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  1. Exactly. By George I think he's got it. As long as they don't do or say anything that jeopardizes my eternal life, I will follow them. And as far as I know that hasn't happened yet. I am willing to take my chances with them. There has been nothing better so far.
  2. I sustain them the best I can, for them to do the best they can. Without flaws, where is there room for God's hand? Well since they are prophets of God, God's hand is involved in the writing of the handbook.
  3. When I vote to sustain the church leaders that means I sustain all they do, including writing policy in the Handbook. Therefore I am sustaining the acceptance of the handbook as binding.
  4. In March, Fiona Givens, co-author with husband Terryl of “The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life,” was invited to give a fireside address to members in a Latter-day Saint young single adult ward in Harlem. More than 200 people signed on to Givens’ Zoom presentation, according to Delaney Plant, who was among them. Givens shared her studies and research into Heavenly Mother, including multiple biblical accounts in which she believes a female deity is depicted as a pillar of light, Plant reports in an email. “She then made the connection that during the ‘First Vision,’ whe
  5. Not sure why you can't. I can. Which part do you want?
  6. My wife and I went to one of his crusade appearances at the Arco arena in Sacramento that seats almost 20,000 which was filled up and we had to sit outside on the grass and listen through speakers they had set up.
  7. From what I understand we will be preaching and teaching the gospel and will continue to learn more of the Gospel. We will be doing other sorts of work related to salvation of the dead. We will know and associate with our family and friends (Genesis 25:8). The night my grandmother died (before I was told she had died) I had a dream that she was among relatives who had also died and she was running around to each one of them and hugging them as they rejoiced in seeing her again. I can't imagine a heaven without the ability to in someway embrace our loved ones when we see them again. The
  8. Our ward uses recorded Tabernacle choir for the music and they put the words on the screen to sing along.
  9. Our Sacrament meeting is both on Zoom and on Youtube. The other meetings are only on Zoom.
  10. Just wondering how many of you watching church meetings by Zoom (or other type of medium) still dress up as if attending church in person.
  11. When it comes to checklists I like what Elder Oaks once said: "From such teachings we conclude that the Final Judgment is not just an evaluation of a sum total of good and evil acts—what we have done. It is an acknowledgment of the final effect of our acts and thoughts—what we have become. It is not enough for anyone just to go through the motions. The commandments, ordinances, and covenants of the gospel are not a list of deposits required to be made in some heavenly account. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become." (Da
  12. I like being in Church, but sometimes I just don't like having to wake up early, get ready for church(myself and kids) and then driving there. If someone could just do all that for me and then beam me on to the chapel pew, that would be great. 😊
  13. I was endowed in 1972 and although I remember thinking the penalties were rather harsh I was certain they weren't meant to be take literally as was the case with most of the endowment. The only thing that was expected to be taken literally were the covenants and promises made.
  14. Yes I agree that how one reacts is going to vary from one personality to the next.
  15. The Church to me means the doctrines and principles of the gospel. The leaders are representatives of Jesus and the Church, but I am always aware of the fact that they are not perfect and subject to saying or doing things I might not like or are not appropriate. If I felt like the things that Area president said did not apply to me individually(even though he said it did), I would not let it bother me so much.
  16. I wouldn't call that "The Church", but it is certain that individuals (a certain Area President) in the Church can contribute to it. I guess it depends on what is included when you say "The Church".
  17. Well then there is that little thing called the will of God. Promises are good and give people hope, but it is also dependent on God's will for us and according to His timeline. I tend to lean more in that direction rather than pile too much guilt on myself if the promise is not fulfilled.
  18. I think it might only contribute to an obsession in a person with an OCD personality. It would not by itself produce the obsession. Nothing about the church doctrines or principles or practices has produced any obsession in me at least.
  19. It seems that "conscientious Saints" would be the equivalent to someone suffering "scruples." I think most saints are conscientious without taking it to the next level where they suffer from scruples. It's the second part of that statement where members get into trouble.
  20. Well there's the main difference. I believe they are from God and I also know God loves me and will not let me fail if I don't give up.
  21. This is all true and its too bad many members are not able to filter things out as you say. In Church meetings speakers are talking to the whole congregation on certain subjects, and so they have to cover all God has said on a subject. But certain things they say might not apply to us as an individual or our particular circumstances at the time they say it, but we still can learn something.
  22. President Nelson spoke about this in a great talk called Perfection Pending. Here are some excerpts from it: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Keeping this commandment can be a concern because each of us is far from perfect, both spiritually and temporally. Reminders come repeatedly. We may lock keys inside the car, or even forget where the car is parked. And not infrequently we walk intently from one part of the house to another, only to forget the reason for the errand. When comparing one’s personal performance with the supreme standard
  23. I don't disagree that LDS teachings (God's teachings) can contribute to it. Like it or not theses teachings are from God. But like Joseph Smith said "I teach them correct principles and allow them to govern themselves." We govern ourselves by not letting our inability to follow them perfectly cause us to despair and give up on the Church or on ourselves. There are millions of imperfect church members who are able to do this.
  24. I have these same feelings sometimes also. Guilt can be a normal and healthy feeling if not taken to extreme. It helps us to realize when changes need to be made and compels us to make the change. I also balance these feelings with the feelings that I know God has for me which keeps me going and not give up on myself.
  25. It seems that people that fall in to this are not listening to everything the prophets say, but only what feeds their OCD behavior. Church leaders have also talked about not being to hard on ourselves, to forgive ourselves and know that God loves us and is very forgiving and wants us to succeed. We may make mistakes but as long as we are heading ourselves in the right direction and not give up God will bless us for the effort.
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