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  1. 3 points
    yjacket

    Why do people leave the Church?

    I learned a long time ago, it doesn't have anything to do with "wanting to believe". Faith is simple, it is a choice, nothing else nothing more. I choose to believe in God. I also learned that I need God more than He could ever possibly need me. So I choose Faith. And that choice has been rewarded, abundantly, yet someone who did not choose faith could look at my same experience and see it differently. Well, that just happened by chance, by probability. God is very good, yet we must have ears to hear him and eyes to see him with. If we choose faith and truly look, we will see the tapestry of life that God has woven with us and when we truly see it . . . it is amazing!
  2. 2 points
    Ironhold

    Sanity check - organic food?

    QFT. Standards concerning what does and does not qualify as "organic" vary so widely between jurisdictions and have so many loopholes that it's rarely worth the extra price.
  3. 2 points
    Sunday21

    Why do people leave the Church?

    my theory is that, sometimes G-d places people in a situation in which they have the opportunity to step up to the plate and change their lives. Sometimes the person does not make the right choice and the righteous lds person gets zapped. Righteous lds people exist to serve G-d. Sometimes that service is painful.
  4. 2 points
    Jane_Doe

    Non-member relationship help

    I am an LDS woman married to an non-LDS man (he's an inactive Evangelical). We are extremely happy in our marriage, and have an adorable 2 year old. Interfaith marriages can work. That being said, this relationship is HARD. Every Sunday, I go to church by myself while husband sleeps in. During 3 hours of church, I deal with a (sometimes screaming) toddler by myself. I teach her about God by myself. I read scriptures with her, by myself. I had her blessed not by my husband, but by my dad. When I need support for church stuff, I reach out to my gal friends and their husbands. My husband is supportive of me, but as an outsider who chooses to have no involvement. I'm preparing to go to the temple by myself- he is supportive, but doesn't remotely understand anything about it. Some of his relatives are not supportive, if not downright hostile to little girl and I going to LDS church. As for my husband, he sometimes thinks his Mormon-in-laws are crazy. But he quietly sits through mission farewells, people talking about church stuff, etc, though he doesn't share the faith. Sometime he cannot sit in, such as my sisters upcoming wedding. We both deal with the occasional please-convert-now pressure from relatives and associates. Thankfully, we do both agree on the many things at home (no alcohol, smoking, coffee, etc) to that's not an issue between us. A couple of other thoughts after reading your post--- 1) Do NOT convert to be with this girl. A person joining the LDS faith and being baptized is because of they feel God calling them that way. If you (or anyone else) join the LDS church because of a girl and not because of God, then you are lying to God, the girl, and yourself. Listen to what God tells you. 2) Yes, you could be sealed after your death. This means that if you choose to convert after death, your family (you two and the kids) can honor that sealing and be together. If you do not choose to convert, it has no effect. 3) No, you may not give any blessing to your child as you are now. Only a baptized LDS priest may give blessings. It is quite similar to how in the Catholic church a non-baptisized non-priest person may not officiate the sacraments. 4) Yes, God does want us to be happy. But that happiness comes with us abiding by HIS plan, and not ours. His plan for your happiness may or may not involve this girl, but it IS imperative that you Listen to His direction.
  5. 2 points
    estradling75

    Groaners that express truth

    Its always in the last place you look. Of course it is... once you find it... you stop looking
  6. 1 point
    Ironhold

    Ideas people didn't think through...

    Because sometimes, people don't think things all the way through... ** http://taskandpurpose.com/civilian-destroyed-eating-mres-21-days/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Military%20EBB%206-30-16&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Military%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief Earlier in the year, the United States military put out a call for volunteers. These volunteers would spend 21 days living off of water and the contents of the standard-issue US military ration as part of a study. The main goal was to determine what such an extended period would do to the human digestive system, while a secondary goal was to develop new field-expedient recipes so that service members could mix & match bits from different ration kits for better eating while in the field (IE: rice side dish + chili & beans main dish + cheese sauce packet = queso dip). Well, a civilian news organization decided to do the same. Thing is, while military service members are trained in how to properly consume the rations, this guy wasn't. The end result is that he spent most of that time in considerable misery.
  7. 1 point
    Backroads

    Sanity check - organic food?

    The other day I was reading up about motor skill development in young children and came across an article that was all very nice until it revealed its main quote as some woman blaming non-organic food as the main cause of fine motor skill issues. Because her 4-year-old only ate organic food and could hold a crayon.
  8. 1 point
    mirkwood

    Sanity check - organic food?

    So much for a birthday present this year.
  9. 1 point
    David13

    Sanity check - organic food?

    When I move into the new ward I'm looking at, I hope that you are there. I'm also interested in working at the Temple. And learning to use the back yard for some gardening. dc
  10. 1 point
    David13

    Non-member relationship help

    I can't understand why someone would think someone of a different faith is "the one". Particularly different being LDS. There is just so much to it. It isn't like the Catholic Church, where you go to church on Sunday for one hour and that's it. It is a full time deal. I would like to remarry. And the first qualification I look for is ... faithful LDS in good standing with recommend. There is far more than enough difference, me being male, and she being female (2nd qualification) to give us all the "diversity" we might ever need. All kinds of "mixed" marriages MIGHT work, and probably some do. But I do believe it's less than half that do. The general divorce rate is very high where they are not mixed. Why lessen the odds? I think you are barking up the wrong tree, and just don't know it. Jane Doe and yjacket have set it out rather explicitly. dc
  11. 1 point
    yjacket

    Why do people leave the Church?

    Part of the problem with modern society, every child has to be "special" or "important". It's not just your daughter but an entire generation who has been quite frankly raised to be spoiled brats (I am not saying your daughter is, just that the her generation is like that) with twitter, facebook, etc. Everyone's life must be "amazing!!" . . .idiots. They will learn eventually. I like this article. . . .http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/09/why-generation-y-yuppies-are-unhappy.html
  12. 1 point
    estradling75

    Sanity check - organic food?

    Yes and no... Insects are perfectly willing to eat healthy plants.... Saying that they will not is kind of like saying I would not eat a t-bone steak... (totally laughable) But an insect trying to eat a healthy plant is kind of like me trying to eat a healthy cow (for my steak of course) it is a whole lot harder. A healthy plant has no real problem with an occasional insect... But if you have swarms of them the plant no matter how healthy is in real danger. As for the whole organic thing... Many of the ideas are pretty good... like sustainability in process and materials, and eating more local/fresh foods.. care in the pest control process. But it has bloated into money grabbing fearmongering
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  14. 1 point
    Tonight I remembered someone I knew many years ago telling me about when he went on a mission. He had been involved in inner city gangs and had to meet personally with the President of the Church before he could go. He didn't say exactly what he had done, but I've always assumed it was murder. He was able to go on a mission. Interestingly, the prophet that he met with who granted him permission was Spencer W. Kimball.
  15. 1 point
    Godless

    Why do people leave the Church?

    Not true (though I suppose sometimes it can be). I fought it for quite some time. I desperately wanted to believe. The thought of abandoning everything I grew up with was terrifying. I fought back against my better judgement because I didn't want to let my family down. Because I didn't want to let my friends down. Because if there was a god, I didn't want to let him down. It took time for me to come to terms with what I truly believed about the church, and it was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Every apostate has a different story. In some cases, you're right, the person in question just wanted out, was looking for an excuse, and found one in something fairly trivial. For many of us though, the road out was far more difficult and involved many sleepless nights, soul-searching, and (believe it or not) relentless prayer. Experiences like that shouldn't be trivialized.
  16. 1 point
    TeresaA

    Why do people leave the Church?

    I think you have missed the point of the thread, though. The reasons as to why they want to leave. The reasons are varied, which are not as simple as you think.
  17. 1 point
    Blackmarch

    Sanity check - organic food?

    Im always asking, "wait are you saying the stuff ive been eating has zero carbon content?? "
  18. 1 point
    2 Timothy 4:3 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; Prophetic!
  19. 1 point
    While I can't speak for everyone, of course, my sense of the matter is that what you're saying here about these issues not bothering many members of the church is not entirely accurate. I think they do. It is how we respond to the bother that makes the difference. When I first came across some of these things, for example, it was bothersome. I never let the bothersome-ness of it make a difference in my commitment to the gospel, and the bothersome-ness was moderately short-lived (I found answers pretty quickly). But I'm pretty sure that anyone who hears that Joseph Smith found a brown stone in a well and used it to treasure hunt and then later used that same stone for translating the BOM is going to stress at least a wee bit upon first hearing it. Maybe that won't be the case moving forward as it becomes more common for these sorts of issues to be addressed early in a child's life (like how Bible miracles, as strange as some of them are, don't bother us at all because we were raised with them). Anyhow, like I said, only my sense of the matter. But...there it is.
  20. 1 point
    NightSG

    Groaners that express truth

    Particularly when someone uses that as an attempt to dismiss a situation they created. I have probably triggered more arguments with "no, it is what you're insisting on making it" than any other phrase...with the possible exception of "stop trying to blame the pants,"
  21. 1 point
    prisonchaplain

    Groaners that express truth

    Sorry...I guess you'd have to be a government worker to get this one. :-)
  22. 1 point
    prisonchaplain

    Groaners that express truth

    How about: When all is said and done a lot more is said than done.
  23. 1 point
    It is not admirable to simply resist doing something that should not be done. On the other hand, when one faces a temptation that is un-chosen, and that assails that one physically, psychologically--sexually--and that person RESISTS the powerful temptation, and manages to live a righteous life, and glorify God, in spite of the horrific, monstrous sin that seeks to destroy--THAT IS ADMIRABLE.
  24. 1 point
    I miss read the title at first as: Prisonchaplain takes on the devil. I was like...yeah man! Cage match! Go PC, go!!
  25. 1 point
    Godless

    Why do people leave the Church?

    People have been leaving the Church long before the gay marriage issue came to a head, and for a multitude of reasons. I left because I didn't believe Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Others leave because of friction between themselves and other members. And yes, some leave because of the Church's history. Regarding the recent exodus due to the Church's stance on homosexuality, that had less to do with the Church's stance on something that every member knows is sinful and more to do with the impact that the policy has on the children of homosexual couples. And it's probably safe to say that many of those who left the Church because of that already had one foot out the door anyway.