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  1. for a long time I stopped going to the annual stake priesthood meetings, as I didn't have the patience to sit through 30 minutes of the speakers talking about how wonderful they were, not everyone was like that but the then stake presidency and some others were or a talk about how they picked the theme, I could care less. I believe you should leave church feeling better about yourself, strength to endure another week, not feel like junk and less than somebody else. I think for people that are pompous like that, it is insecurity, some people seem to have it in smaller doses than others. I, personally, don't want to be a pawn for someone else to advance their "church career"
  2. New First Presidency

    Elder Uchtdorf just put this out on FB "I have seen countless comments on social media and have heard many questions regarding how I feel now that I am no longer a counselor in the First Presidency. I appreciate your concern for my welfare, but I assure you, I’m just fine I love and support the First Presidency, and I am thrilled to again more closely associate with the other members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Just after being called to the First Presidency in 2008, I delivered a talk in general conference titled “Lift Where You Stand.” During that address, I discussed the importance of seeing every calling we receive—no matter what it is—as an opportunity to strengthen and bless others and become what Heavenly Father wants us to become. I could give that talk again today and the words I shared would be just as relevant. Just a few days ago, Harriet and I spoke to the young people of the Church and made specific reference to how we cannot connect the dots in our lives looking forward. We can only do so looking backward. In hindsight, each of us will see how the dots connect in our lives on a more elevated, spiritual level. One of my favorite quotes comes from President Gordon B. Hinckley, who said the following: “Your obligation is as serious in your sphere of responsibility as is my obligation in my sphere. No calling in this Church is small or of little consequence. All of us in the pursuit of our duty touch the lives of others.” I think he has a great attitude, besides, less meetings, who wouldn't want that
  3. New Beginnings

    I forgot about that!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahhahahahhahahahaha! thank you!!!!
  4. New Beginnings

    I wish there was a BARF button on here
  5. New First Presidency

    Pres. Nelson just put this out on FB "My dear friends, we are thankful for the prayers that have been offered for us. As I said yesterday, I declare my devotion to God our Eternal Father and to His Son, Jesus Christ. I know Them, love Them, and pledge to serve Them—and you—with every remaining breath of my life. Now, whatever your concerns, whatever your challenges, I wish to assure you that there is a place for you in this, the Lord’s Church. Our Father in Heaven cherishes His children and wants each of us to return home to Him. To women, I say: whatever your calling, whatever your circumstances, we need your impressions, your insights, and your inspiration. We need your strength! To you who are young, please know that you were born for this time. You are a chosen generation, fore-determined by God to do a remarkable work—to help prepare the people of this world for the Second Coming of the Lord. We need your strength and faith. To anyone who finds themselves in unideal circumstances, to anyone who is struggling with doubts or fears, to anyone who has stepped off the path, I invite you, with all the hope in my heart, to stay on the path. Together, we can walk the covenant path. We must look forward to the future with complete faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, whose Church this is."
  6. New Beginnings

    I remember in the early 1990's they had this 12-13 year old "Standards Night" and all of the 12 and 13 year olds would attend this evening of talks and lessons, it's where someone did that smashed cake as an object lesson as a virtue being lost, among other lessons. I am guessing it started beyond that
  7. Assuming people felt the light at Church, or just came and went through the motions without the motions going through them. We all know that some issues don't go away, there have been gay people for centuries, "the poor you will always have", the STP principle (cliques) mind you one friend said they can't ever recall feeling the spirit at Church but because they have felt the spirit they come to Church
  8. I got the sense that there was a difference between love and the law, but shouldn't they be tied together? God hates me so he gave me laws to prove that hate? if you feel guilty at church then you're doing it right? I don't get it! but how does God show me he loves me, especially if I were LGBTQ?
  9. I have a friend who grew up in the Church, quit some years ago but she was saying why would anyone want to come back to the Church if it is basically the same when they left, come back to what? if the reason they left is still there then, why come back?
  10. TBH the whole press conference seemed goofy but then again I haven't ever been in a position like that where you have to answer questions on live TV. I think, if anything, they learned that these issues won't go away and solving 21st century issues with 20th century methods don't work. I thought the question about Brazil was dumb, like the future there is like anywhere else in the world? like, what was that guy wanting them to say? the Church is planning on building a giant rollercoaster out of marshmallows?
  11. New First Presidency

    Here is what the late Pres. Hugh B. Brown wrote about not being retained in the 1st Presidency when Pres. McKay died, "Joseph Fielding Smith was sustained as the new President of the Church. He selected Harold B. Lee as his First Counselor and Nathan Eldon Tanner as second counselor. I therefore took my place in the Twelve; because of illness I have been somewhat inactive" The Memoirs of Hugh B. Brown, p132 I didn't know that Pres. Tanner was a 2nd counselor to Pres. Smith, although how he felt about it, I don't know if we'd ever know as he was like Pres. Hunter, just a very quiet, unassuming person and probably not concerned with the title of his calling
  12. New First Presidency

    Something i'd like to know is how does Christ lead the Church exactly. Does he tell the Prophets what to do, look out for this or that, what's coming up on the horizon etc. or does he wait for what hits the fan and then the Church leaders ask for direction and help?or is it somehow both?