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    History of the Satanic Panic

    That sounds like an amazingly positive environment. Did you have any specific methods to teach social skills and socialization that may have missed in a large school environment?
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    History of the Satanic Panic

    I recently had someone explain to me the hardest part for them going to a public university after being home schooled was understanding it was ok to disagree. Having been raised and taught everything by his parents the concept of dissent was foreign to him and something he had to learn. He told me he basically wrote a checklist of all his beliefs and questioned them all to try to make sure he only retained those he had personally chosen. The changes he made had his parents convinced he was being brain washed when really it was the opposite. Phaedrus
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    History of the Satanic Panic

    We had very conservative families in our last ward that home schooled their kids and constantly railed against Harry Potter and science education on public schools. Phaedrus
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    History of the Satanic Panic

    I remember all the warnings in the 80's about satanic rock music, playing cards, Ouija boards, & Dungeons and Dragons. Looking back it seems so silly but it was taken seriously for a while. Phaedrus
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    History of the Satanic Panic

    This subject always make me think of Jay's Journal.
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    Giving Machines

    And this is the problem with the lack of transparency. On the outside it looks like you raised a lot of money for emergency relief but didn't spend it. In the following years I recall news articles about the church working with local relief agencies and they did likely provide much more aid than the financial statements suggest. The hording of fast offerings is a bit more curious to me. I'm willing to go hungry so someone else doesn't have to and therefore I've always been under the impression that donations would be used to help the poor and needy in the present not to build up a long term fund. As I recall when I looked at 10 years of the UK financials only about 1/3 of the fast offerings collected were used in the average year and the restricted fund balance had grown quite large before being eventually sent to the hq in Salt Lake. Phaedrus
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    Giving Machines

    There have been some behaviors in charitable fund raising in the past done by the church that I have some serious questions about. I did some analysis of the public financial statement of the church in the UK and posted it here previously but I can only find one of the posts. Let me set the stage. On December 26, 2004 there was a tsunami in the Indian ocean that hit over a dozen countries and killed over 225,000 members. As calls for aide and donations went out there was a request for members to make their aide donations to the Humanitarian Aide Fund of the church because "100% of every dollar donated is used to help those in need". I verified with members I knew in the UK that they also received the same request. I had noticed in previous years only a small portion of the money collected for fast and humanitarian donations were ever used in a particular year and the funds saw continued increases in their unused balance each year. So after the 2005 financial statements were published we had the opportunity to analyze donations and expenditures. Here is what I posted back then. It's been a few years since I've looked but I believe the policy now is to sweep the unused balances of these "restricted" funds and send the money back to the church headquarters. Phaedrus
  8. The article does mention The Bishop is using his knowledge obtained through sexual interview questions to manipulate the youth into situations like this. This is how predatory grooming works. It's too bad these isn't a grass roots organization advocating to protect LDS children. Phaedrus
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    David Bokovoy on Mormon Stories

    I'm not a believer and I'd say that David still is yet I found it interesting. He speaks highly of the church and I don't believe it is at all threatening to believers. Topics like politics or religion are so emotionally charged it's easy to retreat into your own echo chamber. I do it all the time. But I've found when I step outside my comfort zone and truly listen to opposing ideas I found find people making thoughtful well reasoned arguments that shouldn't just be dismissed because of a bias I have. It's one of the reasons why I participate here because I enjoy the subject of Mormonism and I like considered opinions on all sides. Phaedrus
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    David Bokovoy on Mormon Stories

    Great they can watch the 3 hour video which is also easily available. If you care enough to be critical of someone and post about it in a forum you probably shouldn't do so from complete ignorance of the interview. Phaedrus
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    David Bokovoy on Mormon Stories

    It's strange that the strongest opinions in this thread seem to have come from those who didn't watch or listen to the interview. I'd hate to be so rigid in my thinking that I'm afraid to listen to someone else's experience. Phaedrus
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    Ex communication and temple endowments

    First published in 1879 in the Salt Lake Tribune. Published many times since and with full sound and video currently on YouTube. Phaedrus
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    David Bokovoy on Mormon Stories

    It’s not small potatoes to a parent who lost a gay child to suicide. The 2015 policy crossed a line for my family. We had maintained our names on the records out of respect for our family’s history in the church. We couldn’t allow our names associated with a church we felt is actively hurting people so we resigned. Four or five families we know joined us. Phaedrus Edit: to avoid confusion. I'm not a parent who has lost a child but I do know someone who has.
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    David Bokovoy on Mormon Stories

    I'm watching in on Facebook live right now. Normally these videos remain on the sight for a while.
  15. David was always one of my favorite participants on these forums and he is being interviewed by John Dehiln right now. This has been one of the best Mormon Stories interviews I've watched. I highly encourage everyone to watch this episode. Phaedrus
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