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  1. Is There Really More Than One Way to Mormon?

    I've always gotten the impression that those ex'ed for apostasy were always given multiple warnings before any action was taken. It seem less likely that a member who commits adultery will be told "nothing will happen if you promise not to do it again". It's hard to believe that getting ex'ed for apostasy comes as a surprise to those involved. While serving in the stake, the only excommunications I saw were for adultery (often referred to as "the usual" )
  2. If the LDS church does buy the Kirtland Temple, they might as well buy the CoC visitors center next to it. However, they should insist the CoC includes the hippy playing the sitar when you first walk in. He was far out, man. Well worth the $5. (Visited there last summer)
  3. Ethics, A.I and sexual orientation

    It was interesting that the polygraph determined I wasn't being truthful on a few questions when I was completely honest. I think one was "Have you had any unreported contacts with a foreign government representative?” I had given them a list of every foreigner I knew, yet it still flagged it as a lie. So I guess I shouldn't be too confident on the questions where my answers were determined to be truthful. I haven't done much with AI since college, but I don't think AI will ever be able to predict 100% someone's sexual orientation. It's much to complex, inconsistent, fluid, etc. Years ago a sister in the ward told us that she and her husband were expecting their first child. The doctors told them they had detected the baby would be born with Down syndrome. They suggested she consider getting an abortion. Her non-member husband told her that he didn't think he could handle raising a handicapped child. She spent a lot of time in prayer and said she received an answer of comfort and peace to have the baby. Months after sharing this with the ward, the baby was born without Down syndrome. Technology is a great blessing in our lives, but it sure is nice when divine inspiration can take over when technology fails.
  4. Ethics, A.I and sexual orientation

    I don't know if they still do, but the CIA asks if you are gay during their polygraph before hiring. I sometimes got teased about being gay for being older and single. (Also, some think if you aren't a flaming heterosexual, you must be gay) I would point out that I passed a CIA polygraph test proving I wasn't gay. I'm interested in the AI/face recognition part of the study, but I don't think this is very useful. It's using photos from a dating site for people who have already identified themselves as either gay or straight. It'll be interesting when they test against subjects whose orientation is unknown to the researchers.
  5. How do rep points work now?

    Is there a difference between "like" and "upvote"? They seem to be the same thing. If you look at the documentation for the board software, it lets you configure multiple options instead of a single "like". Here are the default options: Like Thanks Confused Sad Haha It seems the admins incorrectly configured the rep points system. There is an option to make it work as before with a single option (see the second image on the page). https://invisioncommunity.com/news/new-reactions-r1016/
  6. Did Anyone View The Eclipse In Rexburg?

    I scored my glasses from a friend who works at NASA. I can still see today, so I guess they were safe. We only had 81% obscured, but it was still impressive. A big thunderstorm moved in 20 minutes before the maximum eclipse, but the sun broke through the clouds for a few seconds so I got a good view before the clouds covered the sun again.
  7. Date-onomics

    Earlier this year there was a rumor going around that one of President Trump's secretaries was attending a single's ward and was planning to get baptized into the church. If you had a chance to meet her, you could impress her by sharing your great respect and admiration of her boss. Being single in the church stinks as you get older. It's the one commandment most actually want to keep.
  8. Date-onomics

    If you aren't intimidated or threatened by strong, educated women, come visit the DC area. Lots of high-powered professionals in both government and private sector. I think the single adults are still the fastest growing demographic in the area. The church recently created a DC singles stake.
  9. I'm curious why the church needed to put out a statement at all. Hoping for good PR by piling on with everyone else? There are much larger problems going on every day in the US than a small group of racists protesting. It was tragic there was a fatality. But what does it have to do with the church? Do we know if any members of the church were involved? Charlottesville is a beautiful college town, but it's been tough the past few years at UVA. Apparently some are just now realizing the school was founded by a racist.
  10. BoM The Musical in SLC

    You are probably correct. I understand that some are attracted to the vulgarity and the shock value of the play. I had hoped the blasphemy and other mocking of sacred LDS beliefs in the play would be a deterrent to seeing it, especially to those who are appalled when it is done to other religions or groups. But I don't know what members should do about it. I thought about getting a group of angry members together to go riot and vandalize my town and then place all the blame on the play, but I got back too late from hometeaching and had to scrap the idea
  11. BoM The Musical in SLC

    I'm a bit disappointed to see those who regularly criticize the Church and its members support and defend this play. This could have been an opportunity to help bridge the gap and restore trust with those who defend the church. I get South Park humor. But Bernard and others have clearly laid out the reasons why anyone who professes to believe in tolerance, respect, and understanding should not see this play. It can cause you to lose the moral high ground and your criticisms of the church start to ring hollow. It is sad that in this day of increased sensitivities to other cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that this play has become such a success. But that's just the world we live in.
  12. Mormon's behaving badly

    I haven't heard any mention Kevin around here and I regularly see members of his stake. Maybe it's because many members have top secret clearances and they are used to keeping silent about intelligence matters. When I worked for the Federal Gov't, I would always joke that I was the rare member that could openly talk about what I did for a living. But there is big money around here for CIA, State Department, and other intelligence employees when they leave the gov't depending on their field of expertise. Hopefully Kevin wasn't corrupted by the lure of money.
  13. So this happened in Church today...

    Have you noticed any improvement since the change was made to have Ward Councils help plan speakers and topics for Sacrament meeting? It's no longer the bishopric or executive secretary making the decisions. We use the entire 3rd Sunday WC to plan the next month's meeting. In theory, it should lead to more diverse ideas, better coordination with lessons in the 2nd and 3rd hour, etc. Yesterday, we had our ward OW, pro-SSM, pro-everything-progressive activist speak and she did a great job. I don't know if the bishopric would have dared to ask her to speak, but the WC convinced them. I also think very few people have the skill to give a good talk from a few notes jotted down on a card. Write out your talk! And read over it several times out loud before the meeting so when you deliver it, it sounds natural. Our meetings will be more likely to end on time and I won't be ticked off at you for taking time away from my SS class
  14. Sure, there are some uninspiring speakers, but all it takes is one new convert or recently activated member to bear sincere testimony to make F&T meetings worth it for me.
  15. What would the reaction be if the girl said she is a lesbian but intends to remain faithful to her testimony of the restored gospel and keep the law of chastity as it is currently taught in the church? That would take even more courage, imo. Unfortunately, it would likely result in vicious attacks on her by those opposed to the church. Reading the comments on youtube, huffpo,fark,etc is depressing. The level of hatred towards the LDS church and its members is appalling. I hope it doesn't lead to violence. This week a man shot a congressman and others nearby because of his hatred towards them.