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  1. There's an old saying, if you give a man a fish you feed him for a day but if you teach him to fish he'll have food every day. Handing out fish is good for short term disasters, but in the long run is expensive, destroys initiative, and can ruin local economies. Wherever and whenever possible, the Church tries to teach its members to fish. It's cheaper and doesn't look like humanitarian work, but it's better in the long run.
  2. Donating to a symphony also is considered charitable giving, if if it doesn't feed a single person. Only looking at humanitarian aid as a measure of what good the Church does is very narrow-minded, IMHO. Tithing covers the overhead for humanitarian and fast offering funds, as well as the Perpetual Education Fund. I assume it in some measure supports TCATS. It covers the materials for self-reliance classes and helps support the Church educational system, which is trying to make higher education available to all members regardless of their income. Both of these are far more beneficial in the long run than just throwing money at people. And it is a church trying to turn its members into the kind of people who go out and good on their own, instead of expect an institution to do it for them.
  3. Their Sunday School teachers need to up their game, then. The SS manual takes discussion of the material in a different direction from the home study manual.
  4. Apples and oranges. Parents who are shacking up can get married. A non-member parent can join the Church. But just like polygamous parents, there is simply no way for a gay couple to adhere to Church standards without breaking up the family.
  5. For miscarriage, the answer seems to be very individual, and possibly based on the age of the fetus. My sister-in-law very strongly felt that her last pregnancy was a child that is another member of her family. My niece has no such feelings about her numerous, very early miscarriages.
  6. Fast Sunday gets moved to the last Sunday in March or the second Sunday in April, either of which can be Easter Sunday.
  7. I seem to remember the pioneers fasted during the week- on Thursdays maybe? I think it was changed to Sundays for convenience. Personally, I love the idea of the Sabbath being a time to celebrate. And Easter should never ever coincide with Fast Sunday.
  8. Our stake presidency has specifically requested that all Church-related meetings be done by 4:00 on Sundays.
  9. The story I heard was that FEMA suggested/requested the vests. Seems they kept running into groups that were well-organized, knew what they were doing, and were actually helpful. The vests save time by preventing officials from having to stop and question yet another group that has already been proven trustworthy.
  10. If you call or email your temple, they could tell you what's needed. Email might be better, simply because you would only have to explain the situation once.
  11. Sacrament Meeting started at 10:30, was done at 11:30. I took a few minutes to help my daughter find her SS class. I then got to Primary at about 11:35, and opening exercises had already started! So, at least 5 minutes early. So, next week I will check in with all the people I don't get to see in RS and arrive at about 11:38, because I'm cranky like that. We had our 20 minutes for the lesson, which was just about right (10-year-olds).
  12. This part makes me a little sad. I loved the most recent movies.
  13. Really? He thinks his only job will be to ring the bell? There is a lot a SS Presidency could be doing. Setting up study groups for singles and empty nesters, and making sure they are all invited to at least one, preferably two. Checking on said study groups. Sending out a weekly or at least bi-weekly email reminding people of the lesson topic and suggesting extra resources.
  14. Children are not brought into the sealing room until after their parents have finished their own sealing.
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