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by DoubtingTom
27 Aug 2018, 14:54
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Name of The Church - Version 152
Replies: 146
Views: 15832

Re: Name of The Church - Version 152

I haven’t read all the comments but I imagine there has been at least some eye rolling, to which I’ll add my own. But if I could see at least one positive, if this “new” (old?) emphasis encourages at least some members to be a little more reflective of their relationship to and discipleship with Jes...
by DoubtingTom
27 Aug 2018, 14:23
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Individualization
Replies: 13
Views: 2543

Re: Individualization

I have many thoughts on this but I’ll keep this comment brief. Your personal relationship with God is between you and Him. Your ability to receive personal revelation for your life has nothing to do with “worthiness.” I know for a fact that receiving revelation and having deeply meaningful spiritual...
by DoubtingTom
06 Aug 2018, 13:32
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bill Reel about to get excommunicated? >:-(
Replies: 121
Views: 14601

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

I also reached out to Bill early in my faith transition about a year ago now. I guess he had already been getting more negative towards the church, but our conversation mostly steered towards Bill testifying of Christ's grace and mercy, even while acknowledging he doesn't necessarily believe in a li...
by DoubtingTom
20 Mar 2018, 09:48
Forum: Support
Topic: Reaching Out Update
Replies: 13
Views: 1823

Re: Reaching Out Update

I love everything you have shared from your grandpa and I appreciate his perspectives. I’d love to meet him or have someone like that in my life!
by DoubtingTom
04 Jan 2018, 19:18
Forum: Support
Topic: President Monson Passes
Replies: 23
Views: 2307

Re: President Monson Passes

I do think Monson was a kind and gentle soul who truly loved others and believed in giving meaningful service. Unfortunately, I wonder if at least part of his legacy will be his stance on LGBT policy, given that both the Prop 8 campaign and also the November 2015 policy were under his leadership. I ...
by DoubtingTom
05 Dec 2017, 19:31
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why the Church cannot change...at least not too much
Replies: 30
Views: 3065

Re: Why the Church cannot change...at least not too much

No doubt the rapidity (or lack thereof) of change is difficult to deal with. I find the same to be true for the nation as well. Not growing up in the civil rights or equal rights ammendment eras, I can only imagine the frustration with the slow speed of change those in those eras had to deal with. Y...
by DoubtingTom
05 Dec 2017, 18:17
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Spiritual Role of Emotions
Replies: 15
Views: 2086

Re: Spiritual Role of Emotions

I have a good friend who takes anti-depressants intermittently and he has told me this. When he's on his meds his emotions are so blunted that he doesn't often feel what he interprets as the spirit. It's definitely a real and palpable thing for him. As for my own thoughts on the matter, I have stopp...
by DoubtingTom
05 Dec 2017, 17:17
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why the Church cannot change...at least not too much
Replies: 30
Views: 3065

Re: Why the Church cannot change...at least not too much

I tend to think some changes are inevitable. If history has taught us anything, it's that the church certainly does change, especially when social pressure mounts enough that not changing would do more harm than changing. That's when revelations come. Polygamy and the priesthood ban are clear exampl...
by DoubtingTom
09 Nov 2017, 16:23
Forum: Support
Topic: Heartfelt thanks and (maybe) parting thoughts
Replies: 10
Views: 1730

Heartfelt thanks and (maybe) parting thoughts

I wanted to write this brief post to say thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me during my faith transition. You were there for me when I first started doubting, my world was spinning and I needed a landing place to process my thoughts in a safe place. You were there for me when I was ...
by DoubtingTom
02 Nov 2017, 15:10
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Does more knowledge cause greater pain?
Replies: 15
Views: 1236

Re: Does more knowledge cause greater pain?

Excellent question and for me, absolutely it does! As I have transitioned I've thought about if I would rather go back to when I had a "pure" testimony with my simple black and white view of the world. While I was blissfully ignorant and happy in that perspective, I would never want to go back despi...