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  1. carlimac

    Revelation- How does it REALLY work?

    Well she’s got two more years of school so it would have to be a pretty good offer to make her drop her program. 🤔
  2. carlimac

    Revelation- How does it REALLY work?

    I appreciate this. I really do. But it’s mentally exhausting. I would think if the Lord wanted us to know or do something it wouldn’t be so murky, requiring mental gymnastics and contortions to have it make sense. There have been times in my life when I have had clear impressions. Small things like how to comfort a hurting child or testifying of God to a doubting son. Clear, precise. I guess when we have to work so hard to justify something or cram a puzzle piece in where it doesn’t fit, it wasn’t a true prompting. I do believe in coincidences and chance happenings. Even after praying for that thing, it isn’t always from God.
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    Revelation- How does it REALLY work?

    Back to the original question: I’d like to hear how some of you have handled things when what has appeared to be either pure inspiration or clear answer to prayer at first has turned out not to be so. Did you just shrug and say “oh well”? Or did it make you question your ability to recognize promptings at all? Tell me about a time when you were sure of a prompting...then things turned out different. How did you feel? What did you do? Did you back-pedal or come up with a different “reason” for the prompting? Or were you able to say, “I was mistaken”. It doesn’t have to be about relationships. It can be about anything.
  4. carlimac

    Revelation- How does it REALLY work?

    It wasn’t a clear anything.
  5. carlimac

    Revelation- How does it REALLY work?

    Yes, I agree. Whole articles have been written about this phenomenon. It's really unnerving. And honestly, I think maybe we do ourselves a disservice by asking God to take control of situations like this. Humans ( me more than my daughter) need to just accept what is and try not to interject some false spiritual impression into the mix. If he doesn't like her, he doesn't like her, no matter how perfect they look together "on paper."
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    Revelation- How does it REALLY work?

    Here is part two of the story: Even after he ghosted her I still felt like he was right for her...against all odds. She was disheartened that he ignored her so she had deleted his number from her phone. Even if she wanted to talk to him again she really had no way of contacting him. (They are both off Mutual at this point) Bit I still felt positive about it. They seemed like a perfect match. I prayed that the Lord’s will be done. If there was a good reason he had dropped her but still had feelings for her perhaps the Lord could provide a way, work a miracle of sorts to get these two back together. Lo and behold, she called me the first day of the new semester. “Mom, guess who is in my___________class?” It was him. I was genuinely surprised. She had not seen or talked to him for 5 months. No contact whatsoever. Then he ends up in her class? Wow! With this news hope was restored. I’m thanking God and thinking it’s going to happen after all. But two weeks into this class, and he has not acknowledged her. I’ve encouraged her to make her presence known, at least say hello to him. She says she’s quite sure he knows she’s in this class of over 100 students. She saw him notice her and then look the other way. 🤨 He obviously is still avoiding her. Ok so now I’m feeling sheepish. This very clearly wasn’t an answer to prayer. My impressions that these two will end up together were just my own desires- not spiritual promptings at all. So now if there must be a “reason” for this apparent miracle- these two having a class together it’s to put a final nail in the coffin of this potential relationship. Actually, I doubt the Lord had anything to do with it. They simply both had to take that class this semester. He’s graduating. She has two more years. I just really wonder how often we make something of what we think are impressions or works of God when they really aren’t.
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    Revelation- How does it REALLY work?

    Would there always have to be a reason for a prompting?
  8. Since we've been instructed to focus on personal revelation and how it comes to us I've been wondering a lot about what is revelation and if some of it is fabricated to fit our situation, to save face. Here's an example: I have a daughter in college who I love and admire so very much! She is awesome!! Beautiful, kind, smart, loving sibling, RM, artistic and musical talents, loves to do active things like hike, play soccer, ice skate, in great shape, etc. Dream girl in my opinion. But she's also quiet and not terribly outgoing. She was having a dating dry spell about 9-10 months ago and she said she felt spiritually impressed to go on Mutual (dating app), which she did. She got lots of match ups and went on sometimes 2-3 dates a week for awhile. She had fun but nothing earth shaking happened- usually just one-and-done dates kind of thing. Then she matched up with Mr. Mutual as I call him. She fell hard for him. She ended up going out with him a few times and then the semester ended and he went home. About that time she says she prayed and felt like she should get off Mutual now. That it's purpose was fulfilled. She was smitten. We thought "he's the one". She kind of arranged her summer to be around when he was around rather than spend the whole summer at home. They went out again. And then he completely "ghosted" her. Like, went Poof! She was very hurt. She texted him and he never replied. So now she feels like the reason she felt impressed to do Mutual at all was not to meet him, but just to get out of her dating rut. Which helped- she did get out of it. But now she's back in a dreary dry spell again. So was she really feeling the spirit when she opened a Mutual account? Or was she doing like we sometimes do when we see spiritual promptings as one thing but it doesn't pan out like we thought it would. So we unconciously make up another reason why we were "impressed" to do or think or say something? Was it really a spiritual prompting at all or just a desire? She's a very good, spiritually in -tune person. So I'm not trying to question her integrity at all. I'm just wondering if we Church members tend to put more stock in "impressions" than we should. There is more to the story but I'll leave it there for now.
  9. Some thoughts: Talk to your bishop about this!! As one who has struggled with ruminating thoughts and obssessions, I can see where this comes from. Not a healthy place. Everything else can be perfect in your marriage and lives, even doing all the church things to a T, and it can still happen. It's a mental health thing. He needs help. It's not your fault! How soon before she leaves the area? She needs to be protected from ever finding out. It has and never should have anything to do with her. It's a figment of your husband's imagination. Pure revelation would never send him into the bathroom with his phone to encrypt stuff about her. That just isn't how anything from the Lord works. Good luck! I hope his mind clears sooner than later!
  10. carlimac

    Primary Activities

    But the only children involved in this program are the 8-12 yr old classes.
  11. 70 year old Sister in the ward: “We’re thankful for the rain that is replenishing the earth. And we’re grateful it’s not snow!” (Actual chuckles from the congregation)
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    Did Face to Face answer questions?

    I’m wondering why you are evaluating these kids in the first place? Are you a bishop?
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    Did Face to Face answer questions?

    Had an answer half done but it disappeared when I stuck my phone in my pocket to pick up my baby granddaughter. I’m in the hospital with her ( she’s fine) and her mom (she’s not fine- post- partum toxemia). My daughter is on magnesium sulfate IV and can’t do anything but feed her 8 day old baby. REAL WORLD experience going on here. 😳 I hate to say it but I bet lots of Young Women complete the program but don’t remember what they learned, especially if done under pressure just to check it off the list.
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    Did Face to Face answer questions?

    Can’t love this enough!!
  15. carlimac

    Did Face to Face answer questions?

    Not problematic. Just a bit far fetched.