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  1. DispensatorMysteriorum

    Sources for Josephs Temple Revelations

    I don't totally disagree with this. I would just add or clarify that Freemasonry is to the temple what the KJV of the Bible is to the Book of Mormon. Masonry is no more the source of the temple than the KJV is the source of the Book of Mormon. Does the Book of Mormon allude to KJV Bible, or outright borrow from it in places? Yes. Does the temple allude to or outright borrow from Masonry in places? Yes. But the Book of Mormon translation is of a true, ancient source. Likewise, the temple has its source in antiquity.
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    Sources for Josephs Temple Revelations

    I disagree. Please see a paper I wrote on this topic published here: https://www.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/FMPapers_2.pdf
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    Interesting trek change

    Our stake is going to do one of these next summer. Could you send me those links?
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    Bill Reel’s Conference Predictions

    I really think there will be changes to the roles of bishop and EQP as you describe here. As a bishop, I am both excited and terrified by this at the same time. I'm excited, because it could mean more stuff gets done. I'm terrified, because it may also mean that things I am now doing won't get done any more as the EQP and RSP decide not to step up to the challenge. It could be a disaster.
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    Speculations for General Conference

    I guess it comes down to how you view the words "counsel" and "direction." The same words are used for the oversight of the bishop for ministering assignments, but I don't generally dictate all the details on that to the EQP and RSP. They work out the assignments, carry out the interviews, etc. For ministering, I give input, and approve the assignments, but they do the bulk of the heavy lifting. The same holds true for long-term welfare issues. They workout the plans, meet with needy individuals, and do the bulk of the heavy lifting. I give guidance, approval, and direction as needed.
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    Speculations for General Conference

    If someone asks to see the bishop for welfare needs, I typically meet with them first and assess what their most immediate and pressing needs are. If their needs are very temporary (a medical bill or the like), I just handle it. If it's more complicated, I have them then start to meet with the RSP or EQP (or sometimes one of their counselors) to work on a plan for going forward. Long-term welfare issues are not the bishop's responsibility. He is the only one that can authorize expenditure of church funds and resources, but it is not his job, nor his keys, to determine how to help them in these situations. That falls squarely on the Elders quorum and the Relief Society. Once I figured this out, the needy ward members have gotten much better help. Due to the number of ward members who are need, I alone simply cannot devote adequate time to help them really solve their problems. There is wisdom in having the EQP and RSP step forward and really take the lead on this.
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    Speculations for General Conference

    I respectfully disagree. You could call someone to do the heavy lifting, but leave it to the bishop to authorize the plan, or kick it back for further study. Ultimately the keys the bishop holds allows him to make the decision, but much of the grunt work of coming up with a plan could be carried out by others. In fact, that's my current approach in that I often delegate these matters to the EQP and RSP. They come up with a plan for the needy individuals, and then run it by me for approval. Usually I agree with the plan. Sometimes I ask for revisions.
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    Speculations for General Conference

    Amigo, I am the bishop of my ward, and your analysis is very much true. I wish we had someone to call that could do this in our ward. I like the idea very much and have considering doing this. The problem is the people I'd like to call are generally tied up in stake callings or otherwise indisposed.
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    Speculations for General Conference

    Your predictions regarding reorganizing the roles of the EQP and the bishop seem very likely to me. You may be wrong on some of the details, but I suspect overall you're on the money.
  10. That has been exactly our experience here (in the Midwest). It is terribly frustrating as the bishop, because the missionaries won't tract and don't know how to talk to people. They have no idea how to generate investigators for themselves, and then are depressed when they have very few people to teach, and have very little else to do. It's really nuts.
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    MoTab Gen Conference music list

    "It is Well With My Soul" is one of my absolute favorites! Has this ever been sung before in general conference?
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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.