Lost Boy

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  1. I can give you a little insight. I served a mission in Japan from 89-91. When I got to Japan, we were using the Morumon Kei... the name of the Book of Mormon in Japanese. When I left, we were using the Morumon Sho... the recently re-translated version of the Book of Mormon into Japanese. The new translation was much easier to read and understand. And chance was that I was in the ward of the primary translator for the Morumon-Sho. He was not a general authority, nor do I recall him being in the stake presidency or anything like that. But he was very well versed in the gospel and gave me insights to the gospel that I didn't have. One of those was the meaning of the word atonement. His explanation of the word, made more sense to me when he explained it in Japanese. At any rate, in this case, the translation was done by a member who both understood English and Japanese very well and the gospel, too.
  2. Ten years ago I had a good friend. His brothers were truckers and he was more on the business side of things. We got to talking one day about how much money could be made in trucking. And from that point going forward, we started collaborating on setting up a business together. Things had progressed to the point that we were ready to draw up a contract. But then we started talking money. He wanted to handle most of the day-to-day parts of the business, but he wanted me to pretty much fund the $100k that we would need to start it. I didn't like that at all and thought that he should have skin in the game. That is when things started to fall apart. He accused me of trying to back out of the deal and that I wasn't being honest with him. Shortly thereafter we were no longer friends. I haven't spoken with him since. I harbor no ill feelings toward him, but he does toward me. I don't have any good advice for you other than if the partnership doesn't feel right to you, you should probably not do it.
  3. Racism is really just a form of bullying. I don't love the actions of bullies nor racists. How do you love them? How does Christ love them? You know he does, but how? I think I would remain civil and show kindness to them, but I wouldn't tolerate the behavior either. It can take a very long time for a racist to change their views.
  4. I read this and was reminded of this video. It sounds like you have a nail in your life that you don't want to pull out.
  5. The word of wisdom was given as a guide to taking care of our bodies and thus taking care of our mind and soul as well. Coffee is in there as it isn't good for most people. It isn't something that should be consumed by the regular Joe. But guess what. Your meds aren't good for the regular Joe as well. The word of wisdom does not spell out every bad substance that we shouldn't take. However, sometimes bad substances are what we need to heel. I am not saying to start drinking coffee, but talk it over with your doctor and see if there are other alternatives. Obtain inspiration from on high and follow it.
  6. Let's see. A mom that doesn't hear from her son for a year and doesn't cry bloody murder to his mission president? Or a son that doesn't write said mom? Spidey sense is going off here. Me smells something foul.
  7. You may have control of your car, but you don't have control of other people's cars. I got T-boned by a kid playing on his cell phone that blew a light that had been red for more than 5 seconds. Drunk drivers will cross medians and take out people head on. Tires can pop and cause cars to go off the road. Just because you are in control doesn't mean others aren't a huge danger to you. And for safe living I feel far safer walking around Japan than I do the US. And no I don't feel safe anywhere in the US. There are certain parts of Detroit/Chicago that I don't care to go to. I feel safe around my city, but there are certain places in the US that are not safe. Someone having a gun a church does not make me feel safer. So if some people feel less safe at church if someone has a gun and some feel safer? How do you resolve this?
  8. Strange, I don't know that potato chips are bad for my health. perhaps too many of them are. That last bit surely sounds like you are judging me and telling me not to judge others. Yes, judging others is not good to do, but I still do it and as far as I can tell most everyone does as well. As for me not believing people when they say they know the church is true, whether they in fact do know it or not has very little meaning to me when I hear it. It has been watered down to the point that I am not interested in hearing it. Like I said, I much rather hear why one believes and not that they believe.
  9. Here is what is messed up. I had never in my near 50 years of existence even considered taking a gun to church until all of this came out. I have never once felt that I was in danger at church. Not even in the slightest. I still don't have any fear even in the slightest going to church without a gun. It is a messed up world where people can't feel safe at church without a gun. It seems like it nearly borders on a mental disorder. Tens of thousands of people die in automobile crashes each year, yet we still drive most every day. Why? It is far more dangerous than going to church without a gun. Yet we still do it. We do it because we rationalize that fear away. You kind of have to do the same with guns and church.
  10. If she is not directly teaching against the church then I see no problem at all with helping a daughter. Jesus dined with the publicans. Show her you love her and support her. Don't try to punish her because she currently is in a different faith. That is not going benefit her, nor you. Find common ground with her and love her.
  11. I do not have any fondness when someone proclaims that they know the church is true. To me it is just virtue signalling.. "Hey, look at me.. I am good." I have know quite a few members that have proclaimed that and then later stop coming to church. Well if you knew it, why did you leave? Furthermore, I think if you really "knew it", then you would never commit sin any more. Just like I know sticking my hand in the fire is going to burn me so I don't do it. But those who proclaim they know the church is true pretty much all behave badly from time to time and often don't think anything of it. I teach elder quorum and I find lessons go so much better when I can get people to testify. Not proclaim that the know the church is true. I am not interested in that. I am interested in their experiences that led them to their belief in Christ. I can't say that I have never said "I know the church is true" But I can say it has been a long time. I much rather share the the feelings that I feel when reading scriptures, helping each other, following Christ's teachings and testify how my life has changed for the better. Let people know you are perfect, but you are improving.. that they have the same power to improve. Do I know the church is true? Well let me tell you a story.. And then you can decide for yourself if I know it is true..
  12. Hi, I can't speak for your husband. I can only tell you of what I went through. My wife and I didn't have the best of marriages for a long time. She ended up have a year and a half long emotional affair with a colleague. I didn't find out until later. I was emotionally devastated by this. I could barely function for 4 months. I very much contemplated divorce. But our Heavenly Father asked me to take a different path. It was by far the hardest thing that I have ever experienced. I didn't stay married for the kids. I stayed married to love my wife. To me staying married for the kids is just lying to the world. It is just compounding the sin. It took me the better part of a year to learn to love her again. I certainly can't tell you how he will react. There is a chance that he will want a divorce. But to set things right, you have to set things right with the person her on Earth you should love the most and that is your spouse. As much as it hurt, I am grateful that she was honest with me. Our marriage would probably continue to suck had I not found out. Is our marriage great now? No, but it is better today than it has been in a long time and getting better every day. One thing she did for me that helped me get over it was that she let me read the whole thing. She answered all of my questions. If you want this to work for you, I suggest that you in no way shape or form put any blame on him directly or indirectly on him. It has almost been two years. It sucked, but I feel healed and I love her.
  13. My oldest daughter got her mission call. It was a long time coming. She always wanted to serve a mission, but she developed pretty bad depression her senior year in high school and ended up not graduating. Basically a straight A student dropping out with one semester left to go. It all set in right after her Karate Sensei quit. The new sensei didn't click with the students and my daughter quit Karate and within two months she spiraled out of control. Meds didn't help, therapists didn't help. She had constant suicidal thoughts, but thank goodness she never did anything to self harm. This went on for several years and it was brutal. I had no idea of what to do. She eventually found a job teaching Karate. This was a true answer to prayers. Slowly she got out of the funk she was in. Over the next two and a half years she changed dramatically into a new person. On her own started really studying to gospel. She was instrumental in her best friend joining the church. And she saved money the best she could because she wanted to pay for the mission herself. So she finally got her call. And yes, she would have been happy to serve wherever, but like her old man got called to one of the top three places she wanted to go. I am so happy for her. After the struggles she went through, it is hard to think of a better place to go.
  14. She is not breaking a commandment by going to the singles ward and participating there. If one of the leaders decides that is not where she should be, then that is up to them, not you. Be a friend and give her the ride.