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by DoubtingTom
20 Feb 2019, 09:13
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Why Miracles?
Replies: 14
Views: 2568

Re: Why Miracles?

Why miracles? Humans like to tell stories, the more incredible and miraculous the better. Over time, some of those stories become embellished or become scripture. It is no coincidence to me that miracles seem to disappear the moment we have verifiable and recordable history. So obviously, I’m of the...
by DoubtingTom
04 Feb 2019, 10:19
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: From whence comes conscience?
Replies: 5
Views: 845

From whence comes conscience?

Yesterday I took my boys to a friend’s superbowl party without my wife. Our whole family was invited but she chose not to attend with us, telling me that doing so would violate her conscience. I fully respected her decision as we have gone to this same party the last few years without her and she is...
by DoubtingTom
18 Jan 2019, 07:47
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mental Exercise
Replies: 23
Views: 2834

Re: Mental Exercise

I also am much more affected by individuals and also the church leadership response to those who doubt, question, or have different beliefs than the orthodox member. I am currently a non-believer, although I would actually enjoy continuing to participate in the community as a non-believer. I find va...
by DoubtingTom
03 Jan 2019, 09:44
Forum: Support
Topic: Massive Changes to the Temple Endowment
Replies: 16
Views: 2830

Re: Massive Changes to the Temple Endowment

These are clearly positive changes towards a more comfortable and egalitarian ceremony. I imagine only those who hold to a view where the endowment is a literal revelation divinely revealed in exactness and not to be altered would have a problem. Those who know much about the history of the endowmen...
by DoubtingTom
21 Dec 2018, 15:20
Forum: Support
Topic: Looking for suppport regarding priesthood ordination
Replies: 10
Views: 2134

Re: Looking for suppport regarding priesthood ordination

DT, I can definitely relate! However, I think before giving a real answer, I would have to ask a question. You're asking whether or not you 'should' ordain your son, but you don't say whether or not you WANT to ordain him. Or, whether or not he WANTS to be ordained. I think that makes a big differe...
by DoubtingTom
21 Dec 2018, 11:46
Forum: Support
Topic: Looking for suppport regarding priesthood ordination
Replies: 10
Views: 2134

Looking for suppport regarding priesthood ordination

Hey Stay LDSers. I’m looking for some support and alternate perspectives on the upcoming ordination of my current 11 year old. I knew this was coming but thought I had until next October to get ready and now am finding myself unprepared mentally and emotionally to deal with this next month. For thos...
by DoubtingTom
10 Dec 2018, 23:17
Forum: Support
Topic: Protestant Reformation Discussion - What Would You Say?
Replies: 15
Views: 2151

Re: Protestant Reformation Discussion - What Would You Say?

Whether or not the glory of the restoration is diminished or not is up to the individual to decide. But this is completely independent of the fact that Joseph did borrow. One cannot be honest with the history and not see that Joseph borrowed at every turn. I think that was part of his great genius -...
by DoubtingTom
05 Dec 2018, 08:45
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: David Bokovoy on Mormon Stories
Replies: 12
Views: 1341

Re: David Bokovoy on Mormon Stories

One of the things that "Misquoting Jesus" explores is that new religions often lay claim to old beliefs, prophecies, and scriptures but take them in a new direction. This way the religion is exciting and fresh while also having an old historic feel...the fulfilment of things foretold. He explores t...
by DoubtingTom
05 Dec 2018, 07:21
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Joseph Smith Could Not Have Written the Book of Mormon
Replies: 89
Views: 15725

Re: Joseph Smith Could Not Have Written the Book of Mormon

Oh, yeah, I'm definitely biased. I was also biased in my old beliefs. I don;t currently believe there were really gold plates and eve if there were I don't buy any of the stuff about the Lamanites/Native Americans. Nobody can figure out the modern geography because it's fiction. Etc. But the BoM is...
by DoubtingTom
04 Dec 2018, 12:53
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: David Bokovoy on Mormon Stories
Replies: 12
Views: 1341

Re: David Bokovoy on Mormon Stories

I haven't listened to it yet. Since I'm not a member anymore, I've found that I have little patience for apologetics and I wasn't entirely sure how that interview was going to go. Reading your post though, I'm thinking I'll put it in the queue I wouldn’t consider him traditional apologetics. Althou...