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  1. On 8/5/2019 at 7:24 PM, JAHS said:

    This article at KSL talks about that ever present issue about who we let our kids play and be friends with.
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    Is this a real problem with many members or just a few? Is this mostly a problem in Utah or does it happen with many parents outside Utah also? I think if we keep ourselves aware of what our children are doing and teach them correct principles, and have open communication with them and their non-member friend's parents, there should not be so much fear of letting them be friends with them.  

    As a person who grew up a member about as far away from SLC as one can get and thus in a place where very few other member live I find this article and this issue surprising and disappointing.  There was almost no chance of having other members in the same school as I was nevermind having them as neighbours. In other words we had to befriend, associate and play with non-members. Consequently we were taught how to choose good friends and associate with good company and that not determined by their particular church but more by their character. So I think this matter, if it is as big as portrayed, must be a Utah thing, or at least a thing where there is a high density of LDS members. I really hope it isn't though as surely we should be more secure in our Faith and more Christlike in our relationships and interactions with the rest of Gods children all around us. Surely. 

  2. On 8/2/2019 at 4:08 PM, Kevin Christensen said:

    Not impressed.  He waves lots of noble sounding abstractions about wrestling with truth.

    I have to agree with you. I started watching his talk and was soon put off by his apparent self aggrandizing start, it was all I, me, study, me, I, etc. He started sounding like a pompous git so I killed the video. I should stop because the more I think of him the more my blood boils....

  3. On 8/5/2019 at 10:56 PM, Duncan said:

    Can you think of a reason why a Temple would have a catwalk? and before anyone asks, no cats are allowed in or fashion shows? I have a friend who is working on our Temple and they constructed a catwalk but doesn't know why? I have nothing!!!

    Could it be to get across to the baptismal font?

  4. How many Kishlumens does it take to replace a light bulb?

    100. One to replace the bulb and 99 to blog about how Dan Peterson is to blame for the burnt out bulb.

    I would have guessed none seeing as they werent invented yet in his time...

    Oh, you mean the modern inposter! In that case you are right... :rofl:

  5. Sure. While still very limited, we can design robots and computer programs that make context-based logical decisions, and do problem solving. If they had the organic possibilities of reproduction, they could be programmed to find a mate, and to perform the function on it that would lead to reproduction. Our molecules and cells have ....

    .....We truly could say that just is God is the father of our spiritual development, then Earth is the Mother of our organic makeup.

    Thanks for the deeper explanation, I appreciate it. It is a lot to think about and I think something quite possible, but, I would say given our current lack of clear knowledge on this subject, its a lot of speculation. For me however I dont make my mind up yet one way or another and view the unfolding world of knowledge very exciting. I do however think that our main focus ought to be on preaching nothing but repentance, still, these sorts of discussions help to put that into context.

    I get the impression that Zerinus dismisses your ideas out of hand and I think I understand why. Such ideas surely raise a lot more questions to which the prophets or scriptures do not speak (because I think they focus more on the topic of Christ, repentance etc) so devising answers could become a dangerous thing that could lead away from faith or repentance. A more conservative approach, safety first is his stance I think, patient maybe, waiting for the day in which all will be revealed. I wonder, given how we understand God to not do for us that which we can do for ourselves, how much of that revealing will be our own work at finding things out?

  6. The way I see it, there was no human concept of "death"- a word which implies an entire linguistic reference, before there were humans who had language.

    Hi mfbukowski,

    The way I understand you is as an extension of what Nackhadlow was saying before this quoted post of yours above, in that there were humans before Adam but they didnt have a spirit occupying them as Adam had, is this correct?

    I havent heard of such a thing before and I find it hard to understand how a human could live without a spirit. But still a very interesting post and point of view, thanks for sharing!

  7. Zerinus, any death that would have theological ramifications would need to involve the separation of a spirit from a mortal body. If there was a time where mortal bodies were breeding without the connection of an intelligent spirit, then death in a theological sense becomes moot.

    Hi Nackhadlow,

    Are you saying, or do you think, it is possible for beings, be they animal or human to live, breathe, breed without them having been imbued with a spirit to animate it? If so what gives you this idea? (Just trying to understand what you are saying and not kick up a fight)

    Otherwise I think your idea is very interesting.

  8. There is no “humor” involved; either intended, implied, or perceived.

    Agreed.

    However sometimes its a combination or sequence of things that makes something funny. For example, years ago I was reading along in the Book of Mormon while my thoughts were dwelling on Bro. Hugh Nibley, (I'm a big fan) and so I came across this (1 Neph 15:3) For he truly spake many great things unto them, which were hard to be understood.... The one and the other came together just right to create a nice little humorous moment for me.

  9. The flip side of this is more of what I perceive the Mormon view to be. God is involved in everything. There is nothing going on in the universe that he does not know. He knows every detail down to the structure of every atom. He knows what is happening, and he knows what will happen to every individual in the cosmos. To be less than this he would cease to be God.

    So where do your beliefs fit in. How omnipresent is God to you?

    I wuold say we have very little choice but to see him as you have described here above given the scriptures that talk of Him as knowing all things and then http://lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/59.21?lang=eng#20

    this one, to me putting these together means He somehow is aware of all things happening here and sonehow is involved in them and that through this involvement He provides a way for each of us individually and personally to learn/develop/grow/understand/repent/progress in the spheres we need to in order to be exalted. Thats how I see it.

  10. Has anyone ever thought about the existence of other inspired writings by ancient American prophets, which Mormon didn't abridge? Have there been any studies in this area?

    Are you thinking about the sealed 2 thirds? It would be a bit dificult to study that which we dont have.....

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