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by Life_Journey_of_Matt
10 Sep 2013, 08:29
Forum: Support
Topic: Relinquished my recommend last night
Replies: 21
Views: 2012

Re: Relinquished my recommend last night

So, his statement can be taken a couple ways. One, as a convenient way of dispelling cognitive dissonance when we find evidence that bedrock "truths" are not actually "true". Or as a way of elevating your own personal happiness above what the Mormons think is "true". And this may mean altering your...
by Life_Journey_of_Matt
10 Sep 2013, 05:45
Forum: Support
Topic: Relinquished my recommend last night
Replies: 21
Views: 2012

Re: Relinquished my recommend last night

A continuation: There is a very well respected (by me) member of the stake presidency that I have been in touch with over the course of my journey. I shared with him basically the account of what I have shared here on this thread. I would like to share that conversation with all of you because it wa...
by Life_Journey_of_Matt
10 Sep 2013, 05:31
Forum: Support
Topic: Relinquished my recommend last night
Replies: 21
Views: 2012

Re: Relinquished my recommend last night

Thank you all for reading and caring about my story. It means a lot to me. The thought occurred to me -- that because these men are giving up a life of leisure, they somehow deserve more respect? What really struck me the deepest was that someone who expects extraordinary respect for their service h...
by Life_Journey_of_Matt
09 Sep 2013, 14:08
Forum: Support
Topic: Relinquished my recommend last night
Replies: 21
Views: 2012

Relinquished my recommend last night

So, here goes a new leg of the journey... I finally crossed the invisible line in GD last week. My Bishop pulled me aside yesterday and said that I had caught the attention of my SP, who was in the meeting. The comment I made had to do with Joseph Smith and the scripture: Joseph Smith, the Prophet a...
by Life_Journey_of_Matt
12 Jul 2013, 19:41
Forum: Book & Media Reviews
Topic: Proof of Heaven: by Eben Alexander, M.D.
Replies: 14
Views: 3863

Re: Proof of Heaven: by Eben Alexander, M.D.

After she returned to earth she became a born-again Christian. The evangelical-style presentation is hard for me to connect with. She went to hell and was tortured by demons. She asked Jesus to help her and he rescued her from hell. Though her story is interesting, I have never believed in a litera...
by Life_Journey_of_Matt
11 Jul 2013, 11:59
Forum: Book & Media Reviews
Topic: Proof of Heaven: by Eben Alexander, M.D.
Replies: 14
Views: 3863

Re: Proof of Heaven: by Eben Alexander, M.D.

Good observations. I very well may be reading too much into it.
by Life_Journey_of_Matt
11 Jul 2013, 10:12
Forum: Book & Media Reviews
Topic: Proof of Heaven: by Eben Alexander, M.D.
Replies: 14
Views: 3863

Re: Proof of Heaven: by Eben Alexander, M.D.

To follow up on my criticism of the book, I should say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about his experience. I get the sense that he's being honest, and I'm convinced his experience was very real. I don't have to interpret what his experience was (though that's my natural tendency) in order to say...
by Life_Journey_of_Matt
10 Jul 2013, 11:16
Forum: Book & Media Reviews
Topic: Proof of Heaven: by Eben Alexander, M.D.
Replies: 14
Views: 3863

Re: Proof of Heaven: by Eben Alexander, M.D.

DevilsAdvocate, That was an excellent overview of the book...much better than I could have done. he felt like the physical brain was actually more of a limiting filter to process perceptions and ideas through than the primary source of consciousness This was a very interesting concept to me. If we a...
by Life_Journey_of_Matt
24 Jun 2013, 21:07
Forum: Book & Media Reviews
Topic: Terryl Givens
Replies: 5
Views: 1333

Re: Terryl Givens

I like his comment about it being our job to explore the creative possibilities (without presuming to declare doctrine) for concepts that are not yet provable or scientifically concrete, like the nature of God.
by Life_Journey_of_Matt
04 May 2013, 14:25
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Moving towards Stage 5 (hopefully)
Replies: 7
Views: 1014

Re: Moving towards Stage 5 (hopefully)

And I live in constant dread -- seriously -- that I will again be called to a leadership position where I will have to be even more hypocritical about my beliefs. One false step, and I’ll lose my job -- a job that (all things considered) I really love. I am truly sorry that you're in this dilemma. ...