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  1. My ward boundaries in Lehi consists of three fairly short streets and and a few more houses off to the west side.
  2. That would not be my position. People, whether they are members or not, should not stress out about things that are not in our control. As members we should focus on our callings, being good to other people, do missionary work if able, ect but recognize the realities of the world we live in. We should also not compare ourselves to other religions/churches in terms of numbers. The reality is the LDS Church requires a lot of sacrifice of its members. It is not easy being LDS. There are plenty of other churches out there that do not require members to have one or more callings, invest as much of their time or resources into it. If the Church really wants to compete with other religions in gaining members, it could relax a lot of the rules for membership like not requiring the Word of Wisdom to be practiced. So we should be concerned about numbers but we should not get too focused on it.
  3. What good if 10 million people joined the Church next year if the Church could not handle the influx of so many people. Most of those millions would probably fall away because the current membership would have a hard time dealing with so many members. We get too caught up in numbers. Whether the church grows at 0.3% or 5% a year really does not matter. We will continue to be a small church in relation to the total population of the earth.
  4. 1. Why do people assert that the Civil war settled constitutional issues. I am not aware of any part of the Constitution where things are decided by a war or which side is more effective in killing the other side. 2. The 2nd Amendment is about the people, outside the rule and power of the government, have the right to bear arms as a defense against the biggest threat to liberty which is our own government. Find an oppressed group of people around the world and almost all of them are oppressed by their own government. The Civil war settled nothing. If anything it has made it more necessary for the population to keep and bear arms as the Federal government has gained far more power since then. 3. Why focus on what federal judges say. The Founders themselves were clear enough on the intent of the 2nd Amendment. We should not need federal judges (mostly lawyers) to tell us what the Founders plainly said. "I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." --George Mason, "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of people, trained in arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country." --James Madison "The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." Alexander Hamilton "Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American... The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state government, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people" --Tench Coxe "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. the supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States." --Noah Webster "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." --Thomas Jefferson
  5. The Church is doing just fine. One should not expect constant growth in the Church. We should see the Book of Mormon as a pattern. The Church goes through periods of growth and retraction. Right now we are in the prosperity part of the pride cycle. Society has all the comforts it needs. People don't need God as much as they need Facebook or their phones. That will change at some point in the 21st century. The wars, natural disasters, and other things that are coming will push people back to God. George Albert Smith said after WW2 that the Great Depression and WW2 was nothing in comparison to what is coming. The time will come with the people of the earth with have just 2 choices. Flee to Zion or take up the sword. Most of the modern day secularists will have to come to Zion or be swept off the earth. So no the Church has not peaked. It has barely got off the ground. It is one reason I actually like the whole Climate change thing. I have never really concerned about the global warming/climate change debate but if what they say is even half correct, it fits very nicely on what we have been told will happen. So no reason to dread about the coming decades but its actually lots of reasons to be excited.
  6. This deals with growth in the US. If the Church is growing in other places, then it does not matter as much. I believe that we should expect a slow growth or even a reduction in membership as we get closer to when Christ returns. With all the things going on in the world and how things are progressing, this is actually exciting times to be a member. Better to be a member now than 50 years ago.
  7. Of course a few hundred armed citizens can't stand up to the military. Millions of armed citizens can and especially an an asymmetric war. One does not take on a tank with a gun but eventually those in the tank do have to get out. Plus when the citizens stand up against the government, many in the military would join the citizens. That is the whole point of the 2nd Amendment. If enough of the citizens are armed, it works. 50-100 million armed citizens does the job. Modern armies can't compete against that unless the decide to use nukes. Limited gun ownership defeats the purpose of it. God rarely fights our battles while we sit on the sidelines. God was with the 2000 strippling warriors. He protected them but they still had to fight. There is nothing in the narrative if they just stood still and did nothing that they would have defeated their enemies. Joseph Smith lost the gun battle because he was outgunned. 200 on one is not a fair fight and the attackers had the advantage. He needed more firepower.
  8. The Nephites had swords. I bet if guns existed back then, the Nephites would have had guns. As long as wicked people run around this world and rule it, the righteous do need to have means to protect themselves. Being a Christian does not mean putting a bulls eye on their body and declaring to the world "Kill me, I will not resist." Remember also Joseph Smith shot 3 guys right before he was killed. Self defense is completely within the boundaries of Christian/Mormonism.
  9. One can put the gun industry on the same footing as other industries while retaining the critical 2nd Amendment. Without a 2nd Amendment, there is no promise you will have a 1st Amendment for very long.
  10. The Founders were not concerned about the citizens being armed to hunt Bambi. They were also not worried about animals organizing together and taking away our liberty. If anything living in an urban area might be more of a reason to own a gun.
  11. Who knows. The Church does not do any studies on the issue. I would imagine that the views reflect political views. Democrat members are for more gun control and Republicans are for less. The 2nd Amendment is the law. Its part of the Bill of Rights.
  12. The Church does not say its ok to have an abortion in these instances. It just will not impose any church discipline on these instance. I suppose it does not want to add more trauma to the pregnant woman with the idea that she is being forced to have the kid. It does however say that the woman should pray about it first and get an answer from God first before proceeding. Which is good counsel. If God is ok with it then we should be ok with it also. If the woman gets an answer not to abort, that perhaps would make the whole process of giving birth much easier.
  13. It is a policy that does not apply in other countries. I can change and probably will sooner rather than later. The only thing I can see why for the policy is not to give too much emphasis on the civil marriage over the temple sealing but I think for most couples, the wedding day is long enough. Better just to get everything done at one shot and then get on with the other activities of the day.
  14. Beyond the fact that this question is inappropriate, it does not matter how "high up" any LDS husband is. A husband who serves in the ward library or nursery and holds a temple recommend and does his best is just as good and entitled to all the blessings as any Apostle in the Church is. The GA may lead the church but it is the rank and file regular LDS members both men and women who keep the Church running on a daily basis.
  15. If something can be made from nothing, then something can go back to nothing.