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  1. CV75

    The Name of the Church

    There are dozens of Biblical references about God knowing our names, individually, etc. He knows and loves you too! Now the Book of Mormon is interesting in that Mosiah 5 says: "And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ ...therefore, I would that ye should take upon you the name of Christ ...And it shall come to pass that whosoever doeth this shall ...know the name by which he is called; for he shall be called by the name of Christ. ...And I would that ye should remember also, that this is the name that I said I should give unto you ...I say unto you, I would that ye should remember to retain the name written always in your hearts..."
  2. I don't think an anonymous apology qualifies as a sufficiently authentic apology.
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    The Name of the Church

    I take it as an invitation to resist the tendency to portray the Church (and any combination of her unique doctrine, culture ans lifestyle) as an ideology (which the suffix, "ism" conveys), which favors a political or economic paradigm rather than a religious or spiritual paradigm.
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    The Name of the Church

    "...by small and simple things are great things brought to pass... And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord ...bringeth about the salvation of many souls." "And who knoweth but what they will be the means of bringing many thousands ...to the knowledge of their Redeemer?" "And thus we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things."
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    Gospel Essays in the Curriculum

    Yes, as long as they are not built centrally into the curriculum, it cannot be correctly said that they are being taught as part of the Relief Society and priesthood meeting curriculum Church-wide. But even so, certainly things could still vary in practice!
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    The Name of the Church

    He focuses on the small things too, including you!
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    Gospel Essays in the Curriculum

    It seems you were told wrong.
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    A constant environment of change, what to do?

    I'm not sure I understand -- "glowing things" means "positive things", right? And is your primary concern is not feeling like you belong? (and if not, what is)?
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    A constant environment of change, what to do?

    But it sounds like the primary issue is not so much "location-location-location" but the legitimate need to feel you belong, and I'm suggesting you can talk with your bishop or ministers about that, and of being isolated due to illness.
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    A constant environment of change, what to do?

    I take our geographic unit assignments as reflective of, and as precious as, the inheritances the Lord gave Israel. This method is how the Lord organizes His people in modern times. Exceptions can be made by the stake/district president of course, but i would first have a heart-to-heart with your bishop or ministering brothers and sisters.
  11. I think Mosiah 29 conceptually helps with this: 25 Therefore, choose you by the voice of this people, judges, that ye may be judged according to the laws which have been given you by our fathers, which are correct, and which were given them by the hand of the Lord. 26 Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law—to do your business by the voice of the people. 27 And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land. While this is about what people decide to do as a community, it is also about what individuals decide to do on their own. The one's intentions and the discovery of oneself, God's truth and spiritual development progress along a continuum. Applying "good feelings" to "desiring things which are right to do," given the options one has, allows people to move closer and closer to a fullness of truth as they choose and are able to choose. As one becomes more like God, it doesn't matter where he begins or where is is at the moment, but that he is progressing. There is nothing wrong with good feelings, whether they are primitive intentions or confirmed and elevated by the Holy Spirit. It doesn't matter what someone thinks they are, or what he attributes them to as long as he continues to discover what they "really" are (Alma 32).
  12. Which person is not knowledgeable enough, the one struggling or the one trying to help him? In either case, here is an extensive list of resources (the bottom half seem more relevant) that I would consider very reliable content-wise, and safe interpersonally-wise, especially with a trusted coach with whom ideas can be exchanged : https://www.lds.org/si/objective/doctrinal-mastery/gospel-sources?lang=eng
  13. I would say a personal, face to face experience with someone he knows and trusts would be far more beneficial.
  14. Yes, in several ways. First, “cannot” is subjective, and you’d be speaking for God here. Second, while he must abstain from sexual relations while unmarried to keep the covenants enough to remain in the Church, and ideally sufficiently to participate in the other ordinances, he can still remain in the Church if he enters marriage, even if he does so in bad faith, or with a level of uncertainty or risk he is willing to assume (just as anyone else who in good conscience “cannot” marry). Many spouses remain in the Church under such conditions; the Church is not the marriage police nor does she referee those personal decisions. Third, your scenario limits the complete scope of his opportunities from the eternal perspective wherein someday he could very well in good consistence / good faith marry. Fourth, your scenario does not allow that if anyone cannot in good conscience enter marriage but wants to stay in the Church and participate in the other ordinances, he must abstain from sexual relations and not enter marriage, to which I raise the same objections for the same reasons.
  15. Neither you nor Oaks used the full meaning of the word since celibacy means to practice a self-enforced restraint from marriage and from sexual relations. As you pointed out, his message is that the Church expects her members to abstain from sexual relations if unmarried (and this is easily understood from the broader context). But your message is that the Church expects some to abstain from marriage, which is not so and ignores both individual agency and the voluntary nature of abstinence, indulgence, celibacy, and marriage. You’ve presented a false dichotomy based on faulty premises and faulty logic. The Church invites everyone to enter and keep every covenant given their circumstances and opportunities, and every cir=circumstance and opportunity will be availed to them prior to the resurrection. The Church does not single out gay people to either recommend or deny them marriage (the option to marry is open, as with anyone), and the Church expects celibacy (in the sense of abstaining from sexual relations) of any unmarried member, and the Church defines marriage as between a man and a woman.