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by Arrakeen
22 Sep 2022, 15:03
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: My Life Seems to Have a Plan
Replies: 25
Views: 416

Re: My Life Seems to Have a Plan

This was really at the heart of my faith crisis. Either God is cruel, or God doesn't exist. I found it easier to believe that God doesn't exist than to believe that God is cruel. Like several others here, this was also a major component of my faith crisis. Two years of sacrificing all my time striv...
by Arrakeen
21 Sep 2022, 15:22
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Compare & Contrast...
Replies: 32
Views: 773

Re: Compare & Contrast...

What would you hope to accomplish by having Church leaders speak out on geopolitical issues? If President Nelson condemned Putin's invasion, would that do anything to help the Ukrainians? If President Nelson condemned communism in Venezuela, would that end communism there? That would just be a lot ...
by Arrakeen
20 Sep 2022, 14:53
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Compare & Contrast...
Replies: 32
Views: 773

Re: Compare & Contrast...

Where is the line that divides politics and morality? Does the church have a responsibility to call out morally reprehensible actions done by governments around the world? What happens if they do? In case you haven't noticed, people sharply disagree about what's moral. Everyone agrees that we shoul...
by Arrakeen
13 Sep 2022, 14:41
Forum: Book & Media Reviews
Topic: If God loves his daughters as much as his sons... LDS Daily
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: If God loves his daughters as much as his sons... LDS Daily

We don’t know why the Lord organized things so that men are holders of the priesthood and cannot create life while women create life and cannot hold the priesthood. But we do know that “men and women have different but equally valued roles. Just as a woman cannot conceive a child without a man, so ...
by Arrakeen
12 Sep 2022, 15:44
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: The relationship of G-d to man
Replies: 13
Views: 241

Re: The relationship of G-d to man

I have also discovered that if one employs logic they will come to logical conclusions. This is not always true. Or perhaps a conclusion may be logical, but not necessarily correct. As an engineer myself, I also place a high value on logic. However, there are serious limitations to logic alone. In ...
by Arrakeen
30 Aug 2022, 17:51
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Purpose of mortal life
Replies: 31
Views: 533

Re: Purpose of mortal life

For how much we talk about the importance of the mortal experience as part of the plan of salvation, it always seemed to me that a lot of it must not be that necessary. If a child dies before the age of accountability, we teach that it works out because they go to the celestial kingdom. So apparentl...
by Arrakeen
25 Aug 2022, 15:34
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: What is Heaven?
Replies: 15
Views: 347

Re: What is Heaven?

There are a few different views on the afterlife that I have encountered in recent years that I find quite interesting. Growing up in the church, I always thought reincarnation was a ridiculous concept, but more recently I have come to appreciate it more. I think reincarnation could be a form of &qu...
by Arrakeen
25 Aug 2022, 15:09
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: What is Heaven?
Replies: 15
Views: 347

Re: What is Heaven?

1. Do you believe there are laws (rules) in heaven? If so, are there punishments for breaking them? 2. Do you believe there is justice in heaven? 3. Will all individuals be alike, or will there be differences in eye color, hair color, skin color or other physical or spiritual attributes? Will some ...
by Arrakeen
19 Aug 2022, 15:11
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Churchwide 5th Sunday lesson on missionary work
Replies: 36
Views: 700

Re: Churchwide 5th Sunday lesson on missionary work

There's something I've been wondering about. Is the church shooting themselves in the foot with this missionary push? I've heard that the mission age was lowered in an attempt to keep young men in the church, but is that actually true? Do missions make men more likely to stay in the church, or are t...
by Arrakeen
19 Aug 2022, 14:53
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Churchwide 5th Sunday lesson on missionary work
Replies: 36
Views: 700

Re: Churchwide 5th Sunday lesson on missionary work

Commit Now to serve a mission. I then invited all those that accepted that challenge to stand. I was overjoyed as the entire congregation of young men stood in response to an apostle’s challenge. Please follow up with your young men (if they did not attend, extend the challenge now). Ask them about...