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  1. Sometimes I see the link constructed in that correct way but not lately. I guess they haven't quite figured out how to translate a scripture reference correctly yet. Maybe they need to borrow the seer stone for a while. 😉 Guess I will have to edit the links myself until they get it right.
  2. Sometimes I see that but other times not. I don't think this was ready for launch.
  3. I maintain a church related web site where in my writings I like to provide links to scriptures that I refer to. The old church scriptures would take the reader directly to the chapter and verse and highlight the verse. With these new scriptures I can only get it to link to the chapter and nothing is highlighted. For example see what Ether 9: 22 gets you.
  4. Sometimes callings are made out of desperation instead of inspiration. A ward may need to fill a calling with too few candidates to choose from. I moved into a ward once and before I even attended my first church meeting I got a called to be the Elders Quorum President of that ward. The ward was full of old High Priests and only a few elders who already had other callings or who the Bishop knew could not do the calling. After many years of experience in the church I have come to not be so surprised when a few leak past the radar of revelation and get into trouble. "Many are called but few are chosen".
  5. Nope. Well they should have gotten it. I know my Bishop did. If not they certainly heard it at conference. The Church news states: "The new policies have been sent to priesthood leaders worldwide and will be included in online updates to the Church Handbook for leaders." Church to allow baby blessings, baptisms of children of LGBT parents, no longer defines same-gender marriage by a member as ‘apostasy’
  6. I am pretty sure all church leaders got the official signed memo that they can refer to until the Handbook changes are made.
  7. This guy tries to make some correction concerning the they way this story is portrayed in the various news outlets Words matter. So you just knew we were in for a rough ride, journalistically speaking, when headlines like this one began to sprout online: “Peeping Tom in Nashville Store Turns Out to Be High-Ranking Mormon Leader.” Things got really rough when local-TV news kicked in. Now, I realize that this particular headline ran at a Patheos advocacy site called — Friendly Atheist. But this online post did combine lots of the issues and stumbles one could find elsewhere. Combine the present-tense reference to this man being a bishop with the phrase “High-Ranking Mormon Leader” and it would appear that a member of the church’s national hierarchy had fallen. Here is how The New York Post summed up the crucial information about Murdock’s standing: "A high-ranking member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was busted taking photos of a woman in a store’s dressing room, according to police and church officials." Like I said, religion-news can get complicated. The term “high councilor” sounds really important, especially when combined with another “high-ranking” reference. I really liked the unintentional humor in this headline: “Police: Man who filmed woman in Tennessee dressing room is high member of LDS church.” So he is not a “leader,” he’s just a “member” and he is “high.”
  8. Apparently he was "fired" for secretly photographing woman inside H&M dressing room I didn't know we could get "fired" from our church callings.
  9. Nothing much new there, but when you assemble it all together in a presentation like that it causes one to believe that the Book of Mormon might be for real. Of course the critics use the same method of compiling tons of dirt (perceived dirt) and throwing it at you all at once (like the CES letter), which can also seem to be convincing to those with an ear to hear and seek for the bad stuff.
  10. This is all they have said so far: Murdock has been removed from all church responsibilities, Hawkins said. “This type of behavior is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated from any Church member,” Hawkins’ email said. “A person that engages in this type of behavior may have their Church privileges restricted or may face the potential loss of Church membership.” The statement implies that there will be a disciplinary council held.
  11. On what do you base your supposition that the wine at Cana was unfermented? I think it probably was fermented. The fact that the bridegroom was asked why he saved the "good" wine (John 2: 10) for the last is an indication that Jesus not only changed the water to grape juice, but that he also caused it to instantly turn to the fermented alcohol-containing beverage. It would still be a miracle to change water to grape juice; but it makes it even more so a miracle to change it to wine, which would normally require a lot of time for the fermentation process to produce the alcohol.
  12. I agree with this but am not sure how this is any "disagreement" with my post. It is my belief that women for the most part simply do not understand the power over men that porn can have, which is born out by your mind-boggling evidence. It is a difference that cannot be discussed since it implies that there are cognitive differences between men and women, a topic that forbidden in our society. Just watch what happens with this comment. It will be a self-fulfilling event. Perhaps we can sum things up with the following trite but true statement "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
  13. But, how many times is someone or news agency really going to write about the different churches using a similar name? And copy and paste can still be used in such cases.
  14. I seek guidance from the spirit on how what the prophets and leaders tells us applies to me personally, which might be different on how it might apply to someone else. Who am I to think that God would tell me something that is contrary to what He tells the prophets, especially when it comes to Church doctrines for the general membership? Who else am I going to listen to regarding my eternal life? Certainly not someone from another faith or secular belief. President Wilford Woodruff stated: “I say to Israel, The Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as president of the Church to lead you astray. It is not in the program. It is not in the mind of God.” (The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff) Was he lying about this? I don't think so and other prophets have sustained that sentiment. President Marion G. Romney said: "I remember years ago when I was a Bishop I had President [Heber J.] Grant talk to our ward. After the meeting I drove him home. . . .Standing by me, he put his arm over my shoulder and said: “My boy, you always keep your eye on the President of the Church, and if he ever tells you to do anything, and it is wrong, and you do it, the Lord will bless you for it.” Then with a twinkle in his eye, he said, “But you don’t need to worry. The Lord will never let his mouthpiece lead the people astray.” [In Conference Report, October 1960, p. 78] While leaders can make mistakes, God will not allow the leaders to utterly destroy the work of the Church or cause the members to lose their opportunity to receive exaltation. We have to have faith to accept that this is a true principle. If I make mistakes or commit sin or tell someone who I have authority over to do something that is wrong, I am responsible for that and the people it hurts. Likewise if a prophet makes a mistake He would be responsible for the harm it does to others who faithfully follow his counsel. However, there are 15 prophets who counsel and discuss and pray about the doctrines and policies of the Church. This helps assure us that no one person would be allowed to do something wrong that would hurt the church or its members. In my opinion any perceived mistakes the church leaders have made in the past are far outnumbered by the things they have gotten right.
  15. I'm saying the paper I read (which I'm still looking for, long time ago) said that they were not canonized. However, in a new printing of scriptures the italics were removed and they were simply Incorporated into the text unofficially in favor of and a different chapter heading too their place. Again, I from what I've seen now it seems they actually did come with the Word Of Wisdom, or were at least received by Joseph a little later. A related issue comes up with the first scripture of D&C 20, which many have assumed it specifies the date of the birth of Jesus on April 6 "The rise of the Church of Christ in these last days being one Thousand eight Hundred & thirty years since the coming of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ in the flesh it being regularly organized & established agreeable to the Laws of our Country by the will & commandments of God in the fourth Month & on the Sixth day of the Month which is called April." However, according to Steven Harper, a BYU Assistant Professor of Church History and volume editor of the Joseph Smith Papers, "The recent discovery of the Book of Commandments and Revelations manuscript of D&C 20, however, showed that the verse was actually an introductory head note written by early church historian and scribe John Whitmer — something he did for many of the revelations, So those are separate from the texts that Joseph produces by revelation. The manuscript, published as part of the Joseph Smith Papers, also shows that the revelation was given on April 10 — not April 6. So although it references the organization of the church a few days earlier, the revelation — which topically has nothing to do with the birth date of Christ — and its introductory verses shouldn’t be read as if it is a revelation of the birth date of Jesus Christ,"
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