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  1. I think you are referring to this. It's a series of 12 week training courses led by "facilitators" called from the wards. The four courses I've seen are: Personal finance Starting and Growing My Business Education for Better Work Find a Better Job Good luck not dying. That would stink.
  2. It's sad to hear missionaries are wasting time hanging out in church buildings. We've had 9 baptisms in the past 2 years in our ward and 8 have come from knocking on doors by the missionaries. We had a baptism two weeks ago of a 60 year old man who said he had been looking his entire life for what the missionaries taught him at his door. Last week he received the Priesthood (which couldn't have happened 40 years ago). I don't see missionaries getting coddled here. I can't even make fun of the many missionaries we get from Utah for being soft and vulnerable from growing up in such a sheltered environment. They are every bit as tough as the missionaries we send out. I don't think we are doing them any favors by removing all the hardships. But they are still kids and having a friendly and supportive ward makes a huge difference to their morale. Last year (2016) the DC South mission set a goal of 300 baptisms - they ended up with 303. I thought President Eyring's comments in Priesthood session were interesting when he admitted we don't always do things the most effective way in the church. Maybe we could increase the number of baptisms if we only sent out older, more knowledgeable, and more experienced missionaries. But that's not the only focus of our missionary program.
  3. Here's the best asparagus leek soup recipe I've tried (ok, the only asparagus leek soup recipe I've tried): TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 35 min. MAKES: 12-16 servings Ingredients 3 large leeks, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces 1 large onion, chopped 3 tablespoons butter 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced 3 medium carrots, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon salt 2-1/2 quarts chicken broth 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice 1 pound fresh asparagus, but into 1-inch pieces 1/2 pound fresh spinach, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 cup heavy whipping cream Directions In a Dutch oven, saute leeks and onion in butter until tender. Add the potatoes, carrots, salt, broth and rice. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes. Stir in asparagus. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add the spinach, pepper and cream; heat through. Yield: 12-16 servings (4-1/2 quarts). source: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/asparagus-leek-soup
  4. Hopefully the missionaries were transferred out of that area for their own safety. Hopefully the attackers aren't looking for revenge. I know a missionary that was robbed at gun point in Brazil while on a bus full of missionaries going to zone conference. The robbers kept apologizing and asking for the missionaries to pray for them. They claimed they were stealing to feed their families.
  5. I don't think it was intended to be a serious discussion on LDS flooring choices. Carpeted basketball courts in LDS buildings are often (and loudly) complained about by those of us that love basketball. The author is probably LDS and is having some fun by writing a semi-serious article about the topic. I enjoyed reading it and could relate. Thanks!
  6. Reminds me a bit of a few missionaries I met in the MTC who admitted they drank/smoked/had sex/etc all before they were 18 because they knew they could go to their bishop, serve their year probation, and then still go on their missions when they turned 19. Seemed to make a mockery of the Atonement. They didn't seem very repentant even though they had gone through all the steps (maybe that's unfair of me). I just don't think it's possible to game the system. One guy actually did turn things around about a year into his mission, but he basically wasted his first year and made life miserable for everyone who had to work with him during that time.
  7. Add "may kill you" to the list of problems associated with porn Link
  8. I logged into FamilySearch and found 5 Adolf Hitlers. For all the ordinances in all 5 instances it shows "Not Available" . Same for Eva Braun.
  9. I think the Gospel Principles manual is invaluable - it has a section on the Church's teachings on homosexuality and SSM, and includes President Hinckley's counsel to the church to love gays and lesbians as sons and daughters of God. It's also written so even teenagers can understand. You aren't comfortable recommending this discussion board? Even the believing members here often can't agree on anything. I like the idea of your class. Even if you can't discuss each item in detail, it will expose the youth to the questions so they won't go through the struggle many have described after first hearing the issues as adults. I like your approach of tackling the questions head on rather than sidestepping them. I've already discussed most of them with my teenager so he could hear them from someone he loves and trusts and has his best interests at heart. I thought there are some good questions posted by teens on the webpage for the upcoming Face to Face broadcast with Pres Eyring and Elder Holland. Many are about faith, prayers, and testimony, but there are some other question that fit into your other categories. https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/face-to-face/eyring-holland?lang=eng
  10. It's just never a good idea to use an instance of rape to teach about any Gospel principle. I do think it's possible to speak up without bashing the person. A less active member recently told our SS class that he thought couples should live together before getting married. I was impressed with the kind tone of the class members who responded to him without making him feel stupid or unrighteous or unworthy. As a result, he has continued to attend. I hope people speak up and voice their concerns in church. It just seems our society often can't express disapproval without going into full scorched earth mode.
  11. I think it's prudent to set strict grooming standards for the temple since things can quickly get out of hand. I like the effort to help improve the temple experience by removing as many distractions as possible. I am still confused why I couldn't work in the temple as a single man once I turned 30. I've never heard the explanation. Anyone know why? I wasn't offended, but thought it was odd since there is often a shortage of temple workers. While visiting a ward in Provo nearly 15 years ago, I heard the stake president announce the same beard restriction for Bishoprics. The next week, the Bishop dutifully shaved off his mustache. I admired him a lot for that. He actually looked better with his mustache, but he was willing to follow his leaders, even when it was for something that may not have eternal significance.
  12. I don't see this being the breaking point for the Church. I think that may come when BSA admits atheists AND removes any mention of God in their handbooks, literature, and scout oath.
  13. I don't mind wearing white shirts - but I agree that it's hard to keep them white especially if you live in a high humidity area of the country. My shirts somehow get dirty walking into church from the parking lot. Now, ties? It's like wearing a leash around our necks. Who thought that was a good idea?
  14. The movie came out in the early 90's. Maybe it was just local, but his experience of overcoming enormous odds to make the Notre Dame football team was often used by ward and stake church leaders to motivate youth. Plus, the movie has a fun ending when he finally gets to play in a game.
  15. I understand your point. Let me assure you I'm not into celebrity worship. Celebrity members often make me cringe more than celebrate. However, this story showed up on my Yahoo news feed and I thought it was interesting because the movie based on his experience at ND seemed to be popular with church members I've known.