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    I'm a third cousin of Chuck Norris! Thanks ancestory.com

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  1. "If we see something that we cannot deny is fully, irretrievably, unredeemably evil, does it necessarily follow that there must be something that is fully good? And that that good is G-d?" I'm not sure Mr. Peterson's logic is sound. If we follow it to the logical conclusion, doesn't it mean that if we see something we cannot deny is fully good, does it necessarily follow that there must be somthing that is fully evil? And that evil is G-d?" Maybe Mr. Peterson believes there are both good and evil G-ds? I wish he would expound on this. I've never heard of such a thing.
  2. Blair, Do you think you'll ever have Mpho Tut Furth back on your podcast? I've listened to it several times. There was so much good material. Sorry for the derail everyone. Please carry on about who was involved in Dan's firing back in 2012, or whatever it is everyone is now discussing.
  3. Scott, there is no ambiguity. Here is the statement again, "The Institute's course then as now is shaped and approved by BYU administration and its Board of Trustees, which includes apostles." Explain how this statement is ambiguous to you. I'll try to help you out here.
  4. Scott, Blair's statement leaves absolutely no room for ambiguity. Please read it again. The 2012 change was "shaped and approved by the BYU administration and its Board of trustees, which includes apostles."
  5. I forgot to mention that The Maxwell Institute will be making Elder Holland's transcript available for everyone to read. In addition, the Maxwell Institute will soon be posting the complete video of Elder Holland's talk so that everyone can watch. I really look forward to both watching and reading Elder Holland's talk in its entirety. https://mi.byu.edu/new-2019-disciple-scholars/#_ednref1
  6. I have a completely different interpretation of what Elder Holland said. I thought Elder Holland was very supportive, appreciative and thankful for the Maxwell Institute's direction and efforts. I think it was clear the Maxwell Institute has the support and attention of the 12. In other related news, the Maxwell Institute just announced that Fiona and Teryl Givens and Steven L. Peck will be joining the Institute in 2019. This is great news. https://twitter.com/MI_BYU If any of you enjoy podcasts, you need to be listening to Blair Hodges Maxwell Institute podcasts. They are excellent.
  7. I know the JOD isn’t the most reliable source but this might be where the confusion started. "When they receive their crowns, their dominions, they then will be prepared to frame earths like unto ours and to people them in the same manner as we have been brought forth by our parents, by our Father and God” Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 17:143 "All those who are counted worthy to be exalted and to become Gods, even the sons of God, will go forth and have earths and worlds like those who framed this and millions on millions of others Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 18:259, October 8, 1876 "As our Father and God begat us, sons and daughters, so will we rise immortal, males and females, and beget children, and, in our turn, form and create worlds, and send forth our spirit children to inherit those worlds, the same as we were sent here." Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses 14:242 "They will receive everything our Father in Heaven has and will become like Him. They will even be able to have spirit children and make new worlds for them to live on, and do all the things our Father in Heaven has done." Gospel Fundamentals [2001], page 201 https://www.lds.org/bc/content/shared/content/english/pdf/language-materials/31129_eng.pdf
  8. I know a couple of people here know my story, but I feel impressed to share it today. I grew up in a small East Texas town on the border of Louisiana. Life was hard. It was a poor town and we were poorer still. My father left my mother when I was 7 and my brother was 5. We never saw or heard from him again. I recently found out he died in California shorly after leaving us. After my father left, my mother struggled with alcholism and there was a short period where me and my brother were placed in a foster home until my mother completed treatment. One Saturday when I was 9 the missionaries knocked on our door. I don't remember much about what they said, but I remember being surprised my mother let them in our small apartment. Time was precious and Saturday was the only day my mother could rest and spend time with us. My mother was working two jobs and worked every single day except Saturday. Something resonated with the missionaries and my mother. We were soon baptized and joined a small branch in our town. At the branch, my mother met and married a single Air Force officer from Utah who had recently graduated college and was stationed nearby. He was an honorable man, a great husband and provider to my mother and a great father to me and my younger brother. My mother would not have met him if it hadn't been for the missionaries. He passed away 3 years ago and my mother followed him shortly after. Once my father's commitment to the Air Force was over, we moved to Utah. It has been my home ever since. My brother and I both graduated from college and have families. We've been able to instill in them the importance of education, family and love for the Gospel. When I look back on my life, I am overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude and love for the Gospel. I've tried to think what my life would have been like if the missionaries never knocked on our door all those years ago. Every scenario I can think of ends with us being caught in a cycle of poverty, drugs, alchohol and broken homes. Without the Gospel we would have been trapped in that vicious cycle. I'm thankful for those two missionaries who taught my mother the Gospel and the importance of families. I'm thankful for the Gospel in leading my mother to an honorable man who was a great father. In my life there have been times of doubt and moments when I have questions, but can't find the answers. Perhaps we are meant to struggle and I'm content knowing that these questions will probably not be solved in this life. One thing I know for certain and is the Gospel took our family out of the cycle of poverty and made us a family again.
  9. Champatsch, I just read the following comment on the Interpreter's website. Was the oral dialect of Joseph Smith something you and Professor Skousen took into consideration when conducting your research? If so, how did you reconcile your research with the 1600 century oral dialect that Joseph Smith would have likely used? https://interpreterfoundation.org/celebrating-two-new-books-in-the-book-of-mormon-critical-text-project/
  10. I found this article about how 10,000 years ago Britons had "very dark skin and very blue eyes" interesting. https://www.zmescience.com/science/cheddar-man-dna-43432/ According to the article this is what the ancestors of the British looked like 10,000 years ago.
  11. That makes sense. I was trying to figure out how any of those statues related to the Gospel or Church History. I couldn't for the life of me figure out any of them. Ha!
  12. I believe it includes all full time missionaries. I wonder if the young men don't feel as much pressure or feel a mission isn't as important because more women are now serving? Could the policy have hurt the number of young men willing to serve? I wish I knew why this was happening.
  13. That means that today there are only 4,607 more missionaries than there were in 2012 (63,597 - 58,990 = 4,607)? If this trend continues, there is a very good statistical chance that by the beginning of next year there will be fewer missionaries than we had in 2012. The young men need a good swift kick in the rear.
  14. I agree that raising the bar is a good thing. I would rather see missionaries serve who are mature enough mentally and spiritually. We've seen too many missionaries in our Ward and Stake come home early the last few years and I worry about what that means for their future. Many of those missionaries who returned home early have been struggling with activity and feeling loved or welcomed.
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