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by Curt Sunshine
10 Dec 2008, 17:27
Forum: Support
Topic: Missionary work? What's appropriate?
Replies: 13
Views: 3433

Re: Missionary work? What's appropriate?

Oh, and personally, I would rephrase the statement as:

"how to avoid doing wrong in the way that we support LDS missionary efforts."

I don't think "by supporting LDS missionary efforts" we are "doing wrong"; I think there are wrong ways to do so. That's a huge difference.
by Curt Sunshine
10 Dec 2008, 17:24
Forum: Support
Topic: Missionary work? What's appropriate?
Replies: 13
Views: 3433

Re: Missionary work? What's appropriate?

I was rushing and too lazy to cut and paste the relevant part. Here is it: The missionary application: I approached my mission as an attempt to find people who would accept our version of the Gospel when they heard it (who could catch a glimpse of the vision when it was presented to them) – or, I sh...
by Curt Sunshine
10 Dec 2008, 16:23
Forum: Support
Topic: Missionary work? What's appropriate?
Replies: 13
Views: 3433

Re: Missionary work? What's appropriate?

This is what I posted recently on my own blog about how I approach "missionary work" (although I wish we would ditch that phrase and say "living the Gospel" instead - personal pet peeve):

http://thingsofmysoul.blogspot.com/2008 ... f-joy.html
by Curt Sunshine
10 Dec 2008, 16:18
Forum: Support
Topic: Being amazed by other religions and movements
Replies: 18
Views: 4146

Re: Being amazed by other religions and movements

I think ordinances for the dead teach us, at the most basic level, that we aren't any better than anyone else. Others see them as condescending and arrogant; I get exactly the opposite from the concept.
by Curt Sunshine
10 Dec 2008, 16:16
Forum: Introductions
Topic: I am a child of God, and He has sent me here
Replies: 13
Views: 1719

Re: I am a child of God, and He has sent me here

Can I be happy here with my religion as it is today even as I await what it may be tomorrow?
That's a pretty good description of me, fwiw. One of the things I love most about the Gospel is the incredible scope of its theology.
by Curt Sunshine
10 Dec 2008, 16:09
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Spiritual Knowledge
Replies: 11
Views: 2785

Re: Spiritual Knowledge

Orson, just a quick thought: We live in a post-rationalist age, when we define "truth" and "knowledge" in absolute terms. I love Nephi's definition of "true" - essentially, "it is according to my experiences and understanding, and I am not lying about it". In other words, if someone is expressing so...
by Curt Sunshine
10 Dec 2008, 15:57
Forum: Support
Topic: All or Nothing
Replies: 41
Views: 4296

Re: All or Nothing

Human nature: 1 negative experience cancels out 7-8 positive experiences . (Like one "visit to the principal's office" cancels out six good talks with that principal in the hallway, and one blown call by a referee cancels out an otherwise flawless game. Think about that last example.) The same is tr...
by Curt Sunshine
09 Dec 2008, 21:05
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Dichotomous Thinking
Replies: 17
Views: 3551

Re: Dichotomous Thinking

They can leave, or they are stuck with me.


Absolutely classic! Thanks - for the profound nature of the comment AND for the terrific laugh.
by Curt Sunshine
09 Dec 2008, 17:09
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Dichotomous Thinking
Replies: 17
Views: 3551

Re: Dichotomous Thinking

The following is NOT directed at you, Kari. It simply is something I see all the time from people - inside and outside of the Church: One of my biggest problems with human nature, in general, and the way that members, in particular, tend to interpret things is the tendency to read something applied ...
by Curt Sunshine
08 Dec 2008, 20:10
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The First Vision
Replies: 35
Views: 4623

Re: The First Vision

Amen, Hawk. That is a great example of what I mean when I talk about carefully parsing people's actual words. "Vision" allows all kinds of possibilities that "visit" does not - and it more clearly delineates between what was understood originally and what came to be understood over time through diff...