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by Arrakeen
09 Apr 2019, 13:28
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: What does the Book of Mormon actually teach?
Replies: 53
Views: 3696

Re: What does the Book of Mormon actually teach?

Frankly if I had not read the four gospels as part of rebuilding my faith I may still not be an active member today. This is where I'm at currrently in my own journey. I'm focusing on studying the New Testament for now, and it's amazing how much better things fall into place with a focus on the sim...
by Arrakeen
08 Apr 2019, 19:40
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Conference Reactions
Replies: 8
Views: 516

Re: Conference Reactions

I really didn't like Nelson's talk either. I remember as a missionary we had a recent convert who broke down crying when taught about eternal families because she would be separated from her nonreligious parents. She later disappeared and never came back to church. Until then I never really realized...
by Arrakeen
07 Apr 2019, 21:50
Forum: Support
Topic: Conference Favorite - Not Favorite
Replies: 21
Views: 1377

Re: Conference Favorite - Not Favorite

Haven't watched all of them yet, but I liked Gong and (surprisingly) Bednar.

Nelson's talk about ordinances didn't really work for me.
by Arrakeen
06 Apr 2019, 11:48
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Promised Blessings
Replies: 39
Views: 2256

Promised Blessings

I've noticed we always talk about receiving "promised blessings," but rarely specify what those blessings actually are. Keeping the commandments, making and keeping temple covenants, paying tithing, going on a mission, etc. are supposed to qualify us for promised blessings. What blessings are we act...
by Arrakeen
06 Apr 2019, 11:24
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Your Answer May Come Right Away...
Replies: 15
Views: 942

Re: Your Answer May Come Right Away...

When I hear things like this I always wonder, of what use is prayer when answers come in some form we don't recognize? Wouldn't God give us an answer we understand? It all seems pretty pointless to me. I think for some people this kind of faith just brings comfort. Comfort that whatever happens is p...
by Arrakeen
06 Apr 2019, 11:08
Forum: Support
Topic: General Conference Thread
Replies: 70
Views: 2957

Re: General Conference Thread

Amen "When we see others as how soon they will don a white jump suit and look for the nearest baptismal font - you are doing it wrong. " Interesting. I don't know how many times I've heard that story about the successful missionary with lots of baptisms, who tells the secret of his success as imagi...
by Arrakeen
03 Apr 2019, 14:40
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Atonement
Replies: 15
Views: 606

Re: Atonement

Rumin8 wrote:
03 Apr 2019, 09:24
Arrakeen,

Can you provide the citation for this quote from Richard Rohr? I’d like to explore it in greater detail and context. What a great way to look at the atonement.
https://cac.org/love-not-atonement-2017-05-04/
by Arrakeen
02 Apr 2019, 13:22
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Atonement
Replies: 15
Views: 606

Re: Atonement

From Richard Rohr: Historically we moved from human sacrifice to animal sacrifice to various modes of seeming self-sacrifice, usually involving the body. For many religions, including immature Christianity, God was distant and scary, an angry deity who must be placated. God was not someone with whom...
by Arrakeen
01 Apr 2019, 08:31
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What is there left to change?
Replies: 66
Views: 2502

Re: What is there left to change?

There's also the rumor that some countries, Brazil in particular, that require clergy training for people to receive a missionary visa. I don't know whether that's true, but the rumor was that seminary filled that role. This is the case for New Zealand, I had to get a proselyting certificate and se...
by Arrakeen
24 Mar 2019, 20:47
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Should I feel guilty?
Replies: 30
Views: 2743

Re: Should I feel guilty?

They are reasonably happy, fulfilled, good partners to their spouse, good parents & decent all round human beings. I loved them beyond words. Also, I consider them to be good friends to their Mother & me. We ask their opinions on a regular basis. That sounds like success to me. The "ideal" family i...