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Idaho Spud
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Idaho Spud commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"If I remember right, 80 years is about the average for someone born in 1941, like I was.  6 more years and I'll be above average."
26 minutes ago
Idaho Spud commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"80 years is still longer than average for people born in that era."
29 minutes ago
Idaho Spud replied to Dyslexic's DOG's discussion Secular Humanism Teaches Christians How To Be Moral?
"Mormonism brought god's wife back, although she is called a goddess in name only.  She's really just a baby factory."
32 minutes ago
Idaho Spud commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Wow Randy!  97 years and still going.  I thought my dad was doing great living 95 years.  Of course, my mother is still in the running.  She's 95 and still going.  Maybe she'll beat your dad in longevity. : )"
38 minutes ago
Idaho Spud commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Felaine, I wish you had one too.  I use it all the time, mainly to cook beans.  They just won't soften at the boiling point of open water, which is 205 degrees F at this altitude of 4500 feet. I see I made a mistake in my last post.…"
46 minutes ago
Idaho Spud commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"I just realized what "Time Began in a Garden" means.  I think.  Probably means the garden of eden.  Sorry about that.  But, if someone could change that wording, I think it's a beautiful card."
56 minutes ago
Idaho Spud commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"I'm eating on my second large pot of bean or split pea, pork, & poke bone soup.   I cooked the pork & bones in the pressure cooker at 160 degrees for an hour.  Long enough to soften the bones, then put the beans in &…"
1 hour ago
Idaho Spud commented on Joan Denoo's group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"I like a lot of Michael Moore's ideas.  He's a Catholic, but one interesting thing he said is "We will not back theocracies.""
17 hours ago
Idaho Spud commented on Daniel W's group Cancer
"Glad to hear your good news Joan.  Even though you probably expected that news, I'll bet it felt very good to hear."
18 hours ago
Patricia replied to Idaho Spud's discussion NASAs Opportunity Mars Rover's amazing 11 year 26 mile scientific discovery journey. in the group Atheists who love Science!
"Ancient Martian lake system records two water-related events Posted: 25 Mar 2015 06:07 PM PDT Researchers have completed a new analysis of an ancient Martian lake system in Jezero Crater, near the planet's equator. The study finds that the…"
21 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Daniel W. Mylin's discussion Prayer can't hurt?
"Good one G Cat.  I'm saving that quote."
22 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Personalized Atheist Rings from Walmart - (Text is Below Pictures) in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I quit shopping at Walmart mainly because of the poor quality.  Their frozen and refrigerated food has far less taste than other places in town, some of which have the same price. Out of approximately 10 electronic products I've purchased…"
23 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Joan Denoo's discussion We must provide more education re: religion, Islam, Christianity and challenge ancient myths, harmful ideas told as fact
"Bertold, I also loved "Grow up." and "god did not survive Auschwits".  "It's talking to a dead person." was frightening."
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Idaho Spud commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Happy belated birthday Randy. "
yesterday
Idaho Spud commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Thanks Randy.  I think I've mentioned this before, but I had one when I lived in California, and loved to make juice from them. When I bought the house, I noticed it had two small trees.  The Apricot tree looked dead, but I watered…"
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Plinius replied to Idaho Spud's discussion NASAs Opportunity Mars Rover's amazing 11 year 26 mile scientific discovery journey. in the group Atheists who love Science!
"I'm afraid I would miss the cats very much, but the idea is good!"
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About Me:
I had loving parents, but was strongly indoctrinated with Mormon beliefs as a child.

I grew-up with a logical mind and loving science, but ignored logic and science where they disagreed with Mormon beliefs.

As the years went on, my logical mind slowly made me question Mormonism. As a teenager, I came to the conclusion that either only one religion was true, or they were all false.

I believed less and less as time went on, but I still had the fear of Satan getting control of me and deceiving me until I was about age 55. (On August 5, 2014 I became 73).

That's when I finally realized that I had never had any prayers answered that I could tell, had never felt the spirit letting me know the truth that I could tell, and never had any help from my spiritual leaders that I could tell.

That realization confirmed that Mormonism was false. With that in mind, I decided to study evolution, which Mormon brainwashing had me arguing against and refusing to study.

That study quickly made it obvious that evolution was true and proved beyond any reasonable doubt that all christian religions were false.

My study of evolution let me to Richard Dawkins, and his book "The God Delusion". That book was the final nail that convinced me that all religions were false, and that there was no evidence supporting a belief in a god or an afterlife.

I quickly realized that faith and belief are ridiculous, and now accept as true only those things that have a great amount of scientific evidence to support them.

I’m now able to enjoy learning the fascinating and amazing new scientific discoveries about life and the universe without religious dogma getting in the way.

Since leaving behind the fear and guilt of religion, I’ve overcome a great deal of depression and anxiety. I’ve become 100 times as ambitious and have lost 37 pounds of extra fat (halfway there), without any questionable diets.

I love the beauty of green growing things, and very much enjoy growing things in my garden, especially delicious things to eat.

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At 4:32pm on March 4, 2015, Steph S. said…

Hello Spud and no problem I understand. Having a pet is a big responsibility. I wish you the best. I hope you are doing well. It is very nice to hear from you.

At 11:30am on February 4, 2015, Joan Denoo said…

Thank you Spud. Yes. and I join in the positive ck mark on this one. 

At 2:24pm on November 13, 2014, Patricia said…

Thanks Spud. Love the kitty post approval.....stealing!

At 12:04pm on October 22, 2014, Loren Miller said…
Only friends can exchange email messages inside Atheist Nexus. If you remove the person you're having a problem with as a friend, it will disallow emails. There is also a hot link for blocking messages on each user's profile page.

Try one or the other, and let me know how you do.
At 5:07pm on May 5, 2014, king said…
Ok spud from what I can tell you have a rock elm problem I might be wrong if so let me know please
At 8:44pm on April 30, 2014, king said…

not ment as a joke

At 8:40pm on April 30, 2014, king said…

what do you grow in idaho

At 8:27pm on April 30, 2014, king said…

gardner right?

At 7:44am on December 25, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Being an atheist in a religious family is not easy. One is either forced to "partake" in ceremonies or decide not to participate/attend. You go to a sister's house for a Thanksgiving meal, and they "offer up" a prayer of thanks. What do you do? While others prayed in church, I never bowed (I did stand) or recited aloud. In my mind, I was a rock--solid and silent. I'm learning to accept the belief of others without being judgmental. It ain't easy!

At 7:32pm on December 11, 2013, k.h. ky said…

Spud, leaving religion was like having a weight lifted from me.  The instilled guilt and fear eventually disappeared completly.  Now if I could just break myself from watching the news...

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