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by SilentDawning
25 Nov 2021, 01:27
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: The Physical Sensations of the Spirit
Replies: 7
Views: 210

The Physical Sensations of the Spirit

I can't remember if I asked this question before, so here goes. When you feel the Spirit, what physical sensations do you experience? Here it is for me -- when I have a light manifestation of the spirit, my tongue rests at the top of my mouth where I feel a tingling feeling I associate with peace. I...
by SilentDawning
15 Nov 2021, 00:35
Forum: Support
Topic: Sad about possessions lost
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Sad about possessions lost

I moved recently. As part of the move, I either had stolen from my vacant first home or damaged by movement, about $5000 worth of possessions, either woodworking or musical instruments/equipment. A small percent of it was insured (I hope), but most of it wasn't insured for breakage. It has me thinki...
by SilentDawning
12 Nov 2021, 16:25
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: TR, Goals, & Tithing
Replies: 39
Views: 6880

Re: TR, Goals, & Tithing

It was interesting following this thread. I feel it's best to be as upfront with the leadership as you can,without harming yourself. If you say "I don't ever see myself in the temple and I question most of what the church teaches" you probably won't get any decent opportunities such as ordaining chi...
by SilentDawning
08 Nov 2021, 14:51
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bye bye temple cafeterias
Replies: 8
Views: 1157

Re: Bye bye temple cafeterias

I put this in the same file as painting over temple murals and firing the janitors. I too see this as similar to no longer employing janitors but I do not see that as a bad thing necessarily. I have always felt that no longer employing janitors makes sense from a business perspective. They are cove...
by SilentDawning
08 Nov 2021, 14:41
Forum: Support
Topic: Would like to rely on prayer, but.....
Replies: 20
Views: 2092

Re: Would like to rely on prayer, but.....

Not really trying to trick God, but it would be nice to make blessings more predictably associated with prayer. The key would be to NOT expect anything, and then, if/when it happens to be thankful. If you believe "there is a law irrevocably decreed...." (not sure I do, but it would explain some thi...
by SilentDawning
08 Nov 2021, 14:33
Forum: Support
Topic: Would like to rely on prayer, but.....
Replies: 20
Views: 2092

Re: Would like to rely on prayer, but.....

I think that is prayer. Meditation and prayer are basically the same thing to me, with some variations, but not much different in practice. Yes! This sounds about where I sit as well. How does faith play a role in your prayers? Just wondering so I can reflect, if you don't mind sharing your ideas f...
by SilentDawning
06 Nov 2021, 23:02
Forum: Support
Topic: Would like to rely on prayer, but.....
Replies: 20
Views: 2092

Re: Would like to rely on prayer, but.....

I think that's good advice for prayer. I also wonder if God will bestow blessings through grace if the only time he hears from me is when I am grateful something (which is daily). Picture this guy struggling with life, but all prayers are thanksgiving. Wouldn't that soften your heart to bestow tend...
by SilentDawning
02 Nov 2021, 01:01
Forum: Support
Topic: Would like to rely on prayer, but.....
Replies: 20
Views: 2092

Re: Would like to rely on prayer, but.....

I am finding that simple meditation is better for me than prayer. What would you feel about meditation AND prayer? What if in the prayer you only ask that you might have a relaxing and effective meditation session? I could try it. I like DJ's idea of using prayer as a way of giving thanks. If you d...
by SilentDawning
02 Nov 2021, 00:57
Forum: Support
Topic: How Does the Atonement Help With Depression
Replies: 14
Views: 1912

Re: How Does the Atonement Help With Depression

"How does the atonement help with depression?" My answer -- it doesn't. It's a great message for inspiring the healthy mind to shed bad character traits, but for someone suffering from depression there isn't a lot of help there. I know, because I tried it. I can't even get myself to feel forgiven fo...
by SilentDawning
29 Oct 2021, 22:36
Forum: Support
Topic: Would like to rely on prayer, but.....
Replies: 20
Views: 2092

Re: Would like to rely on prayer, but.....

Thanks, the challenges are probably no worse than what other people cope with, but I appreciate the thought. I am finding that simple meditation is better for me than prayer. It's a state of deep relaxation where I just focus on breathing, getting calm, and then letting my thoughts run. I find that ...