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by felixfabulous
08 Apr 2019, 07:29
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Conference Reactions
Replies: 8
Views: 508

Conference Reactions

The 189th Annual General Conference was kind of a mixed bag for me. I love the traditions, getting together with family and being with my family for the Priesthood Session. I love feeling like part of the group and was really happy the November 2015 policy changed. There were a few talks I enjoyed, ...
by felixfabulous
04 Apr 2019, 10:49
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Church to allow baptisms, blessings for children of LGBT parents, updates handbook regarding 'apostasy'
Replies: 56
Views: 3038

Re: Church to allow baptisms, blessings for children of LGBT parents, updates handbook regarding 'apostasy'

Very happy about the announcement as well. It's been interesting to see that it really highlighted some cognitive dissonance for very orthodox members of my family. I wonder if it will highlight prophetic fallibility for a lot of people who had not considered it before. The implications for this are...
by felixfabulous
02 Apr 2019, 12:31
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Atonement
Replies: 15
Views: 585

Re: Atonement

I think the BOM and D&C are pretty clear that some form of substitution/ransom theory is a central doctrine. But there have been different interpretations and iterations of this over time. I think, by and large, most Church members still subscribe to the anti-Universalist sentiment of Joseph Smith's...
by felixfabulous
02 Apr 2019, 08:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Atonement
Replies: 15
Views: 585

Re: Atonement

Good to hear that I'm not the only one who views things that way. I probably did not articulate my views well, but I've tried to explain this view of the atonement and had some people get extremely offended and think I was some kind of anti-Christ and denying the divinity of Jesus.
by felixfabulous
02 Apr 2019, 06:29
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Atonement
Replies: 15
Views: 585

Atonement

I've found that one of the most sure ways to make traditional believers uncomfortable and upset is to bring up alternative views of the atonement. For me, the atonement has made sense on paper, but never really resonated with me. Last year, I was sitting in a youth fireside where they showed this fi...
by felixfabulous
01 Apr 2019, 09:45
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Conservatism and Control vs. Autonomy and Respect
Replies: 21
Views: 885

Re: Conservatism and Control vs. Autonomy and Respect

The control part is one of the hardest parts of the Church for me as well. I also hate how many talks there are in GC about becoming a disciple, which is defined as totally giving up your self and allowing the Church to control you 100% (becoming Church broke). I don't think that's what Jesus meant ...
by felixfabulous
15 Mar 2019, 10:27
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pros and Cons of Supplementing
Replies: 8
Views: 453

Re: Pros and Cons of Supplementing

I think that is a fair point about a pastor wanting to keep people coming and generating revenue. But, I think the same argument could be made with us, that our leaders at the local level are trying to keep the people above them happy (stake presidents, area authorities, seventies) and that the peop...
by felixfabulous
15 Mar 2019, 07:24
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pros and Cons of Supplementing
Replies: 8
Views: 453

Pros and Cons of Supplementing

My wife and I have decided that we love the community of the Church and love having our family be a part of it (great programs for our kids and really good people, good values system). Both of us have felt like the messages don't necessarily resonate a lot and can fill pretty spiritually unfulfilled...
by felixfabulous
11 Mar 2019, 12:05
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rome Temple
Replies: 37
Views: 1621

Rome Temple

I've had a really mixed reaction to the Rome temple and wanted to see if anyone felt the same way. On the positive side, I think it's really cool that: 1. We built a temple in Rome; 2. Pres. Nelson met with the Pope and 3. That all the Q15 went over there (photo with all the apostle statutes was pow...
by felixfabulous
12 Feb 2019, 08:22
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My Joseph Smith Narrative
Replies: 5
Views: 373

My Joseph Smith Narrative

I've been trying to reevaluate my view of Church History for the last 10 years or so. I wanted to share my narrative to see what others think and if this resonates with anyone else. I sincerely believe that Joseph felt called to do a prophetic work. This was to save his family from their divisions o...