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HelloHyde commented on a post in r/exmormon
HelloHyde 2 points

Fairly standard sales techniques. They identify those most likely to be open (usually those in some state of emotional crisis are best), present ideas that sound amazing and will solve the person’s problems, create emotions and tell them it’s from God, get them to make a series of escalating commitments, resolve concerns.

HelloHyde commented on a post in r/exmormon
happy_UTexile 2 points

It's not just TBMs though. These freaks are all over. It came to me as I was standing in line with my preschooler for that God awful teacup ride. The line was about 40 minutes long and over HALF of the people in it were adults by THEMSELVES. no kids, not part of a larger family grou[ with kids, just weirdo freaks who were dressed up and spending the day at Disneyland. Also, the lone adults were mostly females. I'll never understand it.

HelloHyde 1 point

Like what you like and let others do the same. No need to put someone down for liking something different.

HelloHyde commented on a post in r/exmormon
meeohkneer 2 points

Do UT companies not have paternity leave?

How's maternity leave, generally speaking? (or are women expected to not work and to stay home?)

This is kind of funny (in a sad way), given that I'd guess, based on what little I know of the state, that UT is one of the fastest growing states (by birth, not emigration).

HelloHyde 1 point

Both are generally terrible in Utah, at least in my experience. My wife gets zero paid maternity (and works at a Silicon Slopes tech company), and my company has 2 weeks maternity, one paternity (also a tech company).

HelloHyde commented on a post in r/exmormon
HelloHyde 2 points

Wanna live forever? Then become a part of the world. Make an impact on someone. Create something. Those things live forever. My ancestors are alive in my DNA, my memory, and my very person. Think about someone who had an impact on your life, and how that impact can carry on as you share it forward with others. Make a legacy, or create something that will last. Leave the world a better place than you found it and you’ll be immortal. That’s what keeps me going, that and a desire to prove that being a regular old human can be fucking amazing, exaltation be damned. Mortality is beautiful. Our life isn’t a blip in eternity, it’s the whole thing. So make something out of it.

HelloHyde commented on a post in r/exmormon
CaptainMacaroni 62 points

You left out the best part.

Make sure you're square with your Heavenly Father who loves you and wants you to be happy, and the way to happiness is to keep His commandments. The word commandment is a little misunderstood sometimes. People think it is some kind of restriction, binding or some kind of prison cell. In contrary, keeping the word of wisdom will allow you to run and not be weary and walk and not be faint and ski with your grandchildren.

Remember the context of the statement. Here Nelson is saying people are only leaving because they feel the commandments are too restrictive. They leave because they want to sin.

Same old story as always.

HelloHyde 17 points

Was Monson skiing with his grandchildren? Nope. It’s all genetics.

HelloHyde commented on a post in r/exmormon
ProbablyMyRealName 45 points

Well, the Books of Mormon and Abraham seem to be his own original works.

*edit: guys, I get it, he ripped it all off. I just wanted to shit on Brother Joseph too. It seemed like you guys were having so much fun.

HelloHyde 6 points

I got it.

HelloHyde commented on a post in r/exmormon
jesussucks2017 33 points

It's been 48 years and it was Hugh B. Brown, who ironically was against blacks not having the priesthood.

HelloHyde 4 points

And that was the first time in the 20th century. So this is definitely unusual and rare.

HelloHyde commented on a post in r/exmormon
JeffreyArrrHolland2 9 points

The new website will have a completely html letter with embedded images. No more download to read the letter (but there will be downloads available).

Here's a little sneak peak.

https://i.imgur.com/ajMKAml.png

https://i.imgur.com/Dftyy2h.png

Thanks

HelloHyde 1 point

Love that.

HelloHyde commented on a post in r/exmormon
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spiritualies 3 points

Not as cool. It hasn't been blessed by Jesus Powers yet, so it doesn't matter if you bring Satan into the temple. It's just a building at that point. It takes an octagenarian white guy to say some anti-hexes and wave a booger-wiper around before it's truly sacred and "defilable."

HelloHyde 1 point

Several times so everyone can see it. Don’t ask how that works, just have faith.

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HelloHyde 1 point

Paragraph 1 also included the missionary age change. There is no statement of “[but he should]”; the author doesn’t include opinions, just that there was a movement for women’s rights during Monson’s time and how he handled it. The whole church history/transparency/dishonesty thing was a pretty significant event during Monson’s administration, with news about admitting to polygamy making national headlines and many members leaving the church over them. It was something he definitely had to deal with, and the essays were from his era too. The Boy Scouts have been a major church partner for decades and Monson presided over the split. These were all major events of TSM’s time as leader and all made national news, so they are most likely to be recognized by readers. And if you read it there are no opinions stated, only a somewhat negative tone, so calling it an opinion piece is a stretch.

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HelloHyde 1 point

Ordain Women made a lot of headlines. It may not have been large but it was loud, especially nationally. I remember my social media feeds seemed to have nothing else for weeks.

Prop 8 was a major event, as was church opposition to the Supreme Court case in which they filed briefs, as they have done for the baker case. And they’ve supported campaigns similar to Prop 8 in other countries. Also the November 2015 policy which was quite significant both internally and externally. So actually there was quite a lot.

And yes, it is a split. The BSA and LDS Church were a partnership regarding 14-18 year old young men and are no longer. They are no longer working together. That is what I would call splitting. They have split up. Gone separate ways. Split, in other words. It doesn’t require active action against the BSA to be considered a split.

Go search national news services for mentions of the church and I bet these things will be what comes up.

What events exactly do you think they should have included instead? Some conference talks? That’s about the only other thing that happened.

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HelloHyde commented on a post in r/fantasywriters
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HelloHyde 3 points

They kidnap pregnant female humans and do something to them (maybe insert some kind of bodily fluid or something) that interacts with the fetus and alters the DNA so it grows into an elf. Kinda dark maybe.

Or maybe they lay a sort of egg as part of their cycle and another elf somehow fertilizes it and it grows outside of the body. Or I guess if you wanted to go a bit more graphic the second elf could insert the egg inside themselves where it becomes fertilized and attaches and the baby grows internally like a normal pregnancy.

Last one: the elves are on a cycle (sort of like a menstrual cycle, maybe a longer time period though) and at one point of the cycle they’re ovulating while at another point they’re producing sperm in their body fluids, so in order to reproduce they’d need to pair up with someone at the opposite point in the cycle and get the sperm inside the one that’s ovulating using fingers or whatever else you want. It would fit pretty well with your erotic lesbian thing.

Anima715 2 points

They kidnap pregnant female humans and do something to them (maybe insert some kind of bodily fluid or something) that interacts with the fetus and alters the DNA so it grows into an elf. Kinda dark maybe.

This is good, I like. Fits into how they could become a sort of antagonist - I already know certain aspects of what they're going to to, and kidnapping was already part of it!

Or maybe they lay a sort of egg as part of their cycle and another elf somehow fertilizes it and it grows outside of the body. Or I guess if you wanted to go a bit more graphic the second elf could insert the egg inside themselves where it becomes fertilized and attaches and the baby grows internally like a normal pregnancy.

I like this too. Though, I do tend to stray away from being too graphic.

Last one: the elves are on a cycle (sort of like a menstrual cycle, maybe a longer time period though) and at one point of the cycle they’re ovulating while at another point they’re producing sperm in their body fluids, so in order to reproduce they’d need to pair up with someone at the opposite point in the cycle and get the sperm inside the one that’s ovulating using fingers or whatever else you want. It would fit pretty well with your erotic lesbian thing.

I did consider this too! This one actually so far is my favorite. There was a post on here recently about the moon and menstrual cycles I could likely gain some inspiration from that. But it isn't an erotic novel! Yes, they do have sex. They're consenting adults! It isn't YA, and Shine usually has sex with Sane as another form of control - Shine is lowkey dominant. Nobody else really knows that besides Sane since Sane is outwardly the outspoken one of the pair, often shutting Shine out entirely. But the sexytimes aren't at all a focal point.

But the third idea fits the best, considering if they are only able to reproduce within their own race, it explains why Shine never gets Sane pregnant.

Thanks! :D

HelloHyde 2 points

No problem! Plotting and creating is what I love about writing. It’s so fun thinking of things like this. Hopefully someday I can actually figure out how to stick to the actual writing part better in my own stuff and finish something :) Good luck!

Edit: sorry, I think I saw someone talking about eroticism in another comment and got it mixed up.

HelloHyde commented on a post in r/nba
kingofthemonsters 2 points

Last year when he played for my cards, there was a stretch where Quentin Snyder was out with injury and Donovan ran point. It was incredible and I wish Rick ran with it after Q came back.

HelloHyde 2 points

I was briefly really confused until I realized you said “Quentin,” not “Quin.”

HelloHyde commented on a post in r/exmormon
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JazerNorth -2 points

Most of those are theories, unless you can show that there is proof.

HelloHyde 3 points

Infallible “proof” is likely impossible, since we can’t go back and witness our species evolving. Your original statement, however, is that there is no evidence, which is patently false. There is plenty of evidence. The theories are how we interpret the evidence that exists. Also, I should note that a scientific theory is not the same as the word “theory” is often used in casual conversation (as in, just some idea someone has). A theory does have evidence to back it up and basically acts as the standing assumption until evidence is found that disproves it.

JazerNorth 0 points

Hypothesis is creationism. Theory is evolution. Still, neither have proof of where life began.

HelloHyde 2 points

Did you read anything in the comment you’re replying to?

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HelloHyde commented on a post in r/Fantasy
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Toorelad 32 points

The Last Light of The Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay takes place in an alternate Britain in the time of Alfred the Great, dealing with Viking raiders while trying to forge a nation.

HelloHyde 5 points

This was my first thought too. Definitely recommend.

HelloHyde 1 point

The Iron Druid chronicles by Kevin Hearne contain a lot of mythologies in them (basically the idea is that every mythology from every culture is true) but there are some good Norse storylines in the series. Not strictly Viking, but very fun regardless.

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