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  1. BYU Caffeine is APPROVED - Breaking news!

    Some of the women are already sporting well-groomed mustaches ;-)
  2. Modern-Language Editions of the Book of Mormon Discouraged "From time to time there are those who wish to rewrite the Book of Mormon into familiar or modern English. We discourage this type of publication and call attention to the fact that the Book of Mormon was translated “by the gift and power of God,” who has declared that “it is true.” (Book of Mormon title page; D&C 17:6.) The Prophet Joseph Smith said that the Book of Mormon was “the most correct of any book on earth.” (History of the Church, 4:461.) It contains “the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” (D&C 20:9.) When a sacred text is translated into another language or rewritten into more familiar language, there are substantial risks that this process may introduce doctrinal errors or obscure evidence of its ancient origin. To guard against these risks, the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve give close personal supervision to the translation of scriptures from English into other languages and have not authorized efforts to express the doctrinal content of the Book of Mormon in familiar or modern English. (These concerns do not pertain to publications by the Church for children, such as the Book of Mormon Reader.)" I guess they are referring to versions like this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1555174019?tag=plabooofmor-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=1555174019&adid=1C3YGVMZ9HECBV4CP96H&/new-window.php#reader_1555174019 I guess curious people will want to buy such things anyway, but how can you trust the accuracy of author?
  3. Some news article headlines can be really misleading. :-) LDS boss enters presidential race LDS Antenna Global Market Outlook 2017
  4. I just received the following letter signed by the first Presidency in an email: Dear Brothers and Sisters: The still-unfolding disaster caused by the torrential rains of Hurricane Harvey has caught the attention of people throughout the United States. Our hearts go out to the thousands who have borne the brunt of this storm, and we are deeply grateful for the acts of unselfish service and the heroic efforts of first responders that have been reported. All who find themselves amid these grave difficulties are in our prayers. Many are expressing interest in helping the thousands of people in the stricken communities in Texas and Louisiana. We are grateful for all who wish to assist in this effort. If you want to help, please consider the following: Donate toward the relief effort. Anyone wishing to provide support for the Church's effort to aid those in need is encouraged to donate to the Church's Humanitarian Fund here. Volunteer. Within the next few days or weeks, volunteers to assist in the massive cleanup effort will be needed, but with rescue efforts still underway, that time has not yet arrived. If you wish to participate, please do not call local Church leaders in Texas and Louisiana or travel to the affected areas right now. To learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities and receive information about needed assistance and its timing, we invite you to visit https://justserve.org/Houston. We encourage your continued prayers in behalf of all who are affected by this natural disaster. The First Presidency See also: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/latter-day-saints-prepare-hurricane-harvey Apparently there are a lot of people who want to go there to help in the clean up efforts and making a lot of phone calls to local church leaders there, which prompted them to send out this letter.
  5. I am confused. Can someone clarify

    Don't trust everything you read on this board; it's not all official doctrine or policy. Stick to what you are already doing.
  6. I have tried that. It doesn't work; unless I go out and buy them myself. After all, faith without works is dead.
  7. The rains and flooding are going to happen no matter how hard we pray for them to stop. What we should pray for is the ability and strength to endure it and for a successful recovery from the effects of the flooding.
  8. Hurricane Harvey

    LDS Church says missionaries, Houston temple safe "Hundreds of people are dealing with the aftereffects of deadly flooding in Houston, Texas, following Hurricane Harvey and unprecedented rainfall in the area. On Monday, the LDS Church announced that all of its missionaries were safe and accounted for. “All missionaries are safe, though several missions have been affected,” church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement. “Significant precautions were taken before Hurricane Harvey’s arrival to help missionaries remain safe.” Hawkins said missionaries were asked to gather enough food and water so they could remain inside their homes for as many days needed. Missionaries in areas with the greatest possibility for flooding were moved to other locations temporarily. Several other missionaries were impacted by the flooding. “As flooding subsides and cleanup efforts begin, missionaries will be engaged in helping the communities where they serve,” Hawkins said. “As is customary in times of crisis, mission presidents have asked missionaries to contact their families by email to let them know they’re safe, and have provided updates to families, as possible, through the weekend."
  9. Here's one for the Word of Wisdom: "Coffee can feel like magic in the way it powers you through your mornings and offers a host of health benefits. But it’s not all good news: Your cup of joe could also change your taste perception, according to new research. A study published in the Journal of Food Science found that caffeine affects receptors in the brain that decrease your ability to taste sweetness. This, in turn, could make you desire more sugar, researchers said. To reach their results, the study authors split 107 participants up into two groups for a blind test. One group sampled decaffeinated coffee that was supplemented with 200 milligrams of caffeine (about what’s considered average for a strong cup of coffee) with sugar. The other group consumed just decaffeinated coffee with sugar. Both groups had the same amount of sugar added to their drinks, but volunteers in the caffeinated group rated their drinks as less sweet than those who had decaffeinated beverages. And those who felt their brew wasn’t as sweet may end up craving more sweetness later on, the authors theorized, based on previous research." Your Coffee May Keep Your Brain From Recognizing Sugar
  10. Hurricane Harvey

    From what I heard the Governor of Texas was telling people to evacuate but the mayor of Houston was telling people to stay in place because of the terrible traffic jams that happen . People are running out of gas as they sit on the freeway for hours and can get flooded while in their cars. People who stay are taking care of each other just fine in their neighborhoods. A lot of it depends on whether your house is in a low lying area or not.
  11. I am a scientist and consider God as the head scientist. He already knows how it all works since He is the one who set it all in motion. I have a feeling He gets quite a chuckle as he watches us mortal scientists here on earth fumble around in the laboratory and in the earth, trying to figure out for ourselves how life began. It's one of the first questions I will be asking Him when I get there, but I am afraid we will all have to wait till we get there to know the answer. And it's a good thing that knowing the answer in this lifetime has absolutely no bearing on our quest for eternal life.
  12. Especially those who are still living in their parent's basements.
  13. Casting out Fear

    It is better to obey the commandments because we fear punishment than not to obey them at all. But we will be much happier if we obey God because we love Him and want to obey Him. It might be more of a progressive thing like how a child learns before he is able to understand things. We tell him if you touch that stove you will get burned. We use fear. As he grows and matures he is able to understand better why he should not touch the stove and he no longer avoids it out of fear, but out of knowledge and understanding of how things work. Perhaps in some ways it is the same with the gospel and obeying commandments.
  14. I have read some of his stuff and for someone who says he believes Joseph Smith to be a true prophet, there are multiple contradictions in the claims and teachings he espouses.
  15. Missionary Shot Down in Street

    I think it is a real story but, even though they are calling him a missionary, after reading more articles it appears most likely that the young man had served a mission but was not currently serving a full-time mission.