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  1. Luke

    Church cancels BOM videos?

    I just hope they are of the same quality of the Bible videos.
  2. Does anyone know what is going on with the BOM videos that were supposed to be released in Sept? First the church announced the BOM videos would be released in Sep 2018, then Fall 2018....It is now Jan 9, 2019 and I haven't heard anything. I sent an email through on Dec 22 but no response...which is odd in itself as I have always gotten a prompt response to all of my queries through I'm suspecting no news is bad news and that the new church leadership has either decided to cancel the project or do some major re-work of these videos....or perhaps the videos turned out so good they are going to do a nationwide cinematic release?! The suspense is killing me. Someone in the know, please throw me a bone.
  3. Luke

    Stacey Harkey comes out

    That IS what the 12-step program is about. I don't mean to be rude but you give the impression you don't know what you are talking about.
  4. Luke

    Stacey Harkey comes out

    "This part of myself that I’ve spent my whole life fighting isn’t my enemy. This part of myself that I’ve shoved into a dark dungeon deserves light. " You are going to embrace your inner demon?! This cannot end well. Put it back in the dungeon/closet while you still can!
  5. Luke

    Church Welfare

    This discussion motivated me to reduce my fast offering donation and increase my donation to humanitarian aid. Working in India for several months completely changed my perspective on what poverty is. It is for millions a situation of bare survival and it is truly soul wrenching to see up close. And for better or worse, since then I have lost a lot of my compassion for Americans in "poverty". A friend told me he was talking with an immigrant one time and when asked why he wanted to come to America he replied: I want to live in a country where even the poor people are fat. I'm not writing this to be offensive, but I found there to be a lot of truth in that statement. The more common poverty found in America is a poverty of character.
  6. Luke

    Church Welfare

    Spot on. The last Bishop I served under, whenever there was a question about correct course to take, his first question was: Well, what does the handbook say. And if there wasn't a clear answer there: Let's pray about it.
  7. Yet, it is not theirs to deny. God determines who is a true Christian and it appears this is one of His tests for determining. I would be uncomfortable if the "Christian" world did whole heartedly accept us....and it would probably mean we were doing something wrong (sort of like RLDS complete apostasy and transition to Community of Christ).
  8. Luke

    Church Welfare

    I have been in two bishoprics and just this last week assisted the Bishop with a welfare issue. Based on my experiences with church welfare situations, I wish there was more "guilt trips" given. And by that I mean, making recipients accountable for the help they receive. The easy option is to just hand over the help and move on. Too often it is the Bishop that suffers the guilt trip and not the one requesting the help. The situation last week I could tell the Bishop agonized over it. One situation comes to mind when I was in a bishopric 15 years ago the Bishop asked me to interview someone requesting help. I did and found that he had four cars, etc. I asked him if he had considered selling one of his cars and he seemed to give rather lame reasons for why he couldn't. I went to the bishop with my recommendation that he not be given assistance and instead request him to do a little self-sacrifice. But instead the Bishop gave him the assistance. Side note: I've heard that when the movie the Grapes of Wrath came out and was viewed in foreign countries like USSR they had a totally different perspective: the poor farmers fleeing the dust bowl were viewed as being wealthy since in their countries only a small select class of people could afford automobiles.
  9. For the sake of this discussion: someone who sincerely believes the Bible. Although, LePeel's definition is probably a better one.
  10. In Mormon 7:9 Mormon states, "if ye believe that [The Bible] ye will believe this [The Book of Mormon] also" Does this mean that anyone who was presented The Book of Mormon and rejects it, does not actually believe The Bible and is not a true Christian? Is this an absolute, infallible litmus test of the claim of someone to be Christian?
  11. From everything described I am more sympathetic to the Stake President. My wife is YW president in our ward and is a bit fed up with having to entertain the girls. When they organize service activities a couple show up. When it is a pool party or social event they come in droves. All the girls are slacking on personal progress. Seems like the youth don't "get" what being a member of Christ's Church really means...just another social club for some of them.
  12. Church changes policy all the time. A few examples: The temple ordinance wording has changed. At one time blacks could not receive the priesthood, now they can. At one time polygamy was allowed, now it is not. These were all significant changes. So, I think it is entirely possible that at some future date the church clarifies (or reminds) that sacrament is only intended for baptized members.
  13. Agreed, but sometimes it takes decades before it is cleared up. Think about our cultural acceptance of title "Mormon" to refer to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint and the recent revelation from Pres. Nelson. I also agree that since little children can't sin, it is not a sin for them to take the sacrament. But perhaps it is a sin for the parents to encourage them to take the sacrament....but I honestly don't know the answer. I do think that the scriptures and church doctrine seem to align more with the idea that all non-members (including little children) should refrain from taking the sacrament. Also, I think that teaching little children to wait until after baptism helps to create more respect for both ordinances and more anticipation for their baptism.