MormonGator

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    MormonGator got a reaction from yjacket in Republican vs Democrat   
    Oh my gosh, I know EXACTLY what you mean! 
    I'm a libertarian but I'm also pro-life. Personally I have some very liberal views as well. My conservative friends think I'm too liberal and my liberal friends think I'm too conservative. 
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    MormonGator got a reaction from Blackmarch in Republican vs Democrat   
    My ward knows my whacky Paulbot views on things. They don't care. No one has ever said a word about them, actually.  We have liberals, conservatives, you name it. Politics ends at the church door in our view. 
     
    Than again, my ward is awesome anyway
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    MormonGator reacted to LiterateParakeet in Republican vs Democrat   
    Yes!  I love this because that's what happens to me too!  :)
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    MormonGator got a reaction from yjacket in Republican vs Democrat   
    And I've had friends unfriend me as well. Only two but I was stunned. I considered them the most "tolerant" people I knew but in reality, tolerant people are only tolerant if you agree with them.
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    MormonGator got a reaction from yjacket in Republican vs Democrat   
    Oh my gosh, I know EXACTLY what you mean! 
    I'm a libertarian but I'm also pro-life. Personally I have some very liberal views as well. My conservative friends think I'm too liberal and my liberal friends think I'm too conservative. 
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    MormonGator got a reaction from yjacket in Republican vs Democrat   
    And I've had friends unfriend me as well. Only two but I was stunned. I considered them the most "tolerant" people I knew but in reality, tolerant people are only tolerant if you agree with them.
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    MormonGator got a reaction from yjacket in Republican vs Democrat   
    Oh my gosh, I know EXACTLY what you mean! 
    I'm a libertarian but I'm also pro-life. Personally I have some very liberal views as well. My conservative friends think I'm too liberal and my liberal friends think I'm too conservative. 
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    MormonGator reacted to LiterateParakeet in Republican vs Democrat   
    Thanks.  That's one reason why I can't understand why people insist on making everything political.  
     
    The reason I think my friends and family would call me liberal is because of my views on immigration, racism, police brutality, homelessness, prison reform...etc.  On all these issues my views seem to be what people would call "Liberal".  If that makes me a "Bleeding Heart" so be it.  :)  
    On FB I have friends on both sides of all these issues...which means no matter what I say I'm likely to offend someone, LOL.  Fortunately all my friends (the ones that haven't unfriended me) are pretty tolerant.  
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    MormonGator reacted to LiterateParakeet in Republican vs Democrat   
    As the others have said, the church leaders never tell us how to vote.  However, since most Mormons are Republican (in my experience) there is considerable peer pressure.  I consider myself Independent, but my friends and some of my family would likely call me a Liberal.  Expressing my opinions on Facebook about issues (racism and police brutality) which I didn't intend to be political, has gotten me unfriended by two people in my ward (that I am aware of).  
     
    I'm definitely Pro-Life.  :)
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    MormonGator reacted to PolarVortex in So... Mitt Romney might run for President again....   
    Me too.  Scott Walker never finished college, but I bet he'd make a better president than many Harvard Law grads.
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    MormonGator got a reaction from pam in So... Mitt Romney might run for President again....   
    Say what you want about Romney (and politically I'm very different than him) but he always was a gentlemen. Very classy and proud to be of the same church as him. 
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    MormonGator got a reaction from Crypto in So... Mitt Romney might run for President again....   
    I learned that in fifth grade when my baseball coach said "Sports just aren't in your future kid." 
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    MormonGator reacted to The Folk Prophet in So... Mitt Romney might run for President again....   
    Bart Simpson....I can't promise I'll try, but I'll try to try.
     
     
    I don't know why I posted this. I just like the Bart quote.
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    MormonGator reacted to Claire in Ask a Catholic   
    I should probably start out with the caveat that you likely have as much experience with Catholic schools as I do. I grew up an atheist in public schools, so I neither attended a Catholic school nor knew anybody who did growing up.
     
    If I had to formulate an opinion, it would basically be "it depends on the school." I do think that a good school that integrates the faith well into its curriculum would probably be beneficial. I'm not sure how many Catholic schools actually accomplish that. I know that there's one in my city, and that I would NOT send my kids there. Let's put it like this, the religion teacher there has a degree in music and has a "the rules don't matter if you believe in Jesus" approach to religion. It's like an LDS seminarian teacher saying that you don't need to obey the Word of Wisdom or attend sacrament meetings as long as you love Jesus.
     
    I think the most important thing as far as engendering the faith in children goes is ensuring that it is present in the home. I teach a class at my Church for kids who aren't in the local Catholic schools, and most of the kids I have only step foot in the Church for those classes and maybe Easter and Christmas. I try to get across the importance of it to them, but if they go home and spend the bulk of their week watching their parents not care, then I don't know that there's a whole lot I can really do.
     
    I do think that would be why LDS probably are "better" at retention. I think that there are a lot of Catholic kids, both in secular and Catholic schools, who simply aren't actually raised Catholic.
     
    Again, I grew up an atheist. In no way am I speaking from experience here, just observations.
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    MormonGator got a reaction from pam in So... Mitt Romney might run for President again....   
    Say what you want about Romney (and politically I'm very different than him) but he always was a gentlemen. Very classy and proud to be of the same church as him. 
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    MormonGator got a reaction from JimmiGerman in Ask a Catholic   
    Claire- 
     
    I have an "Ask A Catholic" question. 
     
    Do you think sending kids to a Catholic school from first grade-to high school is more of a detriment or positive to their faith? I grew up in Catholic schools, and I'm at the very end of Generation X. Most friends (I am only in touch with a few from childhood, but of course people talk)  who attended Catholic schools have left the faith or are just nominal Catholics. The majority of children whose parents led really hardcore Catholic lives also got pregnant out of wedlock and hardly live catholic lives. Yes, I know my experiences does not equate to a sample size. 
     
     I mean NO offense to anyone at all (a caveat you must use when talking about religion) but I've noticed that LDS kids are more likely to stay LDS than Catholics. Yes, just an observation and I could be wrong. 
     
    Thanks for the thoughts! 
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    MormonGator reacted to Crypto in So... Mitt Romney might run for President again....   
    We all can't be winners
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    MormonGator reacted to Godless in So... Mitt Romney might run for President again....   
    I think many people in both parties feel the same about Romney. While he may be one of the most electable Republicans right now, the fact that he's lost multiple campaigns doesn't bode well.
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    MormonGator got a reaction from pam in So... Mitt Romney might run for President again....   
    Say what you want about Romney (and politically I'm very different than him) but he always was a gentlemen. Very classy and proud to be of the same church as him. 
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    MormonGator reacted to Backroads in Is contraception immoral...   
    As far as birth control goes, I find myself in greater scrutiny over some methods and considering how some groups find them murderous.
    I admit the idea of killing a fertilized egg is disturbing.
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    MormonGator reacted to Dr T in Lakers   
    Yes!  123-118 after 2 OTs.  We almost gave it away, went cold but we were able to come back and start clicking to finish this one off at home.  Hill had a double double and 6 players in double digits.  WTG Lakers.  Keep the wins coming. 
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    MormonGator got a reaction from Dr T in Lakers   
    Hats off to your boys! What a great game! 
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    MormonGator got a reaction from Blackmarch in Less Active LDS Member Who Joins Another Church   
    I'm 100% with the church on this issue. If you join another church for whatever reason, you obviously do not want to be a Mormon anymore. While that is sad, it's not a problem with the Latter Day Saints, it's a problem with you. 
     
    I don't mean to sound harsh. Apologies if it does. 
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    MormonGator got a reaction from Roseslipper in Home/Visiting Teaching Success   
    I'm lucky because the people I am home teaching are wonderful! I love going to their homes. I can feel the love and spirit there. 

    I always tease them and say "Sorry guys, you drew the short straw and are stuck with me!" 
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    MormonGator got a reaction from Roseslipper in Inactive Member trying to find the guts to go back!   
    I admire you so much for coming back! That takes huge backbone.