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by DarkJedi
20 Apr 2021, 11:08
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The Church and Freemasonry
Replies: 11
Views: 276

Re: The Church and Freemasonry

I failed to mention previously that I appreciated your analogy with the Boy Scouts and Masons as "civil fraternity that promotes morals, self improvement, personal integrity, and service to others." That's actually how I see the church itself.
by DarkJedi
19 Apr 2021, 14:33
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: TR, Goals, & Tithing
Replies: 37
Views: 1244

Re: TR, Goals, & Tithing

You know this and we know this, but do your leaders know it? And by know it I mean do they really understand and accept it? I ask because many (not just leaders and not all leaders) might hear you say it but are still wont to fall back on church formularies which are often false "if/then" scenarios...
by DarkJedi
18 Apr 2021, 04:33
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The Church and Freemasonry
Replies: 11
Views: 276

Re: The Church and Freemasonry

Thanks for sharing. You do have a unique perspective as a Mason and a church member. Joseph Smith and/or history generally were not my faith crisis issues but they certainly are for many people. I appreciate Joseph's humanness. My belief in Joseph Smith is more nuanced than most, of course. I do bel...
by DarkJedi
16 Apr 2021, 09:19
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: When F&T goes wrong
Replies: 33
Views: 1312

Re: When F&T goes wrong

One of the things that first drew me to LDS was the F&T meetings. I had previously checked out the Quakers who as you may know make spontaneous talk or testimony a primary part of their service, "waiting on the Lord." Members sit quietly until someone is moved to get up and say a few words about an...
by DarkJedi
16 Apr 2021, 09:11
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: When F&T goes wrong
Replies: 33
Views: 1312

Re: When F&T goes wrong

I always felt the congregation should be able to heckle the person on the stand when warranted, like in the British Parliament. I could never get anyone else on board with my suggestion unfortunately. :( That would be fun, even in regular SM! I'm sure they'd heckle the wrong people! Maybe we need a...
by DarkJedi
15 Apr 2021, 04:33
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Richard's Rohr's 3 Stages
Replies: 10
Views: 294

Re: Richard's Rohr's 3 Stages

I still haven’t found a way for the broken pieces to fit together. Sometimes broken pieces are just broken pieces. I am solidly reconstructing but at a place where it's looking pretty good. From the pile of rubble that was my faith I reused some in my new faith. There are some new parts that weren'...
by DarkJedi
13 Apr 2021, 14:25
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: TR, Goals, & Tithing
Replies: 37
Views: 1244

Re: TR, Goals, & Tithing

I am at a point where I do not feel that I need church permission or validation for that belief. I am also in this position, and it's a great place to be. This is real power. These points of my backstory help to illustrate why it might be difficult for church leaders to motivate me to do certain th...
by DarkJedi
13 Apr 2021, 04:32
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: When F&T goes wrong
Replies: 33
Views: 1312

Re: When F&T goes wrong

I guess I'm fortunate in that we're spared the children's "testimonies" in our ward. Many years ago I was in a ward where they were quite common, and it doesn't sound like things have changed a bit. FWIW, the handbook does contain some wording discouraging the practice (at least it used to). Probabl...
by DarkJedi
13 Apr 2021, 04:29
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: When F&T goes wrong
Replies: 33
Views: 1312

Re: When F&T goes wrong

Limhah wrote:
12 Apr 2021, 22:48
I always felt the congregation should be able to heckle the person on the stand when warranted, like in the British Parliament. I could never get anyone else on board with my suggestion unfortunately. :(
That would be fun, even in regular SM!
by DarkJedi
13 Apr 2021, 04:28
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Calling - It's Complicated...
Replies: 7
Views: 186

Re: Calling - It's Complicated...

Having been in branches and currently living in a very small ward (which would not have made ward status today) I know we all wear multiple hats - except those who don't. It seems like in any ward it's a few who do all the work, but I think it sticks out more in small units. As I look around my own ...