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  1. Sky

    The Name of the Church

    If we want to be referred to by our actual name, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Latter-day Saints, then we need to actually act like followers/decipiles of Christ. Walk the walk, not just talk the talk, so to speak. I don’t care if somebody calls me a Mormon. I’m more concerned that I’m actually following Christ.
  2. Sky

    The Name of the Church

    Why don’t we also get rid of the “I’m a Mormon” campaign and Mormon.org? At least it would be consistent. When it’s inconsistently applied, it just confuses people.
  3. New development coming from President Russell M. Nelson and the Mormon Newsroom regarding the name of the Church, including the following: • When referring to the Church, The full name of the Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is encouraged and preferred. • Please refer to members of the Church as Latter-day Saints. Please avoid the term “Mormons.” • Please avoid the term “Mormonism.” It is inaccurate. When a shortened version is needed, please use “The Church of Jesus Christ” or the “restored Church of Jesus Christ”. Please avoid the terms “The Mormon Church” and “The LDS Church.” It will be interesting to see how this goes. If I recall correctly, it has been tried before, but didn’t last very long. The terms “Mormons” and “Mormonism” are deeply ingrained and hard to get rid of. It is part of our identity. See: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mormonnewsroom.org%2Farticle%2Fname-of-the-church&h=AT3psjcZ7YewKU-Kd0tUF4HZH0V7YLlToxHxgwtImQp2OUYYUQKplEQezQg-fINiBacO4l8gKUfvtnwFl-dM-_aHm-ThDc2bMZpxHhkDjWJTVQcVgINL30Nv-8YOH_XbD3JdRK4UmNY&s=1
  4. President Trump is under criminal investigation for colluding with a foreign power to sway the election in his favor. I don’t think he should be allowed to appoint a new Supreme Court nominee until after the Special Counsel / Russia investigation is completed. So much is at stake here - Not just abortion rights, but health care, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, voting rights, union rights, environmental justice, and so much more. We are in for an ugly, divisive fight.
  5. Sky

    Seems even timelier today than in 1970

    I hope we can all remember to love one another, especially those who are different from us. Let’s work together to solve world problems right here, right now. However bad world conditions might be, that does not give us an excuse to just sit back and let it happen. Let’s be the change we wish to see in the world! I believe in a gospel of hope!
  6. There are only so many dead people. And there are more temples now than ever before. But what if we run out of names to do work for? Is that an issue? In our temple, they are limiting the names of people you can do work for to your own family tree.
  7. LGBT members mostly just want to feel loved and some sense of understanding and empathy for our situation, even if the doctrine does not change. Why is that so hard for some people to grasp? Elder Ballard said it himself! https://news.byu.edu/news/byu-devotional-elder-ballards-questions-and-answers
  8. I don’t think anybody really knows how the “natural” and the “supernatural” worlds interact with each other in relation to the things that we do or don’t do. It’s interesting to think about and discuss, though. In Mormon theology, we come to this earth to gain the experience of having a physical body. What we do with the body we are given is important. Satan may do what he can to get us to mistreat or misuse our “mortal tabernacles.” This is the lens of how I view President Nelson’s comments. Some of us have an innate attraction to the same sex, others of us don’t. Attractions in and of themselves aren’t sinful, it’s what we do with them that matters. If I were to sit down and talk with President Nelson, I’m sure he’d probably agree with my interpretation of his words. I must say, though, that I do feel bad for the LGBTQ members of the Church that were further wounded by his remarks. When they hear that who they love is wrong, it’s gotta hurt.
  9. Sky

    Religious Freedom is the key to happiness

    Costa Rica also happened to run on renewable energy for 300 days in 2017! That also might have something to do with a higher life expectancy. https://www.sciencealert.com/costa-rica-s-electricity-run-entirely-renewables-300-days-2017-power-green
  10. A few days ago I stepped out of line and said something to another poster that I regret, which also happened to get me banned from the thread. I lost my patience. I want to apologize for how I conducted myself in that thread. I should have done better and I will do better in the future. With that said, I want to plead with everyone here to please be careful with what you say and how you say it in regards to LGBTQ/Mormon topics, no matter who you might find yourself more sympathetic to. This topic in particular is complex and especially sensitive. Our church leaders have acknowledged this, too. Some of us here are LGBTQ ourselves, and many of us have family and friends who are. Please don’t say anything inflammatory or hurtful if you can help it. We know what the doctrines of the Church are, and don’t need to be reminded of it constantly or told that we are apostate. In short, I hope that we can all treat each other here as if we were talking in person. Please be nice. That is all!
  11. I don’t think a little play is necessarily a bad thing on Sunday, as long as you are spending time with them. To me, that is the most important thing.
  12. We had an open discussion. Each person in the room shared the various ways they have observed the sabbath. Hopefully the sabbath is more than just a list of what you can or can’t do, but a day of rest and rejuvenation and reconnecting with family and loved ones.
  13. Talk more openly about this topic in General Conference and in church meetings in general. Tell certain members to stop being judgmental, know-it-all a**holes. Be wiiling to listen and emphasize with a gay person when they tell you their story, instead of trying to correct them or say why the church is always right. Poster removed: language
  14. Sky

    Climate Change is false doctrine

    The prophets don’t necessarily tell us everything there is to know about the way the world works. We also have to rely on science and reasoning and study. And if we want the lighting fixed in our home, we should probably go to an electrician.
  15. Sky

    Climate Change is false doctrine

    Sometimes, something can be both good and bad at the same time, depending on how it is used. An Ibuprofen is good if you have a headache, but that doesn’t mean that you take the whole bottle! And some medications can actually become ineffective or harmful over time. The same could be said for humankind’s use of fossil fuels. Now is the time when it has become harmful and is making us sick. And there are other ways to power our lives now without C02. What was a blessing in the early 1900’s does not make it a blessing in 2018!