askandanswer

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    askandanswer reacted to estradling75 in Are LDS as 'judgmental' as Evangelicals are? Maybe you should be!   
    It seems like more and more that opinions is what everyone has and is entitled to... a Judgement is what a person gets accused of when they share an opinion that someone else does not like...
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    askandanswer reacted to Vort in A week of prayer for No. Amer. missions -- Salt Lake and Utah   
    Pfft. How could you not? Look how long it took Brigham Young to find it. (Or to found it...something like that.)
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    askandanswer reacted to Blackmarch in Relationship between illness and evil spirits   
    I imagine that they do have agency, however I doubt they have much freedom, and have become so set on their path that they are incapable of changing it any more than God would choose to do something that would remove him from being God.
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    askandanswer reacted to Just_A_Guy in Billed by the church for missionary equipment, is this a new thing?   
    I'd be more sympathetic to your supposition that the Church should eat the cost for these iPads if the iPads weren't being regarded as the missionaries' personal property, to be taken home at the end of their missions. I would note in passing that just because missionaries didn't use something ten, or fifty, or a hundred years ago; doesn't mean the thing has no utility or application to missionary work in the present
    I'm sorry you were caught off-guard by this; the announcement was out sometime ago. My suggestion would be to ask your missionary if he feels it's truly an effective tool. If it is--pay it. If he says it's just an expensive toy--don't; and instruct your missionary to leave it at the mission office or turn it over to your home-ward bishop at the end of his mission.
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    askandanswer reacted to Bini in beliefs changed as a result of lds.net/forums?   
    I quite enjoy this site. There are a handful of members that I find pleasant, helpful, and even sometimes entertaining. I like that there's diversity and that no one is ever alone on a subject. (Even us left wingers.) I have been inspired and have learnt a lot since joining this site. Even if my religious views no longer align with the foundation of this forum, I continue to frequent here for the great discussions, and to share my thoughts on various topics. I guess I should add, my leaving the Church had nothing to do with LDS.net.
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    askandanswer reacted to Jane_Doe in beliefs changed as a result of lds.net/forums?   
    Have my views changed from the forums?
     
    Absolutely.
     
    My views on certain things have been greatly deepened and rethought.  My understanding of other people's views have also been greatly increased.  I feel invigorated handing out on the forums.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from dahlia in temple ritual and Freemasonry   
    Many important elements of the gospel were known, taught and practised by many different organisations, mostly Protestant churches, usually in an incomplete and corrupted form, prior to the full restoration of the Gospel beginning in 1820. These practices and teachings had been around in one form or another since at least the time of Christ. I don't see why its hard to believe that the practices of Masons could fall into this same category. The idea that they date back to the building of Solomon's temple seems to be a bit hard to swallow, but I can see that they could date back to the building of the great Cathedrals in Europe during the renaissance. Perhaps they date back to the same period, and have the same roots, as that period of religious upheaval and the moving of the Spirit on certain key individuals when the bible first started to be made available to the ordinary people.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Jane_Doe in temple ritual and Freemasonry   
    Many important elements of the gospel were known, taught and practised by many different organisations, mostly Protestant churches, usually in an incomplete and corrupted form, prior to the full restoration of the Gospel beginning in 1820. These practices and teachings had been around in one form or another since at least the time of Christ. I don't see why its hard to believe that the practices of Masons could fall into this same category. The idea that they date back to the building of Solomon's temple seems to be a bit hard to swallow, but I can see that they could date back to the building of the great Cathedrals in Europe during the renaissance. Perhaps they date back to the same period, and have the same roots, as that period of religious upheaval and the moving of the Spirit on certain key individuals when the bible first started to be made available to the ordinary people.
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    askandanswer reacted to Windseeker in So When is This Supposed to Happen?   
    Elder Bednar puts it a different way.  The Tender Mercies of the Lord ~ David A. Bednar
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Just_A_Guy in LDS.net Annual General Conference get-together   
    I thought there was a plan to keep you hidden under the table?
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    askandanswer got a reaction from theSQUIDSTER in Baptism in 13 days and family is freaking out   
    And Jane, I'm pretty annoyed about the floods we had in Brisbane, Australia in 2012! Try to be a little more punctual please.  :)
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Daybreak79 in Do you have to believe 100% that the BoM is true to be baptized?   
    Its a mission problem, not a ward problem, so I think the best person to resolve it would be the Mission President, and not the bishop or ward mission leader. I think the missionary is in error and I suspect the President would be somewhat concerned about this. I believe if the investigator was to contact the Mission President directly and explain the situation, that the President would quickly and correctly resolve the issue and then use it as a teaching opportunity for the missionary, and maybe for the whole mission, thereby benefitting the investigator, the missionary and the mission. I think it would be a little awkward for you to make the approach to the Mission President, but with some coaching and advice, I'm sure you could adequately prepare your friend to make the approach. I'd be interested in knowing how things turn out. I hope your friend is not put off by this experience. 
     
    I note that every now and then a speaker in General Conference will say something along the lines of "every time I read the scriptures, I learn something new," thereby suggesting that although they believe 100%, even they don't understand 100%. 
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    askandanswer got a reaction from pkstpaul in beliefs changed as a result of lds.net/forums?   
    How often has a sincerely held belief, or strong opinion that you held been changed as a result of discussions on this site? What was belief or opinion and what was the posting that changed it? Do some posters have a greater impact on our understandings and beliefs than other posters? I'm just curious.
     
    To answer part of my own question, I can't say that I've had a sincerely held belief changed yet as a result of my participation on this site, but then I'm only a relatively new user. I think for me the main benefit that I have gained from using this site is an increasing awareness of the need to be very specific in how to word a post, the inadequacy of language, and the examples shown of the sometimes impressive depth of knowledge and ability to structure an argument that some of the users of this site display. I'm continuing to watch the lessons that occasionally take place on how to disagree without being disagreeable as how to deal with strongly opposing views is something that I think I will be able to learn from this site.  
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    askandanswer got a reaction from theSQUIDSTER in beliefs changed as a result of lds.net/forums?   
    How often has a sincerely held belief, or strong opinion that you held been changed as a result of discussions on this site? What was belief or opinion and what was the posting that changed it? Do some posters have a greater impact on our understandings and beliefs than other posters? I'm just curious.
     
    To answer part of my own question, I can't say that I've had a sincerely held belief changed yet as a result of my participation on this site, but then I'm only a relatively new user. I think for me the main benefit that I have gained from using this site is an increasing awareness of the need to be very specific in how to word a post, the inadequacy of language, and the examples shown of the sometimes impressive depth of knowledge and ability to structure an argument that some of the users of this site display. I'm continuing to watch the lessons that occasionally take place on how to disagree without being disagreeable as how to deal with strongly opposing views is something that I think I will be able to learn from this site.  
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Honor in beliefs changed as a result of lds.net/forums?   
    How often has a sincerely held belief, or strong opinion that you held been changed as a result of discussions on this site? What was belief or opinion and what was the posting that changed it? Do some posters have a greater impact on our understandings and beliefs than other posters? I'm just curious.
     
    To answer part of my own question, I can't say that I've had a sincerely held belief changed yet as a result of my participation on this site, but then I'm only a relatively new user. I think for me the main benefit that I have gained from using this site is an increasing awareness of the need to be very specific in how to word a post, the inadequacy of language, and the examples shown of the sometimes impressive depth of knowledge and ability to structure an argument that some of the users of this site display. I'm continuing to watch the lessons that occasionally take place on how to disagree without being disagreeable as how to deal with strongly opposing views is something that I think I will be able to learn from this site.  
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    askandanswer got a reaction from lagarthaaz in beliefs changed as a result of lds.net/forums?   
    How often has a sincerely held belief, or strong opinion that you held been changed as a result of discussions on this site? What was belief or opinion and what was the posting that changed it? Do some posters have a greater impact on our understandings and beliefs than other posters? I'm just curious.
     
    To answer part of my own question, I can't say that I've had a sincerely held belief changed yet as a result of my participation on this site, but then I'm only a relatively new user. I think for me the main benefit that I have gained from using this site is an increasing awareness of the need to be very specific in how to word a post, the inadequacy of language, and the examples shown of the sometimes impressive depth of knowledge and ability to structure an argument that some of the users of this site display. I'm continuing to watch the lessons that occasionally take place on how to disagree without being disagreeable as how to deal with strongly opposing views is something that I think I will be able to learn from this site.  
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    askandanswer reacted to Crypto in beliefs changed as a result of lds.net/forums?   
    I probably haven't had " a sincerely held belief, or strong opinion" changed from being on this site, but then again most of the posters on this site also have similar theological beliefs as me, thus similarity in many ideas. Even if there is still some disagreement about various things. I have had small nuances changed, or things to consider. Sometimes things I haven't considered myself.
     
    Yes, some posters do have a stronger impact on me, i'll keep who to myself though.
     
    I agree that disagreeing without being disagreeable is a skill that does develop here, on occasion. I will note, that despite some people not liking the level of disagreement that does take place, I find that this site feels: #1 much less venomous with disagreement more so than other places i've been #2 much more respectful (generally) #3 much more open minded (even if the open mindedness doesn't mean opinions will change) and #4 often fairly logical with construction of opinions (even with disagreements of the premise) Should note that #5 Somewhat judgmental with lines draw by certain individuals (which isn't necessarily bad so long as it is also respectful)
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Crypto in beliefs changed as a result of lds.net/forums?   
    How often has a sincerely held belief, or strong opinion that you held been changed as a result of discussions on this site? What was belief or opinion and what was the posting that changed it? Do some posters have a greater impact on our understandings and beliefs than other posters? I'm just curious.
     
    To answer part of my own question, I can't say that I've had a sincerely held belief changed yet as a result of my participation on this site, but then I'm only a relatively new user. I think for me the main benefit that I have gained from using this site is an increasing awareness of the need to be very specific in how to word a post, the inadequacy of language, and the examples shown of the sometimes impressive depth of knowledge and ability to structure an argument that some of the users of this site display. I'm continuing to watch the lessons that occasionally take place on how to disagree without being disagreeable as how to deal with strongly opposing views is something that I think I will be able to learn from this site.  
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Leah in Mental Health and Worthiness   
    I've thought carefully about whether I should make this comment as I don't want to get involved in any kind of arguement about how infertile couples should feel and what they should do, and how fertile couples should respond or not to the feelings of infertile couples. However, after thinking about it carefully, the above part of Char's comment, and I realise its only a part, continues to bother me.
     
    I am absolutely opposed to any suggestion that mother's should be given any less honour, respect and recognition than is currently the case. When I see how much work and time and effort and caring my wife gives to our children, I am filled with gratitude and delight that she is so giving and caring and it is obvious to all that as a mother, she is deserving of great respect. My problem with celebrating Mother's Day at church is that it only happens once a year. I cannot imagine a mother, or anyone with intimate knowledge and experience of parenting, supporting the idea that mothers are deserving of any less recognition than they currently receive, or should receive. It doesn't make sense to me that the many mothers in a ward, who spend almost every hour of their waking day, every day of the year, thinking about the well-being of their family and children, should receive less respect than they deserve in order to assuage the feelings of the 8% who have problems with fertility.
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    askandanswer reacted to Just_A_Guy in Elder Holland Interviewed by Hugh Hewitt   
    Transcript here.  Apparently it's about Holland's work on religious freedom.  I'm only about  a quarter of the way in and haven't really gotten to the meat, yet; but it's a delightful look at Holland's own personality and background.
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    askandanswer reacted to Ratbag in Restoration of priesthood and the gospel   
    This is from the Church website:
     
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Honor in LDS.net Annual General Conference get-together   
    Seriously Pam, I can’t believe you’ve rejected my suggestion. You’re choosing this
     

     
     
      over this?
     

     
     
    Seems like a pretty telestial choice to me. J
     
    Well, if you’re going to hold it in a place where electricity is available, might as well make use of it – any chance of doing a live streaming of the event, or posting some short video clips on the forum site afterwards? I’m sure that with all the technological know-how that exists between the users of this site it wouldn’t be too hard to do. Would anybody else be interested in viewing some live streaming of the get together?
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Jane_Doe in Baptism in 13 days and family is freaking out   
    And Jane, I'm pretty annoyed about the floods we had in Brisbane, Australia in 2012! Try to be a little more punctual please.  :)
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    askandanswer reacted to Honor in Tell me what you see...   
    I saw the reverse - white and gold when I saw it out of the corner of my eye on Facebook, but since then all I can see is blue and black.  An overexposed blue and black, but still...
     
     
    "At least we can all agree on one thing: The people who see the dress as white are utterly, completely wrong."
    Doesn't this quote sound like something we'd see posted on one of these threads.  I won't go into exactly who I could picture saying it, but I'm sure you might be able to guess a few... :)