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by Old-Timer
19 Jul 2021, 03:29
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Universal Salvation?
Replies: 10
Views: 155

Re: Universal Salvation?

I believe, within the framework of LDS theology, that the deciding factor was the choice in the premortal life to accept the Father's plan - that the classic "Heaven vs. Hell" decision occurred at that time. I believe in the concept of "time and all eternity" and that we have that essentially unendi...
by Old-Timer
19 Jul 2021, 03:22
Forum: Support
Topic: Useful quote of the day...
Replies: 496
Views: 103296

Re: Useful quote of the day...

Don't judge yourself by your past.

You don't live there anymore. - Sushant Shahi
by Old-Timer
17 Jul 2021, 03:11
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Weird Situation I'm in
Replies: 21
Views: 428

Re: Weird Situation I'm in

That is a great ideal - but most of the missionaries on my mission quoted the lessons word-for-word and didn't deviate significantly to answer questions that weren't in the lessons. Speaking in a foreign language complicated that issue greatly - which is something that isn't mentioned much in these ...
by Old-Timer
16 Jul 2021, 18:47
Forum: Book & Media Reviews
Topic: Real vs Rumor by Keith A Erekson
Replies: 10
Views: 152

Re: Real vs Rumor by Keith A Erekson

"The question I come away with is: what is the Church's responsibility?" To teach what it (the leadership) believes as inspirationally as possible - including new understandings as they occur as gently as possible to try to "do no harm" to as many members as possible, especially among the most ferv...
by Old-Timer
16 Jul 2021, 18:42
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Priesthood Blessings
Replies: 8
Views: 186

Re: Priesthood Blessings

I have given hundreds of blessings in my life. I go into it trying to have a clear mind and say whatever comes to me, with the foundational expectation of comfort and hope. Probably 3 or 4 have been what I consider to be revelatory - which means they included specific statements I did not know and t...
by Old-Timer
11 Jul 2021, 06:41
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Weird Situation I'm in
Replies: 21
Views: 428

Re: Weird Situation I'm in

I am glad it went the way it did. I am a firm believer in talking about what others want to discuss, especially if there is no interest in or intent possibly to convert. Sometimes, "do no harm" is a perfect approach and outcome. If your friends say good things to others about the experience, even if...
by Old-Timer
10 Jul 2021, 03:22
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Keeping Journals -- What to do with them?
Replies: 10
Views: 190

Re: Keeping Journals -- What to do with them?

Fwiw, I see the first two books of Nephi as essentially a journal - and 2nd Nephi 4 is a great example of having both sides of the story. It adds a lot of insight into Nephi's character, especially from a psychological perspective. He comes across as an arrogant, condescending, difficult person in m...
by Old-Timer
10 Jul 2021, 03:17
Forum: Support
Topic: More Clarification From My Last Post
Replies: 4
Views: 144

Re: More Clarification From My Last Post

I see multiple options, including the following: 1) Whatever the activity involved, speak and bear testimony of Gospel principles or church aspects that are important to you. Don't say things you don't believe. (For example, given my work over the past two years, especially, I can bear fervent testi...
by Old-Timer
09 Jul 2021, 11:37
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Weird Situation I'm in
Replies: 21
Views: 428

Re: Weird Situation I'm in

I share the concern about your friends' intention to make the missionaries think. That is not fair, to say it as charitably as I can; it might even be a covert attempt at proselyting their own view. (I had that experience with Jehovah's Witnesses on my mission, and it was brutal.) I would see how th...
by Old-Timer
09 Jul 2021, 11:30
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Keeping Journals -- What to do with them?
Replies: 10
Views: 190

Re: Keeping Journals -- What to do with them?

Journals are a wonderful way to compile a person history at some point for posterity - which is something I value from my own parents. I used to journal - first, the details, then just thoughts and beliefs. Then I blogged - beliefs. Now I write here and on social media. My children and posterity, at...