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  2. That is a perfect example, a revelation not by the voice of God but announced by his prophet. No uncomfortable claims of actual words from God's lips.
  3. Seagulls can spot a Mormon... but they don't discriminate.
  4. Hi. I appreciate your friendly interest bluebell. It would seem that this "doctrinal development" admits that the Catholic Church has been wrong for century after century in restricting the minor orders (acolyte, exorcist, lector, porter) to male seminarians preparing eventually for the priesthood. This is sad and I would say, proof, that the early church apostatized long ago, as LDS believe, if it were true. The Church has been false in teaching that sacramental graces from the hands of a bishop are necessary for candidates to be gradually elevated year by year to the sub-diaconate, diac
  5. That’s exactly right. Latter-Day Saints who have the Spirit of revelation know when something is of God and when it isn’t without having to have the prophets say, “thus saith the Lord.” When the prophets of God end their General Conference addresses in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, for those Church members who have it confirmed upon their souls by the Spirit of revelation that the prophets did indeed speak the truth of God, no other declaration of divine power and authority is necessary.
  6. Boyd K. Packer said it well - "It isn’t a question of who said it or when; the question is whether it is true" (1977, Follow the Rule, speeches.byu.edu).
  7. From what I read in the Book of Mormon, another land (the American continent or a small portion of it) is the land of inheritance for the Nephites (of Manasseh). Manasseh had a fairly large chunk of land portioned to it as your chart showed earlier. What additional lands do you believe they, and Ephraim, are to inherit?
  8. That is why I asked pointedly about what that "chunk" was, and you didn't quantify it. Now you say "not ...generally accepted," which sounds like a majority. Would it make a difference to you if the revelation was an easy one, or a hard one? For example, the 1978 revelation was readily accepted by the vast majority of LDS members worldwide as an actual revelation from God. Are you denying that reception history? Another example: Suppose a direct revelation commanded the immediate resumption of polygyny among the Saints. Would a majority of members decline to accept that because
  9. You know what Scott, I've had a change of heart. Reading through some of your past post when you corrected people on their grammar, in my mind, I saw an old man with a British accent, drinking tea with your pinky finger pointing to the sky🤣. But now, for the most part, I think you do it out of the goodness of your heart, trying to share your knowledge. So with that said, I like to learn, and I'm on here to learn about Mormonism, but I'm flexible, and if you feel like you have the time and you want to help me with my grammar, feel free, either out in the open so my progress can be seen, or thro
  10. We have only one party here, that is the problem. Resistance is futile so why bother voting? That's the attitude. It's thinking habits from a place where voting does not exist for all practical purposes. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here
  11. I suppose that’s true. In this case, though, it was exasperating because the poster immediately took up with it again in the same thread as though in deliberate disregard.
  12. That has already been revealed to a good extent in the temple. Besides, what need would we have for that in this life? Only a resurrected being can resurrect someone.
  13. Reminds me of the song on that attraction at Disneyland: “Grim, grinning ghosts come out to socialize.”
  14. Sometimes it will be obstinacy. Sometimes one is so used to it that one correction won't automatically change it.
  15. I suppose these exceptions occur in cases like Joseph Smith, who supposed that the adversary knew early on that Joseph was to be “an annoyer and disturber of his kingdom.”
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  17. Using filler words can also be a stuttering problem.
  18. Not talking Apostasy. Skepticism of anything supernatural and by extension spiritual is run amok in our scientific world. Even among the general membership. You only have to look at the faithful members who cast doubt on everything from the flood to the historicity of scripture. From the first vision, seer stones, to Adam and Eve. The Book of Abraham to the true order of prayer. Garments to canonized revelations like 132. All gave faithful members who question their validity. A new revelation in the first person voice of God would not be a generally accepted by members as in
  19. I don’t mind it so much unless it’s a graduate of some investing seminar who wants to buy my house to turn it into rental property so he can feed his “passive-income” aspirations.
  20. He is not a former pathways student and his wife says they are assigned now. If your sister-in-law needs help then this may get it for her and might be worth a try since she isn't getting the help now. So the offer is there to connect the two if so.
  21. Your roofing analogy is actually a very good one. I’m no master tradesman — far from it — but I grasp immediately without having to have it explained to me why you start at the bottom of a pitched roof to lay shingles and not at the top. If you started at the top and overlapped going down, the rain would flow in under the shingles, the opposite of what you want it to do, which is to run off the shingles. I consider that the functional equivalent of grasping intuitively, without needing a university education, why “could of” and “would of” and “should of” are not good Englis
  22. I wish they would quit calling multiple times per day to buy my property.
  23. This would be the policy that same-sex marriage is apostasy and set up restrictions on membership for children of parents in a same-sex relationship. It was changed in 2019 for the purposes of Church discipline to focus more on immoral conduct than apostasy, and to establish a working relationship between the congregation, couple and their children so that the restrictions on children could be removed. Sometimes the revelatory keys are not well received, and ongoing revelation is not accepted as such.
  24. Sounds more like some grumpy ghosts to me. So was your dad there and did he see this with his own eyes, because it sure sounds fishy. Or gives me hope that we don't die immediately after death but go somewhere, and some don't leave, like grumpy ghosts.
  25. The countenance? Genesis 4:5. But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 1 Samuel 1:18. And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. Psalms 21:6. For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance. Psalms 42:11. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is
  26. Except the mission president, his wife, etc. weren't giving him power. One wouldn't normally think that that would be "allowed" to happen in the mission home, but it did. They responded immediately to the casting out. I still have full confidence that my home and family are protected, but sometimes that isn't the case. But if something were to happen along those lines, I have no fear that the priesthood wouldn't be effective. It's just odd when they sometimes do what one wouldn't think they are allowed to do.
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