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by Culper Jr.
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Kwaku the Deceiver
Replies: 19
Views: 845

Re: Kwaku the Deceiver

Wow, I think Kwaku was a little butt-hurt there.. I was trying to follow his rebuttal, but it was less than clear and it was just miserable to watch with all of the personal attacks sprinkled in. I ultimately decided I had better things to do with my life than listen to an "internet comedian" try to...
by Culper Jr.
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Elder Steven Snow: Most Members Couldn't Care Less
Replies: 19
Views: 806

Re: Elder Steven Snow: Most Members Couldn't Care Less

It’s hard for me to see it as anything but a tacit admission that they knowingly deceive the members. Yup, that's exactly what it is. Omission is deception. They know they don't have good answers, and once a person starts down the rabbit hole they end up in a much less faithful position. The best t...
by Culper Jr.
Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: New youth program being defined
Replies: 25
Views: 879

Re: New youth program being defined

I think the things the youth will be picking their own goals are things like the YW have been doing now for a long time. They have a book with lots of suggestions for each YW’s value, or they can name one they would rather do. So, under “Devine worth” the girls have a long list of suggested project...
by Culper Jr.
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: RFM and RMN's telling of whoppers
Replies: 11
Views: 604

Re: RFM and RMN's telling of whoppers

This really helps to shed light on how the church's foundational stories probably grew into miracles out of very mundane events and personal emotions/imaginings by providing a modern-day example. The difference is that the speed and interactivity of modern media has made it possible for astute obse...
by Culper Jr.
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Maybe it’d be nice if everyone posted a very short intro who they are
Replies: 21
Views: 1186

Re: Maybe it’d be nice if everyone posted a very short intro who they are

I grew up in the church, RM, married in the temple, all that. I live on the east coast so blessedly Mormons aren't too numerous here. Started researching polygamy a few years back because it always bothered me and I thought if I got a better understanding of it then I would come to peace with the co...
by Culper Jr.
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Ensign Blair Faith Promoting Story Now a Video!
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: Ensign Blair Faith Promoting Story Now a Video!

Think of this as a means to introduce these youngsters to the Way of Apologetics. Not only do we have to inoculate the youth to church history, but also they have to be inoculated to bad apologetics. What's funny to me is that the story is not that miraculous. He gave advice to the captain. So bori...
by Culper Jr.
Fri May 31, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Will the Real McKenna Denson Please Stand Up?
Replies: 3
Views: 456

Re: Will the Real McKenna Denson Please Stand Up?

Great podcast. The temperature has been so high on this it was good to hear a reasoned take on what has happened and what the ramifications of this are.
by Culper Jr.
Sun May 26, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Interesting Bishopric Meeting today
Replies: 4
Views: 491

Interesting Bishopric Meeting today

A couple of things came up in bishopric meeting today that I thought were interesting. 1. We were going over the sacrament meeting agenda and the bishop saw that "Praise to the Man" was one of the hymns. There was some discussion about whether it should be left on there because evidently there was s...
by Culper Jr.
Tue May 07, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Anyone a former bishop or stake pres?
Replies: 12
Views: 596

Re: Anyone a former bishop or stake pres?

I was always taught to call the former bishop on EVERY MEMBER that moved in. Currently an executive secretary, and I have to send an email to the bishop of every move in to ask about any issues "that should be considered as the bishop counsels and makes callings". Last year we had a move in that wa...
by Culper Jr.
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The church officially ends its affiliation with the BSA in just over 8 months, but....
Replies: 15
Views: 682

Re: The church officially ends its affiliation with the BSA in just over 8 months, but....

I don’t see the problem. The scoutmaster will be converted to the priesthood camping expert with the new system This is exactly what was being discussed in our bishopric meeting recently. People were complaining about how leadership was continuing to fill positions in a dying program, and the bisho...
by Culper Jr.
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Stagnant Numbers
Replies: 17
Views: 1013

Re: Stagnant Numbers

Have you gotten any letters to leadership in your ward where they are asking wards to increase name submission? There is a huge push right now to increase name submission coming from at least above the stake level, especially with the youth and new members. It's kind of this "chicken or the egg" ar...
by Culper Jr.
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Stagnant Numbers
Replies: 17
Views: 1013

Re: Stagnant Numbers

Question: how is the "number of people submitting names to the temple" calculated? I assume the temple recommends still have bar-codes,...or when someone submits a name, do they cross-reference a name with a membership record? How is that calculated and tied to a unit code? To submit names now you ...
by Culper Jr.
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Stagnant Numbers
Replies: 17
Views: 1013

Re: Stagnant Numbers

We all know the church is well aware of what their active rate is, yet they will *never* release that info. Oh yeah, the church is RIDICULOUSLY aware of what the activity rate is.. I was just looking at the quarterly report for our ward. They also have KPI graphs tracking attendance, activity rates...
by Culper Jr.
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Explaining the Dramatic Flip-Flop
Replies: 16
Views: 1047

Re: Explaining the Dramatic Flip-Flop

Sheamus Moore wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:39 am
Appeared in my FB feed yesterday...

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LOL is that for real? I seriously can't tell if that is a joke or if there truly is an article where a TBM is using gold medal winning mental gymnastics to explain how policy reversals should indeed strengthen one's testimony.
by Culper Jr.
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Hook, line and creamer
Replies: 22
Views: 809

Re: Hook, line and creamer

By the way did anyone see Ned Flanders singing in the Tab Cats? When did they start allowing mustaches? Oh yeah, I saw that. It made for a fun "Where's Waldo" style game for me and my daughter. This conference was a fundamental shift for me in the way I think about the Q15 and other leaders. I used...
by Culper Jr.
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: General NOMfrence Sunday Afternoon!!!
Replies: 123
Views: 3512

Re: General NOMfrence Sunday Afternoon!!!

I feel like Ralphy in Christmas story decoding the message "Drink your ovaltine". Wow, what a let down. I thought on some level the Q15 wanted to make life easier and better for the average lay member. They really don't care. Whatever the reason for shorter church and all that, I doubt it had anyth...
by Culper Jr.
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: General NOMfrence Sunday Afternoon!!!
Replies: 123
Views: 3512

Re: General NOMfrence Sunday Afternoon!!!

-100 Rasband for that patronizing voice and his general suck-upiness.
by Culper Jr.
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: General NOMfrence Sunday Afternoon!!!
Replies: 123
Views: 3512

Re: General NOMfrence Sunday Afternoon!!!

wow, a couple of name removal callouts...
by Culper Jr.
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Priesthood session NOMfrence
Replies: 92
Views: 2742

Re: Priesthood session NOMfrence

RMN: -100 I thought I was supposed to take my vitamin pills.. the only pill I need so far is Vivarin. This conference has been SOOO boring. So he likely spent TONS of time away from his family as a doctor and then yells at me for not spending enough time with mine.