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Hamba Tuhan

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  1. It's likewise the Indonesian word for God, but I tend to address my Heavenly Father, and that is very much an important distinction for Muslims. One evening after work, when I explained to one of my co-workers that I believed him to be my literal brother because I believe in a Father God, he explained to me that what I had said was blasphemy to him. Then we went and got dinner at one of our favourite food stalls together. That's also what genuine pluralism looks like.
  2. I have no idea what an EV (electric vehicle?) Christian is, but I have no right to force myself into someone else's personal religious practice. I should have an equal right to engage in my own. Why not? That's what genuine pluralism looks like.
  3. Nor have we cornered the market on heeding the words of our own living prophets, it seems to me after the past few days of perusing this forum ...
  4. Unsurprisingly, I would be 100 per cent fine with this. And if one of the students joining the coach were my son, we would discuss at home what doing so meant to him. If his goal was just to be a part of prayer, it wouldn't fuss me in the least. Of all people, the Saints shouldn't be frightened of others' religious expressions. In fact, as our prophets have emphasised, we should be at the forefront of defending them. Someone else posted this on another thread recently, but I find it important that, given the opportunity to record his testimony for the first time, Pres Woodruff began by emphasising the need to defend others in their religious liberties: Last month, I was invited to be a keynote speaker at an iftar held on the final night of Ramadan. It was an honour. At the event, I reminded the imam that our stake presidency have offered our chapels for their use anytime they need them until the construction of their mosque is complete. 'Enlightened' Americans and other Westerners pretending they understand pluralism is a joke.
  5. It's only 'in your face' in societies where 'progressive' forces have pushed sincere expressions of faith into the same realm as public defecation. In most non-Western societies, this whole discussion just creates perplexment.
  6. And why should it be? I have taught in schools where all instruction paused mid-morning and again mid-afternoon so that interested staff and students could voluntarily join each other in the musalla for prayer. This caused literally zero problems for the rest of us. Of course, living in a genuinely pluralistic society also meant that I was free to tell students my religious affiliation when they asked, as well as what my beliefs and practices as a Latter-day Saint are. I was also welcome to pray in the musalla, which I did on many occasions, and literally no one worried that seeing me pray to a God with a different name was going to magically compel students to become Christians or join the Church. On the bus home one evening, a student sat next to me and asked me questions about prayer. As part of the conversation, he asked me if I would pray for him, and I said I would. And I could do all this without having to worry that I might lose my job!
  7. As I've mentioned before, when I taught for two years in America, I was specifically instructed that I couldn't even mention my own religious affiliation or practice in front of students -- let alone actually practise any of it! -- lest a student think that I was somehow endorsing/forcing religion on her or him. I couldn't even honestly answer a question as innocuous as 'Mr Tuhan, do you go to church?' At the same time, my coworkers could openly discuss in front of students what pub they got wasted at over the weekend. So yeah, this is a good thing.
  8. How many months do you have??? Despite being a long list, it's all pretty standard stuff that comes when one fully embraces the Restoration: tongues, prophecy, revelations, visions, healings, the interpretation of tongues, angelic ministrations, answers to prayers, temple experiences, etc.
  9. And I cannot long believe in things that I haven't experienced for myself.
  10. It sounds like you, I, and Joseph Smith are all on the same page here: 'If I had not experienced what I have, I should not have believed it myself'.
  11. We have been told that four seats in every session are reserved for walk-ins, and those seats can't be booked in advance. That means that when a session is full online, it actually has four unreserved seats, but again, there is zero way of knowing in advance if four other people will rock up to the temple first. I just timed myself. It took me fewer than 90 seconds to look up the session times and availability for tomorrow. Booking a session would add another 90 seconds, maybe? I can't imagine why someone wouldn't just do that before leaving home even if the person lives just around the corner from the temple, but to each her/his own.
  12. Our temple has also resumed accepting walk-ins if there is room in the session. Personally, I hope appointments never go away. Attending the temple for me is a roughly 24-hour commitment, and in the past, it was difficult to know in advance if one would have access to a particular session or not. (I once waited two hours on a Saturday just to enter the temple, and more than once I've had to wait for a session because the one I've planned on filled up with people who arrived before me.) We always do two sessions on our visit, and it's ideal to be able to complete two back-to-back. I was at the temple this past weekend. Our original plan was to do the 10:00am and midday sessions, but the 10:00 one was completely booked out. So instead we booked in for 9:00am and 11:00am. Perfect! No need to worry or wonder about getting into sessions or what times we could get in. Further, knowing roughly what time we would finish at the temple meant we could make firm post-temple plans as well. I love it!
  13. When I was president of the postgraduate student association, one of our student reps (from Bologna) was a Neanderthal -- brow ridges and all. I'm quite happy for someone to perform temple ordinances for him if, as is statistically likely, he dies without receiving the ordinances for himself.
  14. I don't know where you're pulling this quote from, but it is definitely not on the Church's site. Here's the complete, 'unspun' content:
  15. Mate, that's your culture talking. Rigorous studies indicate that around 90 per cent of American men who self-identify as purely 'heterosexual' experience sexual arousal when exposed to gay porn. In Indonesia, it can be virtually impossible to distinguish between male and female prostitutes, and no one cares. As one of my workmates pointed out, the body doesn't care what gender a sexual partner is; only the mind does. And in cultures where the mind hasn't been taught to care, it's a non-issue. All sexual identity is a late 19th-century Western social construct.
  16. You may find something approaching an answer in Michael Medved, Hollywood vs. America: Popular Culture and the War on Traditional Values. Medved makes it clear that for many in the 'entertainment' industry, money is not the prime concern.
  17. For years, a woman in my ward has told me that she lies awake at night fretting over what I'm missing because I don't own a television. She actually tried to give me her old one once. I honestly have no clue where I would find space in my life for such a thing. I'd much rather live life than pay to watch others pretend to do it for me ...
  18. Have you made this publicly available anywhere? I'd love access!
  19. I was called as YM president in 2006. The Handbook then current stated that bishops could not require white shirts or ties. I went online and looked up as many past versions of the Handbook as I could find. They all included the same prohibition or were silent on the matter. Here's the language from the 1999 Handbook: And here's the 2006 Handbook:
  20. Literally for decades (possibly forever?), and yet my first bishop here insisted on ignoring it ...
  21. I know you're joking, but you actually just reminded me of something both topical and recent. A man who works as a director under our area presidency is visiting and took me to lunch yesterday. He brought up a conversation he had had with Elder Bednar about the importance of teaching the members not to be so uptight and culturally bound that they become judgemental and intolerant of differences. The goal is for Zion to be a refuge for anyone seeking its protection, even if they aren't ready or willing to join us formally. We had a really good chat on that!
  22. I am single, never married. I have twice served as a counsellor in a bishopric, and I am currently serving as a member of our stake's high council. The recent clarifications are important not because anything changed but because we needed reminding, from what I can tell. FWIW, our stake president is married to a woman whose first husband (to whom she was sealed) left her after the birth of their first child. The second counsellor in our stake presidency lost his first wife and then married a woman who had returned to activity after years in the 'wilderness', with children from at least two different men. Our stake executive secretary was married for years to a non-member wife, then she got baptised and endowed, and they were sealed. Now she has given up her membership and returned to being a 'pagan'. Our assistant stake clerk has twice married and divorced the same woman. Our stake YW president is only in her 40s but is already a widow. Our stake RS president has a non-member husband. Our stake clerk, like me, has never married. The longest-serving member of our high council is on his third (and hopefully last!) wife, having gone through two previous divorces. Another member of our high council has raised two fantastic sons on his own after his wife apostatised and left him. So yeah, this is what the Church looks like in the 'real world', where we don't have the luxury of looking on anything other than the heart. And also FWIW, in our last stake council meeting (which was poorly attended because of illness), 75 per cent of the high council members present had beards, including me!
  23. Sadly, I can't read that. I tried Googling the headline and the professor's name, but only two results came up, and neither of them is to the article. Do you have anything legible?
  24. I can't remember (hence 'Prof X')! Nor can I remember the name of his major fossil discovery. I've tried several times to search for it myself, but the newspaper's online archive doesn't go back that far. I did clip out the page and save it, but unfortunately everything from my student days in America is still at my sister's house there.
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