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  1. I changed all the names except mine (obviously) and an older couple who had since passed away. I figured the best way to honor them (they were truly amazing people) was to use their real names. If you had been in Bolivia with me, you probably could have figured out a lot of who was who, but using different names just seemed kind and appropriate.
  2. My wife said to me a few minutes ago, Why do you waste time in a place that brings out the worst in you? Good question. Cleatly your post applies to my recent posts, for which I apologize.
  3. You’re right. I don’t talk about the church or even think about it, except when I’m in this board. Then I get sucked into heated discussions about a topic I wish I had ignored.
  4. Yep. That's what's worked in my marriage and with my kids.
  5. No doubt. I've been on the receiving end of similar treatment from members. Thankfully, they are a small minority.
  6. No, I haven't. I'm sure there are some nasty characters out there, just as there are some in the church.
  7. You can believe what you want. I don't care about the church's finances. I'm really regretting having commented at all on this thread.
  8. As I said, that doesn't bother me at all. I mentioned one issue that I do find slightly annoying, and I'm told I'm attacking the church. Meh.
  9. It does give you an idea of the contempt some people have for vocal critics.
  10. I wonder what would happen if they did a poll of members asking a simple question: Should the church issue a detailed financial report every year, as they did until 1959? I doubt most members are as passionately opposed to financial reporting as some people here suggest.
  11. Well, if you're going to accuse me of attacking the church with the truth, perhaps you could show me where I've done that. I simply said I found it slightly annoying that money I gave for religious purpose was used for for-profit purposes. Apparently, you and Scott think that's "weaponizing" information to attack the church. Do you guys use such hyperbole in your everyday conversations, or is just with people like me? And "fellow travelers" is hardly a neutral term, so forgive me for not appreciating the slur.
  12. So, if I have this straight, you think an evil person like me (or my fellow travelers) would weaponize the truth to attack the church. Really? My goodness, I'm even more evil than I thought!
  13. I can understand saying you don't think it's needed, but I don't get why people think it's evil to even suggest such a wicked thing.
  14. I am still trying to figure out why people are so adamant about not having financial transparency. I don't get it.
  15. Yep, Arizona is in the rearview mirror.
  16. That's true. I think it was about 10 years ago that I was told I had made a conscious decision to follow Satan, so maybe I'm farther along than I thought.
  17. Some of us are halfway there already. Or so I'm told.
  18. Do the UK and Canada require external audits?
  19. Yes, as I recall, the UK and Canada require financial reports annually.
  20. I would assume they already have the data due to their accounting and auditing. Not sure what the cost would be of publishing the numbers.
  21. You must be one of those complainers. 😉
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