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Feelings of failure common among early-return missionaries, study says [Mormon mishies]
KSL.com ^ | Nov. 5, 2013 | Celeste Tholen Rosenlof

Posted on 11/07/2013 4:58:58 AM PST by Colofornian

OREM — Missionaries who return early from their service need additional help from ward members and clinical professionals to cope, a new study says.

Kris Doty, Ph.D, chair of the Department of Behavioral Science at Utah Valley University and a clinical therapist, led a team of students in studying the effects of a missionary’s early return on their faith and lives. Doty found that 74 percent of participants had feelings of failure and 65 percent were uncomfortable in social settings due to early release...

The 348 study participants were males and females, ages 20-29, who returned early from the mission field...

The study, which The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was not involved in, was conducted this year after Doty saw the negative effects on loved ones and students...

More findings:

Early-returning perceptions of their adjustment

74% had feelings of failure

65% are uncomfortable in social settings due to early release

46% feel confident stating "I'm an RM"

44% feel uncomfortable answering questions about their mission

40% felt pressured to go back out

37% report dating life adversely affected

37% feel connected to those who completed mission

SNIP

She was surprised to find so many early-returned missionaries experienced feelings of failure and perceived the reaction of family members, friends and ward members negatively.

SNIP

Missionaries with mental health concerns, homesickness, physical health problems or worthiness issues who returned early felt increased feelings of failure, while those who came home because of family issues or lacked personal testimony in the church were less likely to experience feelings of failure...

Of those who felt they were received poorly, many reported long-term effects including a period of inactivity or permanent inactivity and 47 percent surveyed reported they were less active at the time of the study than before their mission...

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TOPICS: General Discusssion; Other non-Christian; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: antichristian; failure; inman; lds; missionaries; mormonism
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From the article:

Kris Doty, Ph.D, chair of the Department of Behavioral Science at Utah Valley University and a clinical therapist, led a team of students in studying the effects of a missionary’s early return on their faith and lives. Doty found that 74 percent of participants had feelings of failure and 65 percent were uncomfortable in social settings due to early release...

Cont'd:

More findings:

Early-returning perceptions of their adjustment

74% had feelings of failure

65% are uncomfortable in social settings due to early release

46% feel confident stating "I'm an RM"

44% feel uncomfortable answering questions about their mission

40% felt pressured to go back out

37% report dating life adversely affected

37% feel connected to those who completed mission

Cont'd:

She was surprised to find so many early-returned missionaries experienced feelings of failure and perceived the reaction of family members, friends and ward members negatively...Missionaries with mental health concerns, homesickness, physical health problems or worthiness issues who returned early felt increased feelings of failure, while those who came home because of family issues or lacked personal testimony in the church were less likely to experience feelings of failure...Of those who felt they were received poorly, many reported long-term effects including a period of inactivity or permanent inactivity and 47 percent surveyed reported they were less active at the time of the study than before their mission...

1 posted on 11/07/2013 4:58:58 AM PST by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian

I hate it when I have “early release,” too.


2 posted on 11/07/2013 5:10:07 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Colofornian

Good...maybe they’ll stop going to Latin American countries and coming back to pimp for illegal alien amnesty like the corrupt LDS leadership is, and as Sheriff Joe-slamming douchebags like Judge Murray Snow did.


3 posted on 11/07/2013 5:20:37 AM PST by montag813 (NO AMNESTY * ENFORCE THE LAW * http://StandWithArizona.com)
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To: SoothingDave

The only thing better than the articles you post are the responses you get from the Mormon FReepers who have a real problem with what you post. Those responses alone are worthy of a separate thread.


4 posted on 11/07/2013 5:21:01 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Colofornian

Are they shunned or something?


5 posted on 11/07/2013 5:55:40 AM PST by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: Colofornian
lacked personal testimony in the church were less likely to experience feelings of failure

I was pretty much convinced at age 19 that lots of things were not right for me. I went anyway. After all who wouldn't go to Denmark? I certainly didn't have feelings of failure but didn't come home early either. That would have been a social disaster as the culture has a way of demeaning those poor kids coming home early for what ever reason.

In my case I came home, graduated from college asap and got out of mormondum by taking a job in California. And yes up until 1963 those were the best two and a half years of my life. I learned to speak a foreign language, met Dexter Gordon and Ella Fitzgerald in the Jazz clubs of Copenhagen and became an expert in cooking Danish food.

Was it dishonest to spend the $60 per month sent by my parents? I will apologize next time I see them. Celestially speaking.

6 posted on 11/07/2013 5:57:37 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Colofornian
Is this not a beautiful morning? God certainly does great work.

He deserves our praise, glory and song. But instead....

WARNING!! Religion bashing ahead

7 posted on 11/07/2013 7:11:51 AM PST by laotzu
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To: Colofornian
Feelings of failure common among early-return missionaries, study says [Mormon mishies]

I'll bet that NEVER beens feel like failures a lot as well!

8 posted on 11/07/2013 7:23:14 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Colofornian
I'll bet that NEVER beens feel like failures a lot as well!

Beats being a WHORE I guess!!


  "Both Catholics and Protestants are nothing less than the 'whore of Babylon' whom the Lord denounces by the mouth of John the Revelator as having corrupted all the earth by their fornications and wickedness. Any person who shall be so corrupt as to receive a holy ordinance of the Gospel from the ministers of any of these apostate churches will be sent down to hell with them, unless they repent"
 
 (The Seer, p. 255  Orson Pratt )

9 posted on 11/07/2013 7:24:11 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Jack Hydrazine; teppe; trebb; restornu; Normandy
Those responses alone are worthy of a separate thread.

NAh...

Then they'd get lost in cyber space.

How 'bout it boys and girls...

Do any of YOU feel like a failure??

10 posted on 11/07/2013 7:25:40 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Utah Binger
Was it dishonest to spend the $60 per month sent by my parents? I will apologize next time I see them. Celestially speaking.

You are BAD!!!

No 'Forever Family'© for YOU!!!


11 posted on 11/07/2013 7:28:36 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: laotzu
WARNING!! Religion bashing ahead


INDEED!!!



Questions put to Joseph Smith: "'Do you believe the Bible?' [Smith:]'If we do, we are the only people under heaven that does, for there are none of the religious sects of the day that do'. When asked 'Will everybody be damned, but Mormons'? [Smith replied] 'Yes, and a great portion of them, unless they repent, and work righteousness." (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 119).
Joseph Smith: "for the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible" (from Pearl of Great Price 1:12). "What is it that inspires professors of Christianity generally with a hope of salvation? It is that smooth, sophisticated influence of the devil, by which he deceives the whole world" (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.270).
 
 
 
Brigham Young stated this repeatedly: "When the light came to me I saw that all the so-called Christian world was grovelling in darkness" (Journal of Discourses 5:73); "The Christian world, so-called, are heathens as to the knowledge of the salvation of God" (Journal of Discourses 8:171); "With a regard to true theology, a more ignorant people never lived than the present so-called Christian world" (Journal of Discourses 8:199); "And who is there that acknowledges [God's] hand? ...You may wander east, west, north, and south, and you cannot find it in any church or government on the earth, except the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" (Journal of Discourses , vol. 6, p.24); "Should you ask why we differ from other Christians, as they are called, it is simply because they are not Christians as the New Testament defines Christianity" (Journal of Discourses 10:230).
 
 
 
Orson Pratt proclaimed: "Both Catholics and Protestants are nothing less than the 'whore of Babylon' whom the Lord denounces by the mouth of John the Revelator as having corrupted all the earth by their fornications and wickedness. Any person who shall be so corrupt as to receive a holy ordinance of the Gospel from the ministers of any of these apostate churches will be sent down to hell with them, unless they repent" (The Seer, p. 255).
 
 
 
Orson Pratt also said: "This great apostasy commenced about the close of the first century of the Christian era, and it has been waxing worse and worse from then until now" (Journal of Discourses
, vol.18, p.44) and: "But as there has been no Christian Church on the earth for a great many centuries past, until the present century, the people have lost sight of the pattern that God has given according to which the Christian Church should be established, and they have denominated a great variety of people Christian Churches, because they profess to be ...But there has been a long apostasy, during which the nations have been cursed with apostate churches in great abundance" (Journal of Discourses , 18:172).
 
 
President John Taylor stated: "Christianity...is a perfect pack of nonsense...the devil could not invent a better engine to spread his work than the Christianity of the nineteenth century." (Journal of Discourses , vol. 6, p.167); "Where shall we look for the true order or authority of God? It cannot be found in any nation of Christendom." (Journal of Discourses , 10:127).
 
 
 
James Talmage said: "A self-suggesting interpretation of history indicates that there has been a great departure from the way of salvation as laid down by the Savior, a universal apostasy from the Church of Christ". (A Study of the Articles of Faith, p.182).
 
 
 
President Joseph Fielding Smith said: "Doctrines were corrupted, authority lost, and a false order of religion took the place of the gospel of Jesus Christ, just as it had been the case in former dispensations, and the people were left in spiritual darkness." (Doctrines of Salvation, p.266). "For hundreds of years the world was wrapped in a veil of spiritual darkness, until there was not one fundamental truth belonging to the place of salvation ...Joseph Smith declared that in the year 1820 the Lord revealed to him that all the 'Christian' churches were in error, teaching for commandments the doctrines of men" (Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 3, p.282).
 
 
 
More recent statements by apostle Bruce McConkie are also very clear: "Apostasy was universal...And this darkness still prevails except among those who have come to a knowledge of the restored gospel" (Doctrines of Salvation, vol 3, p.265); "Thus the signs of the times include the prevailing apostate darkness in the sects of Christendom and in the religious world in general" (The Millennial Messiah, p.403); "a perverted Christianity holds sway among the so-called Christians of apostate Christendom" (Mormon Doctrine, p.132); "virtually all the millions of apostate Christendom have abased themselves before the mythical throne of a mythical Christ whom they vainly suppose to be a spirit essence who is incorporeal uncreated, immaterial and three-in-one with the Father and Holy Spirit" (Mormon Doctrine, p.269); "Gnosticism is one of the great pagan philosophies which antedated Christ and the Christian Era and which was later commingled with pure Christianity to form the apostate religion that has prevailed in the world since the early days of that era." (Mormon Doctrine, p.316).
 
 
 
President George Q. Cannon said: "After the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized, there were only two churches upon the earth. They were known respectively as the Church of the Lamb of God and Babylon. The various organizations which are called churches throughout Christendom, though differing in their creeds and organizations, have one common origin. They all belong to Babylon" (Gospel Truth, p.324).
 
 
President Wilford Woodruff stated: "the Gospel of modern Christendom shuts up the Lord, and stops all communication with Him. I want nothing to do with such a Gospel, I would rather prefer the Gospel of the dark ages, so called" (Journal of Discourses , vol. 2, p.196).

12 posted on 11/07/2013 7:30:10 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

WARNING!! Religion bashing ahead... INDEED!!!
(yes, thank you nancy. you should be very proud)

13 posted on 11/07/2013 7:50:54 AM PST by laotzu
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To: Colofornian; Elsie
"As a practicing and respectful Catholic, abortion is sacred ground to me"
--Democrat Nancy Pelosi

Beware those claiming religious authority, who only tear down religion, but never actually offer praise to God.

14 posted on 11/07/2013 8:00:05 AM PST by laotzu
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To: Elsie

Eat yer suppe.


15 posted on 11/07/2013 8:00:34 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Colofornian

Uh oh - someone isn’t perfect - A good shunning is in order!


16 posted on 11/07/2013 9:13:57 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: laotzu
Beware those claiming religious authority, who only tear down religion, but never actually offer praise to God.

I praise God, Laotzu that He created you!

17 posted on 11/07/2013 9:49:58 AM PST by Colofornian
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To: freedomlover
Uh oh - someone isn’t perfect - A good shunning is in order!

(Yeah, ya got that right...'right' as in the righteous of the righteous)

18 posted on 11/07/2013 9:50:58 AM PST by Colofornian
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To: laotzu

I’m so proud to expose the heresy that calls itself Mormonism that it makes me humble!


20 posted on 11/07/2013 10:46:59 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: laotzu
Beware those claiming religious authority, who only tear down religion, but never actually offer praise to God.

Like reply #12??

21 posted on 11/07/2013 10:48:03 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: laotzu
Laotzu: ...NEVER actually offer praise to God

June 30, 2013 post:
Post #107: Praise God...
...And best of all, was the comment in post #105 of that link as to why I was praising God in that moment!

Well, let's see, Laotzu...you don't track with my FR postings very well...and then beyond that (even worse)...you seem to somehow claim to have perfect knowledge of my offline life as well.

You can repent for your false claims of omniscience re: me alone any time now...

22 posted on 11/07/2013 10:48:42 AM PST by Colofornian
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To: Utah Binger
In my case I came home, graduated from college asap and got out of mormondum by taking a job in California. And yes up until 1963 those were the best two and a half years of my life. I learned to speak a foreign language, met Dexter Gordon and Ella Fitzgerald in the Jazz clubs of Copenhagen and became an expert in cooking Danish food.

So if you go away to a distant place and have fun instead of preaching or whatever, how easy is it to conceal what your true actions are?

The reason I ask is because I've seen a few of those morman mission types spending all day approaching random people on the street and not being very successful at it.

I've often thought that if they spent the whole day at the park or beach and then said "Yeah all those reprobate sinners wouldn't heed the word", they would have pretty much the same results as those who earnestly tried.

23 posted on 11/07/2013 10:56:54 AM PST by ClaytonP
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To: Elsie
I’m so proud...it makes me humble!

Har! Too rich.

Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.

24 posted on 11/07/2013 11:05:50 AM PST by laotzu
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To: Colofornian

What’s an RM?


25 posted on 11/07/2013 11:52:31 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: ClaytonP
We worked sixty hours a week, I became a Branch President and was successful in 25+ baptisms. Don't know if they continued as members. I hope they too figured it out.

When you are indoctrinated regarding process from a very young age you learn how to fake it, do the hard work and bide your time. BTW where did I say I was having fun and not doing the work?

26 posted on 11/07/2013 12:07:39 PM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Vendome
What’s an RM?

RM = Returned Missionary

27 posted on 11/07/2013 12:10:44 PM PST by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian

When you are working to promote your church, then your success is based upon how many sign up, but insofar as we are working for the Lord and His glory, then that you were obedient to Him is what matters, and that souls were warned, sinners invited, some saved, and saints edified, with joy in seeing the Lord graciously work.


28 posted on 11/07/2013 12:48:13 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: daniel1212; All
When you are working to promote your church, then your success is based upon how many sign up, but insofar as we are working for the Lord and His glory, then that you were obedient to Him is what matters, and that souls were warned, sinners invited, some saved, and saints edified, with joy in seeing the Lord graciously work.

Well, I'm glad you mentioned this...'cause it especially leads back to a key phrase I wanted to highlight in this thread's article -- and didn't...and your post prompts me to do that now:

From the article: ...those who came home because of family issues or lacked PERSONAL TESTIMONY IN THE CHURCH were less likely to experience feelings of failure...

ALL: This isn't the first time you'll hear this common Mormon phrase: "testimony in the church"

Unlike in Christianity, where if you hear the phrase "testimony in the church" -- you think somebody is talking about a Christian giving/bearing their testimony inside a given church building, what Mormons mean is that their burning bosom leads them to accept that the Mormon church itself is true (& therefore, by consequence, all other churches are false).

You see...the Mormon church substitutes itself (& often Joseph Smith) as the testimonial target in place of Jesus Christ.

We don't see the New Testament all in a tizzy trying to "testify" that the Christian church is "true" and that the early Christians needed some "personal testimony" about the Christian church! Nope...the testimonies focused on Jesus as Messiah:

* John the Baptist so testified of Christ: "6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe." (John 1)

* John the Apostle so testified of Christ: "I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.” (John 1:34)

* The Old Testament testified of Christ: "These are the very Scriptures that testify about me," (John 5:39)

* The works of Jesus testified of Christ: "The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me," (John 10:25)

* Even the Holy Spirit testified of Christ: “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me." (John 15:26)

* John says that WE are also to testify of Christ: "And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning." (John 15:27)

* And John the Apostle finishes up 1 John with a series of testimonies...including that of God the Father Himself!

"And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." (1 John 5)

As Daniel1212 indicates, The Mormon church is there to promote the Mormon church. That's NOT our goal as Christians: People are to encounter the genuine Jesus. 'Tis a relationship with Him that saves (John 17:3); not the co-redeemers the Mormons pretend to be in their proxy-necro-baptisms in their temples.

29 posted on 11/07/2013 1:37:03 PM PST by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian

O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish.
—Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 9:28

... men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion.
Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 26:29

The Church is like a great caravan—organized, prepared, following an appointed course, with its captains of tens and captains of hundreds all in place.
What does it matter if a few barking dogs snap at the heels of the weary travelers? Or that predators claim those few who fall by the way? The caravan moves on.

Is there a ravine to cross, a miry mud hole to pull through, a steep grade to climb? So be it. The oxen are strong and the teamsters wise. The caravan moves on.
Are there storms that rage along the way, floods that wash away the bridges, deserts to cross, and rivers to ford? Such is life in this fallen sphere. The caravan moves on.
Ahead is the celestial city, the eternal Zion of our God, where all who maintain their position in the caravan shall find food and drink and rest. Thank God that the caravan moves on!
—Bruce R. McConkie Modern day Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ

No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done. —Joseph Smith—History of the Church, 4:540.

The Articles of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.

3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

4. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

5. We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

11. We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul-We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.


30 posted on 11/07/2013 3:07:48 PM PST by Dr. Zzyzx
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To: Colofornian

Woops. Dime, huh?

No "feelings" (dime)? Upon return from the mean ol' world...lacking a certain burning-in-the busom, personal testimony in the church? Well al-righty then. here's maybe their song...

but I gotta warm 'em. Old music like this may put one in a melancholy, laid-back sort of mood that possibly only steaming hot coffee may provide cure...

For those who have heard it (if there are any of those around here)
don't miss one of Duane's fairly short, (2:08) solo acoustic works
which can be found in the lower right column/corner.
One of the best.

.

 

Little Martha

Sorry for the Chile's commercials at the last links
> I think they think I am from Hispania.

33 posted on 11/07/2013 3:47:20 PM PST by BlueDragon (somebody better lone that dime...to ease my worried mind...)
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To: laotzu
Humility is concerned with what is right.

And what describes avoidance of MORMON quotes?

Fear?

35 posted on 11/07/2013 7:19:33 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Utah Binger
We worked sixty hours a week, I became a Branch President and was successful in 25+ baptisms.

Did you have time for half-court basketball?


The Rules

  1. Learn and obey all missionary rules.
  2. Keep your thoughts, words, and actions in harmony with the gospel message.
  3. Read only books, magazines, and other material authorized by the Church.
  4. Don't debate or argue.
  5. Center your mind on your mission.
  6. Dress conservatively. Elders: white shirts, conservative ties, and business suits. Sisters: conservative colors and skirts that cover your knees. No floor-length skirts or dresses.
  7. Cut your hair regularly.
  8. Keep your hair clean and neatly combed at all times in the approved style.
  9. Be neat and clean.
  10. Bathe frequently.
  11. Use deodorant.
  12. Polish your shoes.
  13. Iron your shirt and business suit.
  14. Arise at 6:30 A.M.
  15. Study for 2 hours every morning.
  16. Proselytize for 10 hours between 9:30 A.M. and 9:30 P.M.
  17. Turn off your lights at 10:30 P.M.
  18. Exercise regularly.
  19. Write in your journal regularly.
  20. Follow the "Missionary Gospel Study Program" (31157) for your personal study.
  21. Regularly study the Missionary Guide and the Discussions.
  22. Attend Sunday priesthood or Relief Society meetings, Sunday School, and sacrament meeting.
  23. Attend the general session of Stake Conference.
  24. Attend general conference broadcasts if available.
  25. Avoid all other church meetings unless you have a special assignment or are brining an investigator.
  26. Proselytize as much as possible on weekends and holidays because this is when you'll find people home.
  27. End your preparation day at 6:00 P.M. and proselytize from 6:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.
  28. Wear your missionary uniform in public on preparation day while not engaged in recreational activities.
  29. Arise at 6:30 on preparation day and study for 2 hours from the approved books.
  30. Take care of your physical preparation for the week on preparation day: wash your clothes, clean your apartment, wash your car, get your haircut, and shop for groceries.
  31. Write to your parents every week on preparation day.
  32. Write less frequently to your siblings, friends, and acquaintances.
  33. Don't communicate with any friends or acquaintances that are within or close to your mission boundaries, except as a part of official mission business.
  34. Plan safe, wholesome, and uplifting activities for preparation day.
  35. Stay with your companion during all activities.
  36. Do not go on road trips.
  37. Do not leave your assigned area without permission
  38. Do not watch television.
  39. Do not view unauthorized videocassettes.
  40. Do not listen to the radio.
  41. Do not listen to unauthorized audiocassettes or CD’s.
  42. Do not participate in musical groups.
  43. Do not participate in athletic teams.
  44. Do not sponsor athletic teams.
  45. Do not engage in contact sports.
  46. Do not engage in water sports.
  47. Do not engage in winter sports.
  48. Do not engage in motorcycling.
  49. Do not engage in horseback riding.
  50. Do not engage in mountain climbing.
  51. Do not embark on a private boat.
  52. Do not embark in a private airplane.
  53. Do not handle firearms.
  54. Do not handle explosives.
  55. Do not swim.
  56. Do not play full court basketball.
  57. Do not play basketball in leagues.
  58. Do not play basketball in tournaments.
  59. You may play half-court basketball.
  60. Never be alone.
  61. Seek advice from your mission president if your companion is "having difficulties".
  62. Be loyal to your companion.
  63. Ask your mission president for help if your companion doesn’t obey the rules.
  64. Pray with your companion every day.
  65. Study with your companion every day.
  66. Plan your work with your companion every day.
  67. Take time at least once a week for companionship inventory.
  68. Seek to be one in spirit and purpose and help each other succeed.
  69. Always address your companion as Elder or Sister.
  70. Sleep in the same bedroom as your companion.
  71. Do not sleep in the same bed as your companion.
  72. Do not arise before your companion.
  73. Do not retire after your companion. (apparently, being together is more important than getting the correct amount of sleep that your unique body requires.)
  74. Frequently study with your companion the Missionary Guide section on companions.
  75. Never be alone with anyone of the opposite sex.
  76. Never associate inappropriately with anyone of the opposite sex (conversely, they don't mention whether or not it is against the rules to associate inappropriately with anyone of the same sex).
  77. Do not flirt.
  78. Do not date.
  79. Do not communicate via phone or letter with anyone of the opposite sex living within or near mission boundaries.
  80. Do not visit a single or divorced person of the opposite sex unless accompanied by a couple or another adult member of your sex.
  81. Try to teach single investigators in a member’s home or have missionaries of the same sex teach them.
  82. Always follow the above rules, even if the situation seems harmless.
  83. Use the commitment pattern to get referrals from members.
  84. Keep your dinner visits with member briefs and during the customary dinner hour in the area.
  85. Remember to say thank you to those who feed you.
  86. Visit members and nonmembers only at appropriate times.
  87. Do not counsel or give medical treatment.
  88. Do not stay in the homes of people when they are on vacation.
  89. Only write letters to family members and friends at home.
  90. Do not telephone parents
  91. Do not telephone relatives.
  92. Do not telephone friends.
  93. Do not telephone girlfriends.
  94. Contact your mission president in case of an emergency.
  95. Take problems and questions to your mission president.
  96. Do not write to the President of the Church or to other General Authorities. Letters from missionaries to General Authorities are referred back to the mission president
  97. Respect the customs, traditions, and property of the people who you are trying to convert.
  98. Obey all mission rules.
  99. Obey the laws of the land.
  100. Do not get involved in politics.
  101. Do not get involved in commercial activities.
  102. Do not give any information about the area.
  103. Respect the customs and cultures of those who you are trying to convert to your own customs and culture.
  104. Respect the beliefs, practices, and sites of other religions.
  105. Do not say or write anything bad about the political and cultural circumstances where you serve.
  106. Do not become involved in adoption proceedings.
  107. Do not suggest or encourage emigration. (This rule is a bit ironic, given the now-defunct doctrine of gathering the believers to Zion)
  108. Be courteous.
  109. Provide community service.
  110. Do not provide community service that isn’t approved by your mission president.
  111. Do not provide more than 4 hours a week of community service.
  112. Do not provide community service during the evening, weekend or holidays—those are peek proselytizing times.
  113. Your mission president must approve your housing.
  114. Keep your housing unit clean.
  115. Do not live with single or divorced people of the opposite sex.
  116. Do not live where the spouse is frequently absent.
  117. Your living unit must have a private bath and entrance.
  118. You may occasionally fast for a special reason, but generally the monthly fast is sufficient.
  119. Do not fast longer than 24 hours at a time.
  120. Do not ask friends, relatives, and members to join in special fasts for investigators.
  121. Maintain your health.
  122. Eat a healthy diet.
  123. Sleep from 10:30 to 6:30.
  124. Follow the approved exercise program.
  125. Keep your body, clothes, dishes, linens, towels and housing unit clean.
  126. Dispose of your garbage properly and promptly.
  127. Follow the safety rules for all of your stuff.
  128. Seek medical care if you are in an accident or become sick.
  129. Be immunized.
  130. Spend your money only on things relating to your mission.
  131. Budget your money carefully.
  132. Keep a record of what you spend.
  133. Do not spend more than your companion.
  134. Do not loan money.
  135. Do not borrow money.
  136. Keep a reserve fund of $50 to $100 at all times for transfers.
  137. Pay your bills before leaving an area.
  138. Pay cash for all resale literature and supplies ordered from the mission office.
  139. Do not waste money on souvenirs.
  140. Do not waste money on unnecessary items.
  141. Be a frugal photographer.
  142. Do not accumulate excess baggage.
  143. Obey custom laws and regulations.
  144. Pay fast offerings each fast Sunday to the bishop or branch president where you serve.
  145. Pay tithing on outside sources of income (i.e. interest) to your home bishop or branch president.
  146. Evaluate your funds a few months before the end of your mission. If you have more than you need, ask that less be sent so that you can return home without excess money.
  147. Do not drive without a license.
  148. Drive only Church-owned vehicles.
  149. Do not drive members’ cars.
  150. Do not drive nonmembers’ cars.
  151. Do not give rides to members or investigators in Church-owned cars.
  152. Use cars only on approved mission business.
  153. Use cars only within the assigned geographical area.
  154. Be conscious of safety at all times.
  155. Drive defensively.
  156. Wear your seat belt.
  157. Pray for the Lord’s protection while driving.
  158. If your companion is driving, assist him or her.
  159. Do not tamper with the vehicle’s odometer.
  160. Know bicycle safety rules.
  161. Use extreme caution on your bicycle.
  162. Do not ride your bicycle after dark.
  163. Do not ride your bicycle in heavy traffic.
  164. Do not ride your bicycle in adverse weather conditions.
  165. Go directly to your new area when transferred.
  166. Find your new companion without delay when transferred.
  167. Have a maximum of two suitcases and a briefcase.

36 posted on 11/07/2013 7:22:07 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx
We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.


37 posted on 11/07/2013 7:25:51 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Dr. Zzyzx
8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

But, the Book of Abraham, found in another of our scriptures - the Pearl of Great Price - is proving to be a bit troublesome...

38 posted on 11/07/2013 7:28:29 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: BlueDragon
but I gotta warm 'em. Old music like this may put one in a melancholy, laid-back sort of mood that possibly only steaming hot coffee may provide cure...

The following will snap you out of any revelry that may have occurred in your soul...




(click)
Praise to the Man!
 
 
 
Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah!
Jesus annointed that Prophet and Seer.
Blessed to open the last dispensation,
Kings shall extol him, and nations revere.

Chorus
Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven!
Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.
Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;
Death cannot conquer the hero again.

Praise to his mem'ry, he died as a martyr;
Honored and blest be his ever great name!
Long shall his blood, which was shed by assasins,
Plead unto heav'n while the earth lauds his fame.

Chorus
Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven!
Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.
Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;
Death cannot conquer the hero again.


Great is his glory and endless his priesthood.
Ever and ever the keys he will hold.
Faithful and true he will enter his kingdom,
Crowned in the midst of the prophets of old.

Chorus
Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven!
Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.
Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;
Death cannot conquer the hero again.


Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven;
Earth must atone for the blood of that man.
Wake up the world for the conflict of justice.
Millions shall know 'Brother Joseph' again.

Chorus
Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven!
Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.
Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;
Death cannot conquer the hero again.


39 posted on 11/07/2013 7:30:33 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Colofornian
We don't see the New Testament all in a tizzy trying to "testify" that the Christian church is "true" and that the early Christians needed some "personal testimony" about the Christian church! Nope...the testimonies focused on Jesus as Messiah:

That's why they need to make their tradition equal with Scripture, which only they can authoritatively define. Too much like Rome.

40 posted on 11/07/2013 7:47:09 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: Elsie

Don’t need no stinkin’ rules.


41 posted on 11/08/2013 4:22:05 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Elsie
And what describes avoidance of MORMON quotes? Fear?

Good morning. That was a Mormon quote.

"Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right."
Ezra Taft Benson

42 posted on 11/08/2013 6:30:22 AM PST by laotzu
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To: Colofornian
It's well know and documented that anti-Mormon's deceive. They use half truths and outright lies to spread their venom.

Leaving out most of the original article because it doesn't fit their negative and vile narrative is common.

Left out of the original article
In response to the study, LDS Church Spokesperson Cody Craynor issued a statement encouraging members to reach out to early-returning missionaries.

“It is our hope that all Church members and visitors to our local congregations will be warmly received and feel the love and support of our faith communities," he wrote. "This extends to elders and sisters returning home and adjusting to life after their missions regardless of the duration of their service or personal circumstances.”


Left out of the original article
In her presentation, Doty said that missionaries returning early from the field may already be hypersensitive to the situation, and the fact that early returns are handled differently from ward to ward could affect the return missionary’s perception. Those who perceived their ward members received them well from their early return had decreased feelings of failure.

Left out of the original article
Those who felt they were received well upon their return by ward members were less likely to become inactive. Additionally, having strong spiritual experiences on their missions increased their chances of staying active after an early return.

I was raised a Southern Baptist and converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 21. At 22, I served a mission in California. I came home two months early due to health problems. I've been an active Church member for almost 30 years. Married in the Salt Lake Temple. I have 6 kids and my oldest son just returned from his very successful mission in California.

I personally was well received by my ward. But it didn't matter if I was or wasn't received well, the gospel is still true no matter what people do. I will always be active in it until Jesus Christ returns and tells me His work is finished.

The original article is about a very small minority of the total missionary population who, like me have to return home from their missions early.
43 posted on 11/08/2013 6:40:04 AM PST by StormPrepper
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To: Dr. Zzyzx
I read your post #30 several times. It's very nice, thank you for posting.

No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done. —Joseph Smith—History of the Church, 4:540.

I may put that as my desktop image.
44 posted on 11/08/2013 6:48:18 AM PST by StormPrepper
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To: laotzu
Good ol' Ezra!!





In conclusion let us summarize this grand key, these “Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet”, for our salvation depends on them.


1. The prophet is the only man who speaks for the Lord in everything.
2. The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works.
3. The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet.
4. The prophet will never lead the church astray.
5. The prophet is not required to have any particular earthly training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time.
6. The prophet does not have to say “Thus Saith the Lord,” to give us scripture.
7. The prophet tells us what we need to know, not always what we want to know.
8. The prophet is not limited by men’s reasoning.
9. The prophet can receive revelation on any matter, temporal or spiritual.
10. The prophet may advise on civic matters.
11. The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich.
12. The prophet will not necessarily be popular with the world or the worldly.
13. The prophet and his counselors make up the First Presidency—the highest quorum in the Church.
14. The prophet and the presidency—the living prophet and the First Presidency—follow them and be blessed—reject them and suffer.

I testify that these fourteen fundamentals in following the living prophet are true. If we want to know how well we stand with the Lord then let us ask ourselves how well we stand with His mortal captain—how close do our lives harmonize with the Lord’s anointed—the living Prophet—President of the Church, and with the Quorum of the First Presidency.

Ezra Taft Benson

(Address given Tuesday, February 26, 1980 at Brigham Young University)     http://www.lds.org/liahona/1981/06/fourteen-fundamentals-in-following-the-prophet?lang=eng

45 posted on 11/08/2013 7:29:02 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: StormPrepper
It's well know and documented that anti-Mormon's deceive. They use half truths and outright lies to spread their venom.

It's well know and documented that Mormon's deceive. They use half truths and outright lies to spread their venom.


And, if they do NOT cling to polygamy; they are DAMNED!! (according to one faily highranking MORMON source...)


"Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned;

and I will go still further and say, take this revelation, or any other revelation that the Lord has given,

and deny it in your feelings, and I promise that you will be damned.

Brigham Young - JoD 3:266 (July 14, 1855)


46 posted on 11/08/2013 7:31:34 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: StormPrepper
I've been an active Church member for almost 30 years.

Are you one of the 15% or so 0f ALL Mormons who possess a TR?

47 posted on 11/08/2013 7:32:39 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: StormPrepper
No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing;

Watch out for the HALLOWED ones!

48 posted on 11/08/2013 7:33:29 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

...let the tares grow up with the wheat until the harvest...


49 posted on 11/08/2013 7:34:13 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie
HALLOWED ONES Speaking Today
50 posted on 11/08/2013 7:38:40 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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