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  • Birthday 03/04/1971

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  1. I have my picture and links to my outside projects; talk about my home town. No secrets. I don't know anyone here outside of here, or if I do, I don't know it. I think @Okrahomer and I are related though 😜. Way back.
  2. Heh ;). Yea. Also there are 12 blessings in the OT that give characteristics. Good heavens, there's a desert smack dab in the middle of that too! or what?
  3. "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. "
  4. Surrounded by the twelve tribes no less.
  5. Perhaps Peter was trying to be symbolic since it refers to the curse of hanging from a tree that is in the Old Testament (and even the Book of Mormon); as well as tones suggesting the trees in the Garden.
  6. I love what Richard Rohr (a Franciscan Father) has to say about the cross. He has spoken on it often, so one can google his name and 'cross' and get several exquisite commentaries. This is one of his most recent that I really loved: The Scapegoat I personally find the symbolism of the cross to be crucial. The symbol of Jesus of Nazareth on the cross is a symbol for the actual cross. The actual cross is our entering and progression in this mortal realm. If you will notice that the human body IS the cross (shape of the cross). Thus to enter flesh, to take upon a body, a mortal path, and all that entails--is our crucifixion. We are all the lambs of God. We are all Isaac bound to the altar. The cross is only a portion of the progression template, but, again, a crucial portion. As jewelry, I'm also in love with the cross. I have a huge pink jewel encrusted goth cross. I'm probably going to continue to look for other unique cross jewelry pieces. And, yes, for me, it would be a celebration to be wearing it.
  7. We are co-eternal with God. Spirit is matter. Matter cannot be created or uncreated. While not explicit in LDS theology, I think an implication can be drawn that animals are also in progression. Creation normally does not mean to 'not exist' then 'to exist'. It has a deeper, transformative, progression based meaning. As far as the science, I am sure that the template or at least the knowledge of technology to produce any kind of body exists already. (Bodies are technology; a technology that facilitates progression among other things.) I remember this. Or at least he said a prophecy was fulfilled but I don't remember which one, but I remembered it was 'one of those' and it startled me.
  8. You are all so kind. Thank you. I have a blessed life.
  9. My first overwhelming swell of emotion when my husband passed away was, "Now I don't have to be lonely anymore." I've been lonely my whole life, and I still am (despite that initial emotion), but having been married lonely and single lonely, married lonely is far, far, far, far, far worse. (To me.)
  10. Yes. I do. "Constant" not meaning "100 percent" nor "ready to fly away with halo and wings". Let's call it 85-90--i.e., constant. And I can say this because not of who I am, but because of the influence of the Holy Ghost itself that remains in my home--constantly. In my body--constantly. I am actually surprised at how little I have to do. That's why I said yes--again, not by me. But, yes, I know that influence is here in my home, and I am awe-fully grateful for that mercy. It's a lightening, comforting, guiding, sanctifying spirit that clings to even the curtains, and follows me about when I leave the home, and brings me back. And helps me lay down at night, and wakes me up in the morning. It's so quiet I forget it's there . . . and then I remember. Yum. Yes. If for no other reason than how wearying it is to carry the damaging thoughts. Close IS constant.
  11. Time is not running out. Mosiah 4:27 It is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent. The ages that have and are still unfolding on this beautiful planet have always been within the setting of the rolling of eternity; and hopefully what we have to look forward to is a greater awareness, a thinner veil. This greater Spirit (the fire that will burn the earth) will instruct and enlighten everyone at the place they are at. That greater clarity will lead many to sorrow for their weakness and blindness and how they have been damaged and who they have damaged (etc), but that sorrow will only leave more room for their next steps of healing. I am reminded of Gadiantons who had the greatest and most precious and most lasting of conversions; when they were preached to in the prisons by the Lamanites (who otherwise cleared them out of their government and establishments) and then were released upon their agreement and repentance; and the glorious miracle in the prison with brothers Lehi and Nephi where they all experienced the glory of God.
  12. Lovely. And . . . which is also how long we have lived before we arrived here on this rock . . . so what exactly have we been doing? (We are co-eternal with God.) Here is something else. We are now in the (a) Telestial kingdom. Marrying and families is definitely going on. But I also have forgotten all that happened before I came here. So am I NOT with a previous spouse (etc)?
  13. There are a few things that never change, or are so stable within a view or experience of eternity, that for all practical purposes they never change. One: I am ( . . . here now) (=~love) Two: self-determination, agency (=~freedom). In other words--Being (love) and the agency of that Being (freedom-ish, or rather self-determination; freedom here not being a matter of options) Everything else may change in the particulars as long as the particulars remain an expression of the marriage/paradox of the love/freedom. What the particulars are that express those absolutely change with time, place, and point of view. I also like speaking of harmlessness (Ahimsa), to not harm others and to not allow yourself to be harmed and to not harm yourself. But this is not unchangeable, because we are free to do otherwise; but harmlessness is also a way to say the preservation of Being and the agency of that Being, so in that sense it is unchangeable. God is just an English word/syllable. It represents something larger than the word. It represents the reality of Being and Creation. Our Heavenly Father and Jesus show us the way to live in that reality of Being without harm, so that joy may be had. But they didn't invent it, and they've said as much. As two (+) Beings, their ideas and teachings may very well change, although I am sure they are well past the situation of not knowing what is going on with mortal progression and so can reliably be trusted to show us the way in a way that is more or less unchanging (or not). The changes are then changes we need to make, not changes of what is and who they are. They are working with noobs. The will of God is NOT the same behavior in all points of view, but rather the whisper/guidance of what will maintain integrity (no self harm) and harmlessness in any given situation, which will change. The highest law that is possible to be lived in that situation (given the capacity of the mortal, etc) will be the guidance--not necessarily the highest law to be found in all the universe. We can't do the universe calculus if we haven't even learned our universe add and subtract.
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