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  1. It is unnatural to be angry: do I need to just start attending Church again or do I need to seek forgiveness for being hurt (very, very hurt) and depressed?

    Actually, anger is sometimes a natural, and necessary response to a trama... It is part of the grief cycle, and is a necessary step... It is not best to stay on that step for very long though... Feel it, let it do its job, and then give it over to the Lord!!

    My advice (and trust me, this comes from vast experience!!), is take this hurt and depression to the Lord, in humble and sincere prayer... Do not ask Him to take these feelings away... Ask Him to help your overcome these negative feelings...

    And, do return to Church!! By going to Church, you have the oppertunity to partake of the sacrament, and invite His Spirit to always be with you... With that Spirit, you can access the blessings and healing balm of the Atonement of Jesus Christ!!

    He wants you to be successful in overcoming this difficult time!! I pray for His blessings to be upon you, PaPa!!

    Your Sister In Christ,

    Silver Girl

    :air_kiss:

  2. Here are a few related quotes:

    Link: http://lds.org/gener...sthood?lang=eng

    "When I was called as a General Authority, I was blessed to be tutored by many of the senior Brethren in the Church. One day I had the opportunity to drive President James E. Faust to a stake conference. During the hours we spent in the car, President Faust took the time to teach me some important principles about my assignment. He explained also how gracious the members of the Church are, especially to General Authorities. He said, “They will treat you very kindly. They will say nice things about you.” He laughed a little and then said, “Dieter, be thankful for this. But don’t you ever inhale it.” "

    I was called to servie in the District Relief Society Presidency... We had a wonderful District President who told us this:

    "The members are very good to us!! Sometimes too good to us!! They welcome us, they feed us at theor potlucks, they flatter us... But, remember this-

    It is not YOU they crave... It is the SPIRIT they crave!! And, if you are doing your job correctly, you bring the Spirit with you!!"

    I have never forgotten that comment and it changed the way I ministered in that calling!!

    Silver Girl

    :clapping:

  3. I don't get my doctrine from ZZTop.

    Besides, as I have said elsewhere (not in this topic), women dress for other women, and men dress for themselves.

    Lehi

    I don't get my "doctrine" from ZZ Top either....

    I get my Doctrine from a Prophet of the Lord... A Prophet who, by the way, I do not ever recall saying that women who wear earrings are W****... I do recall the whole "one pair of earrings" counsel ... I have a feeling that if Gordon B. Hinckley felt the way you appear to, he would not have said that women should only wear one pair... He would have said they should not wear any at all...

    And, I don't think the idea that a woman likes to admire a man who is nicely dressed is doctrine... It is just a fact!!

    Silver Girl

  4. There have been times when I have not worn a tie. I was, in fact, wearing a scout or Army fatigue uniform, hardly "Sunday best". I doubt not that there will be times in the future that I will not wear a tie, either.

    The difference is that a tie does not have, as its purpose, to entice others to look at me, as earrings do.

    Lehi

    I think a tie does entice others to look at a man... As ZZ Top says, "Every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man!!"

    A tie does not have any other purpose than to make a man look nice and sharp dressed...

    Silver Girl

    :crazy:

  5. While the original statement was not modified, I made it clear later that it was my observation.

    Whether it was false, it was my observation; based, it seems, on too small a sample.

    I did not observe your mothers.

    Lehi

    I have raised 3 sons to adulthood... I have served in Primary for many years... I have also served in Cub Scouts... I have dealt with MANY 10 year old boys...

    I can honestly say that I have never, in all of my travels, met a 10 year old boy who was even remotely knowledgable about women's fashion and whether a woman is, or is not, a "women of ill repute" (I personally don't care for the word W*****)...

    I have an opinion, that perhaps the "memory" of such things has been tainted a bit over the many years by predjudice and stereotypes... Just my opionion... Could be wrong, but I doubt it!!

    Silver Girl

    :nea:

  6. I have doubt this would ever happen but I say that I would not oppose if it were to take place. I would sustain my church leaders. It is not the inactive guy you are opposing it is the inspired church leadership who made the decision that you are putting in question.

    I knew a gentleman who had been inactive for over 10 years... His wife was active, but he had not been... One day the Stake President came by the Auto Repair Shop this man owned, and asked to speak with him... The Stake Presdient said that they were going to be calling a new Bishop in 3 months time... And, the Lord had chosen him!! This man thought the Stake President was joking, but he wasn't!!

    The man went home and told his wife... She told him that he had better pray about it before he turned it down... The man prayed, and recieved a very strong answer that he was the man for the job!! He came back to Church for the next 3 months, and then was called... He served in that calling, with distinction, for over 10 years!!

    I do not know if anyone opposed his calling, but that would be interesting to know!! So, sometimes it does happen!! : O )

    Silver Girl

    :)

  7. I personally love the language of the KJV... I have never felt a need to use any other translation... There is something powerful and majestic in the poetry of the words... When I read, I can picture the events in my mind, and "see" the stories unfold before me... I don't know if those "images" would be as profound with any other translation...

    That being said, I would not discourage someone else from reading another version if they felt it would help them to understand more of God's word, and help them develope a closer relationship with the Savior...

    Silver Girl

  8. I am a firm believer that we create our own hell in this life and the next. Your tatoo exists, it was done in the past, and the Lord remembers it no more. Learn to use it as a reminder of the joy in serving the Lord rather than the unhappiness of an older life. If anyone has a problem with it, that is their personal problem and has nothing to do with you.

    From one who wears many scars of the soul,

    Thank you, Storm!!

    My tattoo does not bother me very much... I am careful to keep it concealed when working as a representative of the Church (I have a District calling, and go to the Temple as often as I can)...

    And, I do agree with you, Storm... I use it as a reminder of where I started, and how far I have come!! I am so proud of the progress I have made in this life, and know that I have SO much further to go... The joy is in His service...

    I, too, have scars, that have nothing to do with tattoos... And I am grateful to the Saviour for easing those burdens, and blessing me with His Tender Mercies!! I pray He is blessing you too!!

    Have a terrific day!!

    Silver Girl

  9. Are you a convert to the LDS Church? If so I understand completely, my Ward is full of Converts with Tattoo's. If you were born and raised in the Church then you have no excuses as you knew better from the start! Your body is a temple, I know you wouldn't spray Graffiti on the Temple walls as would you not on your own body (Temple) No one is Judging anyone here! That's Heavenly Fathers work!

    I am not a convert... I was born and raised in the Church, although my parents were inactive for very long periods of time during my childhood and adolesence... And, no, I do not have any excuse... Other than the fact that I am an infallible, and imperfect human, who makes mistakes...

    Thank the good Lord, my Savior Jesus Christ, that He has provided me a way to repent, even for the "grevious sin" of having a tattoo... He has forgiven me of many sins, including the tattoo... And, I am eternally in debt to His Grace, Wisdom and Mercy...

    How thankful I am it is His work to judge me (and not yours!!)

    Enjoying the Lord's Tender Mercies Today, From The Blustery Shores of Lake Superior!!

    Silver Girl

  10. Tattoo's? Really? on LDS members and Temple Recommend holders? Guess I'm from a different generation! When I was growing up Tattoo's were usually worn by PWT, ex-felon's and loose women! Guess things have changed??????

    I am a Temple Recommend holder, and I have a tattoo... It is not something I am particularlly proud of, and would remove it if I could... I am a member of the District RS Presidency, and have been called as a Temple Patron... I attend the Temple at least once per quarter, or as often as I can find the time and funding for the 6 hour drive...

    When going to the Temple, I usually wear a longer skirt, or dark hose to hide my tattoo (which is on the ankle)... I usually put a band aid on it too...

    God knew I had a tattoo when He called me to the RS Presidency... God knew I had a tattoo when He called me to be a Temple Patron... He also knew my heart... And, that my heart belongs to Him!!

    I made a mistake... Everyone does... And, if everyone's mistakes left indelible marks on the skin, I would be much more decorated than I already am!! And, I am sure there are many on this board that would be as colorful (if not more) than I am!!

    I have repented for many sins over the last 40+ years... And, will continue to do so today, and in the future...

    Will you repent of judging people like me today...??

    Just a thought...

    Silver Girl

  11. Don't we LDS boldly state as fact that we are the only true Church? Do we not state that the gospel was restored through JS implying that the rest are in a state of apostasy? Didn't Jesus in Matthew 10 say:

    34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

    35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

    36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

    37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

    ?

    Yes, we LDS do proclaim the truth boldly...

    But, I for one do not "proclaim truth boldy" by screaming into a megaphone at people who are just trying to cross the street to attend Conference... I have never proclaimed truth by wearing a "Satan" mask, chasing people around and telling them that their children are going to burn in Hell... I have never proclaimed truth by calling their Church leaders liars, decievers and seducers... I have never called a woman a wh*** in front of her little children... I have never proclaimed truth by taking something which they consider sacred, and pretending to wipe myself with it... I have not, and would not proclaim truth by screaming at the funeral procession of their late leaders...

    I chose to proclaim truth with real Compassionate Boldness, and I didn't even need to take a class to know it is not okay to be cruel...

    Just my .02...

    Silver Girl

  12. Since you asked and having realized I would never get back my other avatar back, I decided on this one. A friend was telling me once about her mother who had undergone many chemo treatments and wanted to stop…but she did not want her husband and children to think she had given up.

    So I wrote this to her mother, although we had never met…I did met her father after she had passed. So here is the poem…the icon will be evident. Her mother wanted her to let me know it was the answer to her prayers. Her name appears at the bottom, this poems has been used at many funerals since.

    Laying Down the Sword

    Fractured light against the sky

    As clouds conceal the westward flight,

    Autumn colors that brightly shine

    Announce the coming of the night.

    The day is ending, as it should

    Content that I have done my best,

    While others bid me labor on

    I desire to be at rest.

    With the ending now before me

    To the victor goes the race,

    The finish line is clearly drawn

    In the lines upon my face.

    Like a warrior from the battle

    For peace my soul doth seek,

    The spirit strong and willing

    The flesh so very weak.

    Weep not for me my children

    Weep not for me my friend,

    This is a new beginning

    And, not a tragic end.

    I am called to others labors

    In the service of my Lord,

    I’m not giving up the battle

    I’m just laying down my sword.

    (William E. Lee)

    December 1998

    Copyright 1998

    Dedicated to:

    Mary Margaret Bourne McQuade

    WOW!! Thanks for reminding me why I have a box of Kleenex on my desk, PaPa... Such a beautiful poem!!

    *sniff, sniff*

    Silver Girl

  13. My avatar is of daisies, which are my favorite flower... The reason I like them comes from a Mormonad in the New Era back in the 1980's... There was a vase full of Red Roses, and in the center was a daisy... The theme was "Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful"...

    I have tired to pattern my life after the humble daisy... Daisies bloom where they are planted... They do not have to be pampered in a "hot house" to grow... They bloom in the fields, and in the ditches and roadsides...

    I try to "bloom" in adverse conditions too!!

    Silver Girl

    :)

  14. I sit in the second row, on the left side... Not sure why, just always have since we moved into the Branch... People in our little Branch do tend to sit in the same place each week...

    I do have an amusing story about "reserved seating" in Sacrament Meeting... We moved into a new Ward back in 2005... It was our first week and we were very excited to attend our new congregation... This was a very small Ward, and my sons were immediately asked to help with the Sacramant (they were so excted to see active YM!!)...

    My daughter and I wandered into the chapel, and it was empty, with the exception on one VERY elderly woman... We figured it would be rude to sit on the other side of the room, so we took the pew directly in front of her... I put my bag on the bench, and turned around to introduce myself... This elderly woman, looked at me in disgust, and said, "You can't sit there... That is where Becky and the baby sit!!"...

    I calmy said, "Oh, I am sorry... You see, we are new here", and picked up my bag... We moved up to the second row, and sat down... The woman yelled at me from the back of the chapel, "You didn't have to move all the way up there!! All you needed to do was move to the other end of the pew!! Geez!!"...

    So, I calmy turned around, and gave her my most sincerely faked smile, and said, "Oh, that's okay... We can see better from here... But, thank you!!"...

    That was the beginning of a very difficult time... I almost ended up going inactive!! LOL But, we were blessed to go to a new Branch in 2008... Whew!!

    And, I have sat in the second rown ever since!! A creature of habit!!

    Silver Girl

    8P

  15. How about posting a pic? :)

    Well, actually, it is quite distinctive, and would be easily recognizable... If I were to post it, and anyone who knew me personally were on here, it would blow my cover!! LOL

    I wish to remain incognito!! LOL

    Silver Girl

    :ph34r:

  16. SG,

    Speaking of buying Gas on Sunday...

    Luke 13:15

    15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his *** from the stall, and lead him away to watering?

    If your ride is out of gas on a Sunday and you can't go to your meetings or visit the sick or visit family because of it... don't swet it. Its better to get the gas and go do good than it is to sit home and pine the day away.

    Note: Im not advocating making a habit of buying your gas on Sunday.

    I agree with you Zak...

    I do a lot of travelling now, as our District covers all of the northern half of our state... There are simply times when my "ride is out of gas"... And, I do gas up on Sunday, and don't feel a moments guilt about it... (I also take the oppertunity to use the facilities too... This old girl's plumbing aint what she used to be!!)...

    I do compromise with the Lord, and do not buy food, drinks or snacks while on these trips... I take my own in a cooler... I figure it is a fair trade!!

    I love my calling, and do my best to serve with "full purpose of heart", and sometimes that also requires a full tank of gas!! LOL

    Silver Girl

    :pardon:

  17. I have a tattoo on my ankle, and regret it...

    At the time that I got it, I was inactive, and did not ever picture myself going back to church, or to the Temple... Now, when I am at church, I feel uncomfortable showing it... In the winter, I wear dark hose, or dress boots... In the summer, I wear a band aid over it, of cover it with make up... I also have a couple of very cute sun dresses, that are breezy, and ankel length...

    The really cool thing is that no one in my Branch judges me, or has made any comments... It is not because others judge that I am self concious about it... It just does not fit my personality any more...

    If money were no object, I would have it removed... And, of course, I do not judge anyone else with a tattoo...

    Silver Girl

    PS. The tattoo is a small, female Tazmanian Devil with red lipstick and a hair bow... Just in case you wondered... LOL

  18. Well, that would qualify as one of a "few reasons".

    Of course, a five gallon gas can would serve the same prupose.

    That is a good way to reduce the "Sabbath impact" on both you and your man (or maid) servant.

    Doing your best is always a good approach.

    Lehi

    A $5.00 gas can is not going to get me home when I am still 2 hours out!!

    But, as you can see, I do my best!!

    Silver Girl

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