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by SMiLe
25 Mar 2015, 09:41
Forum: Support
Topic: Pinpointing the start of faith issues
Replies: 21
Views: 2003

Re: Pinpointing the start of faith issues

I've been dealing with my FC for so long know that it is hard to pinpoint what exactly kicked it all off. My inner turmoil still seems to jumble many things together. It may have been finding out that Joseph Smith was a treasure hunter, using his stones to search for lost treasure and other things. ...
by SMiLe
24 Mar 2015, 09:07
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Missionaries and challenges/commitments
Replies: 24
Views: 1753

Re: Missionaries and challenges/commitments

Working alongside someone for a few hours is going to tell me a lot more about what they believe than sitting on the couch talking about something I'm probably not really interested in. I have been telling my wife for years that the missionary program should switch to service missions rather than p...
by SMiLe
17 Mar 2015, 13:15
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Through a glass darkly"
Replies: 5
Views: 1328

"Through a glass darkly"

It is hard to read posts on this site without coming across a reference here and there to 1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. It is obvious that this passage holds a lot of meaning for u...
by SMiLe
09 Mar 2015, 14:34
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Questions vs. Doubts or Questions vs. Questions
Replies: 23
Views: 1983

Re: Questions vs. Doubts or Questions vs. Questions

In my experience, the difference between a question and a doubt, from the TBM's point of view, is that a question means that you don't have all of the answers but your are sure that the answer will toe the party line while a doubt means that you believe the answer to your question may lie outside of...
by SMiLe
05 Mar 2015, 11:21
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why blog at
Replies: 22
Views: 2037

Re: Why blog at

As one of the long time lurkers, I figured I would come out of the shadows and answer a couple of these too. - What brought you here at first? I honestly don't remember how I found the site. I know that when my questioning / doubting started, I spent a lot of time reading apologetics on the internet...
by SMiLe
05 Mar 2015, 09:52
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Doubting - Meridian Magazine
Replies: 11
Views: 1483

Re: Doubting - Meridian Magazine

Because we are dynamic beings and truth is received line by line, precept by precept, because revelation is continuing and not always infallible , we must be willing to accommodate new understanding. Otherwise, as Joseph feared, we will “fall apart like shattered glass” rather than make the subtle ...
by SMiLe
09 Dec 2014, 10:38
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Age of Faith Crisis
Replies: 43
Views: 5892

Re: Age of Faith Crisis

Started in earnest in my late 30's and continues on into my 40's. When I first read the thread title, I thought you were asking how long our FC/transition has lasted. :) I guess in my case, the answer to my own question is years and years with no end in sight...
by SMiLe
22 Oct 2014, 13:33
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Essay on Polygamy! (update, a 2nd one posted also)
Replies: 113
Views: 10026

Re: New Essay on Polygamy! (update, a 2nd one posted also)

I have always had a hard time reconciling the story of the angel with the sword: During the third and final appearance, the angel came with a drawn sword, threatening Joseph with destruction unless he went forward and obeyed the commandment fully. and D&C 121:41 41 No power or influence can or ought...
by SMiLe
23 Sep 2014, 09:21
Forum: Support
Topic: You need to start responding
Replies: 42
Views: 4760

Re: You need to start responding

I read this and immediately thought, "Who, us lurkers?" I can't speak for anyone but myself, but I check in to read the board about once a day and usually don't respond or post - and I have wondered at times why that is. I think that some times it is because I am not sure that what I have to say is ...
by SMiLe
05 Aug 2014, 14:19
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Did God really help you find a boat?
Replies: 61
Views: 6726

Re: Did God really help you find a boat?

I also feel that God takes a fairly hands off approach to our daily existence. I don't view everything that goes wrong in life as necessarily a test and not everything that goes right is divine intervention. After all, some things that go wrong are simply the consequences of someone else exercising ...