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  1. Hastening the Work

    I find the major renovations of a very large number of temples to be interesting in this respect. I find it hard to believe that so many temples just happened to fall apart in the last 5 years, especially given the standard to which temples are built in the first place. And the renovations are not just a coat of paint. In many cases, they seem to be almost a complete rebuild.
  2. Joseph Smith and Multiple Mortal Probations

    How do sealings fit into the whole idea of MMP? Wouldn't MMP effectively make the doctrine of eternal families meaningless, since you would have a different family each time around?
  3. New Girls Camp Guidebook

    The way I read her post, she was saying that the counsel to STOP manipulating emotion was very much needed.
  4. Disciplinary, how many times?

    As many as it takes*. *With the caveat that, from what I've seen, each additional time someone strays or leaves completely, it gets harder to return.
  5. Talk about jumping to negative conclusions based on a few words... My point was that President Nelson's comments are applicable to all sorts of sexual sin and not a direct shot at gays. I wasn't intending to offer an in-depth exposition on how adultery happens. It was a rhetorical question. But I imagine you knew that already.
  6. Helen Radkey and name submissions

    Especially since baptisms can't be performed until at least a year after the death date.
  7. I think it's too bad that some are jumping to negative conclusions about what he meant. Satan does tempt us to love as we should not love. If that's not true, then how does adultery happen? Not everything has to be interpreted through the sole lens of homosexuality. There are lots of instances of inappropriate and sinful love with straight people. My guess is that he was referring not to mere feelings of attraction, but to the nurturing of those feelings into love unauthorized by the commandments of God. And I believe he's probably referring to all such forms of love; straight, gay, or other.
  8. Rob Porter, and Mormonism's #MeToo Moment

    Many like to criticize the handbooks and church leaders who follow them closely as being too rigid and legalistic. But if all priesthood leaders followed the counsel in the handbooks on this issue, I don't think there would be nearly as many problems. From Handbook 1 (17.3.2): "Members who have abused others are subject to Church discipline. They should not be given Church callings and may not have a temple recommend until they have repented and all Church discipline has been resolved...In instances of abuse, the first responsibility of the Church is to help those who have been abused and to protect those who may be vulnerable to future abuse. Victims of sexual abuse (including rape) often suffer serious trauma and feelings of guilt. Victims of the evil acts of others are not guilty of sin. Church leaders should be sensitive to such victims and give caring attention to help them overcome the destructive effects of abuse." This section of Handbook 1 also outlines many resources, including a hotline to call, available to bishops and stake presidents who are unsure how to handle a situation. Regarding bishops testifying on behalf of defendants in abuse cases, Handbook 1 (17.1.26) states: "...Church leaders should avoid testifying in civil or criminal cases reviewing the conduct of members over whom they preside." I'm skeptical that very many bishops would testify as a character witness for defendants in an abuse trial. If they do it without being compelled by a subpoena, they do it in clear violation of church policy. In my experience, the counsel found in the handbooks is inspired, and those bishops and stake presidents who think they know better tend to cause problems for themselves and/or others.
  9. I agree, as well, which is why I said I don't know how it could be changed. My main point was that being treated differently is not all in the early returnee's imagination.
  10. One area where there is definitely shaming going on for those who come home early is in the singles and dating scene. I have observed with friends and roommates the rejection that occurs when a male is not an RM. Many, if not most, LDS women will not even give them a shot, even when they're fully temple worthy. In the early twenties, that's pretty difficult to take. That said, I don't know how it could be changed. The church doesn't teach or encourage that, in my experience. But I think I agree with smac, that there are areas we could do better.
  11. New First Presidency

    That's actually a really good example of why it's hard to read emotions from facial expressions. I've seen people look like that when they're depressed, sad, or tired. But I've also seen virtually the same expression when people are overjoyed, extremely relieved, or have eaten something very, very spicy.
  12. One flaw I see in almost all social science studies is that participants know it's an artificial situation. People just don't act the same way in artificial situations. For instance, I sometimes like to cheat when I play board games. It makes it much more fun to me. But in real life, I'm almost obsessively honest. In a study, I don't know how I would behave. Anything that involves self reported data is also hard for me to take seriously. People lie to make themselves look better, even when it doesn't matter.
  13. Thomas S Monson cars

    Those custom, limited-edition Italian cars are crazy expensive.
  14. My wife grew up in southern Germany, so we moved to her hometown for a few years so our kids can learn German better, and so they can get to know her side of the family. We're a couple hours east of Stuttgart in a fairly rural area. I work in Finance/IT for a medium-size company. Considering that I spoke very little German at the time, it was a miracle that I was able to find a job.
  15. When we moved from Utah to Germany a few years ago, the drinking culture caused some awkward moments at first. Everybody here drinks, and it's pretty much the only social activity most people engage in. I haven't found that anyone has pressured me to drink, though. Every person has noticed it and asked about it or commented on it (usually with surprise), but after explaining myself, no one has pushed it further. I have no problem going to work functions at restaurants or bars where others are drinking, but I tend to leave once they get past the second or third beer. It just gets too loud and rowdy for my taste. It's hard to tell if it has impacted my career or social life because I tend to be reserved anyway. My guess is any difficulties I've had stem more from my social awkwardness than from my decision not to drink alcohol. Most decent people tend to be very accomodating of differences like that. The people that make a big deal of not drinking tend to be people I would have issues with one way or another, because they are just kind of jerks all around. I have to add that my faith, combined with my experience with an alcoholic relative, would lead me to abstain even if it completed ruined my career or social life.