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  1. Hello, Before anything else, I want to explain what the situation is. I have been dating this girl for around 4 and 1/2 years now. She is a member of the LDS church and I am not. Recently we broke up, even though we both still love each other very much, because she thought that God told her to do so. She wanted someone who could marry her in the temple and hold the priesthood, and I can not provide those things as a non-member. Through a week of praying and fasting, God gave me an answer that was "keep fighting for her, she is the one". Even though I am not LDS, my relationship with God is strong. We have since discussed the fact that we both got different answers, and have agreed to go 1 week without contact, and pray everyday about the situation. I know God wouldn't lie, and may have been using the break up as a way to awaken my spiritual side and allow for individual growth during that time and that we will end up back together. Do any of you believe in interfaith marriages? I have spoken with members that are married to non-members who are happily married. I know that I can be sealed to someone after death, is there a way to provide blessing to my children without the priesthood? If she were to come back to me, and I felt that I shouldn't convert, she would be giving up a temple marriage and preisthood, but God wouldn't let us be unhappy. I would love to hear what you have to say. Thank you for your time.
  2. I was at a trans* support group a while ago - wherein I explained about my baptism and how, while it doesn't change my feelings on gender stuff, it does mean that I'm not going to transition because it's not what God wants. I've been going to that group for around a year now and it's always fun. But today, when I was leaving, I was saying goodbye to one of the people in the group and I actually held out my arm to shake his hand. He looked at me like "WTFudge?" I've never shaken hands with my friends like that before - it's not something anyone really does in Ireland - but because I'm now so used to doing it every time I meet a church member/missionary, it's become a habit! Do any of you have similar stories, where you do something that's only ever done among fellow church members, but you do it with a non-church member? How did they react?
  3. Hello! Sorry this is a little long, but this seemed like a good place to ask for advice. Born and raised LDS, both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, I found security in the church growing up and was pretty happy. But when I started to question the church, this also pulverized everything I thought I knew and made me feel broken. Until that point, the LDS church felt much simpler to accept. Now I'm more aware that the LDS church is a complicated thing to accept and that no religion can be guaranteed true, which leaves me with conflicted feelings. For whatever reason, I still feel the spirit and feel that it's true, despite everything that points to the opposite conclusion. Without it, life seems really dark and meaningless--the promises of being with your family forever just hit too hard home and I don't want to lose that. At the same time, though, I have read too much anti-mormon stuff and been disillusioned with too many of the church's current standpoints (ie: that women can't have the priesthood when many Christian churches ordain women, the exclusion policy affecting LGBT families) to connect it with the church I trusted when I was younger. How can I reconcile all of the conflicting feelings? I want to stay in the church and on a spiritual level I feel like it is the right thing to do, but I just can't trust it and don't know how to anymore. Have any of you felt that way? How do you hold on?
  4. Popular Youtube cover artist Alex Boye is coming to Salt Lake City this winter to perform African inspired music combined with Christmas songs for a holiday performance. It’s on Saturday December 12th at 7:30PM at Kingsbury Hall at The University of Utah. Boye is widely know for his Africanized takes on modern day pop songs, which in 2014 led him to win Youtube’s ‘Cover Artist of the Year’. Fellow youtuber Stuart Edge will be Alex’s opener for this amazing show. Tickets are available online or by phone 801-581-7100. To get more information on Alex Boye, you can check out his Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and official website www.AlexBoye.com.
  5. Time lapse created over a month's time. Watch how a family finds strength by gathering together as a family - Twice A Day. Short Video - 2 min Enjoy!
  6. smokinhearts

    Friendshipping practice

    Hi, I am a recent convert to the LDS faith. But prior to my baptism I was reading a lot of anti-mormon stuff like this known practice called “friendshipping”. And I was wondering if this was an actual practice? Friendshipping is where the church or missionaries would assign a member/s to an investigator or inactive member in order for them to convert or be active again. The friendshipper would invite the potential convert or inactive member to dinner, events etc. in order for them to build trust. But once the friendshipper fulfills their obligation they would cut ties with the potential convert or inactive member. I spoke to many of the members as well as the missionaries about this practice but they assured me that this is not true. In fact they haven’t even heard of such a thing.
  7. The below fascinating Interfaith article on the LDS Church was recently emailed by Ford Motor Company to thousands of its employees! Interfaith Insights & Inspirations The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Quick Facts & Interesting Tidbits On this day 175 years ago, September 14, 1840, Joseph Smith Sr. died; his son was the LDS Church's founding prophet. The church has since grown nearly a thousand fold -- enjoy the following about this now thriving church! OVERVIEW · Named “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”, nicknames are “LDS” or “Mormon” · Not claiming standing from age-old descent, from councils, or from just reading the Bible, the LDS Church is rather unique in declaring that the Lord restored the full original Christian church, guided once again through prophetic revelation · Core focus is that Jesus Christ & His teachings bring happiness in this life & exaltation in the next with your family HISTORY · In 1820 14-yr-old Joseph Smith proclaimed a vision of God & Christ foretelling the long-prophesied full Christian restoration · Organized in upstate New York in 1830, the church moved to near Cleveland, then near Kansas City, & then to rural Illinois · Fleeing violent Illinois mobs, Mormons began their subzero February escape across a frozen Mississippi River in 1846 · Though 4-6,000 died en route, 70,000 pre-railroad Mormon pioneers settled Salt Lake City & 600 other Western communities SALT LAKE CITY · Temple Square, laid out just four days after 1847 pioneer arrival, has 5 million annual visitors, more than the Grand Canyon · The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the world’s most famous, broadcast on 1500 stations, started 29 days after pioneer arrival · The iconic granite Salt Lake Temple took 40 years to build; there are now 148 temples worldwide with another 25 underway · Salt Lake City is home of the world's largest genealogy database, it can be visited online or at 4,800 libraries FAMILY · LDS believe that marriage & family can be eternal & are central to God's plan for our happiness · On Monday nights, LDS worldwide hold "Family Home Evening", a program started 100 years ago in 1915 · A Pew survey showed LDS as the most married & least divorced Christian U.S. sect after Anabaptists (Amish, etc.) · Utah is the single most married, largest family, largest house, highest birth rate, most kids with both parents, lowest illegitimacy, lowest births into poverty, lowest child poverty, & youngest (average age 29.2 vs. 38.9 for Michigan) of all 50 states HEALTH CODE · Believing an 1833 health code was inspired, LDS avoid alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, coffee, & tea (herbal tea is ok) · This health code also teaches grains (especially wheat), fresh fruits & vegetables, & sparing use of meat · A 2008 UCLA study of 26,000 people showed that active LDS live longer than white Americans, men by 9.8 years & women by 5.6 years; the differences were even much greater for LDS who better lived various LDS tenets · Utah is 50th in smoking, tobacco, marijuana, alcohol, drunk driving, heart attacks, hypertension, high cholesterol, cancer deaths, Cesareans, sick days, child obesity, youth inactivity, & 49th in adult inactivity, diabetes, heart disease, strokes, & ER visits EDUCATION · Some 397,000 high school students attend a daily gospel study class, usually starting 6-6:30AM · Some 347,000 college students attend a weekly Institute of Religion class at 2,500 locations worldwide · Utah is 50th in spending per pupil (31st in teacher salary), but rates above average in most educational metrics · New in 2001, LDS in 63 developing countries can get low-rate college loans; over 60,000 loans have been made BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, PROVO UTAH · BYU Provo, with 30,000 students, is America's largest single-campus private college · From 110+ countries, 70% of students are bilingual, 32% study one of 55 languages, & 2,000 study abroad in 55 countries · BYU’s unparalleled Independent Study program offers over 550 courses to 130,000 students in over 90 countries · BYU national championships in the last 20 years include: five in rugby (including the last four), three in men’s volleyball, four in women’s cross country, four in combined racquetball, nine in women’s racquetball, & 20 in ballroom dance · College rankings vary by source & year; “cherry-picking” some of the best recent year BYU rankings: + Sometimes rated #1 in accounting, rate of student acceptees that enroll, students who pray, & in being “stone cold sober” + For total students going on to graduate school: #11 for medical, #6 for law, #5 for doctorates, & #1 for dental school WOMEN · Organized in 1842, the "Relief Society", the world’s largest women's organization, meets every Sunday & has many activities · Women preach from the pulpit & serve in various positions, from teachers to organization presidents · Wyoming was first to allow women to vote; Utah was second, two months later, in 1870 · America's first female state senator, first female mayor with all-female city council, first female U.S. senator without any family connection (from Florida), & first black Republican congresswoman, were all LDS ACTIVE CONGREGATIONS · Sunday services entail a three-hour block of three meetings; nearly 30,000 congregations exist worldwide · Everyone has a calling in highly vibrant LDS organizations; surveys shows exceptionally high LDS congregational involvement · Most churches have an indoor basketball gymnasium with a theater stage to host a wide variety of meals & activities · Teens have the most fun: weekly activities, sports, dances, service projects, youth conferences, weeklong camps, etc. FINANCES · Members tithe 10%; a Penn study of 2600 LDS said 88% of active LDS tithe fully compared to 4% of American Christians · Local clergy (no career positions) & all other congregational positions are unpaid (janitorial is unpaid, maintenance is hired) · The paid positions in Salt Lake are known as low-salaried; funds are frugally used & tightly audited, the church has no debt MEMBER ASSISTANCE · Members receive monthly visits from a “home teacher”, a friend who is available for any help you may ask for · Customarily, hands show up when moving, dinners show up when sick, & visitors show up when hospitalized · The church runs 115 employment centers, 101 home food storage centers, 82 counselling centers, & 42 thrift stores · LDS in need obtain church welfare in the form of groceries and/or bills paid; LDS donate monthly to this welfare program · The church has a few hundred farms either for investments or for its welfare program; many LDS donate time on welfare farms GIVING BACK · A Penn study said active LDS give nine times as many volunteer hours as other Americans, 57% of it for religious purposes · Started in 1998, “Mormon Helping Hands” is a program where local members work on various public service projects + Some large one-day efforts: 65,000 Californians in 2014, 100,000 Africans in 2007, & 120,000 Brazilians in 2011 · Worldwide there are 10,000 unpaid welfare/humanitarian service missionaries, these are often retired couples · An analysis of 2012 tax returns shows Utahns gave away 6.6% of their income, a median of $6,182; no other state was close HUMANITARIAN AID · Humanitarian aid is given to people of all faiths; the church pays all overhead so that donations go 100% to recipients · The church provides rapid emergency relief to disasters worldwide, usually responding to 100-150 disasters annually · The church drilled wells & created water systems for many millions of people in many thousands of villages worldwide · Large-scale worldwide medical aid includes giving immunizations, wheelchairs, vision care, & neonatal healthcare training SHARING CHRIST’S GOSPEL · Over 85,000 missionaries serve in 160+ countries; over a quarter are female; most are college-age but some are retired couples · Unpaid & paying their own way, most work 65 hours a week for 18-24 months, often learning one of over 50 different languages · Polynesians are the most LDS (~15%), Africa has the highest growth rate, & Latin America has the most growth (49% of total) · The church reached one million in 1947, membership now exceeds 15.5 million; over 5,000 join weekly worldwide MEMBERSHIP DISTRIBUTION · Some 2014 year end LDS memberships: + U.S. 6,466k – by Region: East 287k (0.45%), Midwest 442k (0.65%), South 1,049k (0.93%), West 4,688k (6.2%) + Other English Countries: New Zealand 110k, Australia 144k, U.K. 186k, Canada 192k + Latin America: Ecuador 229k, Guatemala 255k, Argentina 432k, Peru 557k, Chile 579k, Brazil 1,289k, Mexico 1,368k + Other: South Africa 61k, Ghana 62k, Tonga 63k, Samoa 76k, Korea 87k, Japan 128k, Nigeria 130k, Philippines 711k + By World Region: Africa 460k, Europe 504k, Oceania 520k, Asia 1,087k, Latin America 6,108k, U.S./Canada 6,658k · Each continent’s country with the highest rate of LDS: United States, Chile, Portugal, Cape Verde, Philippines, & Tonga · Worldwide about 60% are not Caucasian; about 70% are converts, which is a bit unusual for a faith PRESIDENTIAL LDS TIDBITS · Appreciating Millard Fillmore’s treatment of the LDS, Utah named its first capital city “Fillmore” & its county “Millard” · Abraham Lincoln helped the LDS obtain the Nauvoo Charter; he checked out the Book of Mormon from the Library of Congress · Warren G. Harding once asked for & received a nighttime LDS priesthood blessing for his sick wife · Lyndon B. Johnson was extraordinarily close to LDS President David O. McKay, often calling him; of the three American flags from his inauguration, he kept one, gave the second to his vice president, & the third to President McKay GRAB BAG · The U.K. had 44,000 converts by 1851 (12,000 Utahns in 1851, many from the U.K.); by 1869 32,000 had emigrated · Recent news articles have said the church is planning a city of 500,000 near Orlando on some of its 770,000 Florida acres · Utah is first in computers, financial literacy, church attendance, & birthplace of leading scientists (including TV’s inventor) · LDS Scouting started in 1913, 23% of Boy Scouts are LDS; Utah leads all states in total (not just rate of) Eagle Scouts · Hawaii's #1 tourist site, the Polynesian Cultural Center, hires BYU Hawaii college students from many Polynesian islands
  8. Guest

    Fasting

    Can you drink water while fasting? In true tho the faith, it says: To fast is to go without food and drink voluntarily. So i'm just curious...
  9. MormonMen

    reverse poem on the Atonement

    Hey everyone, this Monday I was in a YSA talent show, I shared two poems of mine, the first is a reverse poem about the Atonement. Reverse poetry is when you read a poem normal, then re-read bottom back to the top, so two poems in one. the 2nd is a spoken word poem about my struggles of growing up with Aspergers Syndrome. please let me know what you all think of it (Sorry about the beginning of video... I was a bit nervous up there at first) Feel free to share the video, on your facebooks etc, it's on youtube, it's public so.. ha #Sharegoodness
  10. I need help. I'll keep it brief and simple. Ive been dating this girl and we talk about the future pretty seriously. But there is this other girl that I've been interested in a lot and I can't get my mind off of her. But she's on a mission. She gets back soon which is great. But heres the catch, we live in different states. and my current relationship is also long distance. So its like either way I have to be long distance and won't really know what its like to be with someone unless one of us moves our life for the other. Any thoughts?f
  11. Hello Everyone, I was wondering if anyone has any advice about using LDS dating sites? I have signed up for a couple but to be frank, I am fairly dubious. I live in Scotland and I am 45 years old so I have a very small LDS community in real life. I can't imagine a guy in Utah wanting to start anything with someone so far away if they have children in their country of residence, and although I would consider moving, that seems a bit like a far off dream that would have so many requirements attached. I was married to a non member who was a serial cheater and although I know members and non members are all susceptible to temptation, I really want my eternal husband to already be in the church. I have complete faith in my Father in Heaven and so I know things will work out in the end, but I also feel strongly that I have to do the most I can to help myself, I am just not sure if online dating is the way to go. Any advice, tips or genuine success stories would be very much appreciated. V xxx
  12. peacefulhome

    New and Hi

    Hi, I'm new here and looking forward to meeting you all.
  13. Hey everyone! My name is Keyra and i've been inactive for about a good 4 years now. I used tto be so passionate about the teachings of the lds community but, i guess you can say i sort of lost my way Anyway I'm new to this! Yay! & this is somewhat part of the first step in going back to church or at least trying to find the guts to go back
  14. What is the story behind the FLDS breaking off from the LDS? The wiki, in short, explains that the emerge of the FLDS was largely a result of members wanting to continue polygamy. Does anyone have speculations as to what blessings these men and women felt they'd receive as FLDS and not LDS? And, who was the Mormon prophet at this time? Was there any sort of general conference held addressing this great divide? This differing opinion must have split up many families. Do any of you have relatives on the FLDS side?
  15. This is a shameless play off the thread about LDS and liberalism. However, at its most basic, to be conservative means to avoid change. Can one is has a great need for stasis, for "unchanging truth" survive in a religion that embraces continuing revelation? Some conservatives leave one a major prophetic revelation comes. Others form splinter groups. Still others stay, but grimace, and lament the better days of yesteryear. So, I ask again, can one who is conservative in disposition flourish as an LDS member?
  16. Hi, I'm LDS and I have a "mostly-conservative" mind. This means I consider myself 25% liberal and 75% conservative. Over the past few years, nearly everyone in my immediate family who has a "mostly-liberal" mind has fallen away from the Church (and I'm not exaggerating.) Before they fell away, some of them put forth great effort to convince me that you can be liberal and a member of the LDS church. Needless to say, now I am almost completely convinced of the opposite. This whole situation troubles me greatly and I find myself agonizing over it regularly. I wish my family could all just be happy members of the Church so we could continue to have that in common. At this point, I never even talk to my family about the Church except maybe mention that I gave a talk or one of my kids gave a talk. It feels weird because we used to talk about the gospel all the time. This is going to sound bad, but my experiences with my family has given me an extremely negative and tainted view of being "mostly-liberal." I guess the way I look at it is that if being "mostly-liberal" means you reject and get offended by the great things taught by the Church, being "mostly-liberal" must be a bad thing. I do not understand the hostility towards the Church from my family in recent years at all and I think they are just being manipulated and misled. Is my conclusion wrong? Is it possible to have a "mostly-liberal" mind and be a happy member of the Church. Brad O.
  17. Okay this is a shot in the dark and probably will be unsuccessful...but...here it is: Ever since my mission (California, San Bernardino, May 2001-2003) I have been trying to find a specfic picture of the Savior that I really liked. Unfortunately, that was before the days of smartphones so I could not just snap a picture, and I have lost any reference to it, such as who painted it or what it was called. All I remember was that it hung in one of the missionary houses in Rancho Cucamonga. As I recall, it was mostly a chest/head shot of the Savior wearing a brown robe, and it was unique because I remember the first time I saw it, I thought he looked upset/mad/evil, like it was a picture of Lucifer almost. Anyway, the painting grew on me, but I've never been able to track it down...I'm not even certain it was painted by an LDS artist, or that it was widely distributed. Like I said - shot in the dark. If this rings a bell to anyone, or if you think you've seen a similar picture, I would appreciate a reply. Thanks!
  18. I will be getting set apart next Monday, and I know I should know this already but I do have one question. When a missionary gets set apart are they required to have a companion up until they enter thee MTC, and if so what qualifies a person to become their companion? I am just wondering cause I was going to have my Aunt who is married be my companion, is it okay or not?
  19. LDSJonesE

    Xbox-Live GamerTag

    Hey, I was wondering if anyone else on here played on XboxLive? If so, please post your Gamer tag. Mine`s LDSJonesE
  20. How did you decide for yourself that the LDS church was true? I've had trouble believing my whole life, and I'm 20, so there is a lot of pressure from people around me to go on a mission. This is a song I wrote to my grandmother, whom I always talked to about the church. Share your thoughts and let me know your story! She
  21. For some background, I was raised in the church and went to BYU. I became inactive at 22 and am currently 27. I started dating a non-member a little over a year ago...it has always been nothing serious in my eyes and I do NOT want to marry him. He is not religious, and not anti-LDS, but he is very opinionated about religion in general. (He thinks it's dumb). Over the past month I have had a burning desire to break up with this guy and come back to church and live my life right. I want to get married in the temple. I want that peace back in my life. This is all great....except I just found out that I am pregnant (he does not know yet). I know my options. Abortion makes me sick, even though I read many church talks regarding it and am aware that I could be forgiven. It also makes me sick to think about a broken family in which the child's father would talk very negatively about the LDS church and possibly forbid baptism. He would never allow me to give the child up for adoption. In my state the father has rights the second the baby is born. I thought about going to a bishop for advice...(I don't really have one, as I haven't been to church in 5 yrs). I need some advice...or just someone who can tell me that everything will be ok. I'm still in denial & shock
  22. I just wanted to ask your feelings on your experience on going to the temple, without going into any detail. How did the whole experience make you feel? Did you understand anythig? What helped to guide you in the days after your endowments? Recently we had our first... as much as I would like to say that I loved it.. I did not, while i believe it is the house of the lord... I am left puzzled. I love the church, I really really do. I've never been happier, but this experience has left me feeling numb, confused and honestly a bit embarrased. A lot of people have said it was the best day of their lives, was I not prepared well enough? I was excited... now I am just confused. While I understand that my view and feelings might be of the "world" hence the weirded out part. I wanna feel happy again, I am numb, I am sad, I felt humiliated, silly. While I get the message... I can't stop feeling like this. Any suggestions? I feel like I need some type of intervention, but In my heart I love the church, I believe in our prophets and everything is so perfect until this.
  23. Mormon bishop with Samurai sword runs off attacker - Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29 This story is awesome! And it has legs. I predict it'll be international news before breakfast " A Samurai sword-wielding Mormon bishop helped a neighbor woman escape a Tuesday morning attack by a man who had been stalking her."
  24. ScullyItsMe

    Freemasonry - Please Help?

    Somebody presented me with this question: Freemasons and the Illuminati are supposedly 'in league with the Devil' to put it bluntly and through deceit and lies aim to heighten themselves and become like Gods. Then that person said on the LDS.org website it said 'Man has the potential to become like God' - So he asked me what's the difference - are the LDS people not just subjecting to the same Satanic power-hungry ideology? Thoughts.. opinions. I'm a LDS and I'd like to hear people's opinions on this.
  25. I've always wondered this - not that the concept and service of baptism isn't special and sacred enough, but do missionaries ever give any gifts as a congratulations? :)