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  1. I think a balanced approach to the Easter Week celebrations would not require encouraging the Church membership to focus on the cross or adopting a new symbol of our faith. The role of the cross and crucifixion is certainly a worthwhile in-depth pursuit for someone who is individually inclined or inspired to do so. The content of the last couple of Come Follow Me lessons offer plenty of opportunity for people to focus in on it and apply it to their testimony and worship if they wish.
  2. Hey Dude! I sent you a PM to answer your question in a thread that got locked before I got back to it, touching on this issue. I PM'd two others on their questions as well; maybe something's not working.
  3. Other: the best he can with the decisions he has made.
  4. The good: I enjoy seeing personal progress in living the Gospel and witnessing, seemingly without as much distraction as before, the unfolding miracle and wonder of life as children and grandchildren make their way, hopefully with some advantages we could offer them. The ugly: I am learning the butterfly stroke! LOL
  5. You're most welcome -- and I had to edit my previous post because the low probability is not 5%, only seemingly so to the casual and careless observer, and I was one in my haste! Just a technical clarification; the answer in essence is the same. I and a couple of siblings have had our DNA tests done as well, and we show a good deal of variation one from another. We are accustomed to thinking in terms of national origin (where we are all the same mix) and not so much genetic origin. But as you point out, where these data sets intersect (along with race and ethnicity), we can find a good many clues for family history research. What a rich heritage you have!
  6. There should be an explanation on the website. Different companies use different methods. But generally, children inherit 50% (half) their DNA from each parent through the parents' sex cells (sperm and egg, the gametes). At the same time, these sex cells of each parent are far from identical to each other in the genetic code they carry, so there can be wide swings between the genetic makeup of each of the children due to the wide range of percentages possible to have been carried through to them from prior generations. One of your children could have begun with an egg that had a lot of Cherokee material, and other African, and another English, etc. You might even have a child that began with a sperm holding a lot of Norwegian material, despite the low probability.
  7. But you were on a course at 23, or turned one since, that gives you the vision you have today. Regret is sometimes a consequence of seeing how far we've come, which we could not do without the Lord having confidence in us. Your children are good people, and not only does that speak volumes, it will provide the happiness which will check-mate the regret. I hope you are visited with much comfort tomorrow! I saw a sign at the garage today where I was getting some work done (on my car...)... "Today may not have been a good one, but there is some good in every day." Amen!
  8. I think they work together as a matter of timing and where we are along the continuum to perfection.
  9. I think you answered your own question, from my point of view. I hesitate to tell anyone what they should feel; the sacrament prayer should elicit the feelings we are capable of once we apply faith in that process. Remembrance, witness and Spirit have accompanying feelings, none of which represent "yielding to dark and evil feelings", though the burdens may feel heavy.
  10. I see a few concepts covering this. The light of Christ, which all people possess and experience (conscience or instinctive sense of right and wrong) from birth and which quickens our intelligence in relation to righteousness and upon haring the Word, recognizing God's truth, particularly the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. The power of the Holy Ghost, which testifies of points of God's truth in an exceptional way. The light of Christ remains, but the power of the Holy Ghost is more temporary while at the same time more convincing. This is given to all people who can receive it. The Gift of the Holy Ghost comes by way of ordnance, by the laying on of hands by proper priesthood authority. It is then up to the individual to receive it and cultivate that personal constant companionship which purifies and sanctifies, and provides revelation and so forth throughout one's life. So this experience is different for someone who has the gift as opposed to someone who doesn't. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/gs/gift-of-the-holy-ghost?lang=eng https://www.lds.org/topics/holy-ghost?lang=eng For me, "constant" or this purpose means, "Fixed or firm in mind, purpose, affection or principle; unshaken; unmoved; as a constant friend or lover." (Webster 1828). So I think it has more to do with quality than temporal continuation. Even when our constant companion purifies and sanctifies us, we have to be diligent in maintaining those blessings (D&C 20:34).
  11. Not small, but hope remains. @Gillebre mentioned what I took to be the "full weight" of all the former sins returning with one infraction, and while I think someone can accomplish such a thing by descending deeper and deeper (not repenting, giving up), we can accomplish even greater things through the strengthening and enabling power of the Lord's atonement.
  12. As long as you don't give up, no matter how many times you stumble, success through the grace of Christ is inevitable. I hope that doesn't sound like a fortune cookie. A continued or even compounded sense of guilt for repeat offenses after a period of sincere repentance is a sign of retained or even increased sensitivity to the Spirit since the conscience has not been seared with a hot iron or beyond feeling. Just keep doing good wherever you can.
  13. The context for D&C 82 involves the nine individuals who were organized by covenant into the United Firm (see https://www.lds.org/study/manual/revelations-in-context/newel-k-whitney-and-the-united-firm?lang=eng ). It included instructions in righteousness comparing how they had conducted and how they should conduct themselves as partners by and in the covenant. Should they act badly after being corrected, then yes, the former problems, sins, guilt and condemnation would return. If we are to apply this to ourselves, we are partners in and by covenant to spouses, ward members, priesthood leaders, etc. We are taught how to behave in these relationships by precept, example and the Gift of the Holy Ghost. When we repent of characteristics that result in disunity, we enjoy unity, and when we act badly again, the former disunity returns. I think “the former sins return” refers to the kinds and not weight or degree of sin formerly repented of. This may seem a little circular until taken with the relativity conveyed in the first several verses of D&C 82: concepts such as trespass, sin and transgressor; exceedingly; the circumstances of this being a special group, i.e. much given / much required, greater light / greater condemnation.
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