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  1. rockpond

    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    Yes, those who want to continue, certainly have ways to do that. But our ward troop will be winding down scout stuff by the latter half of next year.
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    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    A fairly secular view but not necessarily wrong, IMO.
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    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    Yeah, if you kept released time and phased it out over a lengthy period it would reduce the impact to CES employees. But there are still some CES employees who supervise the early morning seminary and they'd be out of work. Not sure how much institute could absorb. I'm not saying it couldn't happen and I actually agree with your logic of this being in a similar class as pageants and scouts. Eliminating released time right now would be a big blow to my family. Released time seminary is currently one of the only ways my children get to meet/know the other LDS kids in their school (some odd stake boundaries have put my family in a different stake than nearly all of the kids they attend high school with).
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    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    That’s at least two who are predicting seminary changes. Curious. Changes to seminary could put a lot of faithful members, who have dedicated their educations and careers to CES, out of work.
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    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    Fascinating. When the 2-hour change was announced, they also asked that church scheduled be kept in the AM as much as possible, right? In my stake, they have done this... having the first ward start at 8:30am and overlapping the last 30 minutes such that even if we have four ward sin a building, the last ward is done by 3:00. So, I guess, Sunday afternoon temple openings could be a reason for that. I'd be sad to leave my four kids at home alone on Sunday but I certainly know some empty-nesters who would really enjoy attending church in the morning, grabbing a quick simple lunch, and then heading to the temple for a session or two on their sabbath. I'd be interested to know how they would adjust temple presidency shifts in response to that change. The schedule that temple presidency couples currently maintain can be fairly grueling for these generally older folks. Adding another shift to cover could be tough.
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    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    You don't already have free snacks at church up there in Canada? #behindthetimes
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    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    I would be surprised if they open temples on Sundays. While I realize it might make it easier for some to attend, it would create a conflict with the home-centered church we've been encouraged to create. And, if not balanced by closing the temple on a weekday, it would create a heavy burden on temple presidencies. We could certainly use more clarity on our teachings regarding gender. That would be nice.
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    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    True -- they need to roll out the new youth programs. They don't have to do it in a general conference session but that would certainly be a nice place to learn about it and hear their thoughts on it. It would be nice to get the new youth program in April since by mid-2019, we'll have very few YM still working toward Eagle (most will be done or the rank will be out of reach due to time constraints).
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    Hype for April 2019 Conference

    I probably would have agreed until this Sunday... Elder Bennett seems to think something big is coming.
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    And now, Gina Colvin faces a Disciplinary Council.

    Sorry to have disturbed your echo chamber. As I mentioned, I think she makes some important points. That doesn't mean I agree with everything she says or that I think she doesn't deserve excommunication for joining another church. Just that there is some truth to what she has said. And I think there is merit to some of her criticisms.
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    And now, Gina Colvin faces a Disciplinary Council.

    Seems like an accurate summary of her concerns with the Church. I wonder if she will continue with the "A Thoughtful Faith" podcast post-excommunication? She did some nice interviews with great insights over the years. Another quote from the above linked article: "Eventually I had to find another place to worship because I couldn’t bear the weekly diet of church that made only vague references to Jesus in favor of endless and repetitious affirmations that the church is true and that President so and so is a Prophet of God and scandalously poor exegesis." I think that contains some truth that we could really do well to work on.
  12. And so it begins... or continues... We had our stake conference this weekend (Dec 8-9). In the concluding session on Sunday, Elder Randall K. Bennett of the Seventy was speaking. After referencing President Nelson's comments: "If you think the Church has been fully restored, you're just seeing the beginning" and "Eat your vitamin pills. Get some rest. It's going to be exciting." He said, jokingly: There's a rumor that they are installing seat belts in the Conference Center in preparation for next April's conference. I'm curious if others are hearing similar comments from general authorities in your areas. Given the above (and assuming it isn't only happening in my area), I imagine we'll have lots of guessing and rumors about "big announcements" in the lead up to April General Conference.
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    Oaks on Religious Freedom

    One purpose of our life here is to progress. Progress isn’t a false doctrine.
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    Oaks on Religious Freedom

    Well, my comments are just me “trying like hell” to make a proper go of this imperfect church on this new world.
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    Oaks on Religious Freedom

    The words racism and discrimination are not made-up terms awaiting fine-tuning and national codification by the US government. I'm not sure why you are trying to turn this political. I am using racism and discrimination as they are defined in the English language. You can refer to Merriam-Webster and drop the bizarre outrage and violence accusations.
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