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  1. Oh, also, the 5th Sunday, Sep 29, is supposed to be the introduction to the membership as a whole during the 2nd hour. Also listed on that date is a broadcast "Children and Youth: A Special Broadcast Featuring President M.Russell Ballard". Whether an evening thing or a prerecorded thing to replace the 2nd hour I don't know. Early October: "A notice will be sent to leaders with additional information on uniformity and adaptation and name changes for activities and meetings." Nov. 17: "Children and Youth: A Face to Face Event with Elder Gerrit W. Gong"
  2. There is some emphasis on localization. The For the Strength of Youth conferences which have been held mostly outside of the US, Canada, and Europe will be available there as well. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/youth/fsy?lang=eng&_r=1 It is possible these are the intended replacements for scout camp and young women camp ... but that is rather speculative and not clear at all.
  3. The way this is sad scenario is spun by certain groups is curious: Paraphrasing, but I believe it captures the sentiment: How could such a thing happen?! Aren't men supposed to have the spiritual gift of discernment, lol,😡?
  4. Imagine the added difficulty of a teaching "a Messiah and Savior will be born on a different world that is around a different star farther away than you could possibly even imagine (and potentially hasn't even been organized yet) and after He is resurrected and atones for our sins, then you will have an opportunity to be resurrected and find redemption from your sins after a few million or billion years." I'm not sure I would have had faith enough to believe that. Heck, some of the Nephites had problem with the teaching that the Messiah would be born far away in a different land (the one their fathers came from but nobody has ever seen).
  5. I ran across this account of things (not sure how since I don't follow this kind of stuff at all and didn't even recognize the name Mike Norton). It has apparently caused quite a stir with the ex-Mormon community. I confess not being particularly sympathetic to their plight. I'm more sympathetic to Denna who clearly needs some help on many levels. https://www.plonialmonimormon.com/2019/05/laffaire-denson-and-the-ex-mormon-dilemma.html
  6. While I haven't looked all that much into it, the platform kialo does seem to have some advantages, especially with an asynchronous discussion. Not a whole lot with respect to Mormonism or the Church, but some examples: Topic: what is the best religion to believe and the link I put there follows the thread that leads to pros and cons for the Church Topic: does hell exist and again the link I put follows the LDS chain of thought other threads that exist include is the Book of Mormon authentic scripture or Where is the River Sidon. Anyway, it might be a supplement to mormondialogue (not a replacement) that might help some scratch an itch as it were.
  7. To the original question, are men being disenfranchised, consider this blog post: https://www.the-exponent.com/toxic-mormon-masculinity-series-pressure-to-provide/ The pressure to be a (sole) provider for one's family is now labeled by some as "toxic masculinity".
  8. That is quite correct. It was placed there merely for information as to whether or not one found the argument worthwhile. I personally found it a bit hyperbolic but that the main thrust was mostly on point. Merit does matter. It just doesn't matter as much as most people want to credit it for.
  9. Oh, the only path I propose is the gospel. And it is foolish and anti=gospel to think one's station in life is the sole function of merit. Even in sports there is a great deal of randomness as to whether one's merit is noticed so as to be put into public display where the merit can be noticed. And let's not even mention the possibility of accident which can put even the world's best athletes out of play. In summary, merit = good. Also merit != guarantee of worldly success. Also merit != reliable indicator of righteousness. But, I shan't repeat myself more on this vein of thought. The op is of more interest to me than Puritan heresies.
  10. Hmm, saw this article just now. https://www.fastcompany.com/40510522/meritocracy-doesnt-exist-and-believing-it-does-is-bad-for-you "In addition to [merit = success] being false, a growing body of research in psychology and neuroscience suggests that believing in meritocracy makes people more selfish, less self-critical, and even more prone to acting in discriminatory ways. Meritocracy is not only wrong; it’s bad." That isn't to say grit and hard work aren't important. But, extend that idea too far and it is a pernicious, even diabolical (al la Korihor) philosophy. Apply the idea to genders and it takes on a whole new flavor of falsehood.
  11. "Perhaps thou shalt say: The man [or God] has brought upon himself his misery ..." Mosiah 4:17 "For if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things; " D&CC 78:6 That doesn't mean that your assertion that it advantages and disadvantages are part of God's plan is incorrect. But it does change how we are to respond to the inequities of mortal societies.
  12. Anecdotes abound in the failings of society with respect to the genders – for both men and women. And even if one is in the statistical minority of recipients of injustice, it serves no purpose to invalidate their experience with cries of but you have male privilege (or female privilege). Instead, what matters are solutions that improve society with the resulting fewer individual injustices. The principles taught by the Gospel of Jesus Christ will do that. Sadly, society is *not* taking that route. As latter-day saints how much more should we be wise and not caught up in the wave of rhetoric and hysterics that the Adversary uses to turn brother against sister, wife against husband, society against family. Sadly, in groups I watch from a distance this very thing happens all too frequently.
  13. The whole system of the Gadianton Robbers was one that was designed to favor the elect few. Some colleges are now having to actively recruit white males. Link is about UK, but some US colleges are starting to do the same. https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/05/british-universities-reach-out-to-the-new-minority-poor-white-males/480642/ Unfortunately, the historical system of patriarchal favoritism isn't being repaired, but simply replaced with another injustice . https://www.esquire.com/uk/culture/news/a9366/white-men-in-their-20s-the-most-hated-group-in-britain/ The Gospel is the solution, but it is not one that is being used by the world. This message has the stamp of approval of Korihor.
  14. Women are the majority of low-wage workers. But that isn't for a lack of willingness to work hard and sacrifice much. https://nwlc.org/blog/low-wage-workers-are-women-three-truths-and-a-few-misconceptions/ At present, women in the non-low wage sector do earn more than their male counterparts in the 20's. But, women are also more willing to take off time for childcare or refuse demanding promotions and generally sacrifice more for family. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/aug/29/women-in-20s-earn-more-men-same-age-study-finds At the same time, places that have very strict in enforcing gender equitable pay scales sometimes do see a gap that favors men for some of the reasons you suggest. https://www.recode.net/2018/2/6/16979370/female-uber-drivers-get-paid-less Suffice it to say, it's not at all clear cut.
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