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TheRedHen

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  1. I did - thanks for the references.
  2. There is no LDS doctrine for or against the symbol of the cross. Somewhere along the line some GA decided to give a talk that said we celebrate Christ’s life - not his death, and magically the cross got wiped from the Church. It should be put in the same basket as Coke or coffee flavored candy being against the Word of Wisdom. It’s folklore. If wearing a cross makes you feel closer to God go for it.
  3. I have always taken my kids to other denominations at Easter and Christmas for the simple reason that our Church seems to treat those days like any other. There's something special about the way Catholics worship during the Easter week. We simply change the hymns for the day to be from pages 33-42 and assign someone to give a talk about the resurrection. To me it's a real missed opportunity to worship the fact that Christ rose from the dead. Wherever we've lived I've sought out a cathedral, whether in the US, Australia or Germany.
  4. My chickens are just coming out of their 4th winter. They didn’t complain at all about the cold.
  5. I would prefer that you don’t shorten the name of Rexoheim. It’s disrespectful.
  6. Well, that was grumpy. It also didn't answer any questions, but thanks.
  7. We know from the Book of Moses that everything on Earth was created spiritually. I assumed all those spirits are warehoused somewhere - probably in the same place our spirits were before coming to Earth. I also assume that a finite number of spirits associated with this Earth were created, which makes me feel less concerned when a species goes extinct. Maybe there weren't any more spirit Dinosaurs to come down and the asteroid theory is nonsense. Any thoughts?
  8. Probably more similar to Australian culture than American in my experience.
  9. Haha - sorry about the avatar. What is your country of origin? I’m from Australia and what I find interesting is that although as a nation we are less religious, as a people we are much more respectful of religion and life than America. That’s my opinion anyway.
  10. The feminist movement has really done a number on women with respect to the issue of abortion. We've been bullied into accepting that the decision to abort or not abort is 100% in the hands of the woman. It's her body. No one can tell her what to do with her body. Fine, but let's be honest about how that harms women. If 100% of the decision making power is hers then so is 100% of the responsibility. The man who impregnated her is off the hook. So is the doctor who performs the abortion. They're only doing what she has decided she wants. They're serving her desire. Is that fair? Of course not. What is fair is to have everyone involved share the weight of the decision. The boyfriend or husband shouldn't be able to hide behind her decision. The doctor shouldn't be able to pretend it's just another requested routine medical procedure. If abortions are to occur then let's share the burden and let everyone involved suffer the consequences. I think we'd have fewer of them in the end.
  11. It’s really not that hard to look at the thread and see whose question I referred to.
  12. I guess there's a point to your question but I can't guess what it is.
  13. The feminist movement has really done a number on women with respect to the issue of abortion. We've been bullied into accepting that the decision to abort or not abort is 100% in the hands of the woman. It's her body. No one can tell her what to do with her body. Fine, but let's be honest about how that harms women. If 100% of the decision making power is hers then so is 100% of the responsibility. The man who impregnated her is off the hook. So is the doctor who performs the abortion. They're only doing what she has decided she wants. They're serving her desire. Is that fair? Of course not. What is fair is to have everyone involved share the weight of the decision. The boyfriend or husband shouldn't be able to hide behind her decision. The doctor shouldn't be able to pretend it's just another requested routine medical procedure. If abortions are to occur then let's share the burden and let everyone involved suffer the consequences. I think we'd have fewer of them in the end.
  14. I've got 5 kids and told them all I would pay for college unless they went to BYU. Why? It's become a ridiculous institution in my mind. The arrogance of the place astounds me. First, I used to teach in the MBA program at USU. We ran a joint program at BYU Idaho because we had full program accreditation and they basically piggy-backed off of ours. Fair enough, but as I looked into the reasoning it really bothered me. Why didn't BYU run a joint program with their own sister school? (actually BYU considers BYU Idaho to be a step-sister). I asked some professors in the business school at BYU and the reason shouldn't have surprised me. They said their goal is to be top 10 in every program, and letting lesser students into their program would tarnish the reputation. Second, I've never been able to figure out why BYU has athletic programs. The common reason given is that it is a 'missionary tool'. How does that make sense? Sports is all about rivalry and division. You're either a fan or you hate the other team. I guarantee that more people are driven away from the Church than are attracted to it. As for the Honor Code - if your kids need to be baby-sat at college you haven't raised them very well.
  15. If I restate your question to 'can the endowment program someone?' it's easier to answer. Some people thrive on habit and repetition. If that's how they get by I think that's fine, but it's definitely a lower form of understanding. I prefer to think through the process. I guess that's why the long endowment sessions bore me. At some stage I'll be one of the old guys who falls asleep but can still make the signs without skipping a beat.
  16. I don't disagree. I guess my point was that there are some who get something out of the repetition and some who don't. Anyway, any insight as to whether they'll bring back a real movie? I honestly don't mind the current format. For some reason the character of Lucifer is overly dramatic.
  17. I'm not gay, so the 'darlin' salutation is not necessary. You will need to be more respectful to remain here.
  18. I don't know how clever my reference was. I was simply stating that I can go through the entire ceremony word for word. The point is that it's rote. I could personally get just as much out of the ceremony if the repetitive parts were removed.
  19. Maybe. That inspiration can come in 45 minutes instead of 90 though can't it?
  20. I wonder if the Church would consider creating 2 separate types of endowment sessions. One for living endowments and one for the dead. It makes sense to have the full 95 minute session for the living, but why not cut out a bunch of the repetition for those who have been through. Maybe you have to pass a competency test to go to the shorter session, but it could cut the time in half and maybe more people would go. I'm sure some go and actually believe that 'every time I go to the temple I learn something new', but I certainly don't. I've had the whole thing memorized for 25 years I could even take you through the old Samurai parts of the session if you like. Thoughts?
  21. You're right - I have heard a lot about upping our game with respect to temple attendance. I suspect that's a function of the temples not being at capacity. The first time I went in 2019 I was shocked at how crowded the sessions were. I guess everyone wanted to see the new changes and then went back to normal.
  22. Haha - no kidding. I live in Davis County and it's 20 minutes to Bountiful or 20 minutes to Ogden. The Layton Temple will cut my drive by about half - not sure what I'm going to do with that extra 10 minutes.
  23. If the Church was impoverished I suppose smaller Endowment Houses could be built to perform ordinances, but of course the Church is not impoverished. Funding is never the reason the Church does not build more temples. Like any enterprise the Temple Committee looks at supply and demand. As an aside, I went to the Bountiful Temple yesterday and attended the 4:30 Endowment Session. There were all of 6 men and 14 women in attendance. I use that as a single example but I attend at least weekly at different times and at different temples. I detect a significant lack of interest on the part of the saints with most sessions under attended. I'm surprised the Brethren think Utah needs more temples given the lack of interest.
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