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  2. It is not the food that was the problem, but linking the food to countries that lack any heritage with the food, acting as if there was some significant connection when there wasn't. It shows a certain lack of caring while pretending to care it is important (the flags were likely meant to honor the centers of creation of the food or to at least place it in its historical context...but they instead misinformed).
  3. Maybe if they start waving around Russian flags as part of it....
  4. Cultural appreciation is more what it is. As for cultural appropriation, I'm half German, part French and English and smidgen of Native American. So, I can freely have Oktoberfest, eat quiche (yuck), fish and chips, and wear a feather, and the rest of you hosers can just eat your hearts out that you can't be as cool as me!
  5. Stargazer

    Video games

    You know, they might actually need this in the People's Republic of China. You know, where the One Child Policy skewed the male:female birth ratio to significantly favor males. "According to a report by the National Population and Family Planning Commission, there will be 30 million more men than women in 2020, potentially leading to social instability, and courtship-motivated emigration." (Wikipedia) A lot of lonely men might want to have such a product.
  6. Calm

    Who is a widow supposed to marry...?

    Not sure what you are applying "cannot" to. If you mean they have a choice to share if they change their minds, sure. But generally the fear of women who want to be exclusive is the husband will choose to remarry if they die or may choose an additional wife in the next life....perhaps a woman who was not able to be married in this one, but was faithful. Doctrine isn't there that says her expection to remain her spouse's only companion trumps her husband's choice to remarry. So she cannot choose to be both married to her husband and not share just as you see the choice being taken away of choosing to be married to your husband and sharing your life as well with someone else. If her husband refuses to walk away from additional marriages, as far as we know her only choice is to turn her back on the blessing of marriage. And many in my experience interpret doctrine and practice to imply that if they reject the marriage, they will forfeit exaltation as it will be viewed as a sin, so they see exaltation as a plural wife as an enforced hell if they choose to be obedient to God as they truly desire to be. I assume there are men who are fearful of a wife choosing a different husband after they die and breaking the sealing and with the typical interpretation they don't even get to choose whether to stay or go. Limiting a woman to only one husband in eternities while allowing multiple husbands in mortality sets up a very confusion doctrine, imo. But requiring widows to remain single or only accepting the first husband as a valid one for sealing of ancestors in a faith that emphasizes parenthood, the need for a mother and father in a family, and an eternal connection with their children whenever possible...too many contradictions on what should be our righteous desires we should be choosing, imo. What we are moving towards, an equal policy of sealing all relationships, makes the most sense to me given that God allows for parents to die through no fault of their own and often even through righteousness ( such as a woman desiring to bring up children in the Gospel dying in childbirth leaving motherless children or a father dying in a dangerous line of work he choose to protect his family and community) and neither the children nor the remaining parent should be automatically barred from a possible future blessing of once more having two parents in the home when they have already suffered the greatest emotional tragedy that can happen in a family according to psychological research. We are a culture that likes to talk about the next life in concrete terms, so it isn't surprising that this life gets transposed on the next life since this is all we know at this time. But a lot of it isn't terribly logical when you start thinking about the implications. The whole sealing of parents to children doesn't make much sense to me as we will, I assume, all be adults in our progression and all be one with God, so why would a parent-child relationship still exist between me and my children? Why wouldn't some sort of nonheirarchal relationship be in place instead, such as brothers and sisters instead since we are first spiritually siblings? And if they are one with God than why would I be presiding over them through my oneness with God in any way instead of them being directly dealing with God through their own oneness? I don't believe the confusion renders sealings meaningless or unrelated to our families. I just think we only see a vague pattern at this point.
  7. Calm

    Who is a widow supposed to marry...?

    Which means what exactly? Has the woman in this case forfeited sealing blessings because she chose the wrong man to be sealed to? And what do you think the first husband could say or do to affect it? Do you believe as BY apparently did a wife couldn't be "stolen" from a dead man even if she chose the other man? Though perhaps he only meant when the wife was not loved by the other man, but seduced for the glory of multiplying wives, but it came across to me that BY viewed any men being sealed for eternity to a widow causing her to chose to break her sealing was committing a sin. (Serious question, it isn't clear about how you are thinking about your example save that they are future blessings, not ones applied to the here and now...which I am not sure is how the Church teaches it; my impression is it is more along the lines of 'eternity starts now for the faithful')
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  9. Stargazer

    Video games

    A game I play, a rather old PC video game, Modern Warfare 2, does this for me. There are certain solo missions that I take a few minutes every day to try to beat my own speed records getting through them, sometimes handicapping myself by allowing myself only non-optimal weapons, or a change to non-optimal tactics. I get a real thrill when I complete one with a new personal speed record. I don't live for the game, though. That's funny, because my wife likes to watch trivia game shows on TV -- and here in the UK there are many more of them on TV than in the US. I enjoy these shows, too, but she is also into the Australian soap opera "Neighbors" and "Strictly Come Dancing" (which is like "Dancing with the Stars" in the US). I utterly cannot stand "Neighbors" and would willingly stab myself repeatedly with a needle rather than watch it. The people portrayed on this program are the worst sort of hosers who ever lived on planet earth, and the situations that come up for these people in one half hour show beggar the imagination. If I were related to or lived next to any of these people I would move out of the state or country, change my email, and leave no forwarding address. Talk about video games being time wasters. "Strictly Come Dancing" is less horrifying, and I've tried to force myself to watch it with her, but the entire time I feel like I am neglecting my duties as a professional paint-drying technician. I'm watching this couple (a celebrity and a pro dancer) going through this dance routine, and it looks to me like they've performed it pretty much flawlessly (even though it's usually as boring as watching grass growing is to me), and then the judges (professional dancers of course) make these incredibly bogus-sounding value judgments about various aspects of style and showmanship in their routine (with numeric scores) that somehow differentiates their performance from some ideal standard of perfection that I cannot relate to or even recognize. And this program is a favorite on British TV! The big newspapers even have front page articles on how the competitions between the participants are going.
  10. cherryTreez

    Who is a widow supposed to marry...?

    I am one of those women who do not want to share. I asked my husband to not be sealed to another woman if I die. He says that he wouldn't marry again. He could be married for this life and have a companion. I would not remarry. But that's a whole different story.
  11. Bernard Gui

    Video games

    Sounds kinda like discussion boards.
  12. Bernard Gui

    How was two hour church?

    Ward chili cook-off the night before?
  13. Can’t wait until they offer free kielbasa, pierogis, golabkis, and bigos. Let’s see if any Poles get offended.
  14. Scott Lloyd

    How was two hour church?

    Reminds me of the year I interned for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The city experienced the first snowstorm it had seen in, like, 60 years. Just a few inches, but it threw them into a tailspin. It closed the airport and it closed schools. They didn’t know how to handle it.
  15. Bring back blackface and do a satirical minstrel show. People should ironically wear temple garments over their clothing in Utah as a fun gag. Let’s do offensive caricatures of People from China. Wear a Nazi uniform and visit a Jewish synagogue. Go into a Native American religious ceremony wearing a loincloth and chant the gibberish from early westerns in a mocking fashion. It is really their problem if they get offended. Just live life and have fun!
  16. The Nehor

    Video games

    There is a thankfully minor subculture where the doll thing is much more literal. It is scary.
  17. juliann

    Who is a widow supposed to marry...?

    These are all nice guys here. It just demonstrates what we have to deal with everyday to even have a conversation. And yes, strappinglad, there were consequences to my marrying a nonmember as a sealed, i.e., damaged goods divorcée. I raised a faithful daughter and we are sealed to that now member husband. I should have just remained single and childless instead and waited until I died to enjoy those blessings that would have all worked out. It’s a beautiful theology, right? Don’t worry ladies. Just die!
  18. Scott Lloyd

    Circumcision

    To be clear and accurate, the 2017 “CDC article” you refer to here is not actually from the CDC. It is an article from a publication called Global Health: Science and Practice Journal. While the article might be looked upon as an apologetic for the CDC draft statement (which has yet to be formalized), it is not a statement from the CDC itself. It is, as such, an opinion piece, just as are the commentaries taking issue with the AAP position and the CDC draft statement on this matter. Since the AAP has a pattern of shifting its position on circumcision every decade or so, I wonder if there will be yet another AAP revision before the CDC gets around to formalizing its draft statement. Then, since the CDC seems to allow its own position to be driven by what the AAP has to say on the matter, the CDC will have to scrap its draft and start the process all over again Edited to add: FYI, here is a description of the GHSP journal from the journal’s own website: “Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP) is a no-fee, open-access, peer-reviewed, online journal aimed to improve health practice, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Our goal is to reach those who design, implement, manage, evaluate, and otherwise support health programs. We are especially interested in advancing knowledge on practical program implementation issues, with information on what programs entail and how they are implemented. GHSP is currently indexed in PubMed, PubMed Central, POPLINE, and the Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC)” Not to disparage the journal, but like most all publications it does seem to have a certain editorial bent, as it is aimed at influencing “health practice, especially in low- and middle-income countries.” Little wonder, given that bent, it would look favorably on circumcision research done in Africa without giving much regard to how applicable those studies are in the more developed nations and environments of the United States, the UK, Australia and the nations of Europe.
  19. mfbukowski

    Wayment & Givens interview

    Sorrensen ended up with positions much like mine - there was a thread a few years ago written by I believe his son who quoted letters that he wrote to his family about the subject. They should be findable on the board. I think Calm happens to be very good at that. I am pretty immersed in Givens right now, reviewing one of his books. I honestly don't think I would disagree with anything he has written.
  20. Rain

    Who is a widow supposed to marry...?

    As far as I know he never did, though he does hold hands with a woman in assisted living with him now. In recent years he has started telling us MIL said she would haunt him if he married someone else, but dementia is here so I don't know how much to believe.
  21. mfbukowski

    Wayment & Givens interview

    Nope. Neener neener. There are no facts only interpretations. I am talking qualia here you are talking sentences. How long do you have to think about it before you know something is red? Does red have meaning?
  22. Heylookafrog

    YSA online communities

    What are the online Mormon communities and Media channels where YSA talk about YSA topics like dating, college, work, living, etc? Reddit seems pretty dead and I can’t find any YouTube channels more recent than 4 years. There seems to be an effective blackout 😂 I’m YSA out in California where the YSA presence is lacking and the discussion is not very satisfying. Would love to talk to people.
  23. strappinglad

    Who is a widow supposed to marry...?

    We have a few single men here who could marry anyone they wanted to....as long as the other person agreed to it. Lola is in a similar situation. There are hurdles each must jump over. Is there a double standard? yes. and maybe . Juliann said she married a non member. There were consequences to that choice. I suspect that , in the next life she will not hold back on expressing her disapproval of the situation .Seeing the " adjustments" recently made , I am reminded of the old saying , " Change happens one funeral at a time "
  24. Glenn101

    Wayment & Givens interview

    It is not because I have seen other people do it and lose their faith. I have had multiple spiritual experiences and one that was transcendent, more profound than anything I have ever experienced before or after. But how do you "critically evaluate" a spiritual experience? There is nothing to compare it to and no way to transfer it to another in order that someone else could understand. How do you know what can and cannot be derived from another's spiritual experience? All you have, all anyone has is what they have derived from their own experiences. I have never intimated that any of my experiences could answer factual questions about history, but I do not put it out of the realm of possibility that a prophet could do such if required by the Lord. Historians are pretty good about piecing together narratives concerning recent history, but even that can be "spotty." When we are talking about ancient history, we have so little in the way of records in relation to the amount of history and historical events that have happened over the millennia. Historians have to take what we have and try to work back, trying to understand and assemble a historical narrative that is ever changing. I do not hang my spiritual hat on a physical history. I know that I will find out everything I need to know eventually. But not knowing everything about history is not a problem for me. I am more concerned in learning and applying what I need to know and do please the Lord. That is what I can derive and do derive from my spiritual experiences. To me, the core doctrines of the Church have not changed with culture and the times. Policies have, and will continue to do so. For me, the existence of God the Father, Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Ghost are part of those core doctrines. I know that the Holy Ghost exists because I have met him. The Atonement and Resurrection are also part of that core, as is the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ in this dispensation and that the Book of Mormon is a historical document, not inspired fiction, is on that list, as I have already noted. I think that those are things still being taught by the Church and always will be. In other words, prophets and apostles have that say. And I values the information I have received through my own study of the scriptures and the spiritual experiences over that of any man's secular opinion. Glenn
  25. Robert F. Smith

    Rest of Asia?

    Some useful sources are as follows: Banister Fletcher, A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method, 12th ed. (London: B. T. Batsford, 1945), esp. 74. Nigel Pennick, The Ancient Science of Geomancy: Man in Harmony With the Earth (London: Thames & Hudson, 1979), esp. 102-103. W. R. Lethaby, Architecture, Mysticism and Myth (N.Y.: Macmillan, 1892). Percy Brown, Indian Architecture (Buddhist and Hindu Periods) (Bombay: D. B. Toraporevala Sons, 1942). L. Sprague De Camp, The Ancient Engineers (N.Y.: Doubleday/Ballantyne, 1974). I have always found a powerful confluence among temple, tomb, and palace throughout the ancient world.
  26. I agree. My experience is most people don't respond to the terms polyandry, polygyny, and polygamy in that way though if they have issues with them...they more often just transpose what they assume a mortal experience is like to how they talk about the eternal relationship, but that makes little sense to me because I don't believe we can conceive of what we will be like after a million years of existence or just having our previous existence become part of our conscious thought again. For one thing, I figure God must have done a huge number on the majority of us suppressing what we were like before birth because when I know people's upbringing and environment, personality and motivations are usually reasonable to me (though not always predictable), so either God works really hard to match our premortal identies up perfectly to our mortal circumstances...which seems unlikely just figuring out the odds of all the people having to live a certain way to achieve it...or there are pretty faint traces of our eternal experiences currently in our mortal lives. It seems to me our eternal being wouldn't show up as tendencies if we were just unaware of it and it was there as our unconscious as opposed to major suppression. How could a few years of mortality have impact on behaviours established for eons? So worrying about eternity based on what we are experiencing here is a waste of effort, imo...outside of it just making practical sense to do our best. Too wrapped up in my own head today. Need to go watch something really frivolous.
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