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About rchorse

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  1. Critics of the church use fear at times, as well, to try to manipulate believers. Fear of being labeled a bigot or closed-minded. Fear of missing out on things. Fear of being repressed or controlled. Fear of all this being wasted effort, because it's not true anyway. Fear of societal shame and ridicule. Fear of being deceived or lied to. And in some extreme cases, fear of loss of employment or invasion of privacy. I'll admit that the church has sometimes used fear, but the critics also need to get off their high horses and recognize that they, as a group, have done the same.
  2. Is there another church headquarters or another metro area anywhere in the world as densely populated with Mormons as Utah? Arizona and Idaho have a lot of Mormons but don't really rival Utah. The problem with the rationale that most members live outside Utah is that the membership is so scattered, especially outside the U.S., that there's not the critical mass necessary for a lot of things. That said, as has been noted earlier on this thread, a similar development is proceeding in Philadelphia, although on a smaller scale.
  3. Bishops' memories are no different than anyone else's. They remember some things and forget others. I think if most had a choice, though, they would choose to forget the details of confessions.
  4. It definitely helps, but in my experience is not always enough. Some of my worst bouts of depression have been when i was doing the best at living the gospel. I knew mentally i was living right and should be happy, but just couldn't make myself really believe it. Medication helped me greatly. While I believe a lot of problems can be solved by living the gospel, it's not a guarantee against hardship, including mental illness.
  5. So many Mormons are on meds because we don't self medicate with alcohol and other drugs as much as those of other faiths. It really is that simple.
  6. It's best to keep in mind that you're only getting one side of the story. When I was a bishop, I had several experiences where the story a member was spreading was very different from what actually happened. But the bishop is not allowed to tell his side due to confidentiality issues. In one instance, specifically, I'm sure many outside the situation would have considered my actions to be insensitive and inappropriate, but it's what the Spirit was telling me to do. I, too, felt uncomfortable with what I felt prompted to do (didn't sleep for a couple days), but it turned out to be instrumental later in helping a member come back into activity. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, I'm familiar with mental illness. But some use mental illness as a justification for all kinds of bad behavior that really has nothing to do with the illness. I have no idea who's right or wrong in this specific case, but it would be better to refrain from judging all parties rather than to assume the worst of the bishop.
  7. I'm really not a big fan of adding any rules beyond what's in the Handbooks. Do we really need more rules to follow? I'm more in favor of teaching, encouraging, persuading, and leading by example.
  8. Electronic devices are a fact of life and will continue to be so. Rather than banning them, it makes more sense to me to teach proper usage, especially with the youth. What are the youth going to do at church when they leave home and have full freedom to have an electronic device? If they haven't been taught by parents and church leaders how to use them properly, I suspect they'll present much more of a problem than if they are taught how to use them correctly. Having taught youth both before and after smartphones became commonplace, I see no more of a problem with attention now than before. The only difference is that instead of passing notes and punching each other, they're on their phones. I do see a positive difference now, though, in that they can't refuse to look up scriptures with the excuse that they don't have any. Same with other church publications.
  9. I don't get this. Every legal immigrant is already registered with the government, regardless of religious affiliation, and I can't see illegal immigrants bothering to register. I don't really understand what this would accomplish. That said, I agree that a religion-based registry is a threat to religious freedom and unconstitutional.
  10. Note that the policy you're quoting specifies video recordings. It doesn't say anything about audio recordings, which are very common for funerals in the chapel.
  11. It was Julie Beck, a former church leader.
  12. I've found that the difference for me is that in the one case, the violence is celebrated in all its gory, slow-motion detail. In the other case, it is merely an element of the story and is depicted in a non-graphic fashion. The former leaves me with a dark feeling I do not enjoy, and so I avoid movies and shows that give me that feeling. There's a difference between depicting violence and celebrating it. Most entertainment in the last 10 or 15 years seems to celebrate it.
  13. I was taught the nail in the board analogy, but I was taught that repentance removes the nail and the Atonement fixes the hole, such that the board is as if it never had a nail in it. Taught that way, I don't see a problem.
  14. Exactly. I think the temple prep instructor in the class I took prior to being endowed had it exactly right. He counseled us to try to find ways to wear our garments whenever possible and not to look for excuses to take them off.
  15. To me, the clearest evidence that polygamy is the exception, not the rule, is that Adam only had one wife. As Adam and Eve were the first married couple and example for all of us, I'd expect multiple wives for Adam if polygamy were required or even preferred for exaltation. It's clearly allowed by the Lord in certain situations and for his own reasons, but I think the vast majority of marriages in the eternities will be monogamous.