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    Artist... paint in oils; draw in pastels; Reading; Walking/hiking; Beachcombing; Gardening

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  1. I rented "The Accountant" starring Ben Affleck... good story... violence, but only a few offensive words... And, "Passengers" starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt... very good story of a space station carrying about 5,000 passengers/crew on the way to a new planet to establish new colony... The ship has been en route for years while the passengers and crew are in a state of sleep... a solar disturbance causes a malfunction and one of the passengers (Pratt) wakes up 90 years too soon... after a year of being alone in the station, he becomes so lonely that he takes steps to wake up another passenger (Lawrence). Nicely filmed with wonderful special effects... GG
  2. I saw Hacksaw Ridge... what a film! It is based on the true story of a young man who is 7th Day Adventist and a conscientious objector, who joins the Army during WWII but refuses to touch a weapon or kill. Rather, he determines to save lives as a medic vs taking them as a soldier. Enduring abuse by his fellow soldiers who think him a coward, ridicule for his unwavering faith and determination to keep his standards, and finally potential court martial, he is allowed to continue his training as a medic, and is sent with his unit into one of the most dangerous battles... taking Hacksaw Ridge. Many were killed or wounded (the battle scenes are quite violent and bloody) but he was able to save an incredible number of soldiers. I appreciated the lack of profanity... usually war films are riddled with language, but this one had only a few such words. GG
  3. Good morning, snowflake... Or are you missing the point of the LDS view of happiness.... we follow the Savior's admonitions as put forth in the scriptures, including those listed above by pogi... when we read them carefully, we see that the happiness promised is the end result... is predicated on our being wise and trusting in the Lord... of rejoicing in the Lord... when we find our hope in the Lord... when we love and believe in the Lord though we can't see him... when we take care of the needy... when we find our strength in the Lord... when we show mercy on the poor... when we follow the commandments... when we have patience and endure to the end of our life... Our scriptures are replete throughout with teaching us to find happiness by worshiping the Lord... 2 Nephi 25:26 & 29 "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophesies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." "And now behold, I (Nephi) say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ and deny him not; and Christ is the Holy One of Israel: wherefore ye must bow down before him, and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul; and if ye do this, ye shall in nowise be cast out." I could go on and on with numerous scriptures from throughout our canon that teach that it is through Christ that we find true and complete happiness... GG
  4. Tacenda... Sadly, I'm sure there are many cases, or "stories" like you describe... and, yes, it is sad... but I can cite just as many stories of happy, faithful, healthy families and marriages... people who actually understand and live the gospel, including in regard to those who falter or fall away (people like my parents and the way they treated me when I fell away)... but that's not the point, i.e., trading stories. I agree with Calm above that you have to look at individual situations rather than paint with such a broad brush (which you often do) in laying these situations at the feet of "the Church." Incidentally... I find the Plan of Salvation to be beautiful, and a source of hope... even those individuals, or "Apostates" as you describe them, who may be in the Telestial Kingdom will be in a Kingdom of Glory with access to a member of the Godhead, described by early Church leaders as a kingdom so glorious that people would be awed... certainly not a place "close to hell" or "hell." There is no "hell' per se... GG
  5. I'm sorry Tacenda, but I can't let such a statement stand... there is nothing.. repeat, nothing... in Church teachings/doctrines/policies that supports actions on the part of any member that approves or suggests tossing aside anyone in favor of the Church... any such actions or abuse on the part of members are that member's own behavioral problem, and goes against Church teachings. I was inactive for over 30 years, and my parents were nothing but loving and inclusive to me and my non-LDS husband... and my parents were uber TBMs. I'm not saying there aren't those who do behave as you and Jeanne describe... I'm saying it is against Church teachings and one day they will be held accountable for their actions. And Jeanne's father will be held accountable for any such abuse to Jeanne and the family. It is his problem and not "the Church"... Have you read the "Proclamation" on the Family, particularly paragraphs 6 and 8. Perhaps you should before you make a general statement that intimates the Church is responsible for tearing families apart... GG
  6. I've really never understood all the negativity in regard to JS being a "treasure seeker." It wasn't unheard of generally. I grew up in a state that was flooded with thousands of treasure seekers... it was called the "Gold Rush of '49." Part of a romanticized history with towns such as Rough and Ready, Nevada City, Placerville, Grizzly Flats... my husband and I owned property in Nevada City, CA, right smack dab in the heart of Gold Country at the foot of the Sierra... I do understand, however, some criticism of JS if he was trying to use his spiritual gifts to try and find treasure... GG
  7. bobbie... Sort of like the "Social" Forum, but for doctrinal discussion... without actual debate. GG
  8. Hello stemelbow... I'm no Pollyana when it comes to the Church, nor do I march lock step as some believe of we faithful... but I'd be interested in what you consider to be the "many areas of concern" or what "drastic changes" need to be made... you throw out statements like this that are your opinion (and perhaps others like you), but frankly, in my opinion, I don't see the need for anything close to drastic changes being needed... there's improvements that can be made, and that the Church has made, and hopefully will continue to evaluate and seek guidance in making. (I guess I'm asking you rhetorically because I'm really not concerned with what you think needs to drastically change in the Church). GG... from the beach on an overcast, chilly Spring day...
  9. Hello BD... You would absolutely love my little "cottage." I guess some people would consider it a little more than a cottage, but it is small but very comfortable... on a quiet street, big backyard for gardening... 3 bdrms, 2 baths... a combo kitchen/den w/fireplace... separate living/dining room... lots of good sized windows... high ceilings... simple but nice. One bdrm I use for my art studio, one for me, and one for guests. I walk 1/2 blk to the end of my street to the beach... it's perfect for me and Bobby-cat (but a small family would be comfortable). I have such peace in my heart, and in my prayers express my gratitude because I know just how blessed I am. GG
  10. Hello rockpond... Perhaps I have him mixed up with someone else... I thought he was a serious critic... GG
  11. Am I mistaken, or isn't Quinn a vocal critic of the Church, and if so, as such I would expect his book to present the Church from his particular critical view... right up your alley... GG
  12. Yes, but according to Teancum there is a smaller open mall nearby, so there is obviously a choice for those who don't feel they can/want to shop at City Center... where I live, we have the outlet style mall which is popular with such stores as Old Navy, the Gap, Eddie Bauer, etc... all selling the same style/quality of merchandise,,, with their particular brand name emblazoned on it... I was so frustrated the other day when I went into Old Navy, I asked the clerk if they possibly had just a plain tee shirt without their ridiculous logo all over it. They had only one in black, gray or navy... I bought 2 navy tees of mediocre quality but at least they didn't have a logo on them... If I want a choice of something of higher quality or style, I have to drive 65 miles to Salem where they have some boutiques, or a Nordstrom. GG
  13. Good Morning Teancum... on a rainy Spring morning here on the central Oregon coast... I do understand what you are saying and your point is not lost on me, but SLC is known worldwide as the city founded by the Church... the headquarters for the Church as others have pointed out... the Temple Square area draws thousands (millions?) of visitors to SLC, which benefits the economy generally... I've never been to City Creek Mall but my understanding is that there are several upscale stores that many visitors, and residents, would bypass in favor of the nearby smaller outdoor mall that you mention... i.e., there's room, and need, for both to contribute to the city's health, beauty, and economy. IMO, when you consider the number of visitors to SLC, including non-members and members alike, where the majority of Church members live, i.e., outside of SLC/Utah, is not that relevant. My last visit to SLC was a few years go while visiting a friend. We went to Temple Square and the plaza area... how beautiful!! The flowers were so very beautiful. The Conference Center... GG
  14. Hello MVG... I doubt it... I think this was part of the whole beautification and upgrading of SLC... the Conference Center... the lovely Plaza area... the Mall... GG
  15. And colonized numerous small cities in so. Utah... and, my hometown of San Bernardino, Calif... I remember as a child celebrating Pioneer Day,,, GG