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by Gerald
22 Oct 2011, 09:09
Forum: Support
Topic: If bored in Sacrament does it mean you're not spiritual?
Replies: 31
Views: 988

Re: If bored in Sacrament does it mean you're not spiritual?

One of the "pitfalls" of a lay clergy is that you don't have professional speakers and, sometimes, ill-prepared speakers. My current bishopric is made up of three very good-natured, caring and concerned men...and each week the announcements are incomplete (on one occasion, the bishop had to get thre...
by Gerald
16 Oct 2011, 05:54
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Acceptability of Gospel versions
Replies: 11
Views: 700

Re: Acceptability of Gospel versions

For me personally to make sense of it, I must conclude that God is much more open, accepting, and forgiving of our faltering attempts to draw near unto him than I had previously supposed. If some of the terrible acts, personal flaws, and abhorrent doctrines possessed by some of the saints at varyin...
by Gerald
14 Oct 2011, 05:13
Forum: Support
Topic: Son and a mission?
Replies: 10
Views: 1113

Re: Son and a mission?

I don't know if this is "official policy" but it seems that, with respect to missions, the Church is no longer as tolerant as it used to be of two things: disobedient missionaries and missionaries with significant health problems. On my mission, I served as secretary to the president which meant I w...
by Gerald
12 Oct 2011, 04:36
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Visiting the "inactive"
Replies: 15
Views: 777

Visiting the "inactive"

I'd like to get some perspective on a incident that occurred in our ward recently. Our elders quorum president was talking to me and mentioned that the bishop had asked him to contact a family in our ward who had been on the "No Contact" list for a number of years. I don't know their history except ...
by Gerald
06 Oct 2011, 05:29
Forum: Support
Topic: The Book of Mormon...
Replies: 53
Views: 1289

Re: The Book of Mormon...

Okay, I probably meant a portion of his meaning - the part that I see as most important. Either the BoM is inspired or it's a malicious fraud. I wouldn't word it that way, but given that choice it's easy for me -- I see it as inspired and not malicious. I see Elder Callister's perspective as a fals...
by Gerald
04 Oct 2011, 18:00
Forum: Introductions
Topic: A quiet rebel
Replies: 12
Views: 860

Re: A quiet rebel

Thanks for the welcome. Although I love my wife, she is no home-maker. She gets no energy from homemaking unless it's doing crafts. Meals do not get made, housecleaning rarely occurs unless I do it -- and that makes me miserable at times. SilentDawning, this is my life, too! My wife and I struggle t...
by Gerald
03 Oct 2011, 05:12
Forum: Introductions
Topic: A quiet rebel
Replies: 12
Views: 860

A quiet rebel

My upbringing was standard faithful LDS. I went on a mission. I married in the temple. I started working and raising a family (five children). Yet I can remember key points in my life when I questioned certain aspects of the Church. I can recall on my mission when an overzealous zone leader brought ...