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by Gerald
12 Jan 2012, 05:42
Forum: Support
Topic: Son unable to complete misson
Replies: 32
Views: 1027

Re: Son unable to complete misson

Missions are INCREDIBLY stressful even under the most ideal circumstances. While I am glad I went, I would never want to repeat the experience. To have any kind of health problem (mental or physical) while on a mission would render the experience almost unbearable. I came across this article some ti...
by Gerald
27 Dec 2011, 07:07
Forum: Support
Topic: Ball of Confusion: Part 1 - What is "TRUE"?
Replies: 17
Views: 682

Re: Ball of Confusion: Part 1 - What is "TRUE"?

I don't think we are the only church that makes such claims. Christ “established here on earth” only one Church and instituted it as a “visible and spiritual community”[5], that from its beginning and throughout the centuries has always existed and will always exist, and in which alone are found all...
by Gerald
06 Dec 2011, 06:03
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Organizational Conflict
Replies: 41
Views: 1071

Re: Organizational Conflict

Another question is how does the Church measure performance or effectiveness as an organization? It looks to me like they value extreme loyalty and commitment to the organization and strict conformity to its rules above all else. Personally, I think this way of measuring success is fundamentally fl...
by Gerald
05 Dec 2011, 06:47
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on Being Offended
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Re: Thoughts on Being Offended

This is an excerpt from Elder Bednar's talk on taking offense. In many instances, choosing to be offended is a symptom of a much deeper and more serious spiritual malady. Thomas B. Marsh allowed himself to be acted upon, and the eventual results were apostasy and misery. Brigham Young was an agent w...
by Gerald
28 Nov 2011, 06:29
Forum: Support
Topic: Sexual Transgression and Dwelling Together in Love
Replies: 20
Views: 813

Re: Sexual Transgression and Dwelling Together in Love

The article is compelling. Unfortunately,even if a general authority came over the pulpit and said something similar (and I don't think any of the G.A's would disagree with the basic theme) few members of the Church will ever look upon sexual sin with anything but utter abhorrence. Many of us don't ...
by Gerald
24 Nov 2011, 05:56
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My friends need this forum I think
Replies: 14
Views: 437

Re: My friends need this forum I think

I have looked at a number of forums and this is the only one I have ever joined. I am not interested in "splinter" groups nor am I interested in groups of members or exmembers that enjoy bashing the Church. I joined this forum because the emphasis is on RESPECTFUL discussion. That means if you are a...
by Gerald
23 Nov 2011, 06:31
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How a common practice becomes doctrine
Replies: 26
Views: 759

Re: How a common practice becomes doctrine

Another case in point is a local practice (I think) of having a 'spiritual thought' as part of the agenda for every single meeting. Can't proceed without one. I'm not sure where or when it got started or if it is, in fact, a church-wide thing, or just something that got started here locally. Does a...
by Gerald
23 Nov 2011, 06:26
Forum: Support
Topic: Irritated by the Politics
Replies: 16
Views: 462

Re: Irritated by the Politics

I think that a number of members are "one-issue" party members. They focus on one issue and then affiliate with the party that supports that position. For example, some members are Republicans because Republicans don't support abortion or because they support lower taxes. (Though I would guess that ...
by Gerald
22 Nov 2011, 05:43
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How a common practice becomes doctrine
Replies: 26
Views: 759

Re: How a common practice becomes doctrine

Most people hate ambiguity. A procedure is right or its wrong. A person is good or he's bad. An action is sinful or holy. I am constantly confronted with this kind of thinking both in and out of the Church. I think it is human nature to seek for absolutes as they provide reliable structure for our l...
by Gerald
19 Nov 2011, 05:44
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Happiness in the Celestial Kingdom?
Replies: 28
Views: 914

Re: Happiness in the Celestial Kingdom?

It is helpful to me to see this as a VERY incomplete attempt to describe something of great spiritual significance in the afterlife. It is a human's attempt (Joseph Smith) to describe something that is far beyond our ability to get our heads wrapped around. We can't even prove we exist after we die...