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by On Own Now
21 Mar 2019, 08:24
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Was Nephi a real person?
Replies: 38
Views: 2608

Re: Was Nephi a real person?

I would like to reorganize the Star Wars Universe, counting everything after ESB as apostate and the work of a fallen prophet.
by On Own Now
18 Mar 2019, 07:31
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pros and Cons of Supplementing
Replies: 8
Views: 453

Re: Pros and Cons of Supplementing

...we would be so much better off if we could strip away so many other things down to the essential message of Jesus. ff, if by "we", you mean "my wife and I", then I completely agree. I support your desire to find your own essential message of Jesus! If by "we" you mean the Church (LDS), then I wo...
by On Own Now
11 Mar 2019, 13:02
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rome Temple
Replies: 37
Views: 1622

Re: Rome Temple

The rumor is that we spent $1B on this project. In the interest of not furthering rumors, I'd say that the likelihood of this temple costing the Church $1B is extremely remote. Just by way of comparison, the opened-in-2016 US Bank Stadium where the Vikings play in downtown Minneapolis cost that amo...
by On Own Now
07 Mar 2019, 16:20
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Spiritual Ponzi Scheme
Replies: 40
Views: 1758

Re: A Spiritual Ponzi Scheme

mfree, I look at it this way: Whether we believe in God or not, part of the spiritual strength that we can bring to bear on any given problem is going to come from inside of us, not from a remote being in yonder heavens. As we find our spiritual strength, we are naturally able to weather more storms...
by On Own Now
07 Mar 2019, 16:07
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Spiritual Ponzi Scheme
Replies: 40
Views: 1758

Re: A Spiritual Ponzi Scheme

Just to take the aside prompt from dande, I do believe that members of the Church are susceptible to Ponzi Schemes and MLMs. I think this is because these schemes are made to leverage trust. So, each of us is more likely to be taken into one of these schemes by a family member, co-worker, close frie...
by On Own Now
05 Mar 2019, 11:12
Forum: Support
Topic: Gospel and Ethics Land Mine
Replies: 10
Views: 739

Re: Gospel and Ethics Land Mine

In Atheism and Theism, alike, it is easy to find people who live by strong sense of obligation to do good and to avoid doing wrong. It is, unfortunately, also easy to find people in both groups who don't. So, from that standpoint, I don't believe that Atheists are any more susceptible to anarchy tha...
by On Own Now
04 Mar 2019, 13:14
Forum: Support
Topic: Gospel and Ethics Land Mine
Replies: 10
Views: 739

Re: Gospel and Ethics Land Mine

I am currently taking several ethics courses as part of my education. I was interested in exploring with my husband how different ethical schools of thought presented in the scriptures. I figured that it was common ground because religion does teach ethics. If I put my long-ago believer hat on, I w...
by On Own Now
19 Feb 2019, 16:08
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Why Miracles?
Replies: 14
Views: 1124

Re: Why Miracles?

I have always thought of the miracles performed by Jesus as being symbols of what is possible in us spiritually. In a similar way, Jesus taught in parables: real-world stories with a spiritual meaning. Jesus fed the hungry, gave sight to the blind, cured those who were sick. In the case of the paral...
by On Own Now
15 Feb 2019, 12:22
Forum: Support
Topic: How do I talk to my wife about my faith crisis?
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: How do I talk to my wife about my faith crisis?

JB, Before anything else, let me say that I'm sorry you are going through this. It's tough; there is just no way around that. Don't talk to your wife until you've had a chance to absorb some differing perspectives from this group. Many of us have navigated this same issue with different approaches a...
by On Own Now
08 Feb 2019, 11:04
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Sunday School - Not.
Replies: 35
Views: 2063

Re: New Sunday School - Not.

My vote, actually, would be for GD1 and GD2. However, there is a practical way to divide that isn't entirely driven by popularity: Each week, us teachers have to consolidate down from two weeks of lessons from home study, into one lesson of SS study. Could just say, Class A always focuses on the fir...