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by achilles
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Having an 8yo baptism, or not.
Replies: 14
Views: 546

Re: Having an 8yo baptism, or not.

Just tell the bishop you're having a same-sex marriage on Saturday. That will end the child baptism harassment...
by achilles
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Still doing it wrong
Replies: 14
Views: 443

Re: Still doing it wrong

I kind of want to tell your husband that it's like the Church knows it did something wrong, and is trying to cheat on repentance by skipping over confession and asking for forgiveness, and going straight to an attempt at restitution. It's insulting if it's being done by another person, but even more...
by achilles
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Small and smaller
Replies: 10
Views: 439

Re: Small and smaller

To the original point, one thing I have noticed more than people leaving is where previously "strong" families just no longer give a crap. While I do see where many kids of active families not staying active after they turn 18, the GenXers, who are now in that perfect age range to serve in callings...
by achilles
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Ikigai, or having a raison d'etre
Replies: 15
Views: 432

Ikigai, or having a raison d'etre

I have been seeing a therapist over the past eight months or so, which have truly been horrendous. The therapist is helping me to get through a rough patch in my life, and I'm grateful to have the insurance coverage to see her regularly. In order to talk about "ikigai", I have to give you some backg...
by achilles
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Missionary name badges
Replies: 17
Views: 945

Re: Missionary name badges

When I was a missionary in Japan I kind of liked wearing the name tag--it just felt cool. Although being a 20 year old white boy/American riding a bike in a suit was probably a dead giveaway, even without the name tag. On the getting free stuff thing: I haven't been to Church in years and don't plan...
by achilles
Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Praise to the Man?!?!?
Replies: 7
Views: 487

Re: Praise to the Man?!?!?

Well, Linked, it's also Festivus.

Air your grievances!
by achilles
Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Deacon Interviews--what to expect?
Replies: 8
Views: 257

Re: Deacon Interviews--what to expect?

I was introduced to the term "masturbation" and what it means and how to do it by my bishop in a deacon interview. I had never heard the word before then. In our stake they are still asking directly about Masturbation and Porn an denying temple recommends if there has been either in the past 4-6 mo...
by achilles
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Drop off receipts...
Replies: 8
Views: 399

Re: Drop off receipts...

MalcolmVillager wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:16 pm
Take a picture and email it to them. That us what I did last time I spent money for the COJCOLDS
Take the picture at the ski lodge with your hot chocolate and lift tickets strategically placed.
by achilles
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Losing the Battle
Replies: 20
Views: 959

Re: Losing the Battle

I'm very sorry for how this must have felt to hear. :( I was a "nearly adult" kid that would never talk to my parents about anything "deep" for similar reasons. Well, adulthood often has a way of beating both your developmentally appropriate adolescence and Fowler Stage 3-ness right out of you. It s...
by achilles
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Former Bishop Accused of Sex Crimes with Boys
Replies: 14
Views: 484

Re: Former Bishop Accused of Sex Crimes with Boys

At some point, the police got involved. We need more of this. No more handling things "in house". We need more families just calling the cops. I realize the reality can be more complex than just picking up the phone. But I really tire of Bishops and SPs trying to handle real crimes without involving...
by achilles
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: I'm about to be officially "outed": NOM Crowd-Sourcing
Replies: 68
Views: 1699

Re: I'm about to be officially "outed": NOM Crowd-Sourcing

Red Ryder wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:44 pm
Well, I'm not surprised the underlying theme of honesty trumps my diarrhea suggestion.
Can't you be honest about your diarrhea? I've found most people aren't.

"Ever since I was injured by that circus freak/carnie, I can't raise my arms above my head. So I probably should't go..."
by achilles
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The Return of the Book of Abraham
Replies: 25
Views: 906

Re: The Return of the Book of Abraham

Look--everyone with the slightest bit of intellectual curiosity eventually realizes this is all bogus, even if it takes years to deprogram. Meanwhile the others cling to some pre E.A.W.Budge Egyptian fantasy world. Don't dig past that mysterious veneer--you'll find out things you don't like... I'm a...
by achilles
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Behold! The Fruits of E Oaks' Oct 2018 Talk Begin to Ripen!
Replies: 25
Views: 1006

Re: Behold! The Fruits of E Oaks' Oct 2018 Talk Begin to Ripen!

This woman is clearly extreme and probably no fun at dinner parties. How common do you think this attitude actually is around the church? Has the Oaks talk encouraged his fundamentalist allies to speak up? This woman seems to think so. But look at some of the apologists/defenders on social media si...
by achilles
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Behold! The Fruits of E Oaks' Oct 2018 Talk Begin to Ripen!
Replies: 25
Views: 1006

Behold! The Fruits of E Oaks' Oct 2018 Talk Begin to Ripen!

Today I came on this Letter to the Editor in the Herald Journal, the major newspaper of Cache Valley where I grew up. It was so...well, you'll see...that I had to reproduce it here in its entirety. https://www.hjnews.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/homosexuals-using-propaganda-tactics/article_eca76f39...
by achilles
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Three Years of the POX
Replies: 6
Views: 404

Three Years of the POX

Yesterday was the third anniversary of the Church's November 5th policy making same-sex marriage apostasy, and the children of married gays and lesbians ineligible for baptism, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, priesthood, and other ordinances. Unless they disavow their parents' relationship. And turn 18....
by achilles
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: My Exorcism
Replies: 15
Views: 625

Re: My Exorcism

The best story I got is when I exorcized a demon from my bowels in an outhouse in a ghetto of Argentina after eating from questionable food preparation standards of a member family. I sent that demon back to the murky depths of the earth, a hole about 4' deep in some random person's backyard. Staph...
by achilles
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: My Exorcism
Replies: 15
Views: 625

Re: My Exorcism

I was very depressed when I was in my third mission area. The other missionaries in my apartment took me to the mission president to be exorcised. I was too depressed to argue, and maybe somewhere deep down I was amused and interested in seeing what would happen next. After they explained everything...
by achilles
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Saints book vs heartland model
Replies: 7
Views: 674

Re: Saints book vs heartland model

“Though there are several plausible hypotheses regarding the geographic locations of Book of Mormon events, the Church takes no official position except that the events occurred in Narnia.”
Whoops! It was either Narnia, or some other make-believe place...
by achilles
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: "Did you guys move?"
Replies: 3
Views: 490

Re: "Did you guys move?"

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But seriously, it really is like her programming was violated... How do you even handle that?

It's almost like there really are only two categories--active Mormons, and everybody else. Add more categories, and BOOM!
by achilles
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Anecdote, Intuition, and Hearsay
Replies: 5
Views: 392

Re: Anecdote, Intuition, and Hearsay

It's difficult to find an evidence-based path to happiness in all the noise. I don't think it exists. I think you can determine the overall structure of how to obtain happiness from evidence, but that actually obtaining it requires believing in fiction and bullshit. That probably comes across as ne...