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    seashmore reacted to Carborendum in Singing in Church   
    I thought I'd share.  Our bishopric announced today that we'd be singing out loud now.  There was quite a commotion about it.
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    seashmore reacted to pam in Reported posts   
    It seems to the moderating team that we are getting more and more posts being reported by "guests."  Yet they appear to be extremely familiar with the forum members etc.  
    Many times we want to communicate with the person who has reported a post if we need clarification or perhaps clear up a misunderstanding.  We can't do that with an anonymous person.  Plus it makes it appear as if perhaps a disgruntled former member just has it out for someone. 
    Going forward:  Except with the case of pornography, vulgar language and spamming the site, we will not take action on a reported post that is done by a guest.  It must be done by an actual named forum member.  
     
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    seashmore got a reaction from Still_Small_Voice in How to regrow my dead faith   
    First of all, I'm moved by your saying you feel like your faith has died.  I'm sorry for the loss of your daughter, especially at such a young age.  I know that my faith was jarred when one of my favorite CTR-4 students was diagnosed with cancer; I cannot imagine how shaken yours must have been.
    If there was a time in your life you know that your faith was strong, go back and read your journals from that time in your life.  If you haven't kept very good journals, start.  It's okay to reminisce in your journal; write about the things that you remember doing, thinking, and feeling during that time when your faith was strong. Mosiah 18:30 talks about how beautiful the waters of Mormon are to those who came to know of their Redeemer there, because that's where they came to know their Savior.  If at all possible, physically return to those places in your life.  For me, it's my college campus and the grounds of the Winter Quarters temple.
    Read your patriarchal blessing.  View it as a way to see yourself and your life the way that God sees it.
    Recognize that it's going to take time to regrow your faith and be patient with yourself throughout the process. 
    Surround yourself with uplifting, positive media and entertainment.  Keep note of what the things you are reading, watching and listening to are causing you to feel.  Even if you are only consuming "church approved" media, it can still cause you to feel hopelessness, especially due to your situation.  You may find that, for the time being or years to come, there are lessons you skip over.  I still get kind of prickly when I hear talks geared towards parents of wayward children because it reminds me that there are so few resources for children of parents who have gone astray.  (The closest I can get is a scripture somewhere in the NT about loving God more than your parents and that Elder Oaks was raised by inactive parents, but there are no "this is how you deal with this issue" talks that I've found like there are with wayward children.  So, if anyone has any....)
     
    I'm a lonely gal myself.  Some years moreso than others.  (Unwed, childless, seasonal depression.)  When I catch myself feeling this way, I think about all of the people I've done proxy temple work for.  I imagine at least some of them would like to greet me, shake my hand, give me a hug.  I feel they are my friends and are cheering me on in my righteous endeavors.  Even though I can't see them and can't remember most of their names, they know who I am and they love me for what I have done for them.  They are the friends I know I have when I feel I don't have any.
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    seashmore reacted to Moonbeast32 in What is happening?   
    Yes. I discovered a community of saints who valued charity and possessed childlike faith and hopr: my home ward.
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    seashmore got a reaction from Just_A_Guy in This is HUGE! Temple Prayer Roll   
    Before I received my own endowment, I would call and put names on the prayer roll as needed.  My dad would do the same, since it was a three hour drive one way to his temple.  When I worked Tuesday nights as an ordinance worker, the office workers that night arrived earlier than they did on other weeks to transcribe the names for the prayer roll left on voicemail.
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    seashmore reacted to priesthoodpower in This is HUGE! Temple Prayer Roll   
    I first heard of the prayer roll when I received my endowments at 19 before serving a mission 20+ yrs ago. My children who left the church a few years ago with their mother will most likely never serve a mission and therefore never know what the prayer roll is....
    ...that is, until this past weekend when I did a FHE lesson around caring for loved ones. I then explained the true order of prayer that takes place in the temples and I logged into my LDS account and we submitted those names. Thank you Lord for allowing resources available to bless the world and plant seeds. Thank you temple attendees that have prepared spiritually and prayed around the names in the circle, your service is immeasurable.  
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    seashmore got a reaction from Just_A_Guy in This is HUGE! Temple Prayer Roll   
    Before I received my own endowment, I would call and put names on the prayer roll as needed.  My dad would do the same, since it was a three hour drive one way to his temple.  When I worked Tuesday nights as an ordinance worker, the office workers that night arrived earlier than they did on other weeks to transcribe the names for the prayer roll left on voicemail.
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    seashmore reacted to Jamie123 in If you inherited 5 million dollars   
    I'm joking about all this of course. What I'd really do if I had that kind of money is sell our house (along with its wonky garage door) and buy a large luxury bungalow, so my wife (who suffers from arthritis) wouldn't need to go up and down stairs. I'd also have a large indoor swimming pool so she could exercise easily. I'd also take her on a cruise - a long cruise on a very large and luxurious boat. We'd definitely go to Venice at some point, and ride in a gondola. I'd then take her to Memphis Tennessee to the Grand Old Opry (though obviously not by boat) and to Utah, and somehow arrange for her to meet her hero and heroine Donny and Marie Osmond. I'd offer to put my older daughter (actually stepdaughter, but she's like my daughter) through college - but since I doubt she'd want that, I'd give her the money anyway and let her chose how to spend it herself. I'd set up a college fund for my younger daughter. When the time came, I'd give each girl exactly the wedding she wanted.
    And then I'd bribe someone to go to boring faculty meetings for me...
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    seashmore got a reaction from pam in I apologize   
    You're right.
    Guess that puts me in....
     
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    the dog house. 
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    seashmore got a reaction from pam in I apologize   
    You're right.
    Guess that puts me in....
     
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    the dog house. 
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    seashmore reacted to pam in I apologize   
    This is what you should have posted yesterday:
     

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    seashmore reacted to Connie in I apologize   
    Just because I'm ahead of the times.
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    seashmore got a reaction from mordorbund in I apologize   
    You don't know what monster you have unleashed.  Pointless challenges are my specialty.  *cracks knuckles*
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    seashmore got a reaction from Just_A_Guy in This is HUGE! Temple Prayer Roll   
    Before I received my own endowment, I would call and put names on the prayer roll as needed.  My dad would do the same, since it was a three hour drive one way to his temple.  When I worked Tuesday nights as an ordinance worker, the office workers that night arrived earlier than they did on other weeks to transcribe the names for the prayer roll left on voicemail.
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    seashmore reacted to Traveler in What is happening?   
    Just as a side note - I have discovered both from my posting and responding to other posts - - - That when something is well thought out and logically posted that when others read it they will seldom respond.  But if you are to post something quite stupid or bazaar - everybody will respond in great lengths.
    As for toxic conversations - I like to reference Shakespeare who said, "Nothing is as good or as bad as it seams only that thinking makes it so."
     
    The Traveler
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    seashmore reacted to Jamie123 in If you inherited 5 million dollars   
    I teach at a university - which you probably think is a cushy job - which it probably is - but...oh the tedium of marking undergraduate assignments! Sometimes over 100 of them, all saying more-or-less the same thing with varying levels of articulation and accuracy, and having to assign fair marks to all of them - and give feedback! And defend those marks when the complaints come! The tedium of MEETINGS - listening to people argue for hours!
    Perhaps if I had 5 million, I'd offer to pay my own salary but only do the bits of my job that I enjoy. So:
    No more undergraduate marking. Just research dissertations. Nothing else. No more than one undergraduate lecture and a couple of undergraduate tutorials per week. I get to go to whatever conferences I want. (I'd pay my own travel and accommodation.) I get my own lab, for my own research students, picked by me. (I'd pay their stipends and their tuition fees.) No more going to meetings. I'd pay a student to sit in meetings for me, and tell me if anything happened that I needed to know about. Deedle deedle dum.
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    seashmore reacted to NeuroTypical in If you inherited 5 million dollars   
    I've actually had the same answer to this question for 25 years.
     
     
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    seashmore reacted to Fether in This is HUGE! Temple Prayer Roll   
    I too have never experienced that, but I’ve been around a lot of people that have.
    A close friend of mine left the church for the same reason. She explained to me that she knows God loves her and that the church is true, but her mind was so stuck on trying to meet the status quo of the ward and church culture. Every small “infraction” (Like Not doing family history, keeping a journal, attending the temple enough or even walking into church late) ate her alive. She was visiting a counselor for all this but she couldn’t get past the feeling that she was worthless. She cognitively knew her thought process was wrong, but she was just always stuck in a pattern of comparing herself to those around her and seeing others strengths as her weaknesses. It all became too much and she just stopped going.
     
    This is not something I have ever dealt with, but there are a ton that experience that to varying degrees.
    At its core it is a misplaced understanding of the relationship between grace and discipleship.
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    seashmore reacted to Just_A_Guy in This is HUGE! Temple Prayer Roll   
    It has always (well, maybe not *always*; but for quite a while, anyways) been possible to call the temple and have them add a name to the prayer roll.  But yes, this is a nice development.
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    seashmore reacted to priesthoodpower in This is HUGE! Temple Prayer Roll   
    https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/online-submissions-temple-prayer-roll?cid=email-OCA_TemplePrayerRoll_081720_CTA1c
    Its a small step but still a step in the right direction. The blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ here on earth continue to break barriers.
    My brother (served a mission and is now inactive) throughout the years would ask us to put his name on the prayer roll of the temple. The tipping point of his inactivity 20yrs ago was the ole "all or nothing" mentality that he felt from the church. Since he wasnt living up to the expectations of becoming a bishop or EQ president he just didnt want to deal with the pressure, long story in and of itself.
    He has always loved the Gospel and his testimony was always solid but barriers remain. After sending him this article he replied "I miss the temple and don't know if I will ever return to attend in person, being able to put a name, my name, on the prayer roll directly...not having to go through you or mom, I feel a piece and peace of the temple in me now." 
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    seashmore reacted to Traveler in I apologize   
    It would seem that those desiring an apology from me need to get in the back of a very long line - for which I guess I must apologize for as well  😨
     
    The Traveler
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    seashmore reacted to Connie in I apologize   
    I would like to take this opportunity to point the finger at Traveler for taking such a dark turn to a simple picture of adorable kittens. And not so subtly suggest that he apologize to classylady for dredging up such a traumatic memory.

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    seashmore reacted to Jamie123 in I apologize   
    Some of the big cats I believe do that, but not felis catus. Or at least its extremely rare.
    P.S. Pest control is why the cat was originally domesticated. If they didn't kill rats and mice, we would probably never have become our pets.
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    seashmore got a reaction from pam in If you inherited 5 million dollars   
    I'd get my two sisters and myself debt free with our own homes and reliable vehicles (nothing that screamed "I inherited $5 million"), maybe help out with their or their husbands' schooling if they'd like.  Then I'd update my parent's homes as they saw fit (including forcing my mom to get a professional to finish the bathroom remodel her brothers started over a year ago). Since I've been technically homeless a couple of times, I'd make sure mine had a few spare bedrooms to take in folks on the edges of my circle needing temporary places to stay until they could get back on their feet.  Probably also foster/adopt as many cats as city ordinances allow.
    With whatever remains, I would put 1/3 in savings/investments, 1/3 to getting us some dedicated curling ice (although part of me likes playing on arena ice) and be recklessly philanthropic with the rest of it, one fistful at a time.  Humane Societies, LDS Humanitarian Aid, a gaming app called Givling that crowdfunds to help people with student loans and mortgages, United Ways, public libraries, local food pantries, paying it forward at the grocery store, domestic violence shelters, random Go Fund Me projects, etc.
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    seashmore got a reaction from mordorbund in I apologize   
    You don't know what monster you have unleashed.  Pointless challenges are my specialty.  *cracks knuckles*