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by Ghost
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Humor to Soften Truth
Replies: 49
Views: 2519

Re: Humor to Soften Truth

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by Ghost
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Loyal Christian's hanging onto mormonism
Replies: 13
Views: 448

Re: Loyal Christian's hanging onto mormonism

I recently read the phrase "religious, but not spiritual" somewhere, and realized that this might describe me to some degree. I still maintain a connection to the Mormon community and I still follow a lot of the rules, even many of the arbitrary Mormon-specific ones. But I can't seem to make room fo...
by Ghost
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: New message about choosing to believe
Replies: 23
Views: 1018

Re: New message about choosing to believe

Parts of this video resonate with me and come across as authentic, though I can't sympathize with the part that Palerider mentioned where he says that he found himself wanting to disbelieve and investigating further for that reason. That sure isn't a phase that I went through. (I also can't help bei...
by Ghost
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: War in Heaven
Replies: 4
Views: 228

Re: War in Heaven

I guess it would be difficult to wield even a proton pack as a spirit.

The official teaching I'd always heard was that it was a war of ideas.

But perhaps they also tested out some of the devices that will ultimately be used to keep resurrected beings from infiltrating a higher kingdom.
by Ghost
Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: What if....
Replies: 19
Views: 574

Re: What if....

I'm perfectly fine with "not existing" if that means there would have been less suffering in the world because MORmONism never existed. My fluffy little person means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of the universe. If life had never existed at all, then there would not be suffering of any ki...
by Ghost
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The Cosmological Conundrum
Replies: 21
Views: 513

Re: The Cosmological Conundrum

My thoughts on this are similar to what blazerb said above, I think. On the surface, the cosmological argument seems to me to be simply dodging the question of how things came to be. An infinite regress of gods similarly kicks the can down the road without answering anything. At one time, I found ar...
by Ghost
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: The Coffee Shop
Topic: Richard Dutcher's Films Are on Amazon's Prime Video
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Re: Richard Dutcher's Films Are on Amazon's Prime Video

God's Army has a character that some at NOM might relate to, a questioning missionary. States of Grace is a movie that I've recommended many times to people at church. I have always appreciated how it's edgy enough to be interesting but also includes things such as a literal application of a Book of...
by Ghost
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Gods All The Way Down
Replies: 14
Views: 568

Re: Gods All The Way Down

Move forward some years and I find myself wondering is it possible that we can become gods. Not so much in the Mormon sense, getting there my some inane rituals and adherence to a set of arbitrary rules. Maybe it is just part of the universal plan that we progress through eternity, growing and acqu...
by Ghost
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: A one-liner that captures your disaffection
Replies: 87
Views: 3093

Re: A one-liner that captures your disaffection

I guess mine might be something like this: "How disappointing to discover that not only religion but absolutely everything appears to be made-up nonsense."
by Ghost
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: By What Authority Do You Know the Truth?
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Re: By What Authority Do You Know the Truth?

Thanks for sharing. It is an interesting idea that authority bestowed on a player (or even a non-player character) in a video game is "real" in a sense that maybe no authority is in our world outside the game. Within the game's world, it can be truly concrete and binding rather than just something t...
by Ghost
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: The Coffee Shop
Topic: Richard Dutcher's Films Are on Amazon's Prime Video
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Richard Dutcher's Films Are on Amazon's Prime Video

God's Army , Brigham City , and States of Grace are now included with an Amazon Prime subscription. I hope Falling eventually gets added as well. I've been wanting to see that for ages. There are some amusing reviews by people who didn't realize that these films were "Mormon propaganda." I'm still ...
by Ghost
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Mayan Nephites
Replies: 9
Views: 376

Re: Mayan Nephites

If only the Book of Mormon revealed whether they really sacrificed the winners or the losers (or neither) at the end of a Maya ball game.

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by Ghost
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Terryl Givens steps into the BoA ring
Replies: 127
Views: 4403

Re: Terryl Givens steps into the BoA ring

This is a great thread. All of the responses are very interesting. Yes, I also appreciate this discussion. I sure was impressed with Givens's By the Hand of Mormon when I read it soon after its release. I've wondered in recent years how differently I might look at it now were I to read it again.
by Ghost
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Book: The righteous mind
Replies: 12
Views: 574

Re: Book: The righteous mind

I think this book is excellent. One of the reasons I liked it was that some of the points Haidt made backed up thoughts I'd had myself about how we as humans come to conclusions and then attempt to support our conclusions using reason. It was amusing to find myself more or less applying this practic...
by Ghost
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: The Coffee Shop
Topic: Bumper Stickers
Replies: 11
Views: 478

Re: Bumper Stickers

There's always this one.

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I ordered it a few years ago but have not found anywhere to put it yet. I don't live in a place where anyone would ever recognize it if were I to put it on my car.
by Ghost
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Humor to Soften Truth
Replies: 49
Views: 2519

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by Ghost
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: NOM friends at Sunstone
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Re: NOM friends at Sunstone

If I lived anywhere near Utah I would attend for sure. In 2015 by random chance I happened to be in the area on a trip and I caught one session on the last day. I also got to briefly and awkwardly meet a few people I admire. It was memorable.
by Ghost
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Mormon Stories - Donna Showalter
Replies: 34
Views: 1153

Re: Mormon Stories - Donna Showalter

I also finished listening to this today. I don't listen to as many episodes as I used to, but I thought this was a good one. One thing I noted is that Showalter wishes that she hadn't exposed one of her sisters to the issues that were troubling her. Although she doesn't blame herself and her sister ...
by Ghost
Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Is NOM going the direction of some other online groups?
Replies: 50
Views: 2277

Re: Is NOM going the direction of some other online groups?

I originally started participating (more) at NOM after Facebook and other factors killed the Mormon-themed forum that I used to frequent (Mormon Stories Second Ward). While I understand why Facebook is a popular discussion platform, it's such a bad one that it's a shame so many groups end up being c...
by Ghost
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The Trickster God
Replies: 113
Views: 2912

Re: The Trickster God

How about Doctrine and Covenants 19, where God seems to be saying that He uses terms such as "endless" and "eternal" when taking about punishment in the afterlife because people will (incorrectly) interpret those words to mean endless or eternal in duration. At least, that's how I always interpreted...