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  1. Being a religion you would agree that they should qualify for tax-exempt status?
  2. I don't think we can make generalizations about all concealed carry permit holders. I am sure plenty of them are responsible people, but some are kind of scary. I know a number of responsible gun owners that have permits. But at a place I used to work I knew of two individuals with permits who made me very nervous. I don't know what the requirements are to get a permit here in Utah, but I would like to see them tightened up a bit.
  3. My last bishop wore a bow tie pretty much every Sunday. I don't remember seeing him in a standard tie.
  4. Reminds me of a poem: The Man He Killed BY THOMAS HARDY "Had he and I but met By some old ancient inn, We should have sat us down to wet Right many a nipperkin! "But ranged as infantry, And staring face to face, I shot at him as he at me, And killed him in his place. "I shot him dead because — Because he was my foe, Just so: my foe of course he was; That's clear enough; although "He thought he'd 'list, perhaps, Off-hand like — just as I — Was out of work — had sold his traps — No other reason why. "Yes; quaint and curious war is! You shoot a fellow down You'd treat if met where any bar is, Or help to half-a-crown."
  5. The Book of Mormon does state that all will be resurrected. And it doesn't matter if they are all resurrected at the same time or different times. Yes, the Book of Mormon mentions families, temples and the word "seal". But it does not talk about eternal families or temple marriage.
  6. The BOM records the teachings of prophets over a period of hundreds of years. Yet temple marriage and forever families are not even mentioned once. There is no mention of the three degrees of glory. Were the Nephites taught about these things? What was it like to be a member of the church at this time? Were they able to be sealed to their families? If so, I would think this would have at least been mentioned in the writings of the prophets of the day.
  7. I have been watching this as well and have been fascinated by it. There is a companion podcast that I have been following as well. It gives background information on the creation of the series by the writer and producer Craig Mazin. The last episode is next Monday, so if you don't have HBO you can sign up for a free week of HBO NOW and watch the whole thing.
  8. I think I may have seen you in the gym locker room...
  9. There used to be a website where you could make your own garments, but it is gone now. I found it in the internet archive: http://web.archive.org/web/20141204044411/http://makeyourgarments.com/
  10. Why is that? I believe that this could be a problem with the new policy. People will be judged by self-righteous individuals as being less than if they choose a civil wedding over a temple wedding even though the church has officially said it is perfectly acceptable. Because of this it will probably take time before civil weddings become the norm because of the stigma they have had.
  11. I agree with you that tracking unit numbers doesn't tell us everything, but I believe it is the best metric we have compared to the other official numbers that are publicly available. Some of the recent changes (2 hour block and merging of HP quorums) may affect the minimum size of wards and branches in the future as well. There are fewer lessons to be taught and fewer MP callings to fill. This could lead to fewer units needing to be consolidated in the future as populations shift.
  12. I think the number of wards/branches is usually the best indicator of growth of the number of active members. However, because of the large consolidation of units in Mexico in 2018, this statistic is skewed. 2018 ended with 140 fewer units in Mexico than there were at the start of the year. I believe that is likely a one-time event, so for 2019 we should see much bigger increase in units than the 30 for 2018.
  13. On my mission I had mixed responses when we taught about eternal marriage. One man responded "Do I have to?" when we said he could be with his wife forever. (She was sitting right next to him at the time.) A relative of mine told everyone before she died NOT to have her work done. She did not want to ever see her abusive husband again. Of course it was done anyway.
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