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  1. Rivers

    Gender Roles

    This is one of the big paradoxes for Latter-day Saints. On one hand, we believe that prophets are authorized representatives of God. On the other hand, we realize that they are ordinary fallible humans that put their pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us. There's no simple formula for separating the divine from the human. Its complicated. But we do our best to abide by their council out of love and respect for them. I don't always agree with everything my wife says or does but I still love and respect her enough to do what she tells me to do much of the time. I don't blindly follow her but I have to humor her once in a while to have a healthy relationship. We likewise should have a a healthy relationship with our church leaders.
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    Gender Roles

    Patrick Mason has an interesting take on this song: “But if I could change the Primary songbook, I would start by tweaking one tiny little thing—and all it would take would be one capital letter. Rather than droning on about how they should follow the prophet because ‘he knows the way,’ I wish my kids—and all our Primary kids—would sing about following the prophet because ‘he knows the Way.’ I don’t follow the prophets because they know the way. I follow the prophets because—and insofar as—they know the Way. Human prophets are only worth following when they point toward the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I follow them as apostles—messengers and witnesses—of the Lord Jesus Christ. I follow their lead, because they lead me to God. In actuality, it’s not really the prophets at all that I am following. I am responding to Christ’s invitation to follow him, and doing so in the company of fellow disciples, some of whom have been specially called by him to help lead the pack in our collective journey.” https://rationalfaiths.com/follow-the-prophet-redux/
  3. Men and women equally suck.
  4. I was under the impression that women already have equal rights in the United States. Why do we need an amendment?
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    What is the Good News?

    I would say the good news is right there in John 3:16. But I think the first part of the verse is the most important. “For God so loved the world.” The totality of Christ’s birth, life, and death sends the message to us that God loves us. We are valuable and precious enough to God that He sacrificed His Son for us.
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    What is the Good News?

    This all sounds like the Second Coming rather than the first.
  7. Rivers

    Statement on Book of Mormon geography

    I'm not familiar with any model that's better than the central america theory. It still has its problems but I think its the best we got.
  8. Rivers

    Statement on Book of Mormon geography

    If remember correctly, the “Two Cumorah” theory was promulgated in the Tennis Shoes among the Nephites book series. I think that’s where I first heard of it.
  9. I didn’t realize Chicago was MAGA country.
  10. I was under the impression that this no longer a controversial topic. It’s a well known part of church history now.
  11. Rivers

    The Holy Ghost.

    We’ll know for sure once the Holy Ghost finally gets a body.
  12. This was the topic of the the latest Mormon Matters podcast. https://www.mormonmatters.org/podcast-item/532-what-is-the-good-news-jesus-taught-part-1/ I thought I’d pose the question here. What exactly is the gospel or “good news” that Christ brings?
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    What is love?

  14. Rivers

    Jesus becoming God in Pre-Mortal Realm

    “In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the Word was God” John 1:1