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by Reuben
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: Support
Topic: NOMfrence NOMinations Catagory: "Mental Gymnastics"
Replies: 3
Views: 565

Re: NOMfrence NOMinations Catagory: "Mental Gymnastics"

Random, I dub thee... The Threadcromancer!
by Reuben
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Ministering, YM, EQ, and the Bishopric
Replies: 18
Views: 507

Re: Ministering, YM, EQ, and the Bishopric

Most of the time only a small fraction of our meetings are about community building and helping one another live better, happier lives. The rest of the experience feels like sating the insecurities of a narcissistic organization; instead of reassuring someone that constantly asks, "Do you love me? ...
by Reuben
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Ministering, YM, EQ, and the Bishopric
Replies: 18
Views: 507

Re: Ministering, YM, EQ, and the Bishopric

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by Reuben
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: If Joseph Smith got it right, then who got it wrong?
Replies: 14
Views: 407

Re: If Joseph Smith got it right, then who got it wrong?

jfro18, what you're getting at here is the probability of the evidence given "it's all true." Specifically, that this probability is ridiculously close to 0. To do a proper Bayesian analysis, to estimate the probability of "Joseph Smith made it up" given the evidence, we would need two more things. ...
by Reuben
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: TBM's and LGT
Replies: 10
Views: 329

Re: TBM's and LGT

Remember "the book of Mormon isn't a historical document". It's the new narrative. There's a word that means history from a devotional or theological perspective , which describes this new narrative well. I can't remember it, though. I wonder how long it'll be before it's acceptable to regard the B...
by Reuben
Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Out of the frying pan, into the fire :(
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: Out of the frying pan, into the fire :(

That's pretty good. I would consider changing "salesman" to "missionary" or some other emotionally neutral word.

Send it! You've got this.
by Reuben
Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Out of the frying pan, into the fire :(
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: Out of the frying pan, into the fire :(

Hoo, boy. You can set boundaries and plant seeds. I doubt much else would help you or them. "I'm not going to join another Mormonism. The costs far outweigh the benefits for me." Maybe ask them to find out what that church teaches about members who leave. If it's still enough like the JWs, it teache...
by Reuben
Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Support
Topic: I’m Catholic now.
Replies: 11
Views: 372

Re: I’m Catholic now.

moksha wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:55 pm
Seems you have reached critical Mass. ;) Congratulations on your faith journey.
:lol:

Seconded! I like the current pope quite a bit, too.
by Reuben
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Dear Spouseman love your mother
Replies: 20
Views: 413

Re: Dear Spouseman love your mother

Not doing the Mormon things: terrible, will ruin your life. Rampant sexual abuse: ehh, at least the family is still Mormon. Straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel? Yep. This from a woman who grooms victims for her son. What a lovely woman. I did notice that the untaxed stipend from FILs last ca...
by Reuben
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Dear Spouseman love your mother
Replies: 20
Views: 413

Re: Dear Spouseman love your mother

Not doing the Mormon things: terrible, will ruin your life.

Rampant sexual abuse: ehh, at least the family is still Mormon.

Straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel?
by Reuben
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: The Lord Knows Us
Replies: 14
Views: 393

Re: The Lord Knows Us

The further I get from belief the more harmful these ideas seem to me. These ideas can be used for comfort in difficult times and to make it easier to accept suffering. The second is helpful because not accepting suffering makes it worse. (In the mornings, I greet chronic pain with "Hello, old frie...
by Reuben
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Houston we have a problem !
Replies: 24
Views: 1181

Re: Houston we have a problem !

Red Ryder wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:38 pm
I’m in a similar position but currently 2 hour church as we teach a fun aged primary class together and do more arts and crafts then lessons from the manual.
You mean like Jupiter talisman coloring pages and making paper dolls of Joseph Smith's wives?
by Reuben
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: The Lord Knows Us
Replies: 14
Views: 393

Re: The Lord Knows Us

You could tell a bunch of stories of members struggling who asked for a priesthood blessing, die anyway, and then say that the Lord knows us enough to know it was time and no amount of consecrated oil can change that. But I think your second idea is probably a bit more crowd pleasing. Not only that...
by Reuben
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The church apologizes
Replies: 0
Views: 124

The church apologizes

The Church needs to apologize for its past racial policy and let the members know in no uncertain terms that they were wrong. Maintaining a stiff-necked and unrepentant posture is no way to heal. Being too arrogant to say sorry does not mesh with the claim that they are servants of the Lord. You've...
by Reuben
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Changes For Temple Ceremonial Clothing Announced
Replies: 20
Views: 586

Re: Changes For Temple Ceremonial Clothing Announced

I'm betting there will be changes to the guy's baker cap :lol: Changing to a unisex chef's hat would help give the participants a heavenly Escoffier look. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/815l4fi5LGL._AC_SX425_.jpg Ah, this reminds me of my own endowment. A rat jumped into my hat an...
by Reuben
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Henry Erying's Big Faith
Replies: 16
Views: 469

Re: Henry Erying's Big Faith

"It is dangerous to doubt the truthfulness of the Church based on human behavior,” he cautioned during the Tuesday, Jan. 14 event held on campus in Rexburg, Idaho. “Nor is there intellectual satisfaction or spiritual safety in challenging doctrines or policies that seem outdated.” "I'm afraid of wh...
by Reuben
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Henry Erying's Big Faith
Replies: 16
Views: 469

Re: Henry Erying's Big Faith

This is the same guy that told BYU-I students about 16 months ago that if you had doubts about the church or its leaders to ask yourself "Am I True" first. yeah, he actually told college students that they needed to get down on their knees and repent to God if they caught themselves having question...
by Reuben
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: What is the Church’s stance on feminism?
Replies: 19
Views: 469

Re: What is the Church’s stance on feminism?

1smartdodog wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:28 pm
I believe they are against it
This is my favorite comment. :lol:

But no, of course they're not against feminism. According to the article, they're totally for it, as long as it allows for teaching and institutionalizing the Lord's revealed stereotypes.
by Reuben
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: It's not even wrong
Replies: 19
Views: 749

Re: It's not even wrong

Okay, here's something provocative: if killing Laban was really the best way to get the plates according to Mysterious God Criteria (because foreknowledge, wanting to teach a lesson, chaotic good alignment, mostly hands-off management style, etc.), then - according to the story's internal rules - Ne...
by Reuben
Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: What is the Church’s stance on feminism?
Replies: 19
Views: 469

Re: What is the Church’s stance on feminism?

Latter-day Saints frown upon such things. That sums it up pretty well. I suspect we'll see people using terms like "the Lord's feminism," which of course isn't feminism at all. When they say Latter-day Saints frown on things they are telling you to start exercising your frowning muscles for the lon...