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by Gerald
01 Apr 2018, 04:41
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Combining Elders and High Priests
Replies: 19
Views: 1313

Combining Elders and High Priests

I must admit that I was surprised last night to have an announcement of some importance presented in the Priesthood session. It used to be that you always got some cool announcement that you could run home and tell your wife or family about but that hadn't happened for years (though it's probably fo...
by Gerald
03 Feb 2018, 14:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Setting Goals
Replies: 21
Views: 995

Re: Setting Goals

The vocabulary of the LDS Church perplexes me. And nothing perplexes me more than the constant, incessant, and persistent use of the word "goal." My current bishop is really into goals and has set goals for the ward, has asked each auxiliary presidency to set organizational goals, and has pushed eac...
by Gerald
27 Jan 2018, 05:55
Forum: Support
Topic: Asking to be released...
Replies: 29
Views: 2412

Re: Asking to be released...

My father was a bishop and he told me that one of the most surprising things about that calling was how many people said "no" to callings and how many people asked to be released. My wife was in the primary presidency a number of years ago and one of her teachers gained her release by slapping down ...
by Gerald
21 Jan 2018, 08:30
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: On DFU Making it Back to the FP or Becoming Pres
Replies: 12
Views: 750

Re: On DFU Making it Back to the FP or Becoming Pres

I don't know how much of a difference it would make. Or stated differently, the church can't place all of its hopes in the Uchtdorf basket. I have to agree with Nibbler's comment here. I certainly appreciate President (now Elder) Uchtdorf and I enjoy his talks and his often moderate approach. But i...
by Gerald
20 Jan 2018, 09:30
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Alma and Corianton: The Parent-Teenager Responsibility Lecture + Doctrinal Discussion
Replies: 3
Views: 419

Re: Alma and Corianton: The Parent-Teenager Responsibility Lecture + Doctrinal Discussion

I think one of the saddest stories in the Book of Mormon, is Corianton. He did some pretty bad things, on his mission to be sure. But his dad had a talk with him, he repented, and by Alma 49 he was an exempliary man of God. And yet, his sins are engraven on plates of gold for time and for all etern...
by Gerald
20 Jan 2018, 09:28
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Candid are you with Non-Members about the church?
Replies: 17
Views: 952

Re: How Candid are you with Non-Members about the church?

I live in the Mormon belt and so my opportunities to talk with nonmembers is fairly limited. One guy I work with closely is not a member but grew up around Mormons his whole life. We mainly have professional discussions but he is always respectful and aware of the Mormon faith but doesn't ask me que...
by Gerald
03 Jan 2018, 08:42
Forum: Support
Topic: President Monson Passes
Replies: 23
Views: 1248

Re: President Monson Passes

For me, President Monson's death marks the end of a personal era. As a child, I never tracked these changes in the Quorum of the Twelve (I'm not sure that I understood the difference between Seventies and Apostles). They were just men who spoke at Conference from time to time. Right before I left on...
by Gerald
30 Dec 2017, 12:04
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Can God really hold us accountable for anything?
Replies: 12
Views: 883

Re: Can God really hold us accountable for anything?

The whole notion of "fulfilling the measure of our creation" would seem to imply that judgment will vary from person to person. Each individual will be held accountable for different things. This is why a "checklist" of commandments doesn't make much sense to me. Yes, of course, we should not kill a...
by Gerald
30 Dec 2017, 11:16
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Charity Vending Machines at Temple Square
Replies: 8
Views: 495

Re: Charity Vending Machines at Temple Square

One thing about the Church I really appreciate, is I DO trust them (for the most part) with my charitable donations. Other organizations have too big of an overhead, with CEOs making in 7-figure salaries. With other organizations, when you "buy" specific items as a donation, it all really just goes...
by Gerald
30 Dec 2017, 11:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grief - Mourning with those that Mourn
Replies: 8
Views: 576

Re: Grief - Mourning with those that Mourn

I remember many years ago (I was in my late 20s) an elderly woman who lived down the street from me had lost her husband of many years. I didn't know her particularly well so was aware of her loss without knowing much about it. I happened to be walking past her one morning as she watered her lawn. I...