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by John G.
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: It's been a while. What next
Replies: 33
Views: 1184

Re: It's been a while. What next

I may be the minority on this, but I still see no reason extended family needs to be told. Did you ever have a situation where your mother called you and asked, "Oh, little Jeffret is trying 8 next month. When is his baptism? We want to be there." AZ Flyer nice to see you post again! I’m in a simil...
by John G.
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Close Friends Child Came Home Early from LDS Mission (Stateside)
Replies: 21
Views: 1083

Re: Close Friends Child Came Home Early from LDS Mission (Stateside)

Last year I came across a Sister missionary’s blog that had something similar. Her blog initially caught my attention because she was writing about her testimony of the BOM being tested. She was still very TBM about it, but you tell her shelf was breaking. I don’t think she realized her shelf was br...
by John G.
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Dating and Pornography - Ensign 10/19
Replies: 20
Views: 1160

Re: Dating and Pornography - Ensign 10/19

Wow! What an over the top article on porn! I actually went in the article and read it because I thought the opening post was being sarcastic about the church wanting dating couples to talk about porn together! Absolutely ridiculous! And most of the time completely inappropriate! On the other hand, I...
by John G.
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Tithing Question + An Introduction
Replies: 21
Views: 854

Re: Tithing Question + An Introduction

If you feel you are full tithe payer based your religious beliefs, then you are! They are not supposed to inquire into your finances. Consider whether you feel you have paid a full tithe, and if you have, just answer “yes.” The absolute amount of money you pay not a factor!
by John G.
Sat May 18, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on tithing
Replies: 41
Views: 2795

Re: Thoughts on tithing

I had this thought. Maybe the church’s tithing program gets ruled a ponzie scheme and they are ordered to pay it all back with interest. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Technically tithing is NOT a Ponzi scheme because it doesn’t pay new investors/members from tithing from old investors/members....
by John G.
Sat May 18, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Materialism In LDS Culture
Replies: 12
Views: 793

Re: Materialism In LDS Culture

Great discussion thread! I grew up in Utah in the 80’s and the TBM mindset then was very much the prosperity gospel. With the caveats for adversity mentioned in previous posts for those TBMs who were considered worhy. Mostly though, sin explained why someone experienced adversity. (Back then, in the...
by John G.
Thu May 02, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on tithing
Replies: 41
Views: 2795

Re: Thoughts on tithing

You should try the 0% tithing plan! I guarantee your finances will get better!
by John G.
Thu May 02, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on tithing
Replies: 41
Views: 2795

Re: Thoughts on tithing

One thing I will say is that my greatest financial struggles were while DW and I paid are TSCC membership dues. Once we fell away, financially thing have been up and down. I've been laid off and hired. I have had several jobs, but have moved up. I am doing better now than I ever way paying to LDS I...
by John G.
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Source of the Title of Liberty
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Re: Source of the Title of Liberty

In the 90’s, on my mission, when I was reading the BOM for the first time and read about the Title of Liberty, I remember thinking about how similar it sounded to the rhetoric of American revolution..At the time I just put that on my shelf.
by John G.
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Imaginary Friends
Replies: 8
Views: 576

Re: Imaginary Friends

I think Joseph Smith was a straight-up con man. But think the concept of god is an out growth of the childhood imaginary friend. Jesus is the imaginary friend who delivers “justice” on people you hate and otherwise has the all ideal attributes that you wish you had. Prayer and the holy ghost is how ...
by John G.
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Meilingkie, a year later
Replies: 15
Views: 940

Re: Meilingkie, a year later

Looking good! Thanks for the update! I always like a story with a happy ending!
by John G.
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The Corbridge Manuever--New RFM Podcast
Replies: 10
Views: 1027

Re: The Corbridge Manuever--New RFM Podcast

Great podcast! I agree that this was the best talk of the three recent talks about doubts. Listening to the GA’s talk brought me back to my TBM days and why I used to believe it. Unfortunately, my TBM family will eat it up! I wish I could get them to listen to your critical analysis of it! One flaw ...
by John G.
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Book of Abraham, Part 3 Podcast
Replies: 13
Views: 736

Re: Book of Abraham, Part 3 Podcast

Very interesting! I also really like the RFM podcasts where you guys analyze recent GA talks! They make for devastating cross-exams!
by John G.
Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Dan Vogel and John Hamer on MS
Replies: 6
Views: 549

Re: Dan Vogel and John Hamer on MS

I find Dan Vogel hard to listen to. Is it just me?
by John G.
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The changing face of LDS INC under RMN...why the rush?
Replies: 65
Views: 3774

Re: The changing face of LDS INC under RMN...why the rush?

Really cool 1972 vs 2018 conference picture. Really shows the contrast. The white shirt uniform came from a general conference talk by Eyring in early 2000s. He used the symbology of the pure white shirts...that it shouldn't be a requirement, but it was in a way an unofficial uniform and he encoura...
by John G.
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: New RFM Podcast on Temple Changes
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: New RFM Podcast on Temple Changes

Looking forward to listening to it tonight! Your podcasts always have some great insights!
by John G.
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Famous Potato Bowl and BYU
Replies: 9
Views: 797

Re: Famous Potato Bowl and BYU

The more important question is how are potatoes best baked? Oven in tin foil Oven not in foil Instant Pot If you don’t use tin foil the skin is usually too tough to really eat. The restaurant I worked at didn’t use tin foil, but would load up the potates with cheese and butter. (True story: Thomas ...
by John G.
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Famous Potato Bowl and BYU
Replies: 9
Views: 797

Re: Famous Potato Bowl and BYU

I will say that DW got an Instapot for Christmas last year. I use it pretty regularly to make mashed potatoes. Just chop them up, add some water and put them in and hit a button. 15 minutes later they are ready to drain and mash. Also useful for rice. Now that I am on day shift and usually get home...
by John G.
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: A tithing victory?
Replies: 9
Views: 686

Re: A tithing victory?

I can’t even image paying on gross! 10% of gross income is so much money for everyone! Even net is alot. 10% is alot relative to anyone’s income. I really couldn’t even give that amount to charity. When we have extra $$ it goes first into our emergency savings, then to kids college, then to retireme...
by John G.
Thu Nov 22, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Home study church
Replies: 14
Views: 1252

Re: Home study church

I consider my time on this website and the ex-mo reddit site my home-study church. Now that “home study” counts, I’m surprisingly a very active member!