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I'm seeking someone to have a PM conversation with about experiences/advise about converting against your family's wishes.
Thanks in advance
By Joshua Valentine
From discussion on Thinker's "Are the Essays Backfiring?" poll/topic is another poll/topic inspired!
Related to the Gospel Topic Essays possibly backfiring is the issue of whether or not the essays confirm what members were told were only "anti-Mormon lies" by other members or leaders (bishops and up) before the essays were released. Please vote above (specific votes not viewable [if I did it right]) and feel free to give specifics below or continue this aspect of the topic.
If you haven't read the essays, or all of them, yet, go to LDS.org, then click "Scriptures and Study", then "Gospel Topics", then "Explore the Essays" (on the right) and see list of initial essays to the right. Or https://www.lds.org/topics/essays?lang=eng . And don't forget the other essays linked in the body of the first essays!
Hello everyone my name is Marcus and it is an absolute please to be here!
Might I add what a blessing it is for technology so that we can communicate and learn from one another without presently being in a specific location.
As the title suggests I really do need opinion and your advise. First I do not regularly create an account on a forum and my first post is a request, I do plan to make contributions throughout the forum in time, but I am actually doing this for brother and he needs your opinion.
Also I do ask from you in a very serious and reverent manner and I hope my writing will convey it you in that way.
My brother and his wife have various laundromats all thorough Texas and they have thought about turning these into facilities that would specifically clean Temple clothing instead of keeping them for the public.
The process would be similar to this:
1) A member creates an account, with membership number required or some form of verification
2) They can then order online and the first order my brothers company will send them a special shipping package that they use with their customer number on it or something like that and they would ship their Temple clothing directly to the nearest facility.
3) Within a weeks time or so the clothing will then be shipped back.
He still has to speak with someone in church about this and see if he can do this, but I wanted to ask you what you thought about this.
I apologize if this sounds like soliciting, but it is just an idea and something he has thought about a lot that could help many members out. I know it is sacred to speak of this and I do speak of it with the highest respect.
If you can please let me know in all honesty if this sounds like something you might be interested in.
Have an absolutely wonderful day everyone and I appreciate all feedback!
All The best,
Came across this on Yahoo News-
Such vain and petty stunts against the church have come and fizzled out before- this will be no different, nor will the disrespect, spiteful, and very much hateful motives of these people be concealed at all.
This is a spinoff of LDSToronto’s now closed thread “Apostate, Anti-Mormon - Different or Same”?
I’ve noticed that many critics and former members of the Church object to being classified as an “anti-Mormon” or “apostate.” But then many of them turn around and derisively refer to believers as “TBM’s” and “apologists” or worse, as though none of us have any good arguments or that we can’t be truly objective or that we’re just a bunch of pawns for the LDS Church not capable of independent thought or less intelligent, and so forth.
My questions are: do these terms or labels have any value, or should we just do away with them altogether in order to promote a more civil discourse? Do they serve any useful purpose other than for name calling and poisoning the well? If these terms were not used, what should be used in their place, if anything? Would “critic” and “defender” suffice? Is there even a commonly understood definition for any of these terms, or do they mean too many different things to different people?
I don’t think any of us really appreciate being put into a box, no matter where we are with regards to Mormonism, or more specifically, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But one thing we all seem to share is a passion for this religion, whether we love it or hate it or are somewhere in between. We just can’t stop talking about it. I truly believe it’s because there is something unique and special here that cannot be found elsewhere. Mormonism is a vibrant and relevant religious tradition, and the outside world is taking notice of this more and more. We may sometimes be loved or hated or misunderstood or lampooned, but one thing we cannot say is that we are not talked about. Our religion generates a reaction from many people. We are not just another church. I see this as a good thing.
I obviously consider myself a believer and will always defend the Church when I sense an unwarranted or mean-spirited attack. But I’m also on my own personal spiritual faith journey, and I don’t understand everything or have all the answers. When I ask questions, I don’t do it to attack anybody but only to try to increase my understanding. Hopefully my posts reflect this for the most part.
Anyway, sorry for the lengthy OP. I hope I didn’t ramble too much. But I hope this will generate a good discussion. Let’s do our best to prevent the thread from being closed and not making it personal. Thanks in advance for your responses.