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  1. Stargazer

    Questions about Excommunication

    No, MS, I'm afraid things are going to get a lot worse before that happens. Just brace yourself, and endure. You'll be fine in the end!
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    When we fail to forgive, we fail to live...take a look.

    Forgiving the unforgivable:
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    Question on Sealing Cancellations

    I do not know much about this, but there is a frequent poster here whose wife was previously sealed to someone else, who was deceased, and she obtained a sealing cancellation so they could be sealed together. He would be a better source for this information anyone else posting here. I cannot remember for sure who that was, but I have two candidates in mind. I hesitate to mention their screen names, because I am not now sure if this information was put out in a public post, or in a PM to me that I subsequently deleted (because of space limitations). I shall PM this to you, and you can possibly contact them about it.
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    Bankruptcies and High Callings in the Church

    That doesn't always work. An expensive car or house might very well be not yet paid off, and be worth less than the amount owed on it. If you give the house or car back to the bank they are NOT going to be very happy with you. Your credit will tank, and you'll be dealing with demands for making up the difference.
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    Bankruptcies and High Callings in the Church

    I bow my head in shame at my marital privilege.
  6. I could come up with speculations like this without much effort. And I posted something similar to this earlier. You're "grasping at straws". An old guy can make all the claims he wants, but having an NDE that he survives isn't going to be common enough to make a difference. And the thing is, the tribal shaman doesn't need to have NDEs or have ancestors who had NDEs in order to increase his reproductive success. All he needs to do is have a hallucination and see his spirit animal. My own Indian ancestors had methods for inducing hallucinations in the quest for spiritual insight -- and it didn't involve undergoing NDEs. In fact, I am descended from a man who gained his leadership in the tribe from such deeds as killing a bear using a knife and bow and arrow. That got him plenty of reproductive success.
  7. Of course. Who else is going to congratulate them? If you want the job done right, do it yourself!
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    Bankruptcies and High Callings in the Church

    Being single himself, The Nehor clearly has a problem with himself. As well he might!
  9. Uh, earth to Steve, Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) occur near death, and some of the people who describe them actually die shortly afterwards. An ADF would occur only to someone who is in the Spirit World. Except for the cases where recently deceased persons have visited relatives who didn't yet know they were dead, these do occur as well, and to the living.
  10. I'm trying to give this as much positive spin as I can when I say that perhaps the ability to have an NDE is genetically linked with something else that actually does bring an enhanced survival value, and thus the NDE comes along for the ride. But if that were the case, NDEs would run in families. I wonder if they do?
  11. I agree that these things are fascinating and comforting. But when this is called "...the brain's mechanism for comforting the dying and reducing the fear of death" I must ask the question: where did this come from? It can't have an evolutionary basis. It's not a characteristic that would enhance survival, or even the individual's ability to influence the survival of descendants or near relatives. I have to conclude that since there's no evolutionary advantage to it, it must be there by intentional design.
  12. I answered this on Exiled, but it was more suitable here. The Bible does have something similar: John 7:16,17: 16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. It seems in the same spirit as Alma 32.
  13. I think you make a good point. But even Jesus thought it was a good way to determine suitability. 16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. John 7:16,17. But this may be different, in that Jesus seemed to be saying that following it would cause it to be revealed as divine, not merely that it felt good.
  14. Hmmm. Is it possible to NOT have such a category? I should think that the existence of one or more persons who are seeking desperately to end your life is more than adequate justification for having a category called "enemy". Unless one is looking for an early exit from life.