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Everything posted by Raingirl

  1. So you’ve actually read the book now? You hadn’t when you started this thread on Wednesday, and were just going by a blurb on the back cover, yet - hypocritically - were attacking others for commenting without having read the book first.
  2. Read the entire Book of Mormon before baptism? What about the Bible? Shouldn’t it then also be a requirement to read the entirety of that, as well? i think this is an unnecessary, over-the-top requirement. And I’m saying that as a convert. But, as I’m not an avowed church critic of the church, my opinion counts for nothing on this thread and on this board. If I wanted kudos on this board, I’d have to do something like wrongfully call an Apostle a liar. Then I’d get high fives all around.
  3. Just now got one of these calls. I never answer an unfamiliar number. This one showed on Caller ID as coming from Texas. They left s voice-mail. I’ve blocked them, but wish I could do more.
  4. Silly boy, don’t you realize that we’re not supposed to believe anything a member of the church says without extensive documentation (and, actually, not then either), but we’re supposed to take anything a non-member says as absolute truth, no questions asked. 🤷‍♀️
  5. This sounds like exaggeration. Can you provide links to actual cases of people being arrested in the U. S. for merely dancing together? ’Everything, was underground and illegal? While there are antiquated (and downright bizarre) laws of every stripe on the books in pretty much every state, can you provide statistics or some kind of documentation that it was common to be arrested for being gay, for dancing, etc over the last 20 years? Ellen DeGeneres debuted her talk show in 2003, and it was well-known she was gay well before that. How is this possible if everything has been “illegal and underground” all that time? Gay people had absolutely no civil rights if any kind whatsoever the past 20 years? That’s how you’ve phrased it. I have a brother who has been with the same partner for at least 25 years, always openly. No living underground, no arrests for dancing or being gay, for either one of them. And that’s just one example out of thousands. Yes, gay people face discrimination at times. But so do millions of people who aren’t gay. As a Jew, I experienced such things as a certain group telling that they weren’t going to stop until every last Jew had been wiped off the face of the earth. Why the need for exaggeration?
  6. 10 minutes to put in or take out contacts? I can’t imagine how anyone could take that long, unless they were wearing mittens.
  7. Not to mention the extreme risk of infection. I wear 30 day contacts, and it does not mean you leave them in for 30 days straight. You still take them out every night to clean and soak, you just don’t have to switch to a fresh pair until 30 days. There are 30 day contacts, two-week contacts, daily contacts, etc., but they all come out at night. Indeed, my ophthalmologist chastised me recently for leaving mine in 12 or more hours each day. He said they shouldn’t be worn that many hours, but I don’t have any back-up glasses.
  8. So you’ve actually met “most” members of the Church? And observed their lives on an intimate, daily basis? Because that is the only way you could make that statement with any degree of legitimacy. If you have such a low opinion of the members of the Church, it’s rather bizarre that you spend years interacting with them on the internet.
  9. I work in downtown Portland Oregon, and you have perfectly described the vast majority of protests I have witnessed (and been negatively impacted by) in the last several years.
  10. Then why are you here? I converted from Judaism. I don’t spend my time on Jewish boards, calling people names and denigrating their beliefs. Not that I would even want to do that, but I have better things to do with my time.
  11. As I’ve previously stated, women in the wards I’ve live in, participate as much or more than the men. As for Fast & Testimony meeting, I spend most of them wondering if any men (other than the member of the bishopric who kicked it off) are going to get up. But that doesn’t fit with your narrative, does it?
  12. In the wards I’ve been in, women contribute in Sunday school as much, if not more, than the men.
  13. I am baffled as to why this would be “sad”. I had several experiences while I was investigating the church (and after), that left no doubt. Why would I turn to man’s claims and “evidence” when I already had everything I needed directly from Heavenly Father?
  14. Thanks for posting the link to that video. It was awesome!
  15. You are either woefully or deliberately ignorant if you think the stipend is “career comparative”.
  16. Light banter? Characterizing repeated posts belittling the church and it’s members as “light banter” speaks volumes about - well - character. What herbal “tea” actually is, is clear and simple and easily understood with even a modest amount of intelligence. But church critics who are desperate for any opportunity to attack, will just flat-out lie in a feeble attempt to serve their purpose. Too bad for you, I guess, that the posters here are smart enough to see through the lies. I have no more to say on the subject. As boring as my life may be, I still don’t have endless hours to spend online, as critics apparently do. And I have no interest in interacting with people who choose lies over truth when it suits their purpose.
  17. What do Jewish dietary laws have to do with it? Yes, I know the word ‘kosher’ has been co-opted to mean something other than its true meaning of having to do with keeping the laws of kashrut (which, as a former Orthodox Jew, I am very familiar with), but a ridiculous question does not deserve a serious answer. Even after eight years in the church, I am still amazed at how church critics cant wait to jump at any excuse to belittle the church and its members.
  18. Maybe you could make a few....umm....editorial?....changes to his work. 😈
  19. They help adults, as well.
  20. Olive Osmond Hearing Fund. Found at hearingfund.org
  21. And how was that going to happen when you deliberately associated with people whose goal is to drive people away from the church?
  22. Dictionary definition of ethnicity: The fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition. Nowhere is race mentioned. You can have different races within the same culture or nationality. I am always suspect of people who insist that Judaism is a race. Some of the reasons why should be obvious, but I am not going to discuss this further in this thread. Non-Jews who insist that Judaism is a race are rarely willing to change their thinking. This thread should be about honoring those who were murdered - in their place of worship, some participating in a bris! - simply because they were Jewish. That this still happens is mind boggling, while at the same time not at all surprising. I suspect the synagogues will be more crowded than ever this Shabbos, and that when the Kaddish is being said, every single congregant will have these 11 neshamahs specifically in mind. May their memories be for a blessing
  23. Yes, when you convert to Judaism, halachally there is no difference between you and someone who is born Jewish. You are both simply Jews. This still does not make Judaism a race. And certain groups insisting it does, does not change that. Again, you can convert to a religion but you cannot convert to a race. Becoming a Jew does not magically change your race. If you’re Caucasian before you convert, you’re still Caucasian after you convert. You don’t suddenly become African-American, for example. I was Caucasian before I joined the Church, and I’m still Caucasian. I know a person who converted from Catholicism to Judaism, and then back to Christianity via The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Guess what? She remained African-American throughout!
  24. I’d be happy to share what I can. It might be more appropriate to send a PM?
  25. Judaism is not a race. Jews come in all races. You can convert to a religion, but you cannot convert to a race. Ethnic or cultural identity would probably be a more apt description. Halacha (Jewish law) is clear on who is a Jew. But when it comes to the question of whether or not a Jew who converts to Christianity is still a Jew, Halacha is less clear and you will get differing opinions depending on which rabbi you consult. Rather than take up so much time on this thread with my (inarticulate) explanations, I can steer you towards resources on the internet. At koltorah.org, there is a tree-part discussion on the relevant Halacha. Chabad.org is also a good resource. Mall that said, for me going to Sacrament meeting next week as opposed to contributing to a strength-in-numbers showing by helping to fill the synagogues next Saturday just feels......lacking? It’s just one of those feelings you cannot articulate without having experienced it.
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