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by Gerald
25 Jan 2021, 06:18
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Church statement on vaccines
Replies: 8
Views: 367

Re: Church statement on vaccines

I also was glad to see this. My wife and daughter (both in public education) received their first round of the vaccine a couple of weeks ago. Their next one comes up in just a bit. No bad reactions (though an N of 2 is not generalizable). I appreciate the example set. I'm afraid my own mother (pushi...
by Gerald
08 Dec 2020, 06:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Analogy of the Chinese Bamboo Tree in Action
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: The Analogy of the Chinese Bamboo Tree in Action

I can definitely relate. My oldest daughter had learning difficulties in school and problems relating to people socially. This followed her throughout her life and, as she reached her twenties, still struggling with these things, I mentally prepared myself for the possibility that she would live wit...
by Gerald
08 Dec 2020, 06:05
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Elder Vaughan J. Featherstone
Replies: 2
Views: 394

Elder Vaughan J. Featherstone

I came across this post on Wheat and Tares which I found interesting: https://wheatandtares.org/2020/12/06/down-the-memory-hole/ It was interesting because it involved the late Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone and some of his more "outrageous?" remarks. Being the age I am, I remember Elder Featherstone ...
by Gerald
22 Nov 2020, 09:26
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic
Replies: 35
Views: 4241

Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

The "tithing settlement" patter has begun in our ward. I'm not trying to avoid it but I'm not working too hard to get it done. My wife thinks it's important so I shrug and say, "Okay, sign us up." But she has a hard time remembering appointments and last year (because I wasn't proactive) we schedule...
by Gerald
22 Nov 2020, 09:22
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: StayLDS Version of the Give Thanks Media Campaign
Replies: 16
Views: 1485

Re: StayLDS Version of the Give Thanks Media Campaign

I'm grateful for the science and technology that has made dealing with this pandemic better than it would be without it. Technology has allowed many to keep jobs they would have lost had this happened 30 years ago. I'm grateful for my own health (which I'd kind of taken for granted) and for knowledg...
by Gerald
18 Nov 2020, 16:01
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to respond to missionaries
Replies: 27
Views: 2039

Re: How to respond to missionaries

I do feel for them as well. They're just doing their best and trying to make good use of their time. I liked having them for dinner (which isn't happening right now) and I tolerated the inevitable message that followed (they're just doing their job). A month ago, they contacted us about coming over....
by Gerald
17 Nov 2020, 13:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Recent U.S. election
Replies: 25
Views: 2387

Re: Recent U.S. election

I've found that on the internet everything seems hopelessly polarized, but when you find people who are actually willing to have a real, civil, face-to-face (before Covid) discussion on political issues there's a lot of common ground. Individuals' views are often much more nuanced than what you'd e...
by Gerald
15 Nov 2020, 06:39
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Recent U.S. election
Replies: 25
Views: 2387

Recent U.S. election

I hope this isn't too controversial. (If so, moderators are welcome to delete). I'm certainly not here to promote a particular view. But I've seen a number of blogs and posts where Mormons for Biden are unable to understand why members of the Church voted from Trump and Mormons for Trump are appalle...
by Gerald
15 Nov 2020, 06:20
Forum: Support
Topic: Group Identity
Replies: 19
Views: 1825

Re: Group Identity

I've never felt like I fit easily into the the cultural structure of Mormonism. I enjoy attending church and Sunday School. I don't mind going to other related meetings but I hate...hate...hate discussions of leadership. That's when I feel the LDS Church is run by a bunch of successful businessmen w...
by Gerald
07 Nov 2020, 15:00
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Happiness: What Does It Mean To You?
Replies: 16
Views: 2443

Re: Happiness: What Does It Mean To You?

The other thing I have learned is that unhappiness is part of the journey also. We need to allow ourselves to be sad at times, to be unhappy or down, to be negative, to doubt things and be cynical for periods of time. All that is realistic in the balance of the "middle way" that both things can exi...