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by alas
Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Anti-Catholic Litertature Wanted
Replies: 17
Views: 314

Re: Anti-Catholic Litertature Wanted

If baptism doesn’t mean something to the person being baptized, then it means nothing. It baptism is meaningful, then it should be symbolism that is meaningful to the dunkee. I believe people benefit from being prayed for. People who are totally unaware that they are being prayed for, and people wh...
by alas
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Anti-Catholic Litertature Wanted
Replies: 17
Views: 314

Re: Anti-Catholic Litertature Wanted

I agree with the idea here that if you are not looking for “TRUTH” but just looking for a church you are comfortable in, then the Catholic Church is as good as any other. The problem is communicating this to your spouse who is still stuck in the Mormon idea that there is one true church with me tru...
by alas
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Explaining Miracles
Replies: 8
Views: 323

Re: Explaining Miracles

I dunno, I kind of like this version of God that shows up to tell a joke then disappears again. Seems Legit. I also like the idea of a God who shows up to tell a joke, even a bad one, even in a language nobody understands, much better than the super serious God of Christianity who yells at people a...
by alas
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Another big Joseph Smith blow out?
Replies: 19
Views: 840

Re: Another big Joseph Smith blow out?

See bolded part. I have a rosary blessed by the Pope, just sayin. Holy cow! Where did you get that? Perk of spouse man spending 20 years active duty Air Force and living all over the place, Germany at the time. At certain public appearances, the Pope says a special prayer to bless the rosaries of t...
by alas
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Anti-Catholic Litertature Wanted
Replies: 17
Views: 314

Re: Anti-Catholic Litertature Wanted

I'm sure there are many more problems but for starters I could never be a part of an organization that baptizes infants. The LDS faith is bad enough baptizing eight year olds but baptizing an infant is even worse. Baptism is supposed to be for those capable of repentance and the remission of sins. ...
by alas
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Loyal Christian's hanging onto mormonism
Replies: 13
Views: 383

Re: Loyal Christian's hanging onto mormonism

wearing our garments on the OUTSIDE of our clothes! My dad used to say, that his grandpa used to say, that during the early days of life in Utah, the natives were OK with the Mormons, but saw other white men as enemies. So if you were off in “Indian territory” the men would wear their garments on t...
by alas
Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Fear as motivating conservative values
Replies: 18
Views: 464

Re: Fear as motivating conservative values

I'm not worried anymore about the church's attempts at making it seem that it is Satan making us think differently than the church does, or that it is Satan who gets us to doubt, etc. This is simple brainwash, effect in many, far too many, cases, but ultimately silly. Satan, in the deep esoteric vi...
by alas
Sun Nov 03, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Grooming
Replies: 5
Views: 226

Re: Grooming

It takes time to learn to trust the world again. Mothers are taught to watch out for strangers who might be out to molest their children. But nobody even warns you that the first thing a perpetrator does is gain the parent’s trust, or that it could be a relative...most likely is a relative. It took ...
by alas
Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Roll Red Roll, Joseph Smith, and looking the other way
Replies: 6
Views: 269

Re: Roll Red Roll, Joseph Smith, and looking the other way

Once when I was in grad school, I had to do some research and write a huge paper. I picked child sexual abuse. One guy who had worked with police, with therapists, and studied the subject said, “society claims to have a taboo against incest, against child sexual abuse, but we don’t. What we have is ...
by alas
Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Support
Topic: I choose love, full stop.
Replies: 70
Views: 1910

Re: I choose love, full stop.

For me, being involved in the ways I want the world to change for the benefit of us all is the difference between being out there fighting to make the world a better place and hiding under a rock and not caring that people get hurt. And Blashyrkh, I was also not accepted by Utah culture, not because...
by alas
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: I choose love, full stop.
Replies: 70
Views: 1910

Re: I choose love, full stop.

I still lean towards born with vs choice but here’s a new study published this year that is interesting. Massive Study Finds No Single Genetic Cause of Same-Sex Sexual Behavior Analysis of half a million people suggests genetics may have a limited contribution to sexual orientation By Sara Reardon ...
by alas
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: I choose love, full stop.
Replies: 70
Views: 1910

Re: I choose love, full stop.

Skin color is not the same as deviated sexual preference. If you don’t understand that, then you struggle with basic logic, or maybe you haven’t given up the “blind belief” from the cult - which requires ignoring inconvenient facts. Just like Blashyrkh, I know you won't answer the question as asked...
by alas
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: A Netlix/TV show about Joseph Smith would be absolutely fascinating
Replies: 12
Views: 249

Re: A Netlix/TV show about Joseph Smith would be absolutely fascinating

What would the title be? All Wives Matter First Wives Club for the first show, Second Wives club for the sequel, Third Wives Club for #3, Forth Wives Club for #4 You could do 33 or so shows. And use In Sacred Loneliness as the script. I like the idea of the comedy where the audience is in on the co...
by alas
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The Book of Mormon: Written for Who's Day?
Replies: 11
Views: 359

Re: The Book of Mormon: Written for Who's Day?

Well, seeing as Joseph Smith believed the second coming was going to be before his 80 something birthday, he probably did think BoM was written for the very last days, 1890ish. But good point about baptism at age 8 is not that different than infant baptism, and how horrible it is to hold such a “cho...
by alas
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Another big Joseph Smith blow out?
Replies: 19
Views: 840

Re: Another big Joseph Smith blow out?

Yeah, the 200th anniversary of the First Vision is a big deal, I guess. I think the LDS Church leaders feel like they can't let go of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon and the restoring of priesthood keys and etc. Because if they let go of those things, what do they have left? Not enough to keep ...
by alas
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Gods All The Way Down
Replies: 14
Views: 529

Re: Gods All The Way Down

I'm in the slow process of becoming Catholic, and I now realize that the Mormon concept of becoming Gods is heretical. The whole Adam and Eve story is about the danger of wanting to be like God. Adam and Eve want to become like God. They want to gain His knowledge. That was a bad thing, and God pun...
by alas
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Hey What about Mythology, Really?
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Re: Hey What about Mythology, Really?

This is something I have observed before, that the death and rebirth theme is kind of universal. Even in Mormon baptism. Margaret Mead also saw this common theme. She even had a theory, But......eh. Fascinating stuff.
by alas
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: What do you call someone who doesn't believer in Satan?
Replies: 10
Views: 289

Re: What do you call someone who doesn't believer in Satan?

Lol! Well, in one sense sure. But through the lens of the mythological thinking, and perhaps in some aspects of the East, all the gods and devils, all the heavens and hells are in us. The point of the stories, the scriptures, whatever you want to call em, is to get us to have a psychological break ...
by alas
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: I choose love, full stop.
Replies: 70
Views: 1910

Re: I choose love, full stop.

Deep down this has very little to do with the LGBTQ issue. It has to do with people demanding that a group, any group change their centuries old beliefs and practices because they don't like them. The majority of LDS people like what their leaders teach. I would say that a majority don't want the L...