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  1. If I understand correctly, it's not an immediate mass release this time. Wards have until January 1 to make the changeover. Certainly some wards will switch things up immediately, but many will be a bit more deliberate.
  2. From what I've read of 1800s, it was common to keep some consecrated oil around, which women would rub on the site of illness or injury. I think Mary Fielding Smith even used some on her ox once while traveling west.
  3. I'm pretty sure Ether was taking from family records. Jared probably called MM "my brother" in his journal/personal record. This may have been because of space concerns, or it could have been a culture in which family members were often referred to by their relationship.
  4. IIRC, You can't do temple work anyone more than 500 years or so back.
  5. I predicted this when they instituted the previous youth SS curriculum. Ten years without Church history or systematically going through the scriptures took its toll.
  6. WhatI have heard is that there is to be a minimum of 2 activities per month. Hopefully most wards would choose to continue with every week, unless time/distance concerns make it difficult. If my ward decides to do only two per month, I am thinking of starting a Frontier girls group for the off weeks.
  7. The Kindle app has OpenDyslexic as a font option. It gives a very different look to the scriptures.
  8. Four years ago, our stake's trek had unusually high temperatures and zero trees. Dehydration and overheating were a serious issue, but the leaders were expecting problems and managed to head most of them off. I just got back from this year's. Our SP wanted a tough route (it was!) but really emphasized preparation. In addition to encouraging exercise, they specifically told the kids to drink lots of water in the last few days before Trek so that they started out well-hydrated. I talked with most of the other trek parents, and dehydration and overheating never came up as a problem. Doesn't mean it didn't happen, but since "how are your kids doing" was the major topic of conversation, I think it's unlikely.
  9. I know many men (my dh is one) who absolutely do not want to ever be a bishop, but will put their whole heart and soul into the calling should they receive it.
  10. Hopefully he is absolutely thrilled at the idea that he may be disqualified from being a bishop.
  11. Is teaching adults an option? They would probably be more motivated, plus you would have more flexibility with lesson times since you wouldn't have to work around school schedules.
  12. Agreed. I would hate to see the number of weekday meetings cut back. Also, logistically, planning on every week is better. The one thing I hated about doing Activity Days was the "no more than twice a month" mandate. There was constant questioning on whether we had a meeting this week, people were more likely to forget there was a meeting, and anyone who missed a meeting missed a full half, or even all, the meetings for the month. Plus longer-term projects were not feasible because there was too much time between meetings.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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