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  2. Gapper

    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    Elder Renlund in our regional leadership meeting was asked about the take your vitamins and he basically said he was not sure. He is aware of things that he is over, but admitted there are things occurring with other members of the twelve who under the direction of the First Presidency are looking at items related to their assignments. So big changes? Perhaps or perhaps not. Temples open on Sunday? Someday they will be that is for sure but is the time now? I am not sure. That would require filling many more ordinance worker positions as for some ordinance workers like me, our callings prohibit serving on Sunday (EQP). I am not sure we have the capability to staff the Temples, especially in Utah on any given Sunday. What do I know though, what do any of us know on this topic of depth? If you want to stay up on rumors, follow certain people on Twitter who seem to have a knack for sharing rumors that are of substance.
  3. Hamba Tuhan

    Evolution

    I sincerely hope you find what you need!
  4. Hamba Tuhan

    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    I've noticed quite a few times on this forum now that there is often little that separates the fundamentalist view from the secular/progressive one.
  5. Hamba Tuhan

    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    Elder Bednar did tell us nearly five years ago that it would be American Saints who would struggle most with coming changes. I assumed at the time that this was a comment on culture, but it could also be an acknowledgement that uniquely American institutions are going away. Interesting.
  6. rockpond

    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    Yes, those who want to continue, certainly have ways to do that. But our ward troop will be winding down scout stuff by the latter half of next year.
  7. Robert F. Smith

    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    Even in Zion, wherever that may be, there will be secular troops available -- so that boys can complete their Eagle rank, if desired. Elsewhere, there are plenty of BSA troops which are associated with other churches -- and girls will be joining in larger numbers !!! I spent about 5 years in a non-LDS troop and loved it.
  8. Metis_LDS

    Does being LDS change our DNA

    You have to love TV. Another program I saw about Darwin's Finches explained that the finches with long beaks is controlled by DNA telling the beak to grow for a longer time (they found the specific part of the DNA). Of course they said that this started as a mutation that helped the bird eat some types of seed. They said that good mutations prosper and bad ones die out. All very good for those that do not want God in the picture.
  9. rockpond

    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    A fairly secular view but not necessarily wrong, IMO.
  10. The Nehor

    Does being LDS change our DNA

    I doubt it. Most mutations only influence inactive junk DNA. It is useful for tracking heredity but usually does nothing. God could influence that kind of thing I suppose but why?
  11. The whole "as far as it is translated correctly" came to mind when I recently learned that in Luke 2, the word "inn" is probably a mistranslation. Apparently, the Greek word (kataluma) is the same one that is used for "guest chamber" in Luke 22:11, and different than the word used for "inn" in the story of the good Samaritan in Luke 10. So the idea of Jesus being born in a stable or cave probably isn't accurate. It was probably a relative's house. The houses had mangers inside on the main floor. Who's with me to get this corrected in the Church culture?
  12. Yirgacheffe

    That Deadpool Poster

    I see Anderson riffing on Bouguereau.
  13. Duncan

    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    my folks were saying in the 1970's you saw members of the Church, almost everyday with the different times to come to church but now it's the opposite, with this 2 hour church stuff, online seminary the social cohesion is becoming unglued
  14. JLHPROF

    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    I never hear any rumors except on this board. But that said I expect more significant changes. Pres. Nelson has a vision for how he thinks the Church should look and he realizes his age and the accompanying time limit. He will implement whatever he can as quickly as he can.
  15. rockpond

    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    Yeah, if you kept released time and phased it out over a lengthy period it would reduce the impact to CES employees. But there are still some CES employees who supervise the early morning seminary and they'd be out of work. Not sure how much institute could absorb. I'm not saying it couldn't happen and I actually agree with your logic of this being in a similar class as pageants and scouts. Eliminating released time right now would be a big blow to my family. Released time seminary is currently one of the only ways my children get to meet/know the other LDS kids in their school (some odd stake boundaries have put my family in a different stake than nearly all of the kids they attend high school with).
  16. Metis_LDS

    Does being LDS change our DNA

    Sorry I am not a DNA expert you sound like you know a lot more. I know science talks about mutations. Is this a code word for God making changes,
  17. I suspect the "plain and precious" things were more the covenants and ordinances that went with the scriptures and not taking scissors and glue to the scriptures themselves to cut those out. Undoubtedly there is lost scripture. The New Testament is weird about what it includes. I have a hard time believing Paul meant for his letters to be added to any sort of canon.
  18. The Nehor

    Does being LDS change our DNA

    You have to be careful here. Whether life changes our DNA depends on what you define as DNA. There are two levels here. The DNA sequence/code does not change outside of rare mutations. Then there is epigenetics which influences genetic expression which does change with age and environment and is believed to be the reason that the elderly are more susceptible disease for example.
  19. I watched a program about DNA that says how we live affects changes in our DNA. Joseph taught some things about getting a change new blood etc.. Any thoughts?
  20. The Nehor

    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    Why are we afraid of more temple work? I did not suggest something that would change or contradict the Proclamation. Just some more information on the problem and some kind of help for those dealing with it. We reworked Sunday School a few years ago and now are doing it again. I do not see recent changes as a barrier to more changes when it comes to seminary. Seminary is also very difficult to administer worldwide and the trend recently has been cut out those kinds of programs (pageants, Scouts).
  21. The Nehor

    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    That is why I said a phased ending. I figure kill homestudy and early morning and keep release time for a while in those areas where it is feasible. Perhaps use some of them to bolster the Institute program as well. Eventually phase it out.
  22. Calm

    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    4 times a year might not be too much of an issue. Especially if they just ask for volunteers among regular workers or take only ones with no kids at home.
  23. Bernard Gui

    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    How many salaried seminary teachers are there? Cancelling the pageants will cause economic hardships in those communities.
  24. Bernard Gui

    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    That would have a huge impact on the workers, their families, and wards.
  25. rockpond

    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    That’s at least two who are predicting seminary changes. Curious. Changes to seminary could put a lot of faithful members, who have dedicated their educations and careers to CES, out of work.
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