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  1. As has been noted here several times, he is the first African American GA. Often people confuse African American with being black. That is true to an extent, but it more specifically refers to black people descended from slaves in the United States, or black people born in the US to more recently immigrated black parents and grandparents (like Obama) whose racial background makes inheritors of all the stigmas, norms, values, culture and other aspects of being descended from slaves. Black immigrants tend to identify more with their specific countries or ethnic backgrounds, such as Nigerian, Ghanian, Congolese, or somewhere in the Caribbean. African Americans often do not, as the location of their ancestors was lost in the slave trade, and due to their length of time in the United States. Encompassed in all that are unique forms of worship, speech, and expression that are unique to African Americans and not to black people more generally. It would be very exciting to me if I were an African American, to hear someone that looked and sounded like my background in General Conference. To use a very imperfect metaphor, I’d imagine it being like a Scot who grew up hearing Texan General Authorities my whole life. Yeah, they’re (likely) white. We speak the same language. It’s all good. But were I to hear someone suddenly speak with a think Highland accent my ears would definitely pick up, and I may even feel some level of emotion, than if it were a Texan drawl.
  2. I’ve encountered at least 5 instances in the past couple years where people w/o a religious background didn’t know what “scripture” was, and thought a talk was like a TED talk. Bible is still specific, yet general enough. Jews refer to their scripture as the Bible (or Jewish Bible) in colloquial language. I’ve hear a Sikh man refer to the Guru Granth Sahib as the Sikh Bible. I think Bible Study and Sermon to strike right balance between being specific enough that people know what you’re talking about, while being general enough that both people with both religious and non-religious backgrounds can understand.
  3. This. Girlfriend and I fed the missionaries the other day. They showed us a Church-produced video on inviting people to church activities, talks, etc. One thing I noticed was their use of common parlace. Examples: ”Hey! I’m giving a sermon in my church next week and wanted to invite you.” Or ”Yeah, we have Bible study every two weeks.”
  4. I fully accept both the original policy a revelation, and this most recent policy a revelation. This story illustrates my sentiments on the fundamental purpose of both.
  5. 🙄 None of the above. Modern liberalism is an outgrowth of the Enlightenment Era philosophers, being further developed in the 19th century by the addition of economic though by David Ricardo and Adam Smith, with its most recent iteration being the product of political theorist like John Rawls. Modern conservatism was somewhat of a counter reaction spurred by Edmund Burke, with the adoption of free market principles in the Reagan era, and which is now being molded by protectionism and nationalism in both Europe and North America. There's very little to say that Jesus Christ would fit neatly into either of these, either during his mortal ministry, or in the Millennial Period where His government takes the form of a quasi-constitutional absolutist monarchy.
  6. Fasting is a celebration though! At least in Latter-day Saint teachings it is. Fasting and prayer is also called rejoicing and prayer in D&C 59. I’ve been pondering on this, and whether there’s a metaphysical connection to abstaining from telestial food, whose partaking is posited as one reason for the Fall by some of the older prophets. The sacrament being the exception given its sanctification.
  7. I know them well too. I was companions with one of their nephews, and good friends with the family. The Miles are an upstanding family.
  8. Asking how members reconcile their political affiliations when party policy may contradict Church teachings is probably a better line of discussion if you’re just trying to get people’s thoughts on the topic in general. Less inflamatory, and more fruitful. If you want to give examples, give contrasting examples across party lines.
  9. Elder Kearon was in Calgary last year. He said that the brethern wanted politically engaged members at all levels in government, in all mainstream parties, to be the voice of moderation and charity. Unless that's changed, I'm assuming that's still the case. These threads are stupid. I typed out a long response detailing the policies of the Republican Party I consider to have crossed the line into unconscionable evil, and I'm largely a conservative. But I didn't. Why? Because these threads are stupid and useless. They're baiting, extremely judgmental, and it's not your call as to the personal worthiness, motivations, or good conscience of members in the Democratic Party. Having been extremely involved in the political party scene before, people join because they believe in the cause. Some join for power. Some join because they feel they can be a moderating influence (and they are, more often than people think). Of these motivations, the last one least of should sufficient grounds to establish the worthiness and good conscience of the member. Stop it, Rivers.
  10. Re the veil, I personally felt it symbolized close communion with God, similar to Moses coming down off the mountain.
  11. I plan on the green burial pod with biodegradable clothing. Maybe a bit creepy, but I think the idea of a family member later coming a lot and scratching my name into the tree would be cool.
  12. Not saying. Perhaps some here find it creepy. In the context of his relationship with the couple, and other comments, it didn’t come off that way.
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