NeedleinA

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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Vort in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    Gallup Poll -  2/24/21

    QUESTION: I know what some Church leaders think, but I wonder what you think...
    is this self-identification a learned behavior, perpetuated by people trying to 'normalize' it OR is God simply sending more non-heterosexual individuals to earth in these latter generations?
    SIDE NOTE: 
    Currently Gallup says 1 in 6 adults of Generation Z identify as LGBT now. 

    If it is a learned behavior, what will the percentage be of LGBT for Generation Alpha, Beta, etc. at this pace?
    If it is a learned behavior, what happens to the LDS % of LGBT every time someone in authority in the Church tries to cast it in a positive light or normalize it?
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    NeedleinA reacted to scottyg in Celestial Room   
    Although this is off topic, I was in a meeting once with the Presiding Bishop of the church. He made the remark that the real reason for 401k/retirement plans being introduced in the world was so that in "retirement" individuals and couples would be able to serve in temples and as missionaries while still relatively young. The Lord was providing His servants with additional opportunities to help each other. Church leaders feel sorrow that so few choose to serve missions in retirement, and instead choose to travel the world, go on cruises, buy new cars for no reason, and waste their wealth in riotous living. So may aspects of our lives are so easy compared to the tens of billions of people who lived on the earth before us, and even billions more currently living on it. How do we choose to thank the Lord for what He has given us? Do we freely give of ourselves, or just build bigger barns?
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    NeedleinA reacted to NeuroTypical in No more taxes for $400k and under   
    Y'all are on to me.   This is actually me:

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    NeedleinA reacted to Vort in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    Sure. That doesn't mean it's always wrong to feel like you've been bad. Sometimes you have been bad. That should be recognized and acknowledged.
    I realize my attempts at silly humor don't always come across as such. My comment above was meant humorously, not cuttingly.
    The "extreme examples" are there because I want to point out a fundamental flaw in the thinking. If you just redefine away problems and state that thus-and-such condition does not exist because you refuse to acknowledge the wording, you haven't actually solved any problems. You're just playing word games.
    If "bad man" has no meaning, then what we're really doing is reassigning the meaning of "bad man" to something else, like "man who makes bad choices and ends up doing horrific things" or "poor, messed-up guy who takes pleasure in inflicting pain". How is that any better than simply saying "bad man"?
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    NeedleinA reacted to scottyg in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    In our ward and stake we actually don't have this problem, but the opposite (at least as far as youth/parents report it to their Bishops). Pre-marital sex is way down amongst heterosexual youth. The only ones that seem to be engaging in sex are those that claim to be gay. Our straight boys have 2 main problems - pornography, and slothfulness. All they do is watch anime and porn, and play video games. Zero ambition to do anything with their lives. The girls have more problems surrounding mental health and abuse of various kinds - depression, anxiety, alcohol, drugs, cutting, etc... Porn use amongst young women is also rising.
    The number of youth in our stake/area going on dates, and even interacting with the opposite sex, is falling. A counselor in our Stake Presidency is a High School principal, and he has said over the last 5-6 years that attendance at school dances has dropped off significantly. Our priests quorum has 14 relatively active boys, and only 2 of them have ever been on a date. The world is not teaching our youth the proper fundamentals of interacting with the opposite sex...it is teaching the exact opposite of what should be done. Women are taught that men and the patriarchy are dangerous and abusive, and will hold them back; and men are taught that women are a useless waste of time and money.
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Carborendum in No more taxes for $400k and under   
    I figured it was so a Covid mask fit on more securely??
    brilliant beard = check!
    magnificent mane = check, check!
    Pre-covid NT...

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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Carborendum in No more taxes for $400k and under   
    I figured it was so a Covid mask fit on more securely??
    brilliant beard = check!
    magnificent mane = check, check!
    Pre-covid NT...

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    NeedleinA got a reaction from JohnsonJones in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    A somber warning given by Elder Quentin L. Cook back in 2008 as the Church actively fought to keep marriage between a man and a woman - only. 
    Welcome to 2021 my friends.
    A time where members of the Church, a mere 13 years later, now label other members of Church who don't cater to the LGBTQ community as being intolerant, behind the times and unloving to all of "God's children". 

     
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Carborendum in No more taxes for $400k and under   
    I figured it was so a Covid mask fit on more securely??
    brilliant beard = check!
    magnificent mane = check, check!
    Pre-covid NT...

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    NeedleinA reacted to mirkwood in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    They absolutely exist.  I have looked them in the eye on a number of occasions.
     
    It absolutely exists.  I have looked it in the eye on a number of occasions.
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    NeedleinA reacted to Vort in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    No, because the word "agree" has no meaning. There is no such thing as agreement. Also, "something" doesn't really exist.
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    NeedleinA reacted to Vort in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    Then conversation is pretty much impossible. You refuse to acknowledge the existence of people of ill intent. You have bought into the idea that no one is really bad, just misguided. Evil doesn't really exist. And no one should ever, ever, ever feel bad about himself, not for any reason. He just murdered his girlfriend and ate her? Just some bad choices.
    Shame is, by definition, what a healthy person feels when he does something shameful. So unless you're saying that nothing is shameful, your rejection of shame makes no sense. Word games and shifting definitions do not change the reality of things.
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from Vort in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    Gallup Poll -  2/24/21

    QUESTION: I know what some Church leaders think, but I wonder what you think...
    is this self-identification a learned behavior, perpetuated by people trying to 'normalize' it OR is God simply sending more non-heterosexual individuals to earth in these latter generations?
    SIDE NOTE: 
    Currently Gallup says 1 in 6 adults of Generation Z identify as LGBT now. 

    If it is a learned behavior, what will the percentage be of LGBT for Generation Alpha, Beta, etc. at this pace?
    If it is a learned behavior, what happens to the LDS % of LGBT every time someone in authority in the Church tries to cast it in a positive light or normalize it?
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    NeedleinA reacted to Backroads in In ten years I'll look back and laugh. (Or not.)   
    But we are.
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    NeedleinA reacted to Vort in In ten years I'll look back and laugh. (Or not.)   
    For the record: Not.
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    NeedleinA reacted to Vort in In ten years I'll look back and laugh. (Or not.)   
    My workplace provides shower rooms in many of its buildings so that employees who bike into work (or for whatever other reason) can use the shower. About an hour ago, I availed myself of this small luxury. I put my clothes in a locker, which is equipped with an electronic, PIN-activated lock. But this being a place of business, filled with fellow adults, and with other lockers standing open with stuff in them, I felt no need to bother with locking it for the ten minutes or so I'd be in the shower.
    Oops.
    When I came back to the locker, toweling off, lo and behold, the locker was locked. And since I didn't know the PIN that whoever locked it used, I couldn't get in. To, you know, get my clothes. Or underwear.
    Or cell phone.
    So there goes Vort, parading through the office building in the nude, with only a towel wrapped around his loins, to the receptionist at the front desk, who burst out laughing and said she'd call physical facilities. Back to the locker room, head down, towel firmly in place, while others in the building try hard not to be obvious in looking at the strange naked guy walking through the place. (Fortunately, I only "squat" in this building rather than work here permanently, so I don't actually know anyone.)
    An eternity later (actually about 20 or 30 minutes -- not sure, seeing as how my watch was locked in the locker, but it sure seemed like an eternity), the physical facilities guy showed up to let me in my locker. Keys, phone, wallet with credit cards still in place.
    Ha, ha! What a great joke! I'm sure I'll be laughing about it sometime in the 2020s.
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    NeedleinA reacted to Vort in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    You may be right. I have thought about this topic quite a bit over the years. I have often wondered if maybe we should be willing to openly discuss anything and everything that we struggle with. But somehow, I can't make sense of the idea. "I have some weaknesses that I'm trying to overcome:"
    "I'm really attracted to Doug's wife. She's totally hot. I think constantly about undressing her." "I'm really attracted to Doug's daughter, even though she's only six years old. [etc]" "I hate conservatives/homosexuals/black people/white men/Mormons. I just can't stand them. If I could, I would like to destroy them all." "I'm just so jealous of Bob and Sue and their rich house and cars. I'd love to burn that stuff to the ground, with them inside." "Truth is, I think my wife is a harridan. Not only would I not marry her if I could do it over again, I would secretly campaign against her so that her life would be as miserable as I think it ought to be." What do you suppose the societal response would be to such proclamations? What SHOULD the societal response be? "Thank you for sharing! That's so brave of you!"?
    Do you think that shame about such impulses is appropriate? Do you think people feeling ashamed of such thoughts and feelings might be a motivator for them NOT to act on those ideas?
    If we did away with the shame attached to such ideas, what do you think would be the result?
    On rational analysis, I always conclude that we're much, much better off with shame than we would be without. If you have a counterargument, I'd love to hear it.
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    NeedleinA reacted to Vort in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    So it's about time and place. Sure, there is a time and a place to discuss our weaknesses. Advertising them publicly during a Church-sponsored Women's Conference, and then being praised for how wonderful you are for having discussed them, seems overtly wrong.
    Shame exists for a purpose. If we do shameful things, we should be ashamed. As with any other emotion, there are times when shame is an inappropriate and even harmful response. But don't think that means shame itself is bad. A world without shame is called the jungle, and it's a place you do not want to live in.
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    NeedleinA reacted to mirkwood in No more taxes for $400k and under   
    @LDSGator is the pink one in his right hand.
     
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from NeuroTypical in No more taxes for $400k and under   
    Which one is you?
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from mirkwood in No more taxes for $400k and under   
    I agree. I've wondered why is it 'cool'? Best I can think of is it transports me back to a childhood: no responsibilities, carefree, zero stress and worries, adventure, fantasy, excitement.
    Basically... all things I pretty much lack as an adult. Being a responsible adult sucks at times.
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from NeuroTypical in No more taxes for $400k and under   
    Which one is you?
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from NeuroTypical in No more taxes for $400k and under   
    Which one is you?
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    NeedleinA reacted to Vort in Queer sister speaks at 2021 BYU Women's Conference   
    This is simply not so. The gut reaction is "Let's not minimize perverse feelings and thoughts, pretending there's nothing wrong with them and heaping praise and glory upon those who openly admit to them." Or do you really want people praised for publicly admitting to lusting after their neighbor's daughter or wanting to beat the crap out of their own children? How brave of them!!
    Among the worldly, there is no shame any more (except when you transgress the mob "morality"). We are much the worse for that fact.
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    NeedleinA got a reaction from NeuroTypical in No more taxes for $400k and under   
    Which one is you?