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Kolob 2 points ago +2 / -0

And yet he has been the same wonderful guy the whole time. We are here to learn and evolve. My faith has helped me beyond measure, but I was not a horrible person before, just in a different part of my learning. I think not having always had faith helps me understand other views and not think less of people who look at the world differently, but at the same time I am also happy when people are aided by an increase in faith.

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Kolob 2 points ago +2 / -0

I sort of entered religion this way, but when I prayed and, to my shock, got definitive answers a few times, everything changed for me. I see organized religion a bit differently as have a community has huge benefits. Just one is hearing different viewpoints of various teachings. Another big one is being able to band together to help people on a large scale. We try to prevent people from falling through cracks alone. I am still not a literalist and cannot grasp why anyone would be. Even if the stories were literal, that level of understanding would have no meaning.

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Kolob 1 point ago +1 / -0

I belong to a Christian denomination and don't really believe in Buddha, but study Buddhism and try to adopt some of the practices as I find them useful. I think it is a similar concept in that we try to find philosophies that make the world a better place

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Kolob 2 points ago +2 / -0

Interesting, my parents cut me off when I joined a church. My daughter cut us off when she left (no, I do not believe in hell and we supported 100% her decision to live as she chose and never, ever forced church.) Truly it is intolerance that is the problem, not religion or lack of it. That said I have met the people you are describing and I understand where you are coming from. My theology doesn't even believe in hell or that we have to convert in this life so we tend to be a patient bunch. There are idiots in every group.

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Kolob 1 point ago +1 / -0

I have, my daughter and her boyfriend were pretty obnoxious. I guess since she wasn't born yet when I was not religious she would not realize I had not only heard it all before, I had been there. I just ignored it, I used to be young and remember what it was like when I thought I knew everything. At the same time she tells me how awful I am she doesn't even realize one very close friend of mine is also an atheist. He is respectful so we get along great.

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Kolob 10 points ago +10 / -0

My daughter is now 27 and started an angry atheist phase a few years ago when she got together with her atheist boyfriend. 2 years ago she told us we had to give up our faith too in order for her to be comfortable with us. I told her she had crossed a line and we have been out of touch. Any advice? I have been thinking of sending her a holiday card, but for several years before we fell out of touch she was just on me constantly about one thing or another and I got exhausted. She has also at times been a wonderful person and I miss her.

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Kolob 1 point ago +1 / -0

Exactly, watch Ronna's body language. I have neighbors who have met Mittens and my son's old viola teacher knew the family because his sister was in their ward. They are not well liked by many people. Fake as fake can be. He knows how to deceive people, but family are less gullible

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Kolob 3 points ago +3 / -0

I suspect Ronna hates her uncle. Don't assume, just stop and think of all of your own extended family.

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Kolob 1 point ago +1 / -0

Romney has thought he was destined to be president his whole life. He even told a missionary companion he would be president. He feels like it is his job and calling and will do anything to get there. He is the worst sort because he truly believes he is better than all of us. He lies every campaign to get elected. I think he has effectively sold his soul. He has been tricked by the devil and will believe to his dying day that he is a good guy trying to save humanity. It is easier for me to deal with a Bill Clinton because he knows he is corrupt.

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Kolob 2 points ago +2 / -0

True, I visited 20 years ago and 9 years ago. The changes were staggering.

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Kolob 4 points ago +4 / -0

When I lived in Europe it was still behind the iron curtain.

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Kolob 2 points ago +2 / -0

You are in the best part of Europe, best gun laws. I want to visit. There is an annual MotoGP race in Brno so it has to be pretty good

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Kolob 2 points ago +2 / -0

Yes, even AZ is more laid back. California was really fun. My ward in LA had a horn section for musical numbers in sacrament meeting. Their attitude is that they just did whatever they wanted and did not care about directions on things that don't matter or stupid traditions unrelated to the Gospel.

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Kolob 5 points ago +5 / -0

Conservative Treehouse outed McMullin as a CIA deep state operative. They do fantastic research

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Kolob 2 points ago +2 / -0

Remember when Jimmy Carter went down and said their elections were fine? He also talked to Castro in Cuba when the librarians were being locked up and said Castro told him he would stop. Fidel Castro never stopped. The original revolutionary foot soldiers always get killed. They did in Russia, Iran, and then the intellectuals that created the mess whine about ow this is not what they really wanted when the strong man takes over. Idiots.

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