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  1. Oliblish

    Mission calls and Monday nights

    I just went to YouTube and searched for "mission call opening." There are hundreds maybe thousands out there to view. I know my son has been invited to dozens of these in the past couple of years. I was at BYU when I got my call and my mother read it to me over the phone from out of state.
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    The Demise of Scouting

    Really? It has always been my experience that the YM have a much bigger budget than the YW. It is even worse if you consider how much everyone is expected to contribute to Friends of Scouting. When I was in YM, the YW leaders would always complain about how they didn't have money to do anything. We would be planning a 4 day canyoneering trip to hike in slot canyons including multiple rappels that required helmets, ropes, and harnesses. We stayed in a nice cabin and had good food. The trip cost thousands of dollars. That was in addition to a big stake wide campout for all YM the same summer. The YW leaders would complain that they couldn't get approval to have treats on their mid-week activity because there was no budget for it. They do a nice girls camp but their budget was a fraction of the YM budget.
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    The Demise of Scouting

    Yes, I see no reason for anyone to get all upset when females are allowed to do a couple of things that were exclusively for the boy's club in the past. No need to worry, there are still plenty of things that only the dudes are able to do so we can still feel special.
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    church-owned businesses pay tithing?

    I think people that pay on net do this. You are right that if you pay on gross you have already paid tithing on it.
  5. Every individual and every news provider has a bias. When the bias of the news provider doesn't match our own bias, we tend to label that news source as "biased" and imply it is inaccurate. Everyone has a different bias, so there are many different opinions on which news sources are biased. Just like some will claim that CNN is biased and Fox News is fair and balanced, there are others that will claim the opposite. I don't think there is a right answer to this, it is based on your point of view. We can do fact checking and call out errors when they are made. But measuring bias is tricky. It has become popular recently among some to label news organizations "Fake News" when they bring up things that are not favorable to certain leaders. I believe this should be avoided. I think labeling the Tribune as "anti-mormon" should be avoided as well. Those of us who were brought up in the church know there is a culture where it is not acceptable to say anything about the church that is not positive and faith affirming. Like Elder Oaks says: "It's wrong to criticize leaders of the church, even if the criticism is true." So when we see news articles that are not positive and even seem critical of the church and its leaders, it can be jarring. It is not surprising that faithful members will think that the Tribunes is unfairly biased against the church. There are probably ex-mormons that think it is too pro-church. I would guess that most impartial observers would fall in the middle somewhere, but it is difficult to be sure because I have my own biases
  6. Recent Church Unit Activity and Recent Church Congregation Activity have been removed from the site. Here is a sample of what used to be there:
  7. There is another site that tracked changes to wards and branches that is no longer open to the public. Here is what it used to look like: https://web.archive.org/web/20180313182800/http://ldsunitgrowth.blogspot.com/ Now when you go to it this is what you see. (First it makes you log into google.com) Is anyone here still able to access this? http://ldsunitgrowth.blogspot.com/ It actually looks like the church is shutting down anyone publishing information about wards and branches being created or discontinued. My guess is it is related to the decision to stop announcing statistics in General Conference.
  8. From what I have heard he does not post here any more because he is not allowed to.
  9. I agree with this. Listening to the audio versus reading the transcript are very different experiences. Much nuance is lost in the transcription. I would recommend listening to the audio and maybe follow along with the transcription.
  10. Here is what she said about this in the transcript:
  11. I just listened to the recording and what I remember is that she threatened to kill him and that is what was reported to the police.
  12. I have not listened to the recording yet but I plan to. This is personal to me because President Bishop ordained me to the Melchizedek Priesthood when I entered the MTC. (I went in to the MTC unprepared because my parents had just separated - a long story). From what I have learned so far the alleged sexual abuse started while he was a bishop before he was a mission president in Argentina. He then became the MTC President. I find all of this extremely disturbing. I will listen to the recording before making further comments.
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    Non activated Temple Recommends

    It happened to me once. I was stopped at the recommend desk but it was straightened out in about 10 minutes after a couple of phone calls.
  14. A scripture comes to mind... D&C 121 39 - We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion. I think the Stake President can certainly be included in this group of "almost all men."
  15. I have never been asked to show a recommend when participating in ordinances in other wards. I even ordained someone to the Aaronic Priesthood in another ward without without showing any documentation. That actually gets me thinking... What if someone was ordained to the priesthood by someone who didn't actually have the priesthood? Would anybody be able to tell the difference? Any others that man ordained would not have the Priesthood either. Maybe there was someone without the priesthood one hundred years ago who ordained several people. And then each of them ordained several. We could have hundreds of people who think they have the priesthood but don't including bishops or Stake Presidents. Is there a definitive way to determine if is someone is a priesthood holder? If we were presented with two 18 year old men in white shirts and ties where one was ordained by a priesthood holder and the other was ordained by someone with no priesthood and we were not told which was which, how could we tell the difference? Anyway, maybe asking for recommends will avoid this sort of problem.