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  1. You might find this article (especially the scriptures cited) helpful.
  2. 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.
  3. You probably meant "southeast" (North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee)?
  4. 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!
  5. "...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
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.'
  9. 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.
  10. Apparently, the attorneys who have represented McKenna Denson in her lawsuit against the Church have withdrawn and do not represent her any more.
  11. There was an interesting discussion about this in a previous thread. Apparently, every Temple has a room “designated” as the Holy of Holies.
  12. 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.”
  13. 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.
  14. I probably would have been one of those that caused you heartache. I was a rotten piano student. I was neither hot nor cold. If someone had decided to “spew me out” I certainly would not have blamed them! While I had a strong desire to play well, I had no patience with failure. After only a short while, I could not abide taking lessons from my mother, who is an accomplished pianist in her own right. So she paid good money for me to take lessons from a very well known teacher in our town. It seemed he had taught all of the really talented kids in the area. I would sit in the back of the room during our recitals and be amazed and thrilled at what (and how well) other students were playing; while simultaneously dreading my turn to “perform.” I only devoted about 50% of the time to practicing that I should have. So while I did make progress, it was so slow that I would get frustrated and discouraged; and my teacher would get irritated with me. It got worse as I grew older. Mom and I had a growing war of wills about my continuing with it. When I look back now, I’m a bit amazed that I stuck with it (or rather she stuck with it) clear into high school. And I am terribly grateful that I can read music and play well enough to enjoy playing for myself. It is an abiding blessing and soothing "tender mercy" to be able to play. And to this day, I deeply regret that I’m only about half the pianist I could have been. The only other insight I can offer comes from David the King: "Where there is no vision, the people perish." --Psalms 29:18 This was certainly true in my case. I did well in the first few years when progress seemed easy and fast; but when the going started getting tougher, my "vision" began to cloud and my practicing dropped off drastically. And just for fun, here is one additional personal anecdote: Years ago, I attended a workshop at BYU featuring Reid Nibley. At the end of his presentation, he allowed us to ask questions. I’ll never forget his response to a question about his mother: “Oh! My mother was hell on wheels! She pushed her children!” To which I could only nod and laugh in complete agreement and yes...eternal gratitude.
  15. I thought this might be interesting for many here. I appreciated how this journalist referenced his own sacred spaces. "I admit that I felt a thrill of audacity entering even an analogue of the Kodesh HaKodashim. There is so much more to say about this magnificent structure. As a Jew, I experienced an exciting sense of standing within the grand sweep of history. Over centuries, the layout of the portable tent in the desert inspired a succession of ever more grandiose temples in Jerusalem — and, finally, 200 temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across the world. A holy tent in the desert echoes across history."
  16. We had Home Study Seminary in Oklahoma, and my own amazing mother was our teacher. She is a proud descendant of Plural Marriage, and this part of Church history was never hidden from us as children, so it was only natural for her to incorporate it into her Seminary lessons.
  17. My wife says she has 3 cats. When folks ask: How many cats do you have? I say: 3 too many. But guess who feeds, waters, and cleans-up after them? Guess who has to take time off work to take them to the vet? Guess who worries when one of them acts a little "off"? Apparently, "Guess Who" loves them as much (or more) than his wife... How in the world did this happen...?!!!
  18. You have such a respectful and kind way of posting, that it's difficult to see how anyone would ever get very irritated with you. Unfortunately, I feel the general "tone" of dialogue--not just here, but everywhere--has become much less civil than it once was. That probably makes me sound like a fogey. I may be a fogey, but I don't think I'm wrong about this. I suspect incivility plays a big part in why some folks stop participating here.
  19. Mudcat hasn’t posted in a very long time. I think he is Baptist or EV (or both?) and married to an active member of the Church?
  20. I just watched the news conference again. At the 32 minute: 50 second mark, Elder Wilson mentions that administrative meetings Church leaders currently hold in the Temple will then be held in “designated areas of the JSMB.” I assumed he was referring to the weekly meeting of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve. But perhaps he is referring to some other meeting.
  21. That’s true. Did I misunderstand that part of the news conference?
  22. My folks were not married in the Temple. They had several children by the time they were able to go. My oldest brothers actually remember the sealing, and I have felt a bit “cheated” about that as well. But would you believe me if I told you that I feel like I “remember” it too?
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