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by lotsofgray
29 Nov 2017, 14:37
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: “I Don’t Know”... The Perfect Response?
Replies: 11
Views: 1028

Re: “I Don’t Know”... The Perfect Response?

I'm not sure having such a discussion with a leader is a foregone conclusion. Other than temple recommend interviews which I have initiated and require only yes or no answers I have not had such an interview or discussion since my return to church about 3 1/2 years ago. My SP and his counselors, as...
by lotsofgray
26 Nov 2017, 16:20
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Light the World
Replies: 8
Views: 873

Re: Light the World

Thanks, Mom. I do like the Light the World "program" and I know members who do it (and I do some). On the other hand, it saddens me that we have to have a program to get members to do it and we only do it now. However, any good at all is still good. EXACTLY! Why do members always have to wait for a...
by lotsofgray
25 Nov 2017, 20:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: “I Don’t Know”... The Perfect Response?
Replies: 11
Views: 1028

Re: “I Don’t Know”... The Perfect Response?

I have said something like the following. "The plan is so expansive and beautiful that I hope for it to be true. I am giving effort every day to act on that hope. As I understand it, that is what faith is." I do not have a TR so I do not feel that there is any need for anyone to ask me probing ques...
by lotsofgray
23 Nov 2017, 23:10
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: “I Don’t Know”... The Perfect Response?
Replies: 11
Views: 1028

“I Don’t Know”... The Perfect Response?

For some time I have felt that the day will come when I will be put on the spot and “cornered” if you will by some priesthood authority (bishop, sp) and pressed to give some answer as to why I choose not to hold a TR. while the reasons are many, I think if either started to go down the path of askin...
by lotsofgray
20 Nov 2017, 15:52
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First Time Temple Freakout - You Weren't Prepared
Replies: 44
Views: 3047

Re: First Time Temple Freakout - You Weren't Prepared

I went through the temple for the first time back in 1970. That was a very long time ago, and things have changed a lot since then. I remember being totally freaked out by the initiatory ceremony, and I didn't do initiatories again until just a few years ago, after the major changes were made. I qu...
by lotsofgray
20 Nov 2017, 15:19
Forum: Support
Topic: Why? Do you have to hurt my Children too.
Replies: 13
Views: 1277

Re: Why? Do you have to hurt my Children too.

I am so heartbroken. This is long winded and will likely hurt my anonymity. It seems that the saying the church is true but the people aren’t just doesn’t cover some things especially when they happen over and over again and to your children. We are an active family that held visible callings until...
by lotsofgray
14 Nov 2017, 01:55
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Good Day to be a Mormon...
Replies: 1
Views: 462

Good Day to be a Mormon...

While I know most of our days of late are filled with what’s wrong with our history or beliefs, or culture – myself a hard self-critic of all of the above – there are times when I am proud to be associated with exceptional members or former members doing the right thing in the world of their own acc...
by lotsofgray
27 Oct 2017, 13:59
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Questions to ensure youth are ready to serve a mission
Replies: 23
Views: 1465

Re: Questions to ensure youth are ready to serve a mission

Totally agree with all here. I can’t imagine any “normal” teenager being at all excited about mission realities before going. I am glad that at least now it’s public what a real mission is about. Hopefully these kinds of pre-commit disclosures will help kids and adults make personal decisions with e...
by lotsofgray
25 Oct 2017, 19:09
Forum: Support
Topic: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell -- Testimony Edition
Replies: 9
Views: 830

Re: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell -- Testimony Edition

I think I need some assertiveness training...[emoji108]


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by lotsofgray
25 Oct 2017, 19:07
Forum: Support
Topic: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell -- Testimony Edition
Replies: 9
Views: 830

Re: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell -- Testimony Edition

Personally I don’t feel like I have any privacy or way to set boundaries or decline “invitations” without repercussion. It might not feel like it, but you do. First, half the time you don't need to respond immediately, which gives you time to think things over and even post about them here if you f...