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by Ghost
Mon May 20, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: David O. McKay Biography (Prince) - Prophets, Seers, Revelators
Replies: 2
Views: 151

Re: David O. McKay Biography (Prince) - Prophets, Seers, Revelators

This might not be exactly what you are looking for, but it's a passage from Quinn's The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power (p. 363): By the mid-1950s a change was underway in Mormonism that profoundly affected its political influence. The hierarchy and church publications encouraged an unpreceden...
by Ghost
Sat May 11, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Nihilism
Replies: 27
Views: 684

Re: Nihilism

I've found myself learning to accept uncertainty while also using it as a shield at times. By that I mean that I'm able to push off coming to an uncomfortable conclusion by escaping into uncertainty. Maybe those religious traditions have some truth to them after all, even if the evidence doesn't see...
by Ghost
Fri May 10, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Nihilism
Replies: 27
Views: 684

Re: Nihilism

I might have mentioned this in another thread in the past, but one of the very few times I've had the opportunity to discuss my faith transition and questioning freely was with a co-worker, whom I had learned had once been in school to become a preacher but had lost his faith during the process. He'...
by Ghost
Fri May 10, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Nihilism
Replies: 27
Views: 684

Re: Nihilism

I barely had a faith crisis before it became an existential crisis. (I don't really like using the word "crisis" here but it's the common term.) While I find the issues specific to Mormonism interesting, I think the more serious issues lie a few layers deeper. What Joseph Smith did or didn't do lose...
by Ghost
Thu May 09, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Newly disillusioned...
Replies: 23
Views: 450

Re: Newly disillusioned...

Welcome. It's tough to decide what to do when confronted with a deluge of new information that makes you reconsider things that you might have never even thought to question. And as Corsair said, you can just keep digging and finding more layers if you're so inclined. It continues to be unsettling b...
by Ghost
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Digital Sabbath
Replies: 9
Views: 407

Re: Digital Sabbath

I didn't read the article, but I couldn't help noticing the abundance of safety devices on their trampoline. They must spend as much time preparing to jump as they do actually jumping. One time I got a ride home from church with a friend as a kid and I was surprised that they played the radio in the...
by Ghost
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Is everyone going to be white and delightsome in the celestial kingdom?
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: Is everyone going to be white and delightsome in the celestial kingdom?

I don't know about skin color, but I always liked this tangential story. A WILY PROPHET. In the days when Brigham Young was directing the theocratic government of Utah, the Mormon missionaries in England converted a one-legged man near Dulwich. This man, now strong in faith, con- ceived the idea tha...
by Ghost
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New and Confused (so long its not true, one little woman...)
Replies: 30
Views: 1173

Re: New and Confused (so long its not true, one little woman...)

Welcome to the site. I am having doubts about pretty much everything I've ever believed in which is hard to just breathe and stay calm about it but I think I'm doing an ok job for now. A funny thing about this, in my experience, is that every time you think that surely you've reached the bottom of t...
by Ghost
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: The Facebook Post About the POX I Wish I Could Make
Replies: 5
Views: 245

Re: The Facebook Post About the POX I Wish I Could Make

This is a very good summary. Thanks for sharing it.
by Ghost
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: What's left in your transition?
Replies: 18
Views: 620

Re: What's left in your transition?

This is an interesting way to look at things. I've never consciously developed a checklist of behaviors I'd like to change. It's been more the opposite for me, resisting change but experiencing it all the same. Like Richard Dutcher's analogy in his old Mormon Stories interview of drifting slowly but...
by Ghost
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: The Coffee Shop
Topic: BOM Play in SLC this Summer
Replies: 7
Views: 294

Re: BOM Play in SLC this Summer

I saw this a few years ago during a quick trip to Seattle. That also happened to be the one and only time that I've had a chance to meet up with some NOM posters in person--a few of us went out to dinner. The show is very clever but pretty vulgar in places. The music is catchy (and surprisingly clea...
by Ghost
Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Book making the book club circuit in my area
Replies: 10
Views: 457

Re: Book making the book club circuit in my area

I read this recently, and it's quite engaging even if you don't really relate to her situation.

Her Mormon Stories interview is also worth a listen:
https://www.mormonstories.org/podcast/tara-westover/
by Ghost
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Faith Crisis Contagion
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Re: Faith Crisis Contagion

It's hard for me to imagine some of my family members going through a faith transition. The idea of my having a part in kicking such a transition off has always made me nervous. But I also wonder whether one or more of them have already reached that point but, like me, don't ever bring it up due to ...
by Ghost
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Why are you mormon?
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: Why are you mormon?

At this point, it may be mostly because I am resistant to change and I can't imagine not identifying as Mormon (at least in an abstract/tribal sense). Also, not wanting to deal with the potential consequences of drifting any further than I have outwardly (damage to relationships that I value). That ...
by Ghost
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: The Coffee Shop
Topic: Book Club? The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
Replies: 10
Views: 400

Re: Book Club? The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt

My favorite of Haidt's books is The Righteous Mind, though I also enjoyed this one and The Coddling of the American Mind. The latter primarily for its discussion of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which I was not really familiar with.

In short, I would recommend all three books.
by Ghost
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: The Coffee Shop
Topic: Sci-Fi of Choice
Replies: 23
Views: 623

Re: Sci-Fi of Choice

Those books culminating with Urth of the New Sun would make for nice twenty episode HBO series, eh? I've thought about what a potential film adaptation might look like, and it's hard for me to imagine anyone taking a chance on it without seriously compromising the story to make it more accessible t...
by Ghost
Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: The Coffee Shop
Topic: Sci-Fi of Choice
Replies: 23
Views: 623

Re: Sci-Fi of Choice

moksha wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:33 am
Favorite sci-fi/fantasy author - Gene Wolfe.
I'm with you on this one. Book of the New Sun is amazing. I can only assume that you've also read some Jack Vance.
by Ghost
Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Apocalypto
Replies: 5
Views: 283

Re: Apocalypto

I don't suppose the jaguars are "useful" enough to be cumoms.

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by Ghost
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Just not believing is enough
Replies: 14
Views: 548

Re: Just not believing is enough

I've been under the radar for so long that I don't even know how I'd handle a confrontation anymore, though I still suspect I will find myself in that situation one day. Since it wasn't the laundry list of LDS issues that really got to me, I don't think I'd even bother bringing those up. It's possib...
by Ghost
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Does truth really matter?
Replies: 63
Views: 1655

Re: Does truth really matter?

Good discussion. I suppose truth matters if you can manage to convince yourself that it's a valid concept, that it's something you can identify when you find it, and that you care. One of my favorite LDS talks before I started going astray was President Kimball's Absolute Truth . That type of certai...