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by blazerb
Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Gems from open-mic Sunday
Replies: 12
Views: 489

Re: Gems from open-mic Sunday

- The gospel is perfect and beautiful. It is a challenge that we have to rely on ourselves to teach each other the gospel. You see, it's like the gospel in its perfect form is the Mona Lisa. And we are like a bunch of three year olds that only have three crayons, and we are trying to recreate the M...
by blazerb
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Temple recommend/ who should judge others
Replies: 18
Views: 484

Re: Temple recommend/ who should judge others

What Mormon Leadership fail to do is accrue an accurate appreciation of God's perfection and character and then continually compare themselves to Him. When Old Testament prophets declare the righteous works of Israel to filthy rags before God's righteousness, it gives one a true sense that there is...
by blazerb
Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Mormon Stories Interviews RFM
Replies: 21
Views: 1065

Re: Mormon Stories Interviews RFM

Excellent work, Consig. I have been thinking a lot about what you said about the Bible stuff in the BOM being the smoking gun. It was the first thing that spooked me, and this was in 1991 on my mission. Someone asked, "Why the KJV english?" Not being any kind of scholar, I had nothing. Then I start...
by blazerb
Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Support
Topic: A note from Kishkumen. (His daughter is sick)
Replies: 16
Views: 825

Re: A note from Kishkumen. (His daughter is sick)

I hope Kishkumen knows that the way his family is treating him is wrong. Mainly, I hope that his daughter gets the best medical help possible.
by blazerb
Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: How to Tarnish Your Brand in 5 Easy Steps
Replies: 28
Views: 1040

Re: How to Tarnish Your Brand in 5 Easy Steps

Health insurance is pretty much a guaranteed money-making racket if you're extorting payments from a captive audience of healthy young people. When I was a student in the late 70s-early 80s, student insurance only cost $25/semester and they STILL made money off me. I visited the university clinic o...
by blazerb
Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Mission rules are now just suggestions.
Replies: 28
Views: 1084

Re: Mission rules are now just suggestions.

I think this is coming from the left side of the Mormon mouth where PR, gaslighting, and obfuscation is spoken. The right side of the Mormon mouth continues to instill fear, demand obedience, and checks your underwear for the authorized pattern. The Missionary program is showing huge signs of obsol...
by blazerb
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The Covenant Path
Replies: 3
Views: 260

Re: The Covenant Path

This is a trend I have noticed in conference talks over the last couple of years. It seems to come primarily from Oaks, Bednar, and Nelson. Whenever they are telling you something that requires obedience to THEM, more than to your personal morals, the scriptures, the teachings of Jesus, or even the...
by blazerb
Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Tithing settlement
Replies: 47
Views: 1599

Re: Tithing settlement

I suppose it is my duty to pop in with my customarily cynical advice. I will be faced with tithing settlement again and I do have my lovely, but troubled, believing wife who really hates to hear me give my annual prevarication that, "Yes, I am a full tithe payer." Yes, this is a complete lie. I hav...
by blazerb
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Tired and worn out of the Church
Replies: 11
Views: 775

Re: Tired and worn out of the Church

Today, I heard a bunch of testimonies about blessings people have received. All we have to do is ask and hang on a bit. The blessings will come, they promise. I'm broke down. I'm sure they'll tell me that if I had just held out for another little bit, it would have all worked out. I can never prove ...
by blazerb
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Tithing settlement
Replies: 47
Views: 1599

Re: Tithing settlement

The last couple of years, I have not signed up. The bishop eventually sends me a text or phones me and asks for my tithing status. I guess I could probably justify declaring myself a full tithe payer, but I am tired of the crap. I just tell him I'm a non-tithe payer. I probably won't get a recommend...
by blazerb
Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Support
Topic: What if....
Replies: 19
Views: 614

Re: What if....

I haven't met anyone who apostatized later in life who didn't wish it could have been earlier. "Oh, the poor choices and mistakes I could have avoided," they will say. What if I had left when I was twenty? Looking back, there were so many times I almost could have left, almost saw the church for wh...
by blazerb
Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Support
Topic: What if....
Replies: 19
Views: 614

Re: What if....

Something I find interesting. In the last conference Christofferson said: I haven’t met anyone who found the gospel later in life who didn’t wish it could have been earlier. “Oh, the poor choices and mistakes I could have avoided,” they will say. To the contrary, this thread and a lot of stories I h...
by blazerb
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: What if....
Replies: 19
Views: 614

Re: What if....

What if Uchtdorf convinced a couple other apostles to come clean, admit they've never seen a vision, and open up the financial books? What if they opened up the vaults and posted pictures of all the old journals in the church's vaults? What if they apologized for hurtful teachings about women, LGBT+...
by blazerb
Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Does your spouse know you post on NOM?
Replies: 29
Views: 1180

Re: Does your spouse know you post on NOM?

My wife does not need to know everything about me so I don't feel the need to share that I post here. It would undoubtedly lead to interviews with local leaders. I don't need that.
by blazerb
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Will the parents PLEASE WAKE UP!
Replies: 8
Views: 539

Re: Will the parents PLEASE WAKE UP!

But what should be surprising is the callousness with which the Brethren view these crimes when they take place, and their refusal to make the necessary changes to avoid them. This is one of the reasons the Brethren are villains, whatever else some of you say about them - they know children are bei...
by blazerb
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Gods All The Way Down
Replies: 14
Views: 615

Re: Gods All The Way Down

I remember reading something by Richard Dawkins (Maybe in The God Delusion ) saying that he could find acceptable the idea of a being that has evolved to the point that we'd consider the being a god. Of course, this would not qualify as a "plan." But it's a fun idea. It is fun, but, given what I se...
by blazerb
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The Cosmological Conundrum
Replies: 21
Views: 536

Re: The Cosmological Conundrum

Traditional Mormonism is actually pretty bad at answering the question of existence when you think about it. If our God is our link to a chain of divine beings that have gone through mortality and developed the characteristics necessary for godhood, then what created the universe in which this all h...
by blazerb
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Conversion Therapy
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Re: Conversion Therapy

I just learned that the experiments performed at BYU should be called "aversion therapy." My bad. Still conversion therapy causes suicidal ideation, without doubt.
by blazerb
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Conversion Therapy
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Conversion Therapy

I don't see that anyone has posted about this yet. Our leaders are urging the Utah legislature not to ban conversion therapy for minors. It's everywhere, but here is one article: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lds-church-lgbtq-minors-conversion-therapy-utah-ban-opposes/ . I would have thought that Oak...
by blazerb
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Happy Birthday NOM!
Replies: 17
Views: 646

Re: Happy Birthday NOM!

I can't say that I know of a specific post, but I really like reading jfro18's analyses of the essays and other publications. They have been most enlightening. This site has been an important part of helping me navigate painful transitions.