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BlueDreams last won the day on November 19 2016

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  1. I would so be down for the gear alone.
  2. JOnnie, I usually wait for someone to show a form of devaluing before jumping to that conclusion. I'm not saying it never exists, but I think it's rarer than you may assume. I can't think of one person on this board who doesn't have a loved on who's not Mormon or left the church here. And then would find harm to them in anyway more acceptable simply because they left the church. It's like if I jumped the gun and assumed all white people were going to act racist. Before a person had. Just because some are, and many may do something that is ignorant, doesn't mean I should necessarily start off with that foot or expectation. With luv, BD
  3. Haha, no. I live in Utah
  4. I've always come here in spurts. If I'm on vacation I barely touch this site. And sometimes I just meander away or find nothing that really interests me. Lately it's been a bit the latter since I peak in here at least daily. Sometimes on specific hot-topic threads it can read like an echo chamber where five or so people will have basically the same opinion. The opinion becomes re enforced by the amount of yea saying. My opinion usually varies from it, but I weigh whether it's worth it. On a good day I think out my posts and self reflect before answering. That turns into being slow for a number of topics. And on top of that I have a family that's basically an echo chamber. Sure some of us have different beliefs, but it takes extra work to push ones own thoughts in a meaningful way when that happens. So I don't unless it looks like it would be somewhat productive. It can also get a little tiring to watch people do the same thing that they dislike so much about active believers just in reverse...and have little awareness that they're doing such. I know someone mentioned this is reflective of what they see happening for them in their day. But it's just not for me. Some of this has little baring on what I see in my day to day. Even among the non-members or struggling mormons I talk to. Which is the other concern. I could interact with an echo chamber and go in continual circles and try to be a more positive voice in a critical room or I could go outside and live. Weeds are sprouting in my garden and need attending, my clients struggle to find health and sometimes come with spiritual concerns and pains that also need help navigating, my ward is young and idealistic and a place to serve as well as give voice in, my roommate is struggling with getting active, politically things are crazy and I like to be informed, oh and it would be nice to find a companion before I sprout my next white hair . etc. Life wins out more often than not. So that's where one active happy Mormon is at. I do hope there can be a little more balance in the room. But I'm probably not the best on a good day to help. Life is just so distractingly beautiful. With luv, BD
  5. Why would that discount his death or their family's suffering? A life is a human life. Beer or not, he's a child of God. I pray for the family and all those effected by this event. And those that in one way or another may be tempted to use this as a rallying cry for further hatred and fear. Whether that's to western societies or toward muslims. The only answer is reaching out with love. With luv, BD
  6. How one views God's personality is often very much based by our own relationship with Him/Them, our family, and our own constructs of what deity even means. Based on my circumstance, that's not even close to who God is. To start my construct of Deity is different then what you got going. It can entail Heavenly Parents (both Father and Mother), Christ, and the Holy Ghost to some extent. So "personality" should really be "personalities." For another your construct states more about your own emotional/spiritual journey than it doesn't about God or even Trump....I'm assuming that's the unnamed "personality." Which, I mean, isn't even super creative. He's easy fodder. You could at least go for an obscure character. Demagogue and God are not the same thing. Also, no one here can endear you to God. That's not how that works. I can't shape your experience anymore than you can shape mine. Particularly when you're at a point where you're comparing God to a narcissistic sociopath. Obviously softening up that image is going to take some work. I can tell you all about who God is as a personality, but it will mean nothing to you and can be written off as something other than what I say it is. But you have your fun now. With luv, BD
  7. As I mentioned several times, I don't think they'll do all things perfectly, just wisely and carefully. And I would consider WRUL if I was at least several decades older or could find basically anything about it online that wasn't a small bullet point in history. Because of that I can't compare it with City Creek. Particularly when what I do find on City Creek is generally very positive. With looking into reviews, articles, etc into City Creek, there is a simple quote from one that sums up some of the thought process I had: The church from its beginning has been about developing community, not just direct ecclesiastical messages, humanitarian work, and outreach. And they do that where they have a presence and capacity to do such. When CCC was first announced I was fairly neutral on it. I could understand the criticism and didn't really get it. The more I've read up on the project, what other projects it was connected to, how it worked with the communities in question to make something both environmentally sounder and that meets community needs or desires as well as backing off from micromanaging, the more I can see the positive reasons for it and do not feel it contradicts the mission of the church or the Gospel. The gospel to me was also about creating community that is good and safe. The societies described in the BoM were both welcome to those of differing views while having boundaries as to what was aloud. Is this perfect or somehow a reflection of the ultimate zion state? No. Is it a positive and good project that helps grow a better community? I think it has a fairly good case of being such. But to each their own. I believe this is about the point where we agree to disagree. With luv, BD
  8. Having jobs, sustainable infrastructure, build up the general community in an environmentally conscientious way, and a growing economy can help. From the few minute I had this morning from a number of sources (including politico and the Sierra Club) there are a number of positive reasons to do so. My evidence is generally what I hear reiterated, the articles I've read, what I see from the people running the church, and smaller scale spending. Generally behaviors are reflective of overarching attitudes. Most of the time that I've ever seen budget related spending in the church as well as the overarching attitude of several of the leaders who would play a role in shaping the other area of the church investments have pointed to conscientiousness, careful spending/decision make, other-oriented concerns, a balance between frugality but quality, etc. These aren't exactly the Trumps of the business world where you can easily see that the main interests are self-oriented, branding, high-risk investments, and greed. I make it a point to note behaviors, and I don't know all the leaders personally. But the ones I have met indicate a focus and mentality that isn't likely to breed hasty risk-oriented decisions focused on profit. Though I may not agree with methodology every time I generally can see their point. With luv, BD
  9. I probably very much would....though I would be willing to go even smaller. I currently live in a very small house that's been converted to two living spaces. I've gotten into a habit of looking at tiny and small homes and daydreaming a little and play if-I-stay-single-for a decade or more. All of them are below 600 sq ft. I realized that I honestly don't need much more space than I currently have. All I want is a good kitchen, a place to paint, and a good size bathtub....but a fireplace would so be wonderful. I was actually thinking of you a ton this week as I went about breaking up half of my garden plot (it's huge and all mine this year). I'll have to tell you about it later!
  10. I don't know. If I had to use my imagination and listening to descriptions from articles about the articles, you could extrapolate most of them as a means to continue growth and structure so that people can have a place to live work and have the gospel. A means to help build bridges with other areas to hopefully be able to increase missionary work. To continue an 150+ years investment with a region that they basically created its proto-modern structure? I figure it helps maintain and continue positive growth. Its increasing the capacities of a region and its peoples that would likely not be as prosperous without Church involvement. To several, would be my guess. But all of what I would mention would be guesses. And since I'm not in the middle of the economics of the church (or anything beyond my bank account, to be honest) they would all be mild guesses. As I mentioned, I don't know...what I've seen though of how church runs financial decisions doesn't make me too worried about what's behind the financial curtains. With luv, BD
  11. I don't know what it's used for. I liked Rain's post above on it. How the money is used isn't much of a personal concern for me, though I understand why others would like to know better. I've seen enough of how the Church does its investments, projects, aid, and otherwise that I trust it's being used wisely. Not perfectly, but wisely. With luv, BD
  12. Imagine was used stylistically. All of these programs are things I know the church is doing or is apart of. And hundreds/thousands more that I have no clue about. I view the philly high-rise and CCC as a form of urban development just for clarity's sake.
  13. I assumed the statement would be "giving fishes" would be tied to what I was saying, not strappinglad. I would say it was more likely an investment endeavor considering the basic model that I see in a lot of church projects are ones that are both helpful to the area but can also be used to further more projects through productions. Not all the time, obviously, but often....particularly with more economic development projects. That's obviously from my limited stand-point from random articles I've read...just seems to be a trend. And yes, I know it is more than just a mall. Thank you for pointing out that the church already does that all around the world. There is. I agree. With luv, BD
  14. Again, this isn't a zero sum scenario. And some of these things the church can't exactly go in and fix (like Flint, which at this point takes a massive infrastructure overhaul that likely has to go through government channels). I can imagine the cleft palate surgeries while imagining an urban development project, and wheel chairs while also a Philly project, while expanding their education programs for more access to college courses through online schooling, while feeding the hungry and giving aid to refugees while working for clean water projects. It's not one or the other. With luv, BD
  15. Yes it is, and I actually think there's some fairly good reasons for that. The church is very careful with the money and in humanitarian efforts more money isn't absolutely needed, but sustainable systems that can support aid given...ironically these systems may be cheaper in and of themselves because they focus on local and established groups/systems to funnel the work and more organic methods to implimentation. Plus the projects outside of developed nations are inherently going to be cheaper because the american dollar goes further in these regions. What I see is the church trying to use sustainable methods to apply aid. Doing so also means that they can have a longer impact in aid and a staying power in the region. At least that's what I see with the projects I've seen. But breakfast and potting flowers call....so I'm out for the bit With luv, BD