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by Gerald
28 Nov 2011, 06:29
Forum: Support
Topic: Sexual Transgression and Dwelling Together in Love
Replies: 20
Views: 834

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: 450

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: 831

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: 481

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: 831

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: 941

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...
by Gerald
18 Nov 2011, 05:39
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Happiness in the Celestial Kingdom?
Replies: 28
Views: 941

Happiness in the Celestial Kingdom?

A reality for many Mormon parents is that some of their children "wander from the path." They are faced with the prospect that even though they may live lives that earn them a place in the Celestial Kingdom, their child may not. As I consider my love for my own children, it occurred to me that if I ...
by Gerald
18 Nov 2011, 05:29
Forum: Introductions
Topic: A quiet rebel
Replies: 12
Views: 938

Re: A quiet rebel

I appreciate the warm welcome I've received since joining this board. I've never joined any discussion boards before (though I've lurked on a few). It's kind of a big step for me personally.
by Gerald
18 Nov 2011, 05:26
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The Man Presides in the Home -- good reasons for it?
Replies: 42
Views: 1351

Re: The Man Presides in the Home -- good reasons for it?

I like a man, who can share power, rather then do the whole administrative thing on spiritual things and I just follow, most women want a man to preside to me, because that is what they have been taught to like, and what they have learned to like. Just a thought. My wife and I share quite a bit (I ...
by Gerald
30 Oct 2011, 06:20
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts appreciated
Replies: 20
Views: 493

Re: Thoughts appreciated

SD, I'm sorry to hear that your wife is struggling with her calling. My wife was recently released as a counselor in the Primary presidency. She asked to be released. She had served in that calling for nearly three years and (as you probably know) Primary can be incredibly draining. Our bishop was v...