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by Shawn
26 Jun 2012, 08:27
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Does it Mean to "Stay LDS"?
Replies: 24
Views: 1295

Re: What Does it Mean to

Your post, above, reflects a different meaning of the "Middle Way" than what I mean with the term. When you use the term with initial caps as I use it, it implies a special, proactive life of being centered on the Way (center = 中 middle), and in my usage, it has nothing at all to do with fence sitt...
by Shawn
25 Jun 2012, 16:16
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Does it Mean to "Stay LDS"?
Replies: 24
Views: 1295

Re: What Does it Mean to "Stay LDS"?

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by Shawn
25 Jun 2012, 14:45
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Acknowledgement of 1831 Revelation of Polygamy?
Replies: 97
Views: 6265

Re: Acknowledgement of 1831 Revelation of Polygamy?

shawn, everything the church says there in that website definition is accurate when it speaks of the history, but it's still not complete. Joseph Smith may not have been so 'inspired' when he talked about this 'principle', in as far as he required married woman to participate in it with him, and ma...
by Shawn
25 Jun 2012, 13:44
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Acknowledgement of 1831 Revelation of Polygamy?
Replies: 97
Views: 6265

Re: Acknowledgement of 1831 Revelation of Polygamy?

I don't think there is any easy way out of this predicament. "If only JS hadn't hesitated to take Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner as a plural wife when she was 15/16 when he was originally prompted, instead of waiting 8 years until she was 23 and married to someone else." For some reason this doesn...
by Shawn
25 Jun 2012, 13:24
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Well, here I am. I'm not quite sure why.
Replies: 7
Views: 658

Well, here I am. I'm not quite sure why.

I have been here a week or so and it's time for a formal introduction. I was born and raised in Utah. I am now 33 years old. We went to church as a family but I became a rebellious teenager. I started smoking pot in ninth grade and dropped out of school the following year. I drank and dabbled with o...
by Shawn
25 Jun 2012, 08:54
Forum: Introductions
Topic: About me
Replies: 11
Views: 919

Re: About me

Not believing would be a terribly painful tragedy for me. I cannot let it go. It is so important for me to find a way to hang on. I've had too many experiences with the spirit to discount it all. And the church is part of my identity. I hear ya. A few weeks ago, I let loose a bit with my wife. Quit...
by Shawn
24 Jun 2012, 14:10
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Acknowledgement of 1831 Revelation of Polygamy?
Replies: 97
Views: 6265

Re: Acknowledgement of 1831 Revelation of Polygamy?

Is this acknowledgement of the 1831 revelation? Interestingly, the Church website says this: After God revealed the doctrine of plural marriage to Joseph Smith in 1831 and commanded him to live it, the Prophet, over a period of years, cautiously taught the doctrine to some close associates. Eventua...
by Shawn
24 Jun 2012, 13:56
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on the good & bad of the LDS church?
Replies: 33
Views: 3644

Re: Thoughts on the good & bad of the LDS church?

you should be concerned about this. it already has had a significant impact on his self esteem, and it is abuse. forget about "over time" and "bordering". your son is being manipulated by guilt over not being "worthy", and is being emotionally trained to view himself as not having worth. the impact...
by Shawn
24 Jun 2012, 13:21
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on the good & bad of the LDS church?
Replies: 33
Views: 3644

Re: Thoughts on the good & bad of the LDS church?

bc_pg: Likewise someone who is not temple worthy doesn't get to attend a child's wedding. They either have to boycott it or endure the shame of sitting outside on the temple grounds. As you know, this lack of worthiness can be something as simple as drinking coffee or not believing the church presi...
by Shawn
24 Jun 2012, 09:39
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Being an Example
Replies: 25
Views: 1540

Re: Being an Example

cwald, you humbled me with your reply. Thank you. I want you to stayLDS.

I am quite new here. Somehow people need to vent frustrations, but people also need answers and just a listening ear without digging up more concerns unnecessarily. I don't know how to strike a good balance.