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    Advice Missionary Meals

    Katie, May I make a few suggestions? 1. Work closely with the Ward Mission Leader. If you don't have one, then ask the Bishop to assign one of his counselors to act as the WML. 2. Have the WML (or assigned counselor) discuss in ward council what part-member or less-active families could be asked to feed the missionaries. 3. Have the missionaries prepare a specialized message for the part-member or less-active families. This message probably ought to be on either the restoration of the gospel, or the doctrine of Christ (i.e., the first principles and ordinances of the gospel). This message must contain an invitation to act. E.g., "Will you read chapter X of The Book of Mormon?" or "Will you attend church together as a family this Sunday?" 4. Have the full time missionaries practice teaching this message in their coordination meetings and/or in the homes of ward council members. 5. Call the assigned part-member or less active families, and invite them to feed the missionaries *on specific dates.* E.g., "Hi, sister Smith! I am sister Katie. I have the special calling of helping to find people to feed our full-time missionaries. As you know, they are far away from home and don't get many opportunities to spend time with families that are so wonderful as yours. I'd like to know if you'd be willing to have them in your home for a meal on May 15th, between 5 and 6 PM? They will stay no longer than an hour, and with your permission, would share a brief message. If May 15th doesn't work, they are also available on May 18th." 6. Make sure the missionaries are prepared, on time, and courteous for their dinner appointment. After they eat with them and share a message, they must seek a return appointment to come back and teach them again, and follow up on their commitment. Best of luck to you!
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    Kind of cool this morning

    We had a ward fireside over this on Sunday evening. About 70 members present. Included slide show with pictures of seer stone, depictions of Joseph Smith translating with the hat, etc.
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    President Nelson on Gun Control

    In fact, this is our religious belief. "We believe that men should appeal to the civil law for redress of all wrongs and grievances, where personal abuse is inflicted or the right of property or character infringed, where such laws exist as will protect the same; but we believe that all men are justified in defending themselves, their friends, and property, and the government, from the unlawful assaults and encroachments of all persons in times of exigency, where immediate appeal cannot be made to the laws, and relief afforded." (Doctrine and Covenants 134:11).
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    How was your lesson about Sabbath observance?

    January-March 2002. At that time we had a card we would put money on, and then you used the card on a swiper on the machine. I was the "district leader" and the "assistant to the branch president" chewed me out for breaking the sabbath and setting a bad example for the members of my district. We went around and around on this issue. Eventually I told him I didn't care what he thought and that I'd buy things from a machine any time I felt like it.
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    How was your lesson about Sabbath observance?

    I had the same thing happen to me in the MTC!!! I thought I was the only person in the world with that story.... (except it was Elders, not sisters...)
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    New First Presidency

    There is absolutely no evidence for any of this. Not a speck.
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    Resurrection Question

    Jesus Christ took up his actual body that he had in his mortality. Others were also resurrected at that time and their graves were opened. We will take up our actual remains.
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    Yerba mate

    Yerba mate is drank regularly by members of the church in Argentina. No one even bats an eye at it. Missionaries in my mission (2002-2004) were allowed to drink it from tea bags, but not with a shared bombilla (straw). I assume that was because of the germ risks and time wasted drinking from a bombilla.
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    Witness during sustaining

    I can't say that it has ever happened for me during a sustaining, but it often happens prior to it. There have been many times when I knew who was going to be called to serve before it happened, confirming the inspiration. Interestingly, this seems to happen sometimes with people who turn out to struggle in their callings in some way. I think this is the Lord's way of reassuring me in advance that he is aware of the struggles they may have and to not doubt his judgement.
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    No mistakes made in callings

    *He* makes no mistakes in *his* calls, but sometimes we make mistakes in whom we call. Not every calling is inspired.