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by Curt Sunshine
28 Feb 2021, 09:42
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Kintsugi: A Japanese Art - An Application to the Gospel
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Kintsugi: A Japanese Art - An Application to the Gospel

The following is a Wikipedia link to the Japanese concept of kintsugi - repairing cracked or broken pottery by welding it back together with gold threads. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kintsugi?fbclid=IwAR2pAb1bzst2g-N7LKmYSyxpaNnGGpcqw8IO2TNcfl8oLiwTCtPVhjPCy-s Kintsugi does not seek to hide or cov...
by Curt Sunshine
24 Feb 2021, 20:04
Forum: Support
Topic: Help with talk please
Replies: 10
Views: 1054

Re: Help with talk please

I would focus on God's blessings in my life. I would pick a couple of orthodox ones and a few unorthodox ones - and use traditional Mormonese.
by Curt Sunshine
18 Feb 2021, 17:24
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chieko Okazaki Essay for the Association of of Latter-day Saints Counselors & Psychotherapists (AMCAP)
Replies: 2
Views: 461

Re: Chieko Okazaki Essay for the Association of of Latter-day Saints Counselors & Psychotherapists (AMCAP)

She is and might be always my favorite General Authority (and, yes, I use that term intentionally).

This is excellent.
by Curt Sunshine
07 Feb 2021, 12:46
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pres. Nelson on Reading the Book of Mormon for Its Purpose
Replies: 4
Views: 308

Pres. Nelson on Reading the Book of Mormon for Its Purpose

Pres. Nelson said back in 1999 it is best to read the Book of Mormon with its purpose in mind: to bring people to Jesus Christ. (https://www.thechurchnews.com/archives/1999-10-03/elder-russell-m-nelson-a-testimony-of-the-book-of-mormon-121840) The full quote is: Some authors have focused upon its st...
by Curt Sunshine
07 Feb 2021, 12:31
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Discouraged and Sick of it All
Replies: 19
Views: 1766

Re: Discouraged and Sick of it All

I don't know why this is the thought that hit me while reading your post, Jamison, but it did - so I will share it: Progress not perfection. Work on what makes you a better person and finding new things that do the same. Focus on movement, not desired outcome. Mormonism teaches eternal progression -...
by Curt Sunshine
07 Feb 2021, 12:24
Forum: Support
Topic: YSA Fireside
Replies: 43
Views: 6098

Re: YSA Fireside

I have not gone back to see if this point has been made in the thread already, but: I give the Church credit for beefing up the History Department with some solid historians and opening up the archives for exploration and study. (I know a couple of them personally, and, while they are active and "fa...
by Curt Sunshine
07 Feb 2021, 12:15
Forum: Support
Topic: Reconnecting with people from the mission
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Reconnecting with people from the mission

My advice is simple: Focus on them and what they want and need to hear. In the medical lexicon: "Do no (intentional or avoidable) harm." Talk about them. When you talk about yourself, use the word "Gospel" instead of "Church". If you have a difficult leader, maybe say something like, "Church is toug...
by Curt Sunshine
07 Feb 2021, 12:05
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: All Things New
Replies: 9
Views: 454

Re: All Things New

At the most basic psychological level, people are motivated by either hope of reward or fear of punishment - or, to put it more simply, good images or bad images. The idea of imagery uses both of these motivations. People are told to picture EITHER a moment they long to have (for the first time or a...
by Curt Sunshine
24 Jan 2021, 20:17
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: For What Do You Pray?
Replies: 6
Views: 515

Re: For What Do You Pray?

Basically, help - usually generically, but sometimes specifically.

Most often it is just casting my mind and heart upward and asking to be led and guided to do the right thing and be of help to others. Always a prayer in my heart, so to speak.
by Curt Sunshine
24 Jan 2021, 20:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Come, Follow Me D&C: 2021 January
Replies: 18
Views: 833

Re: Come, Follow Me D&C: 2021 January

I always try to interpret meaning from the literal words and their literal meanings first - and move to figurative meanings only if the literal meanings don't make sense. Therefore, I read "this generation" as literally that generation, especially given the use of the plural in the verse before. (No...