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by Gerald
30 Sep 2018, 08:50
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Judah = Utah?
Replies: 8
Views: 529

Re: Judah = Utah?

Leo is the lion. The lion symbolizes Judah. Judah is actually pronounced Yudah. Yudah is phonetically equivalent to Utah. This involvement of this constellation may be dualism for the Jews but also for the Utahans. (sic)
Seems a bit of stretch for me. Though I can see why the connection was made.
by Gerald
30 Sep 2018, 08:47
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the second coming?
Replies: 17
Views: 748

Re: Do you believe in the second coming?

When I was a teenager (back in '80s), it seemed to be mentioned more frequently than it is now. Of course, that was during the Cold War where it seemed the former U.S.S.R. had missiles pointed at U.S.A. (and vice versa). I can vividly remember a lesson in Seminary that laid out all the events of the...
by Gerald
16 Sep 2018, 08:55
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Jehovah's Witnesses, return and report
Replies: 18
Views: 1126

Re: Jehovah's Witnesses, return and report

I once worked with a woman who was a JW. She told me about a young woman in their congregation who had become pregnant out of wedlock and was shunned as a result. I will say that she told me that she took no pleasure in not interacting with her and after a period of time (I don't know how that was d...
by Gerald
29 Jul 2018, 05:31
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Cool conference talk
Replies: 4
Views: 510

Cool conference talk

I was just browsing lds.org and came across this talk by Sterling W. Sill. It blew me away and made me wonder if such a talk would be given today (I suspect not...which is kind of a pity).

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/ ... s?lang=eng
by Gerald
29 Jul 2018, 04:20
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bill Reel about to get excommunicated? >:-(
Replies: 121
Views: 7487

Re: Bill Reel about to get excommunicated? >:-(

I, too, am sorry to hear about Bill Reel. I very much enjoyed his earlier podcasts. As already mentioned, he had grown more strident recently and I stopped listening. His balanced, nuanced approach to faith and the Church had given way to apathy for and even aggression towards that institution. I'm ...
by Gerald
22 Jul 2018, 06:47
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Spiritual Anchors
Replies: 14
Views: 1184

Re: Spiritual Anchors

If I repent and am forgiven, and then commit the same sin again, my previous repentance will be revoked. I remember hearing this a lot. I have decided that this is not the way repentance works. Repentance is a lifelong process of trying, failing, trying, failing and trying again. Some sins we move ...
by Gerald
22 Jul 2018, 06:36
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Would you want to be a leader in the celestial kingdom?
Replies: 46
Views: 1785

Re: Would you want to be a leader in the celestial kingdom?

Question I'd like to put out there: Do you think the LDS Church is effective in cultivating good, strong leadership skills? I've never been a bishop but I've to a few stake trainings for other reasons and found them to be, invariably, meetings that discuss policy and procedures or glorified priesth...
by Gerald
15 Jul 2018, 10:18
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Would you want to be a leader in the celestial kingdom?
Replies: 46
Views: 1785

Re: Would you want to be a leader in the celestial kingdom?

I don't worry about it or even think about it any more than necessary. I try to focus on this life, since it is the only thing that is "real" right now. A decent point. But if we are going to focus on this life I would have to say that if there is any aspect to the LDS Church that I would do away w...
by Gerald
19 Apr 2018, 09:53
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gerontocracy versus Terms?
Replies: 18
Views: 908

Re: Gerontocracy versus Terms?

I wonder how the members of the Quorum of the Twelve feel about it? If I had to guess, I have a feeling that they are fine with the lifelong calling, illness and stress notwithstanding. My guess is that individuals called to the upper echelons of leadership tend to be workaholics by nature and being...
by Gerald
16 Apr 2018, 12:32
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Was I really like that? Yes.
Replies: 17
Views: 672

Re: Was I really like that? Yes.

We had an interesting situation in Church that seems relevant to this thread. A woman was giving a talk about the Proclamation to the Family in sacrament meeting and at one point said something to the effect, "I struggle with the Proclamation's conception of gender. I believe in the Proclamation but...