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SoCal convert of old age and still learning, wondering

Posted: 22 Jan 2015, 22:03
by LDS_Scoutmaster
I've been all over the range on the faith scale. I am a convert, shortly thereafter served a mission. I was very TBM, and literal in my thinking, almost extremist at times. MIT and am very active. I've read all kinds of "anti" literature, even before joining. Some was typical from other religions trying to convert, others were historical questions, which later started my faith evolution. I've redefined my definitions of the gospel, and finally separated "the church" from "the gospel". Hope that I can interact and be helpful to people going through the same or similar circumstances.

Idk if I'm unique in that I didnt grow up in the church, but I also want to help my own children who are.

Re: SoCal convert of old age and still learning, wondering

Posted: 22 Jan 2015, 22:25
by hawkgrrrl
Welcome to the site. Sounds like you have a unique and valuable perspective to offer.

Re: SoCal convert of old age and still learning, wondering

Posted: 23 Jan 2015, 03:47
by DarkJedi
Your story sounds very similar to mine. I am also a convert who served a mission and I was very TBM. I also found it necessary to separate the gospel and the church and that's why I can StayLDS. Welcome to our community. I hope you feel comfortable in stopping by and sharing your perspectives.

Re: SoCal convert of old age and still learning, wondering

Posted: 23 Jan 2015, 07:44
by LookingHard
Welcome. We are glad to have you here.

I am losing track of how many years and how many times I have been scoutmaster. I assume you must have been a SM at some time given your login name.

Re: SoCal convert of old age and still learning, wondering

Posted: 23 Jan 2015, 09:23
by Curt Sunshine
Welcome. I look forward to hearing from you and am glad you are participating with us here.

Re: SoCal convert of old age and still learning, wondering

Posted: 23 Jan 2015, 09:46
by Heber13
Welcome! Are there any particular topics you are or have searched through that has driven you to get online and want to discuss things?

I'm glad you joined the forum. I look forward to learning from your posts.

Re: SoCal convert of old age and still learning, wondering

Posted: 23 Jan 2015, 10:03
by Roadrunner
Welcome Scoutmaster. I hope this site is able to help with whatever you are seeking. It's been a lifesaver for me.

As a side note, thanks for your service as scoutmaster. It's a difficult calling and can be extremely time intensive and there are few callings that can impact young men for the better as much as scoutmaster.

Re: SoCal convert of old age and still learning, wondering

Posted: 23 Jan 2015, 10:25
by nibbler
Welcome.

Like DJ and yourself I'm a convert that served a FT mission and married in the temple... and that doesn't mean you're not unique. Each of us have our variants that contribute to our unique perspective. I look forward to hearing from yours.
Roadrunner wrote:As a side note, thanks for your service as scoutmaster. It's a difficult calling and can be extremely time intensive and there are few callings that can impact young men for the better as much as scoutmaster.
+1

I earned my Eagle in a troop sponsored by the Methodist Church. Having not grown up in the church my experiences with scouting went a very long way in preparing me for a FT mission.

Re: SoCal convert of old age and still learning, wondering

Posted: 23 Jan 2015, 11:22
by university
Welcome! I look forward to reading your perspectives.

Re: SoCal convert of old age and still learning, wondering

Posted: 23 Jan 2015, 11:53
by Ann
Hi, Scoutmaster - I'm also glad you're here and look forward to hearing from you. "Wondering" is a good word for all of this.