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  1. mrmarklin

    Death during church activities

    I know of no one personally, but I imagine in an organization with 16 million people it must be fairly common.
  2. IMHO any sexual questioning should be limited to "Do you obey the law of chastity?" Guilty parties know what this means. No additional "education" is needed. I was exposed to the "masturbation" question in a mission interview. This was so long ago, that I had to ask what it meant of the Bishop, because my friends and I were using "street" language to describe this. I remember in Mutual (as it was then) petting was discussed and how bad it was. But nobody knew what that meant either!
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    Questions about Excommunication

    MS, next time he touches you should scream and call him out on it. Don't give a millimeter. I'm serious about this. The guy is a pervert.
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    Bankruptcies and High Callings in the Church

    Having been involved professionally with several bankruptcies, the answer to the OP question is likely in the facts and circumstances of each case. These can vary wildly, from people perpetrating outright scams, to just poor business judgement, wherein the creditor tries to eventually pay back his debts. What does Nehor have against single people? We were all single once! And many of you still are, based on posting in this forum.
  5. Try the Audi RS5. 🙂 They are rare.
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    LDS Membership Numbers

    Maybe. It’s worthy to note that during the last real estate bust, prices in SFO and the San Mateo peninsula leveled off, but did NOT go down. Unlike the rest of the country. Across the bay only fifteen miles away, prices adjusted downward around 20%. But many areas of the nation crashed by 50% or more.
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    LDS Membership Numbers

    We were just talking at lunch today about the bursting of the bubble. But with the general national economy doing well, the bubble seems a long way off. There is a lot of money still coming into the area. Building is booming. I was in SFO this morning, and there is new construction everywhere making a serious mess out of an already bad traffic situation. Silicon Valley has created more wealth concentrated in one area since anything ever in the history of the world. A lot of billionaires live here. Everything is more expensive, and I believe that San Francisco is the most expensive city in the world by some measures. A BMW is the Silicon Valley version of the Chevy from days past. Not noteworthy at all to own one.
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    LDS Membership Numbers

    As a life long resident of California, the activity rate is around 200/600 or even worse. Here in the urban areas we are losing membership due to housing costs. Many retirees sell their homes and move to other cheaper states for the golden years. One can literally buy the same house for 1/3 the price of a CA house and put several hundred thousand $$$ in one's pocket for a decent nest egg. Missionary work is very tough here. Most households have two working parents (to be able to afford the house) and no one is home during the day. I really don't know what missionaries do until after 6pm when people get home from work. Many of the non working folks are on welfare, etc. Not exactly the ideal demographic for church membership. Despite high housing costs, there is still incredible demand. Someone is buying housing! So why don't Mormons move in? Weather is great here and the church has enough infrastructure to make for a good religious life. I have no idea..........
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    The Church has $32 Billion in the Stock Market

    Buy a calculator. It’s only $2k. Not enought to make a difference for most.
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    the gospel of change?

    Saving ordinances, and the opportunity to bind oneself to one's family forever.
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    The Church has $32 Billion in the Stock Market

    When the Church buys the Vatican, and the Prophet moves into the Palace, then I'll worry about how the money is being utilized.
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    The Church has $32 Billion in the Stock Market

    See? Based on the sniping by some of you, if I were the Church, I would never disclose any details. The Bretheren cannot make everyone happy it’s impossible.😳 Someone, I don’t remember whom, griped about the cost of vases in our temples. Sheesh.
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    Married to Christ?

    Only nuns.
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    The Church has $32 Billion in the Stock Market

    Jeanne, I have pointed out out several times on this thread that 32 billion is not that much compared to the size of the Church. It’s probably a prudent reserve, considering all the potential obligations the Church has, should for some reason a fiscal emergency arise. Much of the churches real estate holdings are likely very illiquid. The value of most of it is single purpose buildings, ie temples, chapels, etc. whose value is more in spiritual uses than real world practicalities. Of course there are many farm properties, but again typically illiquid. I don’t think the Church really wants to ever be in a position to have to borrow again. So your concerns are noted, but IMHSHO, misplaced.
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    The Church has $32 Billion in the Stock Market

    Just wait until you die. Ever heard of the Estate Tax? Actually, the US is fairly benign in this area. Tax doesn’t start until you have over $10MM. But in mNy countries it is much worse and rates are confiscatory. Rates in the US are too high as well. Yeah, technically it’s a transfer tax, but what governments are really doing are taxing a lifetime of work and saving. Thats right, work hard, save your money and then the government gets its hand out. No good deed goes unpunished.