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  1. I don't know that it's worth it to make much ado about the alteration of the quotation of President Lorenzo Snow from the original to how it appears in the Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow manual, since the Welfare Program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as we know it didn't exist in President Snow's day, but it does exist now. If you don't have sufficient means to meet your needs but you pay your tithing anyway, Church of Jesus Christ Welfare can and will make up the difference.
  2. There's the membership record, that has potentially sensitive information on it, and there's the Individual Ordinance Summary, which does not: As the name indicates, it has the ordinances you received and the dates you received them, as well as, where applicable, the location (i.e., which temple). P.S.: In the vast majority of cases, there is no difference between the membership record and the IOS, unless the former does have sensitive information on it. If one would like to see the former, he should probably contact his ward's executive secretary and make an appointment with his bishop.
  3. Oh, I have no doubt that she has prophesied that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will move its headquarters to Rexburg. (I hear it's lovely in January. ) I was hoping for, you know, chapter and verse from canonized scripture and/or from a current or former Prophet, Seer, and Revelator.
  4. Where, other than the "book(s) of Julie Rowe" is that in prophecy?
  5. Big band? So, actually, Glenn Miller is the one who created the universe, huh? Hmm. That's interesting. Who knew?
  6. Sounds like the best possible solution. What else is there?
  7. I served briefly as the secretary in my ward Sunday school presidency, then I was called as the secretary in my stake Sunday school presidency. The ward Sunday School president was the stake Sunday school president's son, and the elder threatened the younger that if he didn't let him have me, he wouldn't be invited any longer to family dinners. It's nice to be fought over.
  8. Oh, my goodness! That must have been so hard on him, on you, and on your family. I hope you've found some silver linings and rainbows amidst all of the dark clouds.
  9. In a way, my favorite calling has been Assistant Ward Clerk for Membership. Ward members never knew it, of course, but, from a certain perspective, I got to be a part of many of the special events in their lives: births and baby blessings, baptisms and confirmations, endowments, sealings, et cetera.
  10. I admire your capacity for empathy, but you completely missed the point of my post if that's what you got out of it. If anybody knows he's not perfect, it's me: Our relationship wasn't "Kevin-and-Wayne" a la "The Wonder Years," but we are talking about the guy who used to sit on me. (And, to be honest, his release isn't something I've thought appropriate to bring up in casual conversation: "So, hey, Bro, I never got the whole back story. Mind filling me in?") I could spend a few hours talking about his imperfections, if I were so inclined. Other than an oblique reference to it by my father in a conversation I had with him, all he told me was that my brother went to, someone, probably in the Area Presidency, explained the situation, and, apparently, asked to be released as a result) and left it to my brother, if he was so inclined (but he hasn't been, and I've never asked) to fill in any details. My brother was told, "And this is an honorable release." He's served faithfully in other callings since. Someone once recognized our surname and asked, "What other callings have you had in the Church?" "Well," my brother said, "I was president of the priests quorum for a while, then I was president of the high priests quorum for awhile ..." If my brother were looking for a reason to believe God hates him, his release as a stake president wouldn't even make the list. Trust me.
  11. I don't know the reasons for all of the restrictions that, currently, are in place (these and numerous others), or why, apparently, exceptions are granted in some cases and not others. I might think I wouldn't make a bad bishop or a bad stake president, and perhaps I wouldn't, but there is that whole husband-of-one-wife thingy getting in the way. However, as MFBukowski has pointed out, it does make sense, in a world in which (unfortunately) appearances do matter, that people not be put in an "and-when-they-saw-your[-or-my]-conduct-they-would-not-believe-my-words" position (see Alma 39). My brother asked to be released as a stake president when it became clear that his son and my nephew was not going to serve a mission. No, I don't believe that anyone should hold someone else's choices against a particular person, but, sometimes, that's not the world we live in. I don't know the whole back story, but I believe my brother's reasoning was, "I can't very well ask all of the young men in the stake to do something my own son won't do," which makes sense. (I don't think my nephew had done anything disqualifying up to that point. It's simply that he's stubborn, like his dad, and he's not going to do something simply because everyone else in his world thinks it's a good idea. ) So ... my brother was granted an honorable release. I don't think God loves me any less just because I'll never be a bishop or a stake president or [apparently, in this life] a husband or a father. I don't think he loved my brother any less after he was released as a stake president than he did before he was called, or that he loves my nephew any less simply because he didn't serve a mission. That's one of the very few answers I have: "Ken, don't worry about it. I love you." Lots of questions and comparatively few answers, except that one: "Ken, don't worry about it. I love you." That's life.
  12. One of the reasons why I like coming here is that I can broaden my cultural horizons and learn how to speak Canadian.
  13. It's a good thing Wikipedia is my friend! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz (Suicide, is, of course, no laughing matter. Condolences to Mr. Swartz's family, friends, and acquaintances. The good thing is, most all of us are going to get better than we deserve after we die.)
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