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  1. rpn

    All-you-can-eat religion, Buffet style

    I'd wager that most of us do exact what the OP describes, partly because we all get our testimonies of discrete principles in different sequences and often because of the way our lives play out that helps us want to figure out His will in something. Picking and choosing is only a problem to the extent that we don't do our own due diligence and therefore never get to the point where we are living discipleship that changes our hearts (and our appetites, passions and body parts) in submission to His will.
  2. rpn

    A Story about healing.

    I'd leave it alone, in the sense that I would simply thank God, and Jesus Christ for the atonement which has the very capacity that you describe. And I'd express to Him that if I could ever be that healer for someone, I'd be willing to do that too.
  3. Isn't it possible that his skepticism preventing him from seeing what others did see?
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    Left Hand

    Seems to me that President Oaks was more about the deacons understanding and doing it correctly as an example, than he was about how the members in the pew were doing it. And we all get testimonies of the various principles of the gospel in different sequences. Maybe the takeaway for us is whether we need to work getting a testimony that Pres. Oaks is speaking correct doctrine (and whether as a matter of practice, choosing to use our right hands even without that testimony is what we want to do).
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    Personal revelation.

    Oh, don't be so hard on other faiths. Often pastors are working at a regular job in addition to what goes on at the church, and often their funds and membership (neither of which is centralized and grown in the same way the restored church of Jesus Christ does) are pretty limited. I'd guess that as a rule, non lds churches do as much as they can for the children of God. I know of no central compilation of statistics in the US that identifies divorce rates by faith (and it would be kind of silly wouldn't it since, the benefit of religious faith are not in the formal membership, but in someone's relationship to God and doing good after all, isn't it?) And also how would one know whether the divorce was because of faith or because of lack of living faith --- assuming faith was the only thing that matter? Having said that, I have read that we have a 28 or so percentage of divorces, and catholics a 24% in 2015 (from widely separated statistical collection.
  6. The prophet has essentially asked us to support scouting. In the announcement of the change, the church promised to fully support scouts until December 2019. Personally, given its value in serving young people, I'm going to continue contributing to FOS after December 2019, and I hope to find a troop for my granddaughters and grandsons.
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    That isn't tithing, and it is definitive proof that the member also doesn't understand tithing, or the value of the sacrificial bonding. Members who do do NOT think of the money as their's at all. (Of course in this case God may accept the offering if it is the personal best at the point a member did this: He's the only one who knows the person's heart and capabilities.)
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    Elder Holland's NAMI talk

    No, just the ones who are purported representing the church, and certainly being paid by it. I've read other statements where they fully acknowledge differences where scholarship outside the church exists.
  9. https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/02/01/doctors-pushed-her-to-get-sex-reassignment-surgery-now-she-knows-it-was-a-mistake/ Thought I'd share an article on the subject: 1st person
  10. rpn

    Leading LDS

    What about once a month/every other month/once a quarter having an EQ meeting that addresses needs. I read a while ago about apps (Wickr Me, Kindly) that allows people to ask questions fully anonymously that also might be used. (I'd have it on a day other than Sunday so no one feels compelled to attend, maybe invite attendees to come fasting for themselves and the moderator --- EQPresidency should always be represented there, but maybe call/set apart --- so they have the right to inspiration about it --- someone skilled in social sciences or just good with people and not doctrinaire to moderate --- then serve food after.) You might get the same effect if you had a group read C. Terry Warner's Bonds that Make Us Free and discuss it. Or if you joined with RS to have couples who want to work on their relationships and who have already done the Family Services Curriculum. If you have mixed faith families Kristy Money's "Mixed Faith Workbook" might also be a useful tool to use. BTW, IME, one of the hardest issues for men is when they were unable to prevent their child from being hurt in some way (often interfamily or inter neighborhood ---religious and location sexual abuse or bullying, but it could be an accident or a crime --- child abuse (specially when a family member was involved, and interfamily violence is something they cannot talk about though publically),. Many a man has wondered thereafter whether they ever have received inspiration or if God exists. Also, it would be quite helpful for EQ and RS to actually talk in advance about ways parents can and should deal with child abuse, interfamily violence, raising kids the Lord's way --- without compulsion and with lots of opportunities to learn to think for themselves ---- and how they can minimize risk and find resources for help. ETA: And they would likely have gotten greater understanding if they'd asked of those who didn't feel safe, what areas they didn't fail safe in commenting about (church doctrine, church history, testimony level social issues, differences politically --- I don't mean partisanship precisely, but rather civil issues of the day locally or nationally---with others, or judgment about the way they've done things parenting or family or work wise, and then other --- with space to describe if the person wants to.
  11. There are increasingly same gendered couples in our meetings. If we are acting as we are taught to act, we are welcoming them and encouraging them, even if we do not support their marriages or living together as partners. It is the bishop's job to determine their worthiness and ask them not to do anything that he feels they need to be counseled about, not members. ( It can be tough to sort out how to apply a family rule that unmarried couples may not share a bedroom in the family home, if the gay couple has been legally wed.)
  12. With the change in meetings, one thing that has been abandoned is any award recognition in sacrament meetings/boys and girls. (This was in the Q&A provided after announcement of the change.) I don't recall whether boys have to be congregationally sustained to be ordained to the priesthood. If they do, members might see that as recognition, but it isn't related to anything someone earned.
  13. I keep getting back to the question: if his contemporaries did not know that he claimed to have found golden plates in the hill and believe that to be true, why would anyone be seeking his help with treasure seeking?
  14. People can do things that they dont see as a problem, only to latter realize there is one. It isn't hypocrisy if that is the case. And it isn't hypocrisy if someone moves their position later based on additional consideration, either.
  15. You missed my point. I am not saying that those experiences make someone gay. I said those experiences can lead people to think they are gay when they do not have any congenital same sex interest.