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  1. It is actually a documented form of OCD called scrupulosity. It's something I have had issues with. Feeling like I'm going to hell over minor mistakes. I know logically it doesn't make any sense, but getting myself to actually believe and feel that is another story. I have made progress, but it's a real mental illness. Having said that, I disagree with those who claim the doctrines and standards of the church contribute to depression and scrupulosity. Our system of confession and judgment, as you say, has been key in allowing me to push away the obsessive thoughts knowing that I've done everything possible. I feel like I've come to have a much deeper understanding of and appreciation for the Savior and the Atonement precisely because the doctrines of the church have led me to seek peace through the Savior. I really feel like the gospel is what keeps my scrupulosity and depression in check rather than causing them. Edited to add: Medication helps quite a bit, too.
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    Cardston Temple Vision

    Comparing Trump to Washington? You left out the biggest difference. Washington was a man of integrity and strong moral character, who was governed by principle. Trump is an amoral philanderer who will say and do anything to get what he wants.
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    Hastening the Work

    I find the major renovations of a very large number of temples to be interesting in this respect. I find it hard to believe that so many temples just happened to fall apart in the last 5 years, especially given the standard to which temples are built in the first place. And the renovations are not just a coat of paint. In many cases, they seem to be almost a complete rebuild.
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    Joseph Smith and Multiple Mortal Probations

    How do sealings fit into the whole idea of MMP? Wouldn't MMP effectively make the doctrine of eternal families meaningless, since you would have a different family each time around?
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    New Girls Camp Guidebook

    The way I read her post, she was saying that the counsel to STOP manipulating emotion was very much needed.
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    Disciplinary, how many times?

    As many as it takes*. *With the caveat that, from what I've seen, each additional time someone strays or leaves completely, it gets harder to return.
  7. Talk about jumping to negative conclusions based on a few words... My point was that President Nelson's comments are applicable to all sorts of sexual sin and not a direct shot at gays. I wasn't intending to offer an in-depth exposition on how adultery happens. It was a rhetorical question. But I imagine you knew that already.
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    Helen Radkey and name submissions

    Especially since baptisms can't be performed until at least a year after the death date.
  9. I think it's too bad that some are jumping to negative conclusions about what he meant. Satan does tempt us to love as we should not love. If that's not true, then how does adultery happen? Not everything has to be interpreted through the sole lens of homosexuality. There are lots of instances of inappropriate and sinful love with straight people. My guess is that he was referring not to mere feelings of attraction, but to the nurturing of those feelings into love unauthorized by the commandments of God. And I believe he's probably referring to all such forms of love; straight, gay, or other.
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    Rob Porter, and Mormonism's #MeToo Moment

    Many like to criticize the handbooks and church leaders who follow them closely as being too rigid and legalistic. But if all priesthood leaders followed the counsel in the handbooks on this issue, I don't think there would be nearly as many problems. From Handbook 1 (17.3.2): "Members who have abused others are subject to Church discipline. They should not be given Church callings and may not have a temple recommend until they have repented and all Church discipline has been resolved...In instances of abuse, the first responsibility of the Church is to help those who have been abused and to protect those who may be vulnerable to future abuse. Victims of sexual abuse (including rape) often suffer serious trauma and feelings of guilt. Victims of the evil acts of others are not guilty of sin. Church leaders should be sensitive to such victims and give caring attention to help them overcome the destructive effects of abuse." This section of Handbook 1 also outlines many resources, including a hotline to call, available to bishops and stake presidents who are unsure how to handle a situation. Regarding bishops testifying on behalf of defendants in abuse cases, Handbook 1 (17.1.26) states: "...Church leaders should avoid testifying in civil or criminal cases reviewing the conduct of members over whom they preside." I'm skeptical that very many bishops would testify as a character witness for defendants in an abuse trial. If they do it without being compelled by a subpoena, they do it in clear violation of church policy. In my experience, the counsel found in the handbooks is inspired, and those bishops and stake presidents who think they know better tend to cause problems for themselves and/or others.
  11. I agree, as well, which is why I said I don't know how it could be changed. My main point was that being treated differently is not all in the early returnee's imagination.
  12. One area where there is definitely shaming going on for those who come home early is in the singles and dating scene. I have observed with friends and roommates the rejection that occurs when a male is not an RM. Many, if not most, LDS women will not even give them a shot, even when they're fully temple worthy. In the early twenties, that's pretty difficult to take. That said, I don't know how it could be changed. The church doesn't teach or encourage that, in my experience. But I think I agree with smac, that there are areas we could do better.
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    New First Presidency

    That's actually a really good example of why it's hard to read emotions from facial expressions. I've seen people look like that when they're depressed, sad, or tired. But I've also seen virtually the same expression when people are overjoyed, extremely relieved, or have eaten something very, very spicy.
  14. One flaw I see in almost all social science studies is that participants know it's an artificial situation. People just don't act the same way in artificial situations. For instance, I sometimes like to cheat when I play board games. It makes it much more fun to me. But in real life, I'm almost obsessively honest. In a study, I don't know how I would behave. Anything that involves self reported data is also hard for me to take seriously. People lie to make themselves look better, even when it doesn't matter.
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    Thomas S Monson cars

    Those custom, limited-edition Italian cars are crazy expensive.