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by startpoor
25 Apr 2015, 13:13
Forum: Support
Topic: Handshakes and Drawn Swords
Replies: 31
Views: 4267

Re: Handshakes and Drawn Swords

I don't understand the apologists position on this one. They want us to believe 132 was spoken by God, AND they want us to believe JS was acting in accordance to Gods commands? How can any sane person believe both of those things? They should be thanking you for giving folks a reasonable way out of ...
by startpoor
24 Apr 2015, 18:15
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What does your patriarchal blessing mean to you?
Replies: 15
Views: 1334

Re: What does your patriarchal blessing mean to you?

Good topic! I put off reading mine for a long time when I hit my FC. I just couldn't face the fact that my mind might tear down something so personal to me. I didn't want to put it to rest like I did with other things. Finally, at the behest of my wife, I read it. It was one of the few spiritual exp...
by startpoor
21 Apr 2015, 18:10
Forum: Support
Topic: Loneliness
Replies: 43
Views: 3192

Re: Loneliness

Yes. I find it much harder to be friends with other members than I used to. Hard to have a deep conversation even with well meaning people. In these times, reading books, watching tv, or other things I keep myself distracted with don't appeal anymore. Sorry you're feeling this way. I haven't found a...
by startpoor
21 Apr 2015, 17:19
Forum: Support
Topic: Helping a son thru his own FC
Replies: 16
Views: 1128

Re: Helping a son thru his own FC

This is almost my exact situation. Uncanny. Only you are a few steps ahead(?) of where I am. My inquisitive 7 year old son who expresses doubt about God and hates church is also a couple short months from baptism. He has expressed that he either doesn't want to or doesn't care. I am totally going to...
by startpoor
19 Apr 2015, 13:02
Forum: Support
Topic: Struggling with how my faith crisis is affecting my marriage
Replies: 14
Views: 1539

Re: Struggling with how my faith crisis is affecting my marr

Keither, That has been my exact experience with my wife. It's been a terrible journey so far. Like yours, my wife was liberal, pro gay marriage, and slightly unorthodox. But she dug in her heels hard when I expressed doubts. At first I thought it was because she thought she was losing her forever fa...
by startpoor
18 Apr 2015, 16:59
Forum: Support
Topic: Porn--my story
Replies: 13
Views: 866

Porn--my story

This is a difficult thing to talk about, even anonymously, because it is intensely personal, but I want to. First, I want to say that about a year ago, a friend of mine got up during an EQ meeting to promote the addiction recovery program. He made a personal admission of his addiction, and how he th...
by startpoor
11 Apr 2015, 12:17
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need Talk Resource Help on Joseph Smith
Replies: 4
Views: 355

Re: Need Talk Resource Help on Joseph Smith

No, but here's a link to an essay by teryl givens. It is too academic for Sunday school, but has some really great quotes from Joseph regarding his calling and the restoration: http://terrylgivens.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Old_Thing.pdf I'll try and see if I can come up with anything else. Sent...
by startpoor
11 Apr 2015, 11:44
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Priesthood lesson question
Replies: 68
Views: 6271

Re: Priesthood lesson question

Whew, rough lesson IMO. Bravo for accepting it with stride. If it were me teaching, I would completely skip the first section and start with the first vision. Discussion topics could include the concept of actively seeking after truth and being inquisitive. Like others have said, I would talk about ...
by startpoor
11 Apr 2015, 11:13
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Focus groups and outreach
Replies: 11
Views: 993

Focus groups and outreach

So met with the group. It included 3 other members of different walks of life, and all generally active. The group was lead by a researcher in the correlation dept from the COB who was much younger than I expected. In his mid 20's maybe. He said the group was meant to talk to millenials who have bee...
by startpoor
07 Apr 2015, 16:54
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Focus groups and outreach
Replies: 11
Views: 993

Focus groups and outreach

So, I noticed over at New order Mormon forum that a couple people have been contacted by their bishops and invited to plan ways of teaching historical issues to people with doubts/questions etc. I was just asked by my bishop to attend a focus group regarding historical issues. He said it's headed by...