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  1. I really like the "it gets better" idea linked above. The second thought I had my second time around was that it "got better last time. It can get better this time." I have shared that with people with the statement that I understood if they didn’t believe me because I wouldn't have believed me the first time around. It won't make a difference for some, but may for others.
  2. Having been at the point of suicide twice (once within hours with a plan and once within minutes) and having various suicidal thoughts flash through my head on occasion I can't tell you how much this bothers me. In fact it angers me. The third thing that came to mind the second time around was how devestated my husband would be. I canot begin to tell you how much blame he would put on himself, let alone what others would have done yet he was a huge support and did everything he could. There is no one in my life either time that I felt was a lack of support. This was something INSIDE of me that had to be dealt with. Talking about the "blame" helps no one. Blame has an assumption of guilt tied to it. Now if you want to talk about cause and effect then I go with it, but having gone through what I did, the minute you start looking at only one cause or one main cause you are going to miss the complicated network that created the problem and if we are focused on "blame" we will get nowhere.
  3. Since I don't subscribe to that idea then I don't worry that it is going around. I have 3 children. All of them are special to me in their own ways. I would imagine that is much how Heavenly Father feels. I'm grateful I don't have to worry about that. Since President Oaks is one of his apostles then I will listen to him, do the best I can, encourage others to sing and then leave it up to the Savior to who else has good excuses.
  4. I can't stand "It's a Small World", but "There is Sunshine..." is one of my top 10. Wish we sang it more. I don't think being a dude has much to do with it. I do think many women long to connect on a female basis, but those men who connect with their earthly mother should have an understanding of wanting to connect with a spiritual mother. I attended church on the North of Grenada on Sunday. Because the "buses" rarely run on Sunday in the North it would have been expensive to take a taxi to the south where our meetings were held so we had our own sacrament and attended a different church. The owner of the apartment we stayed in told us before that the singing was loud. He had a talk with them and they quieted a lot, but outside and half a block away you could still hear them well. (We only attended the first of 4 hours). He said he loved the tunes (Bob Dylan and other artists), but didn't like that they changed the words. So while he was in his house and on his farm he would sing along with them with the original words. He was a character. I love to sing. Sometimes when I sing it is wonderful. Sometimes quite painful. I often don't know which it will be till I have sang a verse or 2. Even mouthing the words at that point is painful. I have a friend who was a professional singer. Several years ago she contracted a rare illness. If she were to sing today she would find herself in real trouble. She longs to sing. I suspect that like I learned as a missionary from one of the church leaders "we teach the rule and deal with the exceptions" that failing to sing is an option for many exceptions. Christ looks at us individually - just as he is now doing with missions. So we really should try to be better at singing because there is something in singing that is hard to duplicate, but be understanding of others.
  5. My grandma was born to a couple out of wedlock. Then she was adopted. Her birth parents wre later married. Then they divorced and her birth mom married someone else. She searched out her birth parents and later joined the church. I can't remember exactly how it was done, but she was sealed to her adoprive parents, her birth parents and her birth mom and new husband. This all shows on family search. If I remember right she was sealed by her own actions to her birth mom and one of the husbands. We were surprised to discover she was sealed to her adoptive parents the same day since we uderstood otherwise till I found it on family search. At the same time I found she was sealed by proxy to her birth mom and the other husband by someone who is not of our family. So it can be done, but maybe you are saying you are hoping it is shown in a different way on family search?
  6. You may want to point out whose definition. They fit Webster's definition: forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos) Wikipedia Cambridge dictionary. I don't care what you do. If you feel ok using message boards during the 7 days then it really doesn't matter to me. So much of what I have read points to them being social media - the big difference that I see are advertisers are less likely to focus on message boards.
  7. Yes. Message boards are considered social media as are blogs when they encourage comments and interactions with those who comment. Social media isn't just pictures - it is a community idea where people are sharing information online.
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    Mike Norton wants lds.org logins...

    Is this possible with the info there. I just checked and the full account number is not displayed.
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    The Church has $32 Billion in the Stock Market

    Yes. D&C 29 31 For by the power of my Spirit created I them; yea, all things both spiritual and temporal— 32 First spiritual, secondly temporal, which is the beginning of my work; and again, first temporal, and secondly spiritual, which is the last of my work— 33 Speaking unto you that you may naturally understand; but unto myself my works have no end, neither beginning; but it is given unto you that ye may understand, because ye have asked it of me and are agreed. 34 Wherefore, verily I say unto you that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal; neither any man, nor the children of men; neither Adam, your father, whom I created. Spiritual and temporal - intrinsically connected.
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    The Church has $32 Billion in the Stock Market

    I recognize this is a problem with transparency, but people often go with the idea that "humanitarian aid" is the whole budget for the "poor and needy". The more I learn about what the church does to help the poor and needy, the more I suspect that "humanitarian aid" is just one part of helping the poor and needy. Obviously I have nothing to prove that, but the fact that the church seems to consistantly attach the "humanitarian" term with money spent gives me part of that idea. Just to be clear - not all charities are tax exempt and some charities are fully tax exempt and others are not. Perhaps many felt the way I did even if they didn't think through it. I felt about it much the same as I felt about the change from HT and VT to ministering - that there wasn't really a change - just a word change to emphasize understanding some were missing. I've always thought that helping the poor and needy was intertwined in all 3 missions of the church. If someone was missing helping the poor and needy then they didn't have a full understanding of the 3 other missions.
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    Do you choose to believe?

    I believe we choose to believe or not. It all has to do with those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. Laman and Lemuel saw an angel. You would think this would compel them to believe - and it did - for a little while. Then they were back to their old habits again.
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    My one rant about Utah

    You could do your Saturday date in the afternoon. My husband I switched to SaturDAY years ago and love it. Meals are cheaper. There are fewer crowds. Most activities happen earlier on Saturday so we didn't have conflicts most weeks.
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    Advice Missionary Meals

    It's really going to depend on the area you are in. Some areas missionaries get a lot of burgers, hot dogs and pizza. They soon tire of it. Other areas they get more fancy things. I've had a few missionaries get excited over veggies because they get so little. One even had 3 large helpings and could not stop talking about how much he liked them.
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    Mother's day gifts at church

    I just clicked and it went straight to it. If you go to lds.org it is on the front page as Mother' in Zion.
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    Mother's day gifts at church

    My husband just told me about this article. I like it, but if you click on the link to read it then you have to promise that you will never use it to show someone how they should feel. It goes well with what I said above. Sister Eubank