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  1. If you're not married by 25?

    Anywhere in Provo, Utah. Come to the promised land brother
  2. If you're not married by 25?

    Only joking...although that was the way I thought leadership seemed to view them while I was still in YSA. It was always the misfits in the priesthood who needed to get their act together.
  3. If you're not married by 25?

    Sisters are already perfect...
  4. If you're not married by 25?

    Maybe try working on yourself and make sure you're someone somebody else would want to marry...
  5. Too Sacred to Share?

    I have found that spiritual experiences are shared over the pulpit from leadership--but mostly it is during a time where the onus was on the members to be in the right place-- i.e. sitting in the pews present at the meeting, and not at home watching TV wondering why God doesn't speak through his prophets. I've shared in another thread that one of my last memories of President Faust in this life was at a regional conference on my mission--where he very directly and very forcefully shared his testimony of the Savior. I don't go into detail because as has been mentioned, it's a very sacred memory I have. It was a testimony so powerful I've sometimes have been able to recall it and lean on in my moments of doubt. And no, I'm not over exaggerating. You just had to be there. And that experience was available to all who gave up their Saturday night to attend. But don't expect to go find the video recording on the internet. Elder Ballard also spoke two years ago here in Utah at a regional conference that I attended. He shared a truly remarkable personal experience of his exercising the sealing power of the priesthood. A tremendous modern day miracle--shared over the pulpit and blessing those in attendance. Be where you're supposed to be, do what you're supposed to do, and live worthily of the spirit--and you'll find that the Lord is very much involved personally in our affairs today.
  6. I think that we need to be prepared both spiritually and materially--so waiting for an "announcement" is definitely too late to repent and/or get some emergency supplies (that we've been counseled to have for years). Two things. Will there be a physical gathering? I've always grown up with the idea that we'd be building a physical city of Zion in Missouri. The second is my grandfather before he passed told me on several occasions that the records of the church would show who were tithe payers, and that if you weren't found in the records, you be basically barred from the refuge the church offered...whatever that was. I dunno if it was true or not, but even during my most rebellious points in life, I always paid my tithing--I guess it's served me well
  7. Mormon Newsroom and Suicide

    Its a good thing for those girls that stress peaks in the teenage years, and decreases as you age... These kids are going to be wholly unfit for adulthood, take away those damn phones for starters
  8. What exactly are we to look for within the church? Is there an actual announcement that is going to be made over the pulpit giving specific directions as to what we should be doing? I've heard different people say there will be either a physical gathering in Missouri, a conference, a spiritual gathering, and then some that say nothing will happen and everyone will stay where they are? To those more knowledgeable on the matter, what is it that you are expecting the brethren to say that will make it clear we are getting close?
  9. God probably won't allow us to find Nahom

    This needs a little something at the end...
  10. I think it's important to note that there's nothing wrong with trying to look nice. I love when my wife dresses up and we go out. We both hit the gym and watch what we eat. She's a "thriver", as is my sister, both are fanatics about it, and it's eye rollingly stupid and obnoxious sometimes--but I've never really given it a second thought as to doing anything wrong. I guess you'd have to identify where it becomes an issue. and that's pretty subjective. How is getting a tummy tuck any worse than eating nothing but boiled chicken and doing 1000 ab crunches a day? Is it the method or more the obsession with having a flat stomach? How is a boob job any dumber than guys driving around the valley in their ridiculously expensive and obnoxious trucks? You'd have to identify the "baseline" for what an LDS woman is supposed to be, and I don't think anyone knows what that is.
  11. The "Thrive" lifestyle thing is getting stupid ridiculous... "Gonna change the world by crushing this 300lb bench press..."
  12. Moroni's Promise

    My sister in law claimed she spoke with God and was convinced that she received an answer to stay with her boyfriend. The same boyfriend with no education, no job, and no real future prospects. Her family, including myself, warned her that it wasn't the right decision. But she was certain the spirit confirmed her decision. Later on he got her to loosen her standards and it went downhill from there. Point is I don't put a whole lot of stock in people's feelings. I felt good during Al Pacino's speech at the end of, "Scent of a Woman" this past week (amazing movie, watch it), but I don't really attach any divinity to the sentiment. Elder Holland's story was a feel good story, as any good story is--fictional or not. So are Paul Dunn's stories. I like Joseph Smith's description of the spirit as being "pure intelligence". Studying it out in our minds, and then applying the principles in our own lives, and following Alma's counsel on whether the fruit is good, AND THEN asking whether these things are true, probably will get you further than having warm fuzzies after an engaging and interesting story.
  13. This video begins with the story of a gay Mormon who left the church to pursue a relationship--and how that ended with her returning to church, and her wife being baptized. This is the ultimate feel good video of the day. I didn't want to post this in the general discussion, as I didn't want it bogged down with debate and disagreements. Its 17 minutes long, but watch the entire thing. One of the most insanely awesome things I have ever seen. I think that when it comes to the issue of homosexuality and the church, love is the only way to go about it--this video shows perfectly why that's the case.
  14. You also have this https://www.google.com/amp/amp.dailycaller.com/2017/06/16/canada-passes-law-criminalizing-use-of-wrong-gender-pronouns/
  15. We do, and it's the same court that ruled that Westboro Baptist Church had a right to picket the funerals of dead American soldiers...but that's not what you're advocating--you want courts that tell people what they can and cannot say, what they can and cannot believe. Dont confuse my defense of free speech with a defense of what is being said by these white supremacists, but far more dangerous is a government that gets into the action of regulation speech and thought
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