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by GBSmith
27 Aug 2017, 19:37
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Modesty: The Shoulder War
Replies: 11
Views: 741

Re: Modesty: The Shoulder War

In my forays into the philosophies of nudism, I have come to confirm a truth I have known all along, but with a new depth in perspective: the human body is a beautiful and good creation of God. Sexuality is beautiful and God-given for the happiness of mankind. There are no 'naughty' parts of the bo...
by GBSmith
12 Aug 2017, 20:22
Forum: Support
Topic: YSA Bishops Sowing Despair
Replies: 25
Views: 1689

Re: YSA Bishops Sowing Despair

It seems that people go to their bishop or branch president for two reasons, to find out if they've done something wrong and if they have to find out what to do to fix it. In the first case we seem to forget that we're capable of deciding for ourselves right and wrong and in the second I've decided ...
by GBSmith
10 Aug 2017, 20:29
Forum: Support
Topic: Naked people in your ipod
Replies: 7
Views: 538

Re: Naked people in your ipod

Very interesting and insightful piece. It underscores the need to see the human body as something normal and beautiful and not always associated with sexuality and porn. It also affirms my decision as a nudist/naturist to participate with my wife in chaste social nudity and brings some regret that i...
by GBSmith
09 Jul 2017, 17:27
Forum: Support
Topic: How do you reconcile Joseph Smith?
Replies: 70
Views: 4445

Re: How do you reconcile Joseph Smith?

I've always liked Brian's view of this one (he's the original admin here). He says JS just used what he had at hand, which was masonry, and then altered it to create a ritual that got the points across that God was trying to help him convey. There are similarities, obviously, handshakes, tokens, et...
by GBSmith
26 Apr 2017, 06:12
Forum: Support
Topic: Handshakes and Drawn Swords
Replies: 31
Views: 3004

Re: Handshakes and Drawn Swords

I think we overemphasize sex in deciding whether polygamy is wrong. We underemphasize lack of emotional intimacy, loneliness, and treating women like property. Points that are well made in Annie Clark Tanner's autobiography, "A Mormon Mother". Eleanor Roosevelt said she could never read it without ...
by GBSmith
20 Apr 2017, 16:36
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Russian court bans Jehovah's Witnesses as extremist group
Replies: 16
Views: 769

Re: Russian court bans Jehovah's Witnesses as extremist group

I expect it has most to do with opposition from the Russian Orthodox Church and the fact that won't show allegiance in any way to the Russian state. Their refusal to salute the flag in the US back in the day went all the way to the supreme court and I don't see Putin as being all that concerned abou...
by GBSmith
13 Apr 2017, 05:54
Forum: Support
Topic: Peace vs. Being Right
Replies: 4
Views: 525

Re: Peace vs. Being Right

Pick your battles. Sometimes peace is more important than being right. I saw that quote this morning and was reminded of a private conversation in which I have been involved recently. It is good advice. A corollary would be pedestrian in a cross walk vs. semi, he had the right of way but...
by GBSmith
12 Apr 2017, 18:23
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: God said what to do but not how to do it.
Replies: 19
Views: 1994

Re: God said what to do but not how to do it.

What if God commanded JS to found/restore God's church - and then He remained silent on How to do it? The number of ways the church organization and doctrine changed over the years before JS's death is good evidence to me that he was on his own in figuring it out. That's assuming that he was comman...
by GBSmith
10 Apr 2017, 20:25
Forum: Support
Topic: SIL hits the wall
Replies: 10
Views: 933

Re: SIL hits the wall

I sort of managed last year teaching GD by just sticking to moral lessons and avoiding any discussion of historicity of the BoM. This year it got too hard so I asked to be released. Church for me now is mainly based on community. These are some of the best, most decent people I know and are Christia...
by GBSmith
05 Apr 2017, 09:09
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Going to two churches
Replies: 12
Views: 996

Re: Going to two churches

@GBS does your ward know? If they do, does it affect the way they treat you? Also, I added a second question at the bottom of my post if you have any input on that? Thanks! Some in the ward know I'm in EFM but no one knows I attend at times. I'd gladly talk about it if it ever came up but it hasn't...