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  1. I think Yeshua Himself was the primary one. The disintegration of the family has indirectly caused conditions He warned would come about at the time of His coming in the clouds, when the times would be as in the days of Noah. Further Paul tells us - 1 Timothy 3: 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. He warned men would be lovers of their own selves, blasphemers, disrespectful of parents, etc. Sounds like conditions which have arisen as a result of the breakdown of the family in Western civilization.
  2. I think Yeshua will say to someone who says they believe, but don't act accordingly: "why did you not believe me?" This is the misunderstanding that I believe OSAS causes. It is a linear, Greek type of understanding. The Hebrew understanding of belief is one of action. "If you love me, feed my sheep" about sums it up. Those who say they believe in Him, but forget about him during the week, and don't worry about good works, may be sadly disappointed, for He may call them hypocrites.
  3. UVU Conference: Heaven and Earth; Feb 22,23

    The link says: But, I don't see how to access the live stream. There is no active link. Does anyone know?
  4. Actually, it seems the increase in CPU speed has slowed. Each new series seems to be about 30-50% faster, and that looks to slow more with current silicon technology. Current increases in speed are essentially being made by adding more cores. To reach new vast improvements they are already looking to new processes to include things like indium, or something that will allow computers to jump beyond the binary architecture. This has been called quantum computing or the new buzzword seems to be nanoscale or nano logic. This basically involves storing more states of logic than the on-off states of a binary system. An example may include an atom at various states of ionic bond. There are major physics issues involved such as how to keep electrons from jumping from one atom to another. It may involve impregnating certain atoms in a carbon lattice, which is an idea I dreamed up - which could bring a new meaning to carbon-based lifeform, LOL. Anyway, until this jump in technology is made, I think we will see a slowing in increases in CPU speeds and efficiency. Once Quantum computing begins though, the increases would be vast, and perhaps eventually on the scale of the human brain. A basic premise of LDS theology is essentially that El Elyon is a superintelligent "alien" - a being from outside this world who is not limited by our current knowledge. For the foreseeable future, anything we design could be "hard-wired" with certain "laws" so that all its learning or processes abide by those laws. This is the basic idea of Asimov's "I, Robot." However, the idea of unleashing super-intelligent computer beings on terrorist or other war missions would certainly raise an ominous threat. We have already seen some of that with computer viruses and hacking sponsored by foreign nations. The idea of converting such intelligences is foreign to me, since we cannot create a soul for them, and cannot place a spirit in them. Whether they could collect enough information to deduce a knowledge of God is obviously unknown.
  5. Location of Land of Nephi

    The peacocks and sandalwood strongly suggests an Indian source, although the Congo apparently had a type of peacock. The Nubians regularly supplied exotic animals and products to the Egyptians such as leopard skins and ivory. The Arabians could have done the same. Some place Ophir on the the East side of Arabia, which would have been a known port of call for trade to Mesopotamia. Peacocks would not have been that unusual of a trade item for the uppercrust. Asian elephants could also have supplied the ivory. We know Solomon's court had contact with the Sabaeans, so I still favor ophir being a mine on the Red Sea side, but the ships may have gone further to pick up other trade items. The three year thing is perhaps just the period of time another trade fleet was typically sent out. The Israelites had olive oil and wine, which were also prized trade items. You don't read about it much in the Bible, but other countries were always after their olive oil. It was a source of wealth.
  6. Rob Porter, and Mormonism's #MeToo Moment

    Ultimately, anger is a self-centered or selfish emotion. We experience it when we feel we have been wronged, we feel hurt, etc. To overcome it, we only need think of others. This can be a challenge, but it is about mental discipline and selflessness. This is really what the story of Job is about or maybe the story of Abraham and Isaac. How many people would be angry in their situation? Many people get angry and frustrated with God. I am not immune. It is a battle between the natural man and the righteous/loving man. Rather than just being subject to our emotions, to learn to control them, and overcome natural tendencies, makes the man(and woman) better, and more like God. Porter's second ex-wife seems like an amazing person. She seems to have conquered the anger Porter apparently has yet to master. That is the difference. She recognizes that Porter may be able to learn to do so, and expresses that hope for him. That is huge for her, and speaks volumes for the beautiful person she is. My hat is off to her. Hopefully, Porter himself, can learn from this, and change. I have seen it. There is hope. I have seen abusers mellow and change, and save their marriage. I hope that for Porter, but ultimately he has to realize he needs to change, and want to change. We should not condemn him to a life of shame, but support him to the extent that he expresses a desire to be a better person. That is the best way to overcome the natural man that rages in many abusive relationships, and has not learned better because of abusive childhoods, weak upbringing, etc.
  7. New Species

    Now all I have to do is figure out how to clone Maine Lobster!! Yum. That could be a real money maker.
  8. Location of Land of Nephi

    There is not much doubt in my mind that Ophir was in the region of Havilah, and was a gold mine town on/near the Red Sea in the mountains of Arabia. On the Egyptian side was Nubia, which was also rich in gold, and was where Egypt got most of their gold. It is known the Arabian side also had gold mines. This is indirectly supported by the text. 1 Kings 22:48 48 Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at aEzion-geber. Ezion Geber was on the Red Sea. 1 Kings 9:26 And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Ezion-geber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom. 27 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon. 28 And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon.
  9. Science sometimes contradicts the Gospel

    You're right of course. Isaiah 24:6 6 Therefore hath the acurse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the binhabitants of the earth are cburned, and dfew men left.
  10. Location of Land of Nephi

    Yes. I'll pose a question here. What is "steel" if iron is listed separately? Is it the name of iron once smelted or something else?
  11. Kevin C's review of Taves, Revelatory Events.

    " Because I’m an unpaid amateur, doing what I do out of gratitude, love, and passion, none of that professional aspect applies. I know what I write may have both positive and negative consequences, affecting not only the lives of individuals who read what I offer but also the lives of their loves ones in the present, their children, and generations unborn. So doing what I do involves an inescapable responsibility, yet I cannot take myself too seriously because I know that for all my effort, anyone can dismiss all I have done with a mere “So what?” But most of all, I cannot forget that as a believer, my audience also includes God." Amen, bra
  12. 'fess up – who keeps & uses face cards?

    Ok, that's going someplace I can't go....until later....
  13. Interesting in light of . . .

    Sucrose table sugar is glucose and fructose. Fructose is considerably sweeter, so it doesn't take as much to get the sweet taste, but if you consume the same amount, the fructose will generally cause a higher insulin response. For a normally exercising person, the liver will store glucose by combining it with potassium to make glycogen, which is sent throughout the body for muscle fuel. Glycogen does not spike one's insulin. Our metabolism is largely glucose based. Lacking glucose ketones are used by the body. Super long distance runners will generally be well aware of this. I used to think of fructose as a healthy sugar, but I was very wrong. It is much more likely to get stored as fat than glucose. Very true. The fructose in juice goes quickly into the bloodstream whereas when it is eaten in fruit, its absorption doesn't cause quite the spike. Soda pop bad. Water good. I've never had a soda pop habit to break, fortunately. Congratulations on your decision. I have strong suspicions about aspartame, but most of the info out there is anecdotal. Still - I barely ever consume any. I remember when I first heard about stevia - I got a little stevia plant and grew it. It is incredibly sweet, but I don't think they have ever gotten a distillate which doesn't have a noticeable aftertaste. Thanks for the info on erythitol. Do you have an opinion on it vs Xylitol? I'm waiting for some foot to drop on these sugar alcohols. Despite their expense, I currently regard them as the best sugar substitutes available.
  14. Interesting in light of . . .

    I already had my Lay's Sour Cream and Onion chips this morning, and to double the decadence, I dipped them in sour cream. However, I think all this decadence is going to my waist line
  15. Priesthood Superpower

    The message of exclusiveness is a true message. It's an exclusive responsibility only available to members of this Church. Now God may choose to heal those in other churches for various reasons esp their own faith, but they do not wield any priesthood from God nor the authority to act in His name. However, if people are getting the idea that they should join in order to get some superpower, they are getting the wrong idea. If you have the ability or authority to help someone through a gift of God should you or shouldn't you use it?