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    Missionaries and health insurance

    You should not have to file a fafsa again until the fall before he plans to attend. He will be gone next fall/winter so it would be a waste of time.
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    Missionaries and health insurance

    It won’t effect his school aid or grant money because they will take your money into account either way until they are 24. If he is paying out of pocket for some school tuition and book expenses it will effect claiming education credits. In my family, this helped because as parents, we didn’t qualify but as a non dependent, my kids did. Up to $1000 can be used as a tax credit even if you don’t owe or have that much taken out. Under the new tax plan, you will only lose a $500 credit come tax time. We can’t claim my college freshman because she must gain Utah residency this year.
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    Speculations for General Conference

    “Touché” I also heard from a friend whose son is preparing for a service mission because of a severe pet allergy, that the Stake President told her today that they are making more changes to service missions.
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    Speculations for General Conference

    More speculation from my sister. She sent me this text today. President xxxxx said today in Sunday school to hold on to your hat. Pres Nelson isn’t done making changes. Looking forward to conference 🙂 The President she speaks of is her former Stake President a former mission president and currently works for the church.
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    Speculations for General Conference

    If 18 months is too short, why do women only serve 18 months? Are they institutionally disadvantaged? Do the women who serve in these countries then have an inherently worse experience then their male counterparts? Do women not serve in countries with really tough languages? I've never minded women only serve 18 months but I do think these strong reactions against them bring some questions to my mind.
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    Speculations for General Conference

    So, it took me awhile to get back ahold of my sister to get clearer details and it is total hearsay but this is a speculative thread so... She was told by her friend that two of her sons friends who attend a singles ward and had their mission papers ready to go, were told to wait until after conference to submit. This is in Utah. She had specifically called to ask if I had heard any rumors so then I started looking closer at this thread.
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    Speculations for General Conference

    I apologize if this was already discussed but I read the last few pages of this thread and not everything. I talked to my sister today and she has a friend who was told to not to submit her sons mission papers until after conference. Interesting....
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    Missionary Safety

    What does this look like in the world today? Bad things happen to really righteous people. I believe your statement is true, but I also believe he lets bad things happen too. I don't believe if someone gets injured or assaulted it is because they did something wrong. I don't believe every righteous servant will get a miracle of protection or healing. I do not believe we should judge a persons righteousness based on their wealth or health. I also believe an overall righteous people will be blessed and prosper.
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    Missionary Safety

    So, are you saying we should preach “the prosperity gospel?” If, “in the end” you mean in the eternities, that is probably so. Do you believe the more prosperous among us are the most righteous? The Lehite Promise was a specific promise but I don’t think it correlates to more than this one event. Many righteous, faithful men likely died in the battle that spared the Sons of Helamen. Was Joseph Smith’s life so difficult because he wasn’t righteous enough? Living the Gospel does make stronger families and stronger families make stronger communities which in turn can provide greater wealth to a population. I think this is very true in the Macro sense but fails on the Micro level.
  10. I've been struggling with Stake Conference for awhile. I think it is because life has been really hard lately and I've been just trying to get by day by day and Stake Conference sometimes comes off like a big lecture to do more, more, more... Sometimes it seems they always say "go to the temple more" and "do more missionary work." I just leave feeling discouraged. Sorry you had a bad meeting. I had to leave my testimony meething this Sunday. I was tired and I just could not take the non tesimony/tesitmonies this week so went into a classroom and worked on the primary program instead. The kids in primary are writing incredibly awesome testimonies to share! The adults in my ward should learn from the kids sometimes but the Bishopric tends to lead off with a talk/testimony so everyone else follows suit.
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    Missionary Safety

    I wanted to add this link to article about missionary safety. I think it discussed this topic perfectly. https://bycommonconsent.com/2018/08/31/missionary-safety-brainstorming/ I loved how she discussed this topic. "I’m sure it’s statistically valid that missionaries are generally safer than, I dunno, drunken college students attending frat parties who dive into the wrong end of swimming pools. Granted. But when applied to missionaries as a group, safety is not really about obedience. God doesn’t say “Sister X, you didn’t read your scriptures today, so you will now be sexually assaulted.” We have this magical mindset that missionaries are going to be physically safe in dangerous situations if they do completely unrelated things [1]. But the fact is that missionaries are often in unsafe situations beyond their control, and no, they are not always protected even when they are obedient." I also think we need to be careful with how we react to missionaries injuries/deaths. I have a friend whose son got in a car accident on his mission. He was paralyzed and is now a quadrapalegic. They were late returning to the apartment that night. Her son could not get his companion out the door to go home and he tried. His companion was driving and was not seriously injured in the accident. One of the questions she is frequently asked is, "where they obeying all the rules?" How callous. I think it is human nature to have this illusion of control over our lives...that if we are obediant and good enough, we won't have bad things happen. Conversely, people are at fault for the bad things that happen in their lives. The story of the blind man in the New Testement puts this theory to rest. I do believe the commandments help us avoid known pitfalls and troubles...but some just come no matter how righteous we are. When people ask that questions of my friend, it seems like they are saying, her son deserved his fate. "I do believe you can feel spiritual warnings to avoid situations or get out of a place, but that doesn’t mean that nothing will ever happen to you or that you are at fault if something does. It doesn’t mean you are disobedient or a bad missionary, or that those who aren’t assaulted are somehow better. When we say this, it’s a weird twist on the prosperity gospel: if you are righteous, you will prosper; therefore if you prosper, you were righteous. Ergo, bad things only happen to disobedient people, or in other words, bad things only happen to bad people. Wrong, wrong, wrong." The author also lists 10 suggestions for improving missionary safety.
  12. You are a saint! Thank you for your service!
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    Modesty issues...again

    In many instances, you are absolutely correct.
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    Goodbye Mormondialogues

    I wish you would not go...
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    Modesty issues...again

    I think this woman may have found a interesting solution. 😉 https://qz.com/916148/switching-to-mens-clothing-taught-me-that-the-world-doesnt-want-women-to-get-too-comfortable/ “Then, several months ago, I began wearing men’s clothing. Among the major advantages I’ve discovered so far: plentiful pockets, simpler dressing decisions, and easier temperature control. But the biggest revelation for me was the huge difference in my physical and emotional comfort. I’m a forthright, intellectual woman who’s never had a problem with confidence. But I’ve spent 20 years wearing clothes designed to make me feel ill at ease—in both my body and mind.”
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