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  1. I was a member of Ron Staheli's first choir at BYU. What a privilege! He is, and always will be "my" choir director.
  2. It might be a reference to this, per wikipedia: "A moral waiver is an action by United States armed forces officials to accept, for induction into one of the military services, a recruit who is in one or more of a list of otherwise disqualifying situations...The Group W bench, a key element of Arlo Guthrie's 1967 folk song and extended monologue "Alice's Restaurant", is a reference to the moral waiver provision―the W stands for "waiver."
  3. Haha! I’m sure BYU would welcome you back, so you can finish what you started. I’m trying to make the most of this “alone time.” It’s not something I was expecting to confront at this stage of life. These unexpected turns and curves and dips and dives make this journey we’re all on endlessly interesting, don’t you think?
  4. That’s the sort of invaluable insight a parent would have, and I think you should not disregard it. As I said, I’ll wager his choice will be a good one, because of how you’ve raised and counseled him. It strikes me as extremely foolish for anyone to criticize a person’s decision to seek higher education — any education, anywhere — is a good thing.
  5. I’m 100% with you on that. I lost my job — of more than 20 years — back in January. It took 7 long months to find a new one. Only problem: it’s more than 7 hours away from home. With cell phones and the like, I talk with my wife every day. Sometimes more than once. And I talk with the kids too, but a lot less frequently. The odd thing is that direct verbal communication may actually have increased. But of course it’s not the same. Sorry for the detail...as well as the derail.
  6. Yes. That darned autocorrect! I paid too much for my BYU education to ever make that error on my own.
  7. Thank you. I’m missing family today and a bit homesick. I come here, because it feels a bit like “home.” Unfortunately, my thought processes aren’t fully operational. I appreciate the reminder to be kind — to assume good intent. Also, it gave me a chance to remove that horrendous “you’re” where I meant to type “your”. 🙄
  8. Thanks. I apologize for being exasperated. I guess I’m in a bit of “mood” today. I’ll retract...and retreat.
  9. Sorry for my earlier petulant response. If you’ve raised your son well, he’ll make a good decision. If that ends up being BYU, I’ll wager it’ll be a good choice for him. It certainly was for me.
  10. I graduated from BYU and love the school. I made lifelong friends and feel like it provided me with unique educational and spiritual opportunities. I’m sure every college/university offers its own type of unique experience, but BYU was definitely the perfect fit for me. Of course, I hardly even knew there was such a thing as the “honor code office” when I was a student. On the other hand, I dislike the notion of “enforcement” when it comes to non-academic issues (I realize your son’s issue was academic.). I would much prefer the focus be changed from “enforcement” to “repentance and redemption”. It seems like the multitudinous Student Ward Bishops in Provo and Orem and Rexburg and Laie are in the best position to work with these wonderful young people and help them recognize mistakes and point them toward the redemptive power of the Savior. I can’t get comfortable with the idea of a bureaucrat in the Honor Code Office dealing with matters of such eternal significance. I say: Leave it to the Bishops!
  11. FYI: BYU’s Honor Code Office announced some significant changes today, and hinted that more are to come. From the Deseret News (https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.deseretnews.com/article/900079012/byu-honor-code-changes.amp😞 “The latest updates include presuming students are not in violation of the Honor Code unless they accept responsibility or the office makes a determination, allowing a student to have a support person to accompany them when they meet with Honor Code staff, a more detailed appeals process and removing the term "counselors" for Honor Code Office employees.”
  12. You might find this article (especially the scriptures cited) helpful.
  13. Some of these legends are true. There are multiple reasons why folks like to "claim" Cherokee ancestry; although, the tribe itself is quite serious about actually proving it. All of my sister's children have attended BYU with scholarship money from the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. In order to qualify, they had to prove their ancestry through genealogical evidence. One of my brother-in-law's great-great-grandmothers was full-blood Cherokee, and my sister jokes that she is the mother of a "small tribe" of her own. Given their growing list of accomplishments, I'm one proud uncle.
  14. You probably meant "southeast" (North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee)?
  15. I apologize in advance, but I'm going to add (just a bit) to your digression... A painting by Johnathan Linton is hanging in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. It's called “Mercy Claimeth All Which is Her Own” – based on a passage in Alma 42 in the Book of Mormon: "For behold, justice exerciseth all his demands, and also mercy claimeth all which is her own; and thus, none but the truly penitent are saved." I find the gender pronouns in this instance quite helpful, because the juxtaposition enhances my perception of what are seemingly incompatible virtues; thus reminding me that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the only "place" where these virtues can exist in simultaneous perfection. How grateful I am, for this miracle that has saved me and continues to save me -- every day!
  16. "...and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile." 2 Nephi 26:33
  17. I'm not familiar with this "safe resources" list. I'd really be interested to see what's on it. Do you have a link by chance?
  18. It's a gay club in downtown Orlando. On 12 June 2016, Omar Mateen (who had sworn allegiance to ISIS) entered the club and shot and killed 49 people and injured 53 more.
  19. This seems a rather remarkable and unlikely meeting: remarkable first that the owner of the club was invited to the reception; and second, that she was willing to attend: 'Barbara Poma, the CEO and founder of onePULSE Foundation, said words from the highest ranking Latter-day Saint official meant a lot. “I was moved that he knew what we were doing, moved that he was so kind to me,” she said.'
  20. So, if I'm understanding this properly, it looks like this case was dismissed on 4 April 2019, and officially closed on 3 May 2019.
  21. Apparently, the attorneys who have represented McKenna Denson in her lawsuit against the Church have withdrawn and do not represent her any more.
  22. There was an interesting discussion about this in a previous thread. Apparently, every Temple has a room “designated” as the Holy of Holies.
  23. By your actions. See Matthew 25:40 “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
  24. When I went to Israel, I was sporting a full dark beard. I think they were profiling me as a potential terrorist, because I was singled out for extra security upon arriving at the airport in Tel Aviv. It was intense and scary. But in spite of the rough beginning, it proved to be one of the best trips I’ve ever taken — amazement, surprise, and wonder at every turn.
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