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  1. The Church is growing so fast...

    Yes, the Lutheran church.
  2. Statement re: Population Explosion in UT?

    Aha. I'm guessing she heard something along these lines and "transmogrified" is a good word. This lady is definitely not a liar, but shall we say she doesn't always have good listening skills or good discrimination about sources of information, and then she tends to over-dramatize as well. I've quickly learned to take her statements with more than a few grains of salt. I was just curious about the actual story behind this statement she made.
  3. I live in CA. A sister in RS today said she has visited three different UT wards over the past month and in all three wards, a letter from "the Brethren" was read warning UT residents that there will be a huge influx of people and that they need to be prepared by storing food and other items. This sister is a lovely person but frequently gets her facts wrong. My husband is the bishop of our ward and has heard nothing of the sort, but again we would not be the target audience for the letter as described. Any UT posters care to shed some light on this?
  4. Heresy at BYU

    It is a great devotional! I saw some buzz about it on twitter and listened the other day.
  5. The footnotes through these verses are interesting. Like Matt 11:25: At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. I think the use of the word prudent is so interesting here. I feel like in our culture today we get cautious about the gifts and power we are entitled to and we live below our privilege, whether it's because we're afraid or we don't want to appear "weird" or we don't think we're entitled or whatever. I've read and heard it said that often God has to work around what we think we know, and maybe he had less to work around with these children. Maybe it was to remind the parents/adults that the children are his children too and are not "less than". Maybe to strengthen the rising generation and thus prolong the effect of his visit upon the descendants. In any case it seems to be a direct fulfillment of prophesy. And to me it brings to mind the idea of "the first shall be last and the last shall be first".
  6. Pants Now Allowed at the COB

    Read the article. They did.
  7. Why didn't Yeshua write anything?

    I don't buy that he was illiterate. Again, the passage in 3 Nephi 23 would certainly suggest he was able to read.
  8. Why didn't Yeshua write anything?

    Love this. M. Catherine Thomas has a great essay on using the BoM as a Urim & Thummim for our own personal experience. It occurs to me that in 3 Nephi 23 Jesus takes some of his apostles to task for the fact that they haven't kept adequate records. So in that case, he was relying on his servants to do the writing for him.
  9. The more I think about this article, and especially its title, the more annoyed I get. If I teach my children that it's ok to make messes and I'll just clean up after them, how is that Christlike? If I don't teach or expect gratitude from my children, is that Christlike? I suspect the unseen children in this story are small--maybe not old enough to completely clean up on their own yet or say thank you. But the fact of the matter is that kids get bigger and so do their messes. If I send my kids out into the world with no work skills and no ability to be grateful, that isn't Christlike--toward them or the people who will encounter them. Even in the stories where Christ "cleaned up a mess" for someone, he often required some work on their part.
  10. I read that article recently and it really rubbed me the wrong way. Complaining Wife is taught a lesson by Wise Husand who sits on his butt and eats breakfast while she works. It's appalling. If there's a mess in my home we all pitch in and work--husband, kids and wife (at least those who are home). And if the kids leave popcorn and pretzels all over the floor, they are called in and directed to the broom or vacuum to clean up their own mess. My job as a mother is to raise good people who are considerate and know how to work and take care of themselves, not to mutely clean up after my family. It's 2017, Ensign editors. You could be doing far, far better than this.
  11. Are cynical critics driving away Mormons?

    This. I would say this accurately reflects my experience here. But I would take it further and say that even when reasonable alternatives/explanations are offered (in this example, painting the buildings white cuts operating costs drastically), those who came to the thread with the negative accusations refuse to hear or consider anything but the negativity they arrived with. There's a lot to be said for holding and considering someone else's viewpoint for a few minutes, even if you ultimately dismiss it. There's a huge difference between "That's an idea I hadn't considered, but I'm not convinced those are the reasons behind painting the church white" and "of course that's not the REAL reason--you just can't see beyond the bounds of your own white privilege!!" I see the latter happening far too often here. I see people casting aspersions on the motives of others rather than sticking to the topic at hand. I see pedantry and parsing of words. Even when a poster comes back and apologizes or tries to clarify a position, their words are quoted and bolded and parsed in an effort to prove to everyone what their REAL meaning is and the poster is not given space to be an expert on their own thought processes. There's also some intellectual dishonesty that happens. Case in point: someone comes into a thread on LGBT issues and says something like, "Well what do you expect from a church who won't baptize the children of gay parents?" Well, we all know that's not an accurate representation of the facts. But one poster drops the bait and others pick it right up and start issuing CFRs and quoting the handbook and blah blah blah and the thread devolves. If you're (general "you") going to make a critical statement, at least come at it from an honest place. Omitting details and information is dishonest and disruptive. Don't come in here and do that and then get all butt-hurt when your motives are questioned.
  12. What is "the acceptable day of the Lord"?

    Thanks all. I can't believe I didn't think to check the Institute manual! This clears some things up for me. I notice in the Bible, the phrase is "acceptable year of the Lord" but I assume it's the same idea?
  13. In D&C 138:31 in this case because that's where I'm reading, but I've seen it elsewhere in the scriptures as well. I think it originates with Isaiah. I've never been able to puzzle out exactly what the phrase means. Does it refer to the millennium?
  14. I think he's changed his settings in general. I've never followed/liked/commented over there at all (not a fan). I just went to his page and I don't have the capability to comment on his latest stuff either. But if I scroll back to at least Sunday, I have the capability to comment on the post from/with his daughter. My guess is he's tired of "moderating" and has turned off commenting entirely or maybe just allowed it for a chosen few.
  15. Update Time - What's everyone reading right now?

    Margaret Barker's "The Lady in the Temple" https://www.amazon.com/Mother-Lord-Lady-Temple-ebook/dp/B01HI8WAZ4/ref=la_B001IQWG34_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495086460&sr=1-8 I just finished "Understanding the Symbols, Covenants, and Ordinances of the Temple by Amy Hardison. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will likely read it again in the near future because there was a lot of info to absorb. https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Symbols-Covenants-Ordinances-Temple-ebook/dp/B01F2Q0GNM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495086701&sr=1-1&keywords=Amy+Hardison+temple