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  2. It is also beneficial, when studying scriptures, to have 2-3 different translation at hand and compare notes. Strong's Concordance and bible commentaries are also very useful in this regard.
  3. The issue is whether the government should be able to dictate religious practice, especially when, as here, the government says, essentially, "Yes, yes. We're all in this together, so, casinos, fitness clubs, entertainment venues, and so on, here are some restrictions by which you must abide. And churches, here are some [more onerous, indeed, unduly onerous] restrictions by which, First Amendment and Free Exercise guarantees notwithstanding, you must abide." The issue is not whether the government ought to be able to impose any restrictions. Clearly, States are within their rights und
  4. They would of course have some copies of the Bool of Mormon on them in case they have the opportunity to give them to people
  5. I wasn't talking about gathering. I'm glad you have more faith in the system than the apostles. I'm sure you are right and they don't know what they are talking about.
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  7. No Jaredite ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb Jaredite die for his country. - Coriantumr (probably)
  8. I would think they would want to/ have to... not everyone wants to stop and have to read a tablet or phone... I would hope most would want to take something home to study in their own time and space... GG
  9. True. However a made up public health emergency that had no end and only targeted religious gatherings would be so egregious that an all left court would rule against it. Nor would the people stand for it. It simply wouldn’t work. Religious liberty (and specifically the right to gather to worship as a congregation) is too popular, even with the left.
  10. But like you say, thank goodness for the current make up of the Supreme Court. For as long as it lasts.
  11. Unless the public health emergency directly related to religious teachings, say against abortion or same-sex behavior.
  12. Sounds like he's referring to the United States of America. But there's nowhere in the USA that aligns with the internal map of the Book of Mormon.
  13. The people wouldn't stand for it. No court would uphold it. Religious liberty is too popular, even on the left. Either way, the only way it could have any lasting effect is if the made-up emergency was continuous and without end. Also, the supreme court just ruled in favor of equitable treatment for religious gatherings during declared emergencies. No governor could declare a public health emergency and only target restrictions on churches without equitable restrictions on other venues and industries. We have protections ordered from the highest court now. I am optimistic about rel
  14. I sincerely fear that other things will be declared "public health emergencies" in other to justify continued infringement on religious views that leaders and governments find undesirable. I just don't think that we are that far away from this anyway. While I actually support restrictions in public worship in the face of this pandemic, I also believe they will lead to additional efforts to suppress religious liberty. Especially, when those religious beliefs offend the sanctity of the left's Sacred Cows. I hope I am wrong; I really do. But I'm not optimistic.
  15. Hey @Kenngo1969, you have a shot! +1 for virgins, again.
  16. I am truly sorry that you have not been able to worship for the past 9 months. I haven't been able to do a LOT of things during the last 9 months. But fortunately, I have been able to have a relationship with God. My ability to worship is not dependent on a building or other people. I guess I am one of the lucky ones.
  17. No, I am not a member. Thank you for that information. I just saw things written in other parts of the Book of Mormon that said differently.
  18. We had Thanksgiving with Aunt Helen. She really isn't related, but she was best friends with my partner's mother who passed away a few years back. She is 90 years old. We know she is a very devout Presbyterian. Each week, her 80 year old friend picks her up and they go to her friends house to watch their church service on zoom. I would think that a religious congregation would be capable of making sure all of the members were taken care of. It is also true that not everyone can make it to a church every Sunday. Does that mean their right to worship is being violated?
  19. I don't understand where you are coming from half the time. I don't know what you are talking about. You seem to be weaving some kind of web with this comparison to racism that doesn't have anything to do with the scope of what I am talking about. You seem to be broadening the scope of my comments beyond what I have said. I am strictly talking about religious liberty in relation to the pandemic. Those restrictions are temporary. No lasting harm. The response to the pandemic is not changing public opinions about religious liberty. You have no evidence of that. You can talk about the b
  20. Perhaps you missed that my comparison to racism is limited to the shallow arguments for denying that there’s much of a problem, typically used to avoid adequately confronting it. Using the limited scope of governors' current actions to argue against the continuing growth of preexisting trends is another poor argument against the concerns expressed in both these areas (religious and racial freedom). That the courts up to SCOTUS have to address it, “it” in this thread being religious freedom, indicates there’s a much bigger problem brewing than the immediate incidents at hand. Taking such a
  21. The difference is that governors have no power to place restrictions on religious gatherings beyond the pandemic/public health emergencies. It is temporary. We are safe beyond the pandemic. There is no chance of any restrictions beyond public health measures. The same can't be said for racism.
  22. As far as I understand, they still upheld restrictions on religious gatherings. They just ruled that they need to be equitable.
  23. I always considered the statistics of the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23) to be realistic in this regard. There are four soil types (or situations) mentioned in the parable: (1) The wayside, or the people who don't understand the word of the kingdom and reject it outright, (2) the stony places, the people who hear the word with joy and receive it but don't have deep roots and are ultimately offended by it because of persecution or hardships, (3) the thorny soil, the people who hear the word and receive it but get caught up in riches or the things of the world and are unfruitful,
  24. We probably shouldn't assume that the only people prepared for the Lord's feast are LDS. There is another parable about feasts and some of the invitees not coming so folks from the streets are invited.
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