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by jfro18
Sun May 15, 2022 6:18 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Church 2021 Annual Report - "Caring For Those In Need"
Replies: 7
Views: 138

Re: Church 2021 Annual Report - "Caring For Those In Need"

Almost all of the $906 million (roughly $850 million of the total) relates to fast-offering pass-through, solicited from members and given back to other members via Church welfare and Bishop's storehouse projects. Charity-wise, the amount was 40 million. Do they provide that info anywhere? I skimme...
by jfro18
Sun May 08, 2022 3:12 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Happy Day, Nommie Mommies!
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Re: Happy Day, Nommie Mommies!

Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there - I hope you're all having a great, relaxing day!

And for anyone who has a tough time on Mother's Day I'm definitely thinking of you today as well!
by jfro18
Sun May 08, 2022 3:04 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Supporting our own
Replies: 33
Views: 1063

Re: Supporting our own

Oh my Gods!! I was watching those Mormon Stories and loving every minute and I had NO idea I was watching my own NOM brother Jfro18! Well done! You are amazing!! That's quite the compliment - thank you! I really hope these are helpful and I hope the tone is as even as possible so that it's not as a...
by jfro18
Sun Apr 24, 2022 5:37 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Mormonism's Galileo Moment
Replies: 18
Views: 576

Re: Mormonism's Galileo Moment

So when do we get to hear you on Mormon Stories, or the more academic ones by Bill Reel and Radio Free Mormon? I dunno. Nobody asked? Too introverted? I'll be the first guest on your podcast, Moksha. The question is... would you go on Mormon Stories? That would be an interview I would love to hear!
by jfro18
Sat Apr 23, 2022 12:53 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: How deep is your hole?
Replies: 15
Views: 490

Re: How deep is your hole?

I definitely feel this even though it's not nearly as bad as it was a few years ago. But I do get really frustrated when I hear members make claims to attack others (politics or religion) when those exact lines of thought will kill their own beliefs. I also take it personally when I hear leaders tel...
by jfro18
Fri Apr 22, 2022 11:44 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Supporting our own
Replies: 33
Views: 1063

Re: Supporting our own

I would recommend 1 to 1.5 hour. If you go longer than that, it gets hard to retain it all and you start mentally checking out. My biggest grip with Mormon Stories is their length. It can take several days to get through a podcast and by the time you finish, you start forgetting details from the st...
by jfro18
Tue Apr 19, 2022 7:11 am
Forum: Support
Topic: He Has Teleported
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: He Has Teleported

I love the metaphor of opening doors. Doors are for moving from one place to another, not for keeping you locked in the same room. I spent my life looking for spirituality in Mormonism. It turned out, for me, it felt like locked room that wasn't bringing me the happiness that they kept telling me I...
by jfro18
Sat Apr 16, 2022 1:09 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Plagues of Egypt
Replies: 16
Views: 522

Re: Plagues of Egypt

When I was in college, yeah before most of you were born, I took a class on the Bible as literature. So, I got hooked, on the Bible not as a holy book, but just as ancient writings. And I dug into other books that looked at the Bible that way, and one gave translations for words. Samson is son of t...
by jfro18
Sat Apr 16, 2022 1:05 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Supporting our own
Replies: 33
Views: 1063

Re: Supporting our own

Wow "Mike," you really hit a home run with your observation at the end of the interview. Joseph changed his focus from gold digging to religion because gold digging clients expect you to actually produce something, but with religion you don't actually have to deliver because you can postpone those ...
by jfro18
Thu Apr 14, 2022 4:18 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Supporting our own
Replies: 33
Views: 1063

Re: Supporting our own

As a small aside, what is it going to take to get Hagoth to create TikTok videos about Mormonism?!
by jfro18
Thu Apr 14, 2022 10:31 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Supporting our own
Replies: 33
Views: 1063

Re: Supporting our own

If the goal of the church were to find truth, this information would be welcomed by all. Not saying that everyone would agree, but this would advance the effort to understand what happened. Very well done. My goal in doing this series is to make it as "solid" as possible and not dip into overly spe...
by jfro18
Wed Apr 13, 2022 9:21 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Plagues of Egypt
Replies: 16
Views: 522

Re: Plagues of Egypt

Clearly I need to sign up for Paramount Plus! That sounds like a fun watch.

I've enjoyed podcasts on OT stuff but haven't yet seen much in the way of tv shows that cover it.
by jfro18
Tue Apr 12, 2022 6:27 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Supporting our own
Replies: 33
Views: 1063

Re: Supporting our own

Yep - after a lot of back and forth I finally dove in on MS to go through truth claims. I am not ready or in a position to get into my "story" per se, but we had talked for a very long time about doing a truth claims series based on the overview project. I hope it wasn't terrible - it was a trial ru...
by jfro18
Mon Apr 11, 2022 7:22 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Need help with quotes abut BoM historicity
Replies: 14
Views: 557

Re: Need help with quotes abut BoM historicity

This was Nelson last year: "President Nelson clarified that the Book of Mormon is not a historical textbook. Instead, it further defines many Bible teachings — while revealing new concepts and refuting many falsehoods, including the notion that revelation ended with the Bible and that one can be sav...
by jfro18
Sun Apr 10, 2022 2:09 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: GenCon Social Media
Replies: 8
Views: 475

Re: GenCon Social Media

The trouble with social media is it allows an otherwise insignificant but vocal minority to appear much larger and mainstream. This is 100% true and I'd add that not only does it make it appear much larger, but it gives that vocal minority an emboldened feeling when they can find people that suppor...
by jfro18
Tue Apr 05, 2022 4:25 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Truth & Transparency (formerly Mormon Leaks) is shutting down
Replies: 17
Views: 949

Re: Truth & Transparency (formerly Mormon Leaks) is shutting down

So the church owns a ton of land. I was hoping for something a bit more scandalous. Yeah I was underwhelmed too. We already knew they owned a crapton of land that was worth many billions, so this was interesting but nothing shocking. It's also limited to the US which is not surprising given how har...
by jfro18
Tue Apr 05, 2022 10:25 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Truth & Transparency (formerly Mormon Leaks) is shutting down
Replies: 17
Views: 949

Re: Truth & Transparency (formerly Mormon Leaks) is shutting down

And here is their final story on the Mormon church's insane real estate holdings:

https://www.truthandtransparency.org/ne ... -suggests/
by jfro18
Mon Apr 04, 2022 9:07 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: 17 new temples?
Replies: 55
Views: 1909

Re: 17 new temples?

Regarding the real estate aspect, I have to wonder how much value added a temple gives to a property. I mean, it's such a specific structure type, I'm not sure what a 3rd party would do with it in the situation where they bought it from the church. In some areas doesn't the church build up stuff ar...
by jfro18
Mon Apr 04, 2022 2:04 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: POST CONFERENCE UPDATE on the Stealths
Replies: 10
Views: 541

Re: POST CONFERENCE UPDATE on the Stealths

It sounds like you're handling it as best as you can having gone through it before. I've often wondered if my wife started to actually open up to this info what it would be like because I know it wouldn't be easy or fun. But all you can do is be there for her and be ready to talk when she is. Seems ...
by jfro18
Mon Apr 04, 2022 10:05 am
Forum: Support
Topic: 17 new temples?
Replies: 55
Views: 1909

Re: 17 new temples?

This definitely feels like a standard marketing technique to show members that the church is growing fast. Think of all of the companies that have collapsed in a public way and how they were constantly doing elaborate, flashy things in public as they knew the business was starting to fail internally...