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by Curt Sunshine
14 Nov 2008, 20:39
Forum: Support
Topic: What exactly is a spiritual experience?
Replies: 15
Views: 4813

Re: What exactly is a spiritual experience?

Richard Bushman said there are people who want to believe, and they do. Maybe the most important thing is not whether it's true, but what we want to believe and how we want to live our life. I have said elsewhere that I have made a conscious decision to pursue that which brings me joy. That is the ...
by Curt Sunshine
11 Nov 2008, 22:57
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The First Vision
Replies: 35
Views: 4318

Re: The First Vision

Hawk, I am the exact same way with my Patriarchal Blessing. I describe it slightly differently just about every time I talk about it, because I focus on whatever part is weighing on my mind at the time.
by Curt Sunshine
11 Nov 2008, 22:53
Forum: Support
Topic: All or Nothing
Replies: 41
Views: 3909

Re: All or Nothing

Sally, I started something this year that has been wonderful! I really wish I had done so many years ago, since, even though I have been active my entire life, I feel like I have grown more this year than perhaps in the 21 other years combined since my mission. If you are interested, read the follow...
by Curt Sunshine
11 Nov 2008, 14:53
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: Okay I'll say it, Polygamy
Replies: 18
Views: 4229

Re: Okay I'll say it, Polygamy

Short answer: I have come to believe that Joseph learned as he grew, and that he came to see polygamy very differently than Brigham did. I look at the dynastic and communal sealing nature of his situation and the literal "multiple wives of one husband with lots and lots of kids" nature of what came ...
by Curt Sunshine
08 Nov 2008, 06:41
Forum: Support
Topic: What has helped?
Replies: 14
Views: 2993

Re: What has helped?

Accepting uncertainty and the possibility of faithful people in the Church disagreeing, even on some very fundamental and foundational things. Once I accepted that, reconciliation and acceptance became an individual path from which others' biases and views didn't matter nearly as much as they do for...
by Curt Sunshine
05 Nov 2008, 21:50
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The First Vision
Replies: 35
Views: 4318

Re: The First Vision

I just know that I don't remember detail very well - especially as time passes. I am a "big picture guy". I remember the feeling and the general experience, and, because of that, I tend to imbue my current perceptions and understanding into past events - since it all blurs in my mind after a while. ...
by Curt Sunshine
04 Nov 2008, 22:52
Forum: Support
Topic: What is StayLDS.com to you? (What do you hope for?)
Replies: 29
Views: 6250

Re: What is StayLDS.com to you? (What do you hope for?)

My baseline hope is nothing more than that this will be a safe place to discuss faithfulness for those who don't know - for whatever reason. I hope it will not be a vent and gripe site, even as honest concerns and issues are discussed. I hope those who are here really want to find a way to stay (at ...
by Curt Sunshine
30 Oct 2008, 21:35
Forum: Support
Topic: What exactly is a spiritual experience?
Replies: 15
Views: 4813

Re: What exactly is a spiritual experience?

Everyone, I had an interesting insight a few years ago that relates to this in a unique way. I feel for Laman and Lemuel, for many reasons. Of most relevance to the questions in this post, I was struck by a verse that commonly is used to show their lack of faith - but it hit me in a totally differen...