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  1. Certainly a lot of bumps in the road!
  2. Please check with your health department -- it would probably be recommended you get vaccinated if for nothing else to level out the variability in your personal immune response (ETA: It is not known how long individual natural immunity lasts). You seem young enough to have to wait in the queue a bit longer, anyway. One reason to get a vaccine for something that doesn't seem all that deadly is that it might still protect those (even if relatively few) who are at a much higher risk than you or those in your customary circle. For the relatively short time it takes, it can save a life or two
  3. I think it is because it easier/more efficient, especially when they are stressed (depressed, anxious, etc.) and unconsciously stick with biases (the biases themselves often unconscious) that have protected them in the past. Epiphanies often don't come until we are at the end of our rope, at rock-bottom, have failed in some major way, etc. which most people avoid at all costs, even through denial. People who have been in survival or compensatory mode most of their lives are probably more susceptible to hearing what they want to hear and fearing betrayal.
  4. I'm all for vaccines -- I am volunteering for the COVID-19 vaccination events. The only way you can get someone to change their mind about vaccines is to be a good example, as President Nelson is. It requires developing good relationships of trust with those who believe differently to the point that good one-on-one conversations can be had.
  5. Yes, like the spirit of Elijah, I take the spirit of the Declaration of Independence to not be legally binding but nonetheless a motivating force. Non-enumerated rights, good question! We often don’t hear about them until someone complains, and then the political process moves for recognition by our society as a whole, balancing individual freedom with the rights of others. An example for today might be the rights to protect oneself from exposure to disease and to worship or refuse mitigation efforts, or the rights to have one’s vote counted and to ensure an acceptably accurate counting s
  6. Thank you. How would this address President Nelson representing the Lord’s will (whether a new revelation or ongoing counsel) using the first person and uncustomary language? Such as (channeling William McLellan!): “Behold / Verily, thus saith the Lord unto my people: I say unto you, it is expedient in me that those who call themselves by my name and are essaying to be my saints, let the work of gathering, and all the works which I have appointed unto you, especially Come Follow Me and Youth Personal Development, be continued on and be redoubled, and you shall in nowise lose your reward,
  7. As infrequent as revelation may be (with first-person verbal communication being a subset), representing the Lord's revelations in the first person would certainly draw attention. And as frequently as custom and style may have in earlier times accepted first-person representation of other forms of revelatory communication, representing the Lord's revelations in out-of-custom language would also draw attention.
  8. I take the "Blessings of Liberty" from the Preamble to be these various enumerated rights (stemming from the inalienable rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence), with attendant responsibility (liberty being freedom that is limited by the rights of others). We have the right and responsibility to secure these blessings for posterity as well as ourselves. For me this is very much in the spirit of Elijah, at least half of it!
  9. @teddyawareand @pogi, I find your respective views on D&C 98, one very broad in application and one very specific in context (not that there's anything wrong with either) very interesting. How might they be melded? Or, given that revelation can teach truth of various kinds at various levels, can both views be valid, depending on the circumstances and needs of the reader? For example, how does each of you apply this section to yourselves (if that wouldn't be sharing too much)? Thank you --
  10. What are some of the key universal, non-partisan principles that are instituted in the Constitution of the USA that would benefit the world?
  11. I was referring to the stylistic changes in how the prophets express their revelations, not the linguistic style(s) -- in those cases where verbal communication is used -- in which they might receive, or in which the Lord might transmit, them. I agree that we are not sufficiently privy to the latter to hazard a guess. If you are suggesting that in the future, our prophets could renew the practice representing the Lord's revelations in the first person, I agree that is possible and could be driven by any number of factors. It would certainly draw one's attention.
  12. Yep, I was shut off for a day and the post removed for making a joke that I thought was really funny for being ridiculous in the extreme (Oh that I were an angel, and I would tell it again!). No harm, no foul.
  13. As I indicated above, I think the belief itself (there are also brands and semantics of exceptionalism) is not a problem, but preference or priority over discipleship, and contention and violence in its applications.
  14. While our salvation is not tied to the fate of America or one economic or political ideology over another, America as a location and a protector of religious (and other) freedom is definitely tied to the Restoration as prophesied in the Book or Mormon and reiterated in the D&C. People may believe differently over what that specifically means, but discipleship will prevent contention and violence over their diverse economic and political applications.
  15. OK, here is the comparison of my first and last statements on how I think the Brethren express their revelation [with context from the dialog provided in brackets]: First: “I think this change [not using “Thus saith the Lord…” in official pronouncements of revelation] has more to do with the shift from earlier cultural mores than anything else, and I include the prophets as no longer as accepting of phraseology that is no longer current, including expression that is indistinct in terms of literalness or figurativeness [“Thus saith the Lord…” is such an indistinct phrase].” Last: “Whe
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