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  1. The good, the bad, and the ugly can be mostly mental. There are some who have "ugly" things happen such as debilitating illness, chronic pain, or the like, but even with those things, keeping a positive outlook can keep a person from seeing any negative aspect of aging from being seen as ugly. The most positive ones I know just see it as a young mind trapped in an aging body which refuses to cooperate most of the time. Of course the old people posting here may disagree with that and tell me to stay in my own lane. After all there are some things that one has to experience in order to be able to understand. Glenn
  2. Political ideology seems to put blinders on people where they can only see their own viewpoints. There is little to no rational political discussion. It mostly seems to be emotional. Political ideology seems to have become a sort of religion to all too many.
  3. First of all, the word Christian is not defined in the Bible. It was applied to the believers, evidently by nonbelievers, in Antioch according to Acts 11:26. By that account anyone who professes Christ as their Lord and Savior would be known as Christians. You said that Truett Cathy was one of the Godliest men you know (and almost surely professes that Christ is his Lord and Savior) and would fit the definition in both word and deed. So, in my opinion, Truett Cathy and any other person that professes that Jesus the Christ is Lord, Savior, and Redeemer is a Christian at least in word and those who follow the precepts that Christ taught are Christians in word and deed. However I really do not get uptight about the term because it is just a label that tells nothing about what is actually in the heart and God is the judge of that. I am too bust trying to get that beam out of my eye, and wouln't you know it, it has a lot of splinters. Glenn
  4. Well put Wade. That is something my wife struggles with since all of her children have fallen away. I have pointed out to her that she never had any support from her first two husbands and that she did the best that she knew how. I also used the point that you just made. But it still is difficult for a woman who loves her children so dearly and has invested so much of her life trying to raise them the way she believes that God wanted, to see them reject those teachings. It is like losing a part of herself in each case and no amount of logic can overcome that feeling of loss. At least she has me to help comfort her. I am pretty third rate but compared to what she had before I guess I win by default. I do really like all of the positive and comforting comments that have come forth in this thread. This is one time I feel all of us are on the same page. Glenn
  5. Robert, do you think it is really logical to infer that when we all pretty much agree that the creation o Adam narrative in the Bible is allegorical? I believe that a different inference could be drawn from the experience that Elizabeth had when she met Mary, evidently for the first time after Mary had conceived the Lord Jesus. Elizabeth exclaimed that her own conceived child who would be named John leaped in her womb for joy. I do not quite know how to answer that. I have detailed an experience that I and my first wife went through some few years ago when a decision about abortion was thrust upon us. If the decision had of been mine, I would have been put in the position o choosing between my wife and an unborn infant. My wife had the greater burden of choosing between her own life and that of an unborn infant. So maybe I was chickening out, trying to avoid accountability by deferring to my wife and telling her that I would support her, whatever decision she made. It was an agonizing time for both of us because we both feel life is sacred and do knot know exactly when the embryo actually becomes a life. And I believe that a decision to get an abortion should be one that is not made lightly. It should be one that is an agonizing choice because we do not know scientifically or as a matter of doctrine when that fetus becomes a child. Glenn
  6. I really do not think it is such a step. It seems to be a reassessment of the situation and its impact on members of the church. I would not be surprised though to see the church formally canonize the Family Proclamation in order to dispel any ambiguity or any perceptions of ambiguity.
  7. Thanks for doing a deeper dive than I did. I had not though to check the JST. Glenn
  8. You are correct on that point. The Word of Wisdom was originally not a commandment but a strong suggestion, a word of warning, and a promise. Requirements for keeping the Word of Wisdom have tightened up over the decades. I think that it was in the 1920's that abstaining from all alcohol was implemented as a requirement to obtain a temple recommend. I think that medical discoveries and studies in the last century and this century have shown just how wise is the Word of Wisdom. I believe that the Word o Wisdom was inspired and has been implemented gradually and mercifully. Glenn
  9. Exodus 34:1 And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.
  10. If God is the author of those laws and commandments and devised them Himself, maybe. But if God is following natural laws of Justice and Mercy, then He is bound by those laws Himself and thus the necessity of the Atonement.
  11. I think that maybe you have your chronology a bit wrong. The Ten Commandments were given as part of a series of instructions after after the children o Israel had left Egypt. The Lord at some point in time called Moses to come up to the mountain, Sinai I believe, and the Lord where the Lord was to give Moses the commandments written on stone tablets that He had prepared for the Children of Israel. Moses was there for forty days and nights where the Lord expounds all of those laws fully to Moses. It was during that time that the Children of Israel grew restless waiting for Moses to return and demanded that Aaron build them an idol to worship. Moses came down from the mountain, saw the apostasy and broke the tablets on the stone. There was a bit of a calamity, rebels were killed, order restored, then Moses himself prepared another set of tablets which he took back up to Mount Sinai where the Lord wrote the same commandments on those tablets. Glenn
  12. I still believe that the distinction is between actual doctrine as opposed to commandments, policies and practices. For instance, the Law of Moses was one of commandments, policies and practices "adapted to the circumstances in which the children of the kingdom are placed." A lot of things were "abominations" under that law (which the law makers of the Jews added to greatly over the years between the initial revelation and the ministry of Christ). But none of those commandments, policies, and practices changed any doctrines about Christ and the Atonement, to which the Law o Moses was pointing, although the Children of Israel appeared to not understand that on the whole. It was those additional laws/taboos that Peter had to understand and overcome when he received his vision of the animals unclean under Mosaic Law which he was commanded to eat. Once Christ fulfilled the Law of Moses, those taboos were lifted under God's law, but not under Jewish law. However eternal laws/commandments, such as keeping the Sabbath Day holy remained but the penalties for breaking that commandment are deferred rather than an immediate stoning. I would think that the Ten Commandments fall into the category of eternal laws/commandments. Other commandments the Lord gives and revokes as he deems good. (D&C 56:4) The Word of Wisdom is another revelation that is explicitly "Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called saints." (D&C 89:4) It is a revelation that was given when a great many people used tobacco, drank hot tea and coffee, etc. It was not enforced for a some time but over time following its precepts was encouraged until it was decided that it should become a commandment. I sort of see President Nelson's emphasis on using the full name of the Church in a similar light, although I do not expect it to be made a commandment. Using the full name of the Church is a recommended practice. We have many pretty well recognized core doctrines. The Godhead, Jesus the Christ as our Savior and Redeemer, the Atonement, the Sacrament, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, Priesthood authority, the sealing power that can bind families together forever, the three Degrees of Glory, etc. However, our understanding of those doctrines is murky at best. I think Clark Goble already commented on that seeing through a glass darkly. Our understanding of those doctrines may change as we receive revelations through our apostles and prophets and personal revelation, but those core doctrines will not. My two cents worth, but I dropped one of them. Glenn
  13. Why? If God were giving the command?
  14. I am not ignoring Section 76. I just do not worry about the dividing line between any of the kingdoms of glory. It is enough to know that it has been revealed that there are three. Worrying is fruitless. Study and prayer can lead to a better understanding, or maybe just more patience, faith, and trust in God. The latter is what has happened with me. An excerpt from one of our hymns sort of sums it up for the way I have become. "Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see The distant scene—one step enough for me." From Lead Kindly Light. Glenn
  15. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are allowed to believe anything they wish. God will be the final arbiter of whether any of us are good members. But why worry about whether it be three or four buckets or gradients? Why not just trust God? After all He has shown us the way that people who have never heard the Gospel can yet hear it and have a proxy baptism etc. Glenn
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