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by Curt Sunshine
24 Jan 2021, 20:17
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: For What Do You Pray?
Replies: 5
Views: 74

Re: For What Do You Pray?

Basically, help - usually generically, but sometimes specifically.

Most often it is just casting my mind and heart upward and asking to be led and guided to do the right thing and be of help to others. Always a prayer in my heart, so to speak.
by Curt Sunshine
24 Jan 2021, 20:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Come, Follow Me D&C: 2021 January
Replies: 18
Views: 317

Re: Come, Follow Me D&C: 2021 January

I always try to interpret meaning from the literal words and their literal meanings first - and move to figurative meanings only if the literal meanings don't make sense. Therefore, I read "this generation" as literally that generation, especially given the use of the plural in the verse before. (No...
by Curt Sunshine
15 Jan 2021, 12:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Richard Bushman interview
Replies: 17
Views: 1173

Re: Richard Bushman interview

"My line is that you don't read the scriptures, the scriptures read you. Stated differently, scriptures are less about revealing universal truth and more about revealing your nature as evidenced through your interpretation of and reaction to said scriptures."
^^This.
by Curt Sunshine
04 Jan 2021, 21:57
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Richard Bushman interview
Replies: 17
Views: 1173

Re: Richard Bushman interview

I love the things you excerpted here. I have some different views in some of the fine points, I assume, but nearly all of what you quoted resonates with me.
by Curt Sunshine
14 Dec 2020, 21:31
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Radical Orthodoxy
Replies: 18
Views: 1270

Re: Radical Orthodoxy

I have varying levels of experience / interaction with seven of the signatories, with extensive interaction with one in particular (whom I like and admire very much).

I can sympathize with much of what they have written, but I could not sign it.
by Curt Sunshine
14 Dec 2020, 21:25
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Life's Ups & Downs
Replies: 11
Views: 699

Re: Life's Ups & Downs

I am more analytical by nature than emotional, so I am able to accept a modified version of Buddhism's radical acceptance. ("It is what it is," with a healthy does of, "I only can change what I can change, so I will try to change what I want to change but not condemn myself if I can't change everyth...
by Curt Sunshine
14 Dec 2020, 21:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amatonormativity and Temple Marriage
Replies: 15
Views: 822

Re: Amatonormativity and Temple Marriage

Humans who are in the majority tend to think what works for them works for everyone - so amatonormativity is seen as the ideal in most societies. Add a deep reverence for propagating the species and the societal desire for stability, and heterosexual marriage becomes the societal norm and ideal. It ...
by Curt Sunshine
23 Nov 2020, 17:00
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic
Replies: 34
Views: 3031

Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

I really like the idea of telling the Bishop (or clerk or secretary): "I have been a full tithe payer all my life, but I really dislike tithing settlement meetings. I think they are a complete waste of time in my situation. You can check the full-tithe payer box. I will tell you if that ever changes...
by Curt Sunshine
22 Nov 2020, 23:14
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pope endorses same sex civil unions
Replies: 10
Views: 971

Re: Pope endorses same sex civil unions

God, No. Our prophets? Yes and No, depending on the issues. "The incorrect traditions of their fathers" is not confined only to "others". It is the central reason the Restoration needs to be on-going, based on "further light and knowledge". Ancient Israel, Jews, Christians, and Mormons never have ha...