmith
11 Oct 2017, 10:11
Forum: Support
Topic: Tell me why I don't like Sundays
Replies: 35
Views: 2247

Re: Tell me why I don't like Sundays

It's hard enough when you believe it but when the foundational stories don't add up anymore, it makes for a long three hours. If we didn't have good friends and a great bishop, it wouldn't be doable.
by GBSmith
11 Oct 2017, 10:07
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: More Details on Priesthood - RS Instruction 2018
Replies: 9
Views: 643

Re: More Details on Priesthood - RS Instruction 2018

I think the decision was made to not go through the time and expense of new lessons and just try and improve the teaching, hence the new "Teaching the Savior's Way" program. The powers that be likely feel that even though the lessons haven't changed in 18-19 years, nobody teaches then the same so wh...
by GBSmith
30 Sep 2017, 17:14
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oct. 2017 General Conference
Replies: 147
Views: 4761

Re: Oct. 2017 General Conference

After reading Ray's comment I decided to go back and watch DHO's talk and it didn't really upset me. I think it's because I'm more out than in these days and because I think that's just what everyone else on the stand believes even though they may not say it. Other GA's may make it a little more sof...
by GBSmith
09 Sep 2017, 10:22
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "You Lost Me"
Replies: 24
Views: 1707

Re: "You Lost Me"

you lost me at: polygamy, especially after I read Annie Clark Tanner's autobiography BYU falsely accused my niece's husband for fraud and had his membership record annotated without there being a formal counsel held. Joseph Smith and Fanny Alger, et al. Modesty for pre-schoolers My second mission pr...
by GBSmith
29 Aug 2017, 08:46
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An interesting letter
Replies: 4
Views: 573

An interesting letter

Here is the link to an interesting letter that has some application to the LDS church. https://themennonite.org/opinion/open-l ... ed-church/
Malcom Gladwell interviews him on one of his first season's podcast.
by GBSmith
28 Aug 2017, 20:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Modesty: The Shoulder War
Replies: 11
Views: 747

Re: Modesty: The Shoulder War

As I see it the emphasis on modesty in dress is to try and keep people from seeing others in an unhealthy, sexualized way and in doing that help to reduce pornography and eventually immoral and unchaste behavior. To whit Elder Oakes comment that immodest dress in girls makes them pornography to youn...