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by Ghost
Mon Jun 21, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Calling Extended
Replies: 10
Views: 118

Re: Calling Extended

I turned down a calling for the first time ever not too long ago. It's not an easy step to take. This past weekend I got blindsided with a home teaching route when I happened to run into my assigned companion. I was vaguely aware that I'd been assigned a route a few months ago when I got a phone mes...
by Ghost
Sun Jun 13, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Truman Madsen and the JS Tapes
Replies: 8
Views: 305

Re: Truman Madsen and the JS Tapes

I was a fan of the JS tapes, and even more of a fan of Madsen's book Eternal Man . I guess I probably still like that book, just for the attempt at exploring philosophical ideas in a Mormon context. That was something I couldn't seem to find anywhere else. (Sterling McMurrin was also doing that at a...
by Ghost
Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Witness film. Got your tickets?
Replies: 24
Views: 967

Re: Witness film. Got your tickets?

I knew that the printer's manuscript showed all of the witnesses' signatures in Oliver Cowdery's handwriting, and some have seen this as evidence that the witnesses never actually signed anything themselves. But I guess the apologetic claim is that they all signed the original manuscript, which was ...
by Ghost
Wed Jun 02, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: The Coffee Shop
Topic: Humor Relief
Replies: 30
Views: 5521

Re: Humor Relief

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by Ghost
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: One Month Down. 59 To Go.
Replies: 20
Views: 869

Re: One Month Down. 59 To Go.

Thanks for sharing. I'm sure every ward has at least a few active but nuanced or non-believing members. Probably more than you'd expect. I encountered someone who had been in my ward previously at a Mormon Stories event (this was years ago when they briefly held those) who told me they'd never have ...
by Ghost
Thu May 27, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Growing Up
Replies: 4
Views: 280

Re: Growing Up

I have a friend who is the farthest thing from religious, who recently decided to define what he values in life. Making an actual list. He encouraged me to do the same thing and discuss it with him. I think this could be a valuable exercise in theory, but I find that I have a hard time even thinking...
by Ghost
Sun May 02, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: God vs Satan
Replies: 12
Views: 731

Re: God vs Satan

I remember either someone at NOM or someone in a podcast interview years ago suggesting that all of God's power is confined to stories. And I guess you could argue the same thing about Satan. I've thought about this idea a lot over the years since, and I guess I should have written down where I hear...
by Ghost
Sun May 02, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: What do you believe about it now?
Replies: 26
Views: 1424

Re: What do you believe about it now?

These days I guess I still wish I could be confident in some sort of afterlife, but not with the same intensity as when I'd freshly lost my previous certainty. I don't know that I'd specifically want the Mormon version to be accurate. I think it's too vague to look forward to, other than the basic i...
by Ghost
Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:49 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: A So-Called Beloved Daughter
Replies: 17
Views: 1273

Re: A So-Called Beloved Daughter

Welcome to NOM. As others have said, you never have to worry about long posts here. We're accustomed to that, and you'll definitely find others who can relate to your situation and thoughts. One of the hardest parts of reevaluating your faith tradition is figuring out how to process the death of som...
by Ghost
Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Support
Topic: NOMference Sat Morning Sp 2021
Replies: 135
Views: 5371

Re: NOMference Sat Morning Sp 2021

I haven't listened to GC in several years but I always read and enjoy these threads.
by Ghost
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Well, at least here in Michigan...
Replies: 14
Views: 1203

Re: Well, at least here in Michigan...

We are also losing the Zoom option in April. I guess that's going to make me officially inactive for the first time in my life.

(I had only joined the virtual meetings a couple times, briefly.)
by Ghost
Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Staying Faithful
Topic: Maintaining Some Degree of Connection
Replies: 1
Views: 1382

Maintaining Some Degree of Connection

For various reasons, I see this as a good time to figure out what I want my relationship to Mormonism to look like going forward. Unless I decide to move one day to a place where I don't know anyone (and possibly even then), I think I would like to maintain some sort of connection with the community...
by Ghost
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Indoctrination: how They want your loved ones to see you
Replies: 14
Views: 996

Re: Indoctrination: how They want your loved ones to see you

The apostasy slide looks a lot more fun in that picture than it is in real life.
by Ghost
Sat Jan 23, 2021 3:34 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: When fantasy meets reality
Replies: 4
Views: 565

Re: When fantasy meets reality

This article reminds me of something I used to think about when I was younger. Because Mormon was obviously a huge fan of Captain Moroni (and even named his son after him) he probably went to great lengths to paint him in a positive light and the reader might not be getting the whole story. Maybe si...
by Ghost
Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Status updates?
Replies: 16
Views: 1387

Re: Status updates?

My ward had been meeting in person and also broadcasting for a while, but a few weeks ago the virus was actually spread at church despite precautions and they moved back to video only. (I haven't been attending or watching, personally.) We have several ward members with the virus right now, includin...
by Ghost
Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Is Christianity Dying?
Replies: 25
Views: 2300

Re: Is Christianity Dying?

Oh sure, some of us feel dumb about entertaining the idea. It's convenient to allow others to look stupid as they explore this crazy idea that we are children of the stars. But if every believer suddenly disappeared then plenty atheists would take up the cause. I wonder if this might be one thing t...
by Ghost
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: Staying Faithful
Topic: Philosopher AI's answer to: Who is God?
Replies: 4
Views: 1838

Re: Philosopher AI's answer to: Who is God?

To base your identity on the idea that another word/idea lacks definition, seems rather vague. That's fair, and I personally gravitate toward the "ignostic" label primarily in avoidance of two other terms that I don't care for: agnostic and atheist. I've never applied either of those terms to my ow...
by Ghost
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Is Christianity Dying?
Replies: 25
Views: 2300

Re: Is Christianity Dying?

I wonder sometimes whether civilization needs religion to remain stable. Civilizations obviously "want" religion, since it always pops up. It probably doesn't matter which religion or how accurate any of the supernatural beliefs are, as long as it provides people with some combination of community, ...
by Ghost
Fri Jan 08, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Wife dropped a bomb on me
Replies: 30
Views: 3312

Re: Wife dropped a bomb on me

That's much better than many of the things your subject line could have been referring to. Good luck with this transition.
by Ghost
Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Staying Faithful
Topic: Philosopher AI's answer to: Who is God?
Replies: 4
Views: 1838

Re: Philosopher AI's answer to: Who is God?

Sounds like AI provides as coherent an answer as anyone else. I've long thought that even within a church congregation there are probably no two people with identical definitions of who and what God is, despite the assumption of shared beliefs. If pressed to provide a label for my own views, I would...