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by annotatedbom
Fri Jan 14, 2022 2:29 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Fight The New Drug
Replies: 39
Views: 527

Re: Fight The New Drug

So, you asked (in this thread) if we should sacrifice for God. I'm simply playing off of that. Should we sacrifice for God? Does he deserve it? But hey, looks like you just want to preach past us instead of really telling us what you think. :roll: I just want to know how you know God is worth worsh...
by annotatedbom
Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:00 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Fight The New Drug
Replies: 39
Views: 527

Re: Fight The New Drug

Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
(This is Your Brain on God)
Just sayin'
by annotatedbom
Fri Jan 14, 2022 8:39 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Elder Gong: “Please don’t post that photo…”
Replies: 46
Views: 734

Re: Elder Gong: “Please don’t post that photo…”

I get what some are saying in defense of Elder Gong. I have a queer child and my wife was in denial for years about it. My queer child just wouldn't go easy on my wife - would bring up LGBTQ+ issues with wife, and I probably thought more than once "Can't you just back off? Don't you see this isn't g...
by annotatedbom
Thu Nov 04, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: What to ask the professor...
Replies: 19
Views: 1922

Re: What to ask the professor...

Reuben wrote:
Tue Nov 02, 2021 5:43 pm
How to avoid the pitfalls of prooftexting.
Ooooh, I like this one! I mean, it’s a legit study problem, and you can point that out with examples of other religions that do this or how Mormons can even fall into the trap of justifying a pet belief that may not be supported by la Iglesia.
by annotatedbom
Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Casting out evil spirits?
Replies: 16
Views: 1486

Re: Casting out evil spirits?

It seems to me evil spirits or spirits of any kind as defined by the Church can be recorded and measured in fine, objective detail, just like Carl Sagan's " The Dragon in My Garage ." I'm willing to consider the evidence, but as far as I can tell, even if such beings exist, there is no real evidence...
by annotatedbom
Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Support
Topic: New concept of the day.
Replies: 17
Views: 1183

Re: New concept of the day.

It's normal? AND NOBODY TOLD ME? It was one of the happiest moments in my life, after all those years of torture, realizing that I might actually be normal. And here I was in a car full of other people experiencing the same joy and relief. I still have a deep love for those guys. I think this is su...
by annotatedbom
Tue Aug 24, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Jeffrey Holland is a terrible human being so it's fitting he gave this talk at BYU
Replies: 68
Views: 6568

Re: Jeffrey Holland is a terrible human being so it's fitting he gave this talk at BYU

What they fail to see is that there are no good arguments [against homosexuality/same-sex marriage], so church leaders receive "friendly fire" from BYU professors who have some intellectual honesty. With all due respect Advocate, Elder Oaks himself came up with this genius-level argument that annih...
by annotatedbom
Fri Jul 30, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Bopping with Backyard Professor
Replies: 1
Views: 482

Re: Bopping with Backyard Professor

This was pretty good (at least the first half which I watched). It's almost shocking to think that Mormonism posits to have the answer to much of theism's problem with infinite regress. I wonder what I would have thought as a believer if someone really got me to think about it. Would I have been hon...
by annotatedbom
Mon Jun 28, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Return and Report: Magic Mushrooms in the Desert
Replies: 48
Views: 4802

Re: Return and Report: Magic Mushrooms in the Desert

Sam Harris seems to speak of these psychedelic experiences in a similar way - that they help the person experiencing them to better see what's real about themself. I struggle to accept the claim. It seems to be a completely subjective experience that does not justify the claim that it helps better ...
by annotatedbom
Tue Jun 22, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Return and Report: Magic Mushrooms in the Desert
Replies: 48
Views: 4802

Re: Return and Report: Magic Mushrooms in the Desert

Hagoth, I've never done psychedelics, but I have experienced elevation as a Mormon via prayer or during some experience life had to offer. I have also experienced elevation since then, even associated with ideas antithetical to Mormonism (like contemplating that my journey away from Mormonism is a w...
by annotatedbom
Mon Jun 21, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Thank God for Secularism
Replies: 8
Views: 1275

Re: Thank God for Secularism

I really like Malcolm Gladwell's take on it, that "Through embracing the diversity of human beings, we will find a surer way to true happiness. The movement from the search for universals, to the understanding of variability." https://www.ted.com/talks/malcolm_gladwell_choice_happiness_and_spaghett...
by annotatedbom
Sun Jun 20, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: An alternate perspective on marriage
Replies: 12
Views: 1601

Re: An alternate perspective on marriage

Not to threadjack, but the Chris Cornell ... that's my music! :) Glad to hear there’s another here who appreciates his music. There’s something about so much of his work that speaks to me personally. To turn it away from a possible threadjack and back to something from the OP, Cornell’s suicide und...
by annotatedbom
Sun Jun 20, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Support
Topic: An alternate perspective on marriage
Replies: 12
Views: 1601

Re: An alternate perspective on marriage

Zeezrom, It seems we’re a little uncertain about whether you’re totally brand new to NOM. I thought I recognized your username, others are welcoming you as a newbie, and Red Ryder recognizes you from the old NOM. Regardless, welcome; glad to have you here. Great observations by the way. I’m so glad ...
by annotatedbom
Sun Jun 20, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Q: What's the difference between...
Replies: 8
Views: 1023

Re: Q: What's the difference between...

Hahaaaaa! Would click a like button for this if there were one, because the observation is sad, funny, and true!
by annotatedbom
Sun Jun 20, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Happy Summer Solstice!
Replies: 8
Views: 985

Happy Summer Solstice!

I don’t worship the sun, but I find it a lot more reliable and helpful than its oft’ worshipped homonym.

May your harvests be prosperous and your joy be great!

A-BoM
by annotatedbom
Fri Jun 18, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Thank God for Secularism
Replies: 8
Views: 1275

Re: Thank God for Secularism

Thank God for secularism. I just want to acknowledge and appreciate the sense of irony and humor of my favorite penguin. Thanks Moksha for sharing you with us! Any belief system can turn brutal, athiests have blood on their hands as do religious groups ... Herd mentality is a strange thing. I also ...
by annotatedbom
Thu Apr 01, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: An April Fools' Reminder: Mormon Youth Sex Interviews Are Foolish
Replies: 8
Views: 1573

An April Fools' Reminder: Mormon Youth Sex Interviews Are Foolish

Notice to parents who let Mormon leaders interview their kids: https://a-bom.github.io/notice.gif I think all the Mormon sex interviews are foolish, but especially the interviews of youth. Some five years ago I decided to put an end to at least one foolish practice - the interviewing of my minor chi...
by annotatedbom
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Forced Turning Point
Replies: 156
Views: 21071

Re: Forced Turning Point

Brother Graey, As I normally have done as a believer and a former believer when someone receives such a calling, I offer my congratulations and my condolences. The congrats and condolences mean even more in my mind because of the interesting spot you find yourself in as a PIMO. I have no suggestions...
by annotatedbom
Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: The word Mormon
Replies: 39
Views: 4889

Re: The word Mormon

Hey Atlanticmike, welcome to NOM. It's a great place because of the folks here. I hope you enjoy your time here. Like you and others have pointed out, the name change is a huge problem in consistency. If the Church were really being led by an all-knowing, all-powerful God, why all the flip-flopping?...
by annotatedbom
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Crap
Replies: 49
Views: 6311

Re: Crap

Just a quick update. DW seems to prefer staying together in spite of me grabbing a morning coffee. Things are largely back to how they were before, which I am happy with. Hopefully she is too. I do wonder if she is just biding her time while she works with a lawyer, but I guess I won't know until t...