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  1. That would be hell.
  2. I would tend to agree. I don't see what private or public service has to do with it. But I really don't have insight into what the motivation is for of some of the foreign governments laws.
  3. I think it is much less a issue of which religion is performing the service and more of an issue of it being open to the public or not.
  4. As would a nice church wedding with all the family and friends in attendance.
  5. That's true. 92K is not even small living stipend.
  6. Best wishes on your new job!
  7. I am still paying for my two graduate degrees. I doubt Trump with do anything to help. Perhaps something will happen in the next administration. Right now college is too expensive and graduates are burdened with crippling debt.
  8. I am not really qualified to comment directly on your questions because I have never worked for the church and because I have absolutely no talent for writing, poetry or anything to do with the arts. But, here is my two cents anyway. I have thirty years of experience working large organizations, both in the business world and in academia. It has been my observation that inconsistency in policy and communications is more of the norm rather than the exception. The reason for this (and once again this is just my own observations) is that organizations are made up of departments and groups that are often siloed when it comes to inter-departmental communication, or even communication within the departments. Also, polices can and do change and re-change, and are often times not followed. The bottom line is that you cannot look at an organization as a monolithic entity that provides consistent communications and follows a consistent decision making process. I would not take your experience with the Ensign personally. It is their loss.
  9. The NRA has taken things way to far. I am a gun owner, and I believe I have a right to do so (I am a citizen of the U.S.). However, I also own a automobile. To operate the automobile, I had to take a driving skills class and pass an exam. Upon successful completion, I received a drivers license. My vehicle must also be licensed, and must also have passed a safety inspection to be legality driven. Why couldn't this model be applied to gun ownership? Taking a class and passing a safety exam before receiving a gun permit is not a lot to ask in MHO.
  10. Honestly and transparency are always the best policy. The is especially true for a church that expects members to donate a sizable portion of their income to it. Knowing where the donations go and how they are spent isn't too much to ask for in MHO.
  11. Maybe I am reading this wrong, but it seems you are viewing a traditional western/European wedding in a negative light. I think this is a mistake. Most see a wedding as a time for celebration. It is the uniting of not only the bride and groom, but of two families. All cultures have their wedding traditions that in many cases go back hundreds of years. Traditions bind people and generations together. I was lucky enough to experience a traditional wedding in Namibia of the Huralo people. Their traditions mean as much to these people as a temple sealing means to LDS members. It would be wrong to take that away from them, or from anyone else for that matter. That's what the Spanish did in the Americas. They replaced (or tried to) native cultures with their own brand of religion and ceremonies. I think we can all agree it didn't work out so well. I doubt the top leadership would really care what type of civil ceremony is performed. The rub is not about the ceremony, it is about the one year wait. IMO it serves no purpose other than causing pain, hurt feelings, and many times divisions within families. For an organization that is hemorrhaging members, especially young members, this type policy that promotes exclusion really doesn't make much sense. You describe a non-mormon service as being elaborate and lavish. The funny thing is that I have heard the temple described as elaborate and lavish. I have also heard the church's city creek mall described the same way. So I guess it is all in the eye of the beholder.
  12. I would call it an unfortunate consequence of an policy. Very similar to how many experienced the consequences of another unfair policy: the priesthood ban.
  13. There is no doctrinal support for it at all. There is no evidence that it is inspired. It is an inconsistent policy and it is a policy that has been changed before.
  14. Many Christians could argue that a persons sins are washed away by the blood of Christ, and not by some some private ritual.
  15. I think it changed in the late 1960's or early 1970's. I remember as a kid seeing weddings in the church with the couple getting sealed at a temple within the week. I think the policy will change back once there is enough member pressure to do so.