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by DoubtingTom
03 Dec 2018, 10:46
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bill Reel about to get excommunicated? >:-(
Replies: 121
Views: 14233

Re: Bill Reel about to get excommunicated? >:-(

I just saw that Bill released the audio of his disciplinary council. He was asked to sign a document not to record it and he did sign it. So he not only recorded it anyway, which I could maybe justify for just your own purposes and private records, but to also release it just seems very dishonest to...
by DoubtingTom
27 Nov 2018, 08:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What are the benefits of being a member of the church?
Replies: 18
Views: 2614

Re: What are the benefits of being a member of the church?

I have currently stepped away from activity and doing so has helped me see more clearly some of the benefits I am missing out on. Most obvious to me is the community of fellowship. For me, a religion should be about love and kindness and looking for meaningful opportunities to serve others. For many...
by DoubtingTom
27 Nov 2018, 08:34
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Joseph Smith Could Not Have Written the Book of Mormon
Replies: 89
Views: 15100

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

I listened to an interesting interview recently with David Bokovoy who is an Old Teatament scholar and antiquity historian. He commented that as a historian, it is quite easy to explain the Book of Mormon as being entirely a product of the 19th century, from the 19th century ideas about origins of t...
by DoubtingTom
17 Nov 2018, 10:01
Forum: Support
Topic: Major, Positive Change to Mission Call Options
Replies: 18
Views: 2747

Re: Major, Positive Change to Mission Call Options

I share others concern about a sub-culture developing where service missions are seen as “less than.” Particularly in the language that says prospective missionaries are first considered for a proselyting mission, and then if not eligible may be able to serve as a service missionary. It’s already es...
by DoubtingTom
02 Nov 2018, 13:21
Forum: Support
Topic: I can’t believe in anything anymore
Replies: 16
Views: 3003

Re: I can’t believe in anything anymore

That is a tough one. My step-grandmother died last year (great lady), and for the first time that I could recall, hearing the platitudes about her and the next life caused a lot of grief and loneliness that I did not expect. I quoted her as "returning to the God who gave her life" a lot - even if i...
by DoubtingTom
02 Nov 2018, 13:08
Forum: Support
Topic: I can’t believe in anything anymore
Replies: 16
Views: 3003

Re: I can’t believe in anything anymore

There are several ways to frame this, here are a few: 1) I don't believe that there's a spirit that resides in our body and I don't believe there is a spiritual realm. 2) I believe that there isn't a spirit that resides in our body and I believe there isn't a spiritual realm. That's why it's hard f...
by DoubtingTom
02 Nov 2018, 12:51
Forum: Support
Topic: I can’t believe in anything anymore
Replies: 16
Views: 3003

Re: I can’t believe in anything anymore

I would change this question to "Why do people believe in the supernatural without there being good evidence for it?". Because There are a number needs it meets, which are very hard to find elsewhere. Coping with the fact that they are unavoidably going to die (maybe today) is one of them. Coping w...
by DoubtingTom
02 Nov 2018, 11:19
Forum: Support
Topic: I can’t believe in anything anymore
Replies: 16
Views: 3003

Re: I can’t believe in anything anymore

I get hung up on definitions. I’m not as interested in altering the traditional definitions and understandings of terms in order to make my current beliefs still sound orthodox as I am in trying to figure out if I even believe at any level anymore. If we define spiritual as just connecting with som...
by DoubtingTom
02 Nov 2018, 09:01
Forum: Support
Topic: I can’t believe in anything anymore
Replies: 16
Views: 3003

I can’t believe in anything anymore

I’m not sure what I’m hoping to get out of this post. Maybe just wondering if others have been in this space I’m in, are still here, whether I should strive to exit this space, or accept where I’m at. So here goes. I find I am in this space where I’m a skeptic of anything supernatural or which I fee...
by DoubtingTom
31 Oct 2018, 10:33
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prophets rule the roost
Replies: 28
Views: 2674

Re: Prophets rule the roost

I don’t believe in God right now, or at least not in an interventionist one that speaks to prophets. Therefore, from my perspective this all makes perfect sense. President Nelson truly believes he is inspired and that the thoughts he has are directly from God. The problem is, from my perspective, he...