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by Ghost
Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Mission Recordings
Replies: 7
Views: 255

Re: Mission Recordings

I've never gone back and read my mission journals, but I still have them. That's the only time I've really ever kept a record like that, unless you count NOM posts. I remember one conversation with another missionary in which we (mostly) jokingly concluded that we'd "proved the Church false." But I ...
by Ghost
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: RFM: missing scrolls & catalyst theories
Replies: 12
Views: 481

Re: RFM: missing scrolls & catalyst theories

Hagoth wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:53 am
It's getting pretty long (sorry). But it's action-packed!
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Logow ... qOhleGrdc
I think I have seen this before, but I enjoyed reading it (again?) just now. Thanks for sharing.
by Ghost
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Moving on?
Replies: 7
Views: 373

Re: Moving on?

It's nice to see your update, LaMachina. I can sympathize with your feeling of not fitting any anywhere, and also with your experience of losing family members. Good luck if you return to read this thread, or even if you decide to post again one day.
by Ghost
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: John Larsen to return to Mormon podcasting
Replies: 6
Views: 306

Re: John Larsen to return to Mormon podcasting

Oh, this is good news. I'd hoped that he'd return to the scene one day.
by Ghost
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Wheat & Tares Series on Middle Way Mormonism
Replies: 5
Views: 375

Re: Wheat & Tares Series on Middle Way Mormonism

Another post responding to those posts: https://bycommonconsent.com/2018/11/06/on-my-middle-way-mormonism/ Author: We're all middle-way Mormons. Commenters: No, we aren't. If you equate "middle-way" with "cafeteria" then I'd agree with that statement. And, of course, you argue that everything is on ...
by Ghost
Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Saints: The Standard of Truth Reviewed
Replies: 13
Views: 428

Re: Saints: The Standard of Truth Reviewed

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book. I always enjoy your Web log posts. I'm about halfway through the book, myself.
by Ghost
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Wheat & Tares Series on Middle Way Mormonism
Replies: 5
Views: 375

Re: Wheat & Tares Series on Middle Way Mormonism

I find it interesting how much variety there is in motivation and perspective among those in the "middle way." I suppose there's just as much variety between believers, but perhaps it's not as noticeable there. Although I find myself firmly in the middle-way camp, I rarely see a take that I can rela...
by Ghost
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: My Exorcism
Replies: 15
Views: 626

Re: My Exorcism

When I was a missionary, we used a particular apartment just for meetings and teaching sessions. The story was that missionaries had lived there at one time but were harassed by unseen entities. Those entities were driven out at one point, but the mission decided not to have missionaries live there ...
by Ghost
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Why give a sh*t what god wants?
Replies: 16
Views: 515

Re: Why give a sh*t what god wants?

When I was a missionary, another missionary told me that a local church leader had once confided in him that the gospel plan is ultimately selfish. That idea stuck in my mind. I couldn't help asking myself whether I would care as much what God wanted me to do if an attractive afterlife with family a...
by Ghost
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Anyone watch the movie Silence?
Replies: 9
Views: 1156

Re: Anyone watch the movie Silence?

I hope it's okay if I continue to treat this as a general thread about movies that deal with issues of faith. I recently watched Apostasy , which is about a family of Jehovah's Witnesses who have to deal with the consequences of their doctrines. Not an especially happy story, but an interesting wind...
by Ghost
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Flat Earth Ignorance is a Serious Problem
Replies: 26
Views: 880

Re: Flat Earth Ignorance is a Serious Problem

I've assumed that a lot of flat earth talk on the Internet is more about getting a reaction than about sincerely-held beliefs. I can also imagine that some would overthink the questions in such a poll and select Other because they had heard that the earth is not perfectly round. I can also imagine s...
by Ghost
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi I'm stealthbishop
Replies: 39
Views: 1593

Re: Hi I'm stealthbishop

Welcome back. I think this is a pretty good remix:

Personal Jesus (Alex Metric Remix Edit)
by Ghost
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Saints
Replies: 41
Views: 2016

Re: Saints

I've been reading this over the past few days, and I can't help noticing how my current perspective colors the narrative for me. Years ago, a book like this would have been a dream come true for me. I was always looking for things that dug a little deeper. Now, I find it amusing to see how they couc...
by Ghost
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Saints
Replies: 41
Views: 2016

Re: Saints

Corsair wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:41 am
I read this book many years ago. While Card is a fully believing Mormon, he has a good eye for some of the silliness of LDS culture.
Have you read Saintspeak? It's like Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary but for Mormonism.
by Ghost
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Difference Between Mormons and Catholics
Replies: 6
Views: 441

Re: Difference Between Mormons and Catholics

Mormon leaders would never allow the images on the dome of the Sistine Chapel I'm trying to remember which Mormon Stories interview it was with a relative of someone who painted a temple mural. The painter included mice smoking cigarettes temporarily as a joke before completing the art. Or did I ju...
by Ghost
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Saints
Replies: 41
Views: 2016

Re: Saints

I've been looking forward to these, though I've assumed that I will be disappointed in light of all the talk about transparency. I looked at the chapters they've posted so far. The writing style is not especially engaging. I suppose that they are keeping things simple for ease of comprehension and t...
by Ghost
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Mission Issues
Replies: 12
Views: 789

Re: Mission Issues

I may be an anomaly, but my mission was great. I had a very relaxed mission president, lived in Europe, learned a foreign language, gained a ton of experience and confidence I didn't have before and I believe I came back a better person, or at least more mature. I was also lucky in this regard. I w...
by Ghost
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Support
Topic: New Calling
Replies: 12
Views: 817

Re: New Calling

I had a calling the in the YM presidency when I was starting to seriously question my faith. Like IT_Veteran, I wouldn't have called myself a non-believer. (I guess I'd still feel uncomfortable applying that term to myself--I'm not a fan of most negative-sounding labels.) And like Red Ryder, I'd use...
by Ghost
Wed May 30, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Everything Happens for a Reason
Replies: 21
Views: 1076

Re: Everything Happens for a Reason

As you mentioned, I can understand why people find comfort in the belief that someone's in control and everything that happens is somehow ultimately for the best. But the idea of divine intervention (which leads straight to the Problem of Evil) is my number one "faith crisis" issue, above anything e...
by Ghost
Sun May 27, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Angelic bodies distracting my thoughts.
Replies: 6
Views: 418

Re: Angelic bodies distracting my thoughts.

There are at least two possible explanations for resurrected beings passing through walls despite being solid. In Joseph Smith's account of Moroni's visit, he was specific about a "conduit" opening when the angel left. After this communication, I saw the light in the room begin to gather immediately...