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by SilentDawning
29 Sep 2022, 15:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Importance of the priesthood
Replies: 13
Views: 123

Re: Importance of the priesthood

I am grateful for the opportunity to, in some small way, try to explain my understanding of the priesthood and what it intel’s. As a scientist I rely a great deal on empirical evidence and logic. The problem is that we do no know much about anything. 95% of what we think we know about our universe ...
by SilentDawning
29 Sep 2022, 02:29
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Importance of the priesthood
Replies: 13
Views: 123

Re: Importance of the priesthood

On one hand, it embodies the "privilege" of serving and administering. That is obvious and easily enforced. On the other hand, it's portrayed as giving people special power to work miracles and act in God's name. Where it breaks down, for me, is on this second "blessing" of the p...
by SilentDawning
29 Sep 2022, 02:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: God is There but He's Not
Replies: 9
Views: 100

Re: God is There but He's Not

What made sense to me about this quote is that God probably present and in control, but only at a high level. The broad plan is in place and unfolding as he would like it to. But in my view, he doesn't get too involved in the nitty gritties, in that sense, he's absent. If I can draw an analogy. I te...
by SilentDawning
27 Sep 2022, 19:30
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why did God let it go on so long?
Replies: 5
Views: 89

Why did God let it go on so long?

I just finished rewatching a Netflix series on WWII. There was footage of the Americans liberating Nazi concentration camps. There were grown men crying in gratitude for the advent of the Americans, and of course, all the atrocities the Nazis committed. The intense suffering of the people waiting to...
by SilentDawning
27 Sep 2022, 19:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: God is There but He's Not
Replies: 9
Views: 100

God is There but He's Not

I am reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I read it as a teenager but didn't get it because I was too young and naiive. One of my friends, when I told him how I needed to take a "happy drug" to get over something that was bothering me, he said "It's like a Brave New World" -...
by SilentDawning
26 Sep 2022, 14:39
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A NEW Church Concept?
Replies: 6
Views: 78

Re: A NEW (?) Church Concept?

nibbler wrote: 26 Sep 2022, 14:36 Wouldn't that be somewhat similar to the EQ and RS?
Yes, the same idea, I guess. It's a combination meet and greet and EQ meeting.
by SilentDawning
26 Sep 2022, 14:33
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A NEW Church Concept?
Replies: 6
Views: 78

A NEW Church Concept?

I was searching the Web and lucked into this concept of MAN CHURCH. It's a congregation within a congregation that caters to issues facing men. Boys are also welcome. They only hold it once a month, which I figured since there is a cost to the organization holding it (read on). Here is the website a...
by SilentDawning
26 Sep 2022, 14:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Meds for Personal Happiness
Replies: 10
Views: 140

Re: Meds for Personal Happiness

The thing that gives me some comfort about this is that in the next life, we get perfect bodies. And for a while, awaiting resurrection, we are purely spiritual beings. This means any deficiencies in our biological makeup that contribute to unhappiness are a non-issue. So, taking meds in this life f...
by SilentDawning
24 Sep 2022, 23:41
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Meds for Personal Happiness
Replies: 10
Views: 140

Meds for Personal Happiness

I have often wondered what God would think of people who take meds for their personal happiness. I started taking them a couple of years ago and it's done wonders for my personal happiness. I used to have this anxiety-producing, obsession-inducing thorn in my side about whatever was bothering me. An...
by SilentDawning
23 Sep 2022, 21:56
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Compare & Contrast...
Replies: 33
Views: 936

Re: Compare & Contrast...

I am pleased beyond measure that the Church is not politically active in the USA nor does the church support any political party or candidate in the USA. It's not all glorious wisdom the church it's that way -- if they start going political they could lose their charitable organization status and h...