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  1. No What are the "like numbers"? Would any publisher interested in selling stories do that?🙂
  2. From your link: Haas postulates that ideological power exercised by leadership was based on apparent access to deities and the supernatural.[12] Evidence regarding Caral-Supe religion is limited: in 2003, an image of the Staff God, a leering figure with a hood and fangs, was found on a gourd that dated to 2250 BC. The Staff God is a major deity of later Andean cultures, and Winifred Creamer suggests the find points to worship of common symbols of deities.[30][31] As with much other research at Caral-Supe, the nature and significance of the find has been disputed by other researchers.[NB 2] Mann postulates that the act of architectural construction and maintenance at Caral-Supe may have been a spiritual or religious experience: a process of communal exaltation and ceremony.[22] Shady has called Caral "the sacred city" (la ciudad sagrada)[7] and reports that socio-economic and political focus was on the temples, which were periodically remodeled, with major burnt offerings associated with the remodeling.[32] Staff God https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staff_God In Andean Iconography front-facing figures are often referred to as Staff Gods and thought to represent deities in Andean cultures. There is no uniform representation of a "Staff God". Dozens of variations of "Staff Gods" exist. Usually a Staff God is pictured "front-facing" holding vertical objects (referred to as "staffs") one in each hand. Some scholars think that some variations of the Staff God are possible depictions of Viracocha or Thunupa. Stamp of the Staff God from the Gate of the Sun in Tiwanaku, Bolivia. The figure holds an spearthrower with an avian hook in its right hand. The oldest known depiction of the Staff God was found in 2003 on some broken gourd fragments in a burial site in the Pativilca River Valley (Norte Chico region) and carbon dated to 2250 BCE. This makes it the oldest image of a god to be found in the Americas.[1] There are scholars who maintain that the Wari-Tiwanaku Staff God is the forerunner of the Incan principal gods, Sun, Moon, and Thunder.[2] As the chief deity, it was considered the creator god and served as the primary religious icon of the entire Peruvian Andes, particularly during the Early Horizon (900-200 BC) and beyond.[3] The worship of Staff Gods spread to the Central Andes during the Middle Horizon (600-1000 CE)[4] This is supported by excavated Middle Horizon artifacts that resembled the Staff-God.[5]
  3. the Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision barring the use of federal funds to pay for abortion, except to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape.[ 17 states have a policy to use their own Medicaid funds to pay for abortion beyond the Hyde Amendment requirements, and an estimated 20% of abortions are paid through Medicaid.[22][23] As of 2021, 16 states use their own state funds to pay for elective abortions and similar services, exceeding federal requirements.[24] Consequently, the cutoff of federal Medicaid funds prompted some states to provide public funding for abortion services from their own coffers. Over time the number of states doing so has gradually expanded, either through legislation or consequent to judicial rulings.[25] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyde_Amendment
  4. I don't see any relation to the Book of Mormon. I did find this part interesting though: "In archaeological nomenclature, Caral-Supe is a pre-ceramic culture of the pre-Columbian Late Archaic; it completely lacked ceramics and apparently had almost no visual art."
  5. Based on what you shared I wouldn't vote for him. He kind of comes off as a wacko.
  6. This pretty much sums things up: 38.8.29 Political and Civic Activity Church members are encouraged to participate in political and governmental affairs. In many countries, this may include: Voting. Joining or serving in political parties. Providing financial support. Communicating with party officials and candidates. Participating in peaceful, legal protests. Serving in elected or appointed offices in local and national government. Members are also encouraged to participate in worthy causes to make their communities wholesome places to live and raise families. In accordance with local laws, members are encouraged to register to vote and to study issues and candidates carefully. Principles compatible with the gospel may be found in various political parties. Latter-day Saints have a special obligation to seek out and uphold leaders who are honest, good, and wise (see Doctrine and Covenants 98:10). The Church is neutral regarding political parties, political platforms, and candidates for political office. The Church does not endorse any political party or candidate. Nor does it advise members how to vote. In exceptional cases, when moral issues or the Church’s practices are involved, the Church may take a position on political matters. In such cases, the Church may engage in political discourse to represent its views. Only the First Presidency can authorize: Expressing the Church’s position on moral issues. Committing the Church to support or oppose specific legislation. Sharing the Church’s perspective on judicial matters. Local Church leaders should not organize members to participate in political matters. Nor should leaders attempt to influence how members participate. Church members who seek elected or appointed public office should not imply that they are endorsed by the Church or its leaders. Leaders and members should also avoid statements or conduct that might be interpreted as Church endorsement of any political party, platform, policy, or candidate. Even when taking a position on a political matter, the Church does not ask elected officials to vote a certain way or to take a certain position. Members who are elected officials make their own decisions. These officials might not agree with one another or with a publicly stated Church position. They do not speak for the Church. Political choices and affiliations should not be the subject of any teachings or advocating in Church settings. Leaders ensure that Church meetings and activities focus on the Savior and His gospel. Members should not judge one another in political matters. Faithful Latter-day Saints can belong to a variety of political parties and vote for a variety of candidates. All should feel welcome in Church settings. Church records, directories, and similar materials may not be used for political purposes. Church facilities may not be used for political purposes. However, facilities may be used for voting or voter registration where there is not a reasonable alternative (see https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/general-handbook/38-church-policies-and-guidelines?lang=eng#title_number178
  7. I wouldn't say so. The handbook says "can be." If the stake president is believes that his stake needs high councilors who are married that's within his authority to say so. Nothing prohibits him from calling only married high councilors.
  8. Obfuscation is the first rule of heaven.
  9. Agreed. Listening to someone talk about someone else's talk just doesn't do it for me. Some of the best sacrament meeting talks I've heard in the past couple years have been when we were in lockdown and my family would put on a talk from a past conference.
  10. I don't mind them. We tend to have active discussions about the principles being taught. I like the current format for PH/RS more than the teaching of the prophets series.
  11. Didn't that happen before though? It seems like in several wards in my stake people would hang out in the chapel during Sunday school, but then attend RS/EQ.
  12. Here is the full verse for context “And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” As part of the Law of Moses a sacrifice was offered as part of the repentance process. Samual is saying that the Lord is more pleased in the people’s obedience than in their sacrifices to receive forgiveness.
  13. The Father and the Son agree with each other. Christ has asked us to be one like He and the Father are one. Just like them. I don't think He would ask us to do that unless we could (eventually).
  14. Which is why even Christ needed to receive a mortal body.
  15. To follow up (and quote myself) this is why we have to live in a telestial world cut off from God. Without experiencing His absence we can never fully appreciate His presence. If we never lived apart from Him would never understand the joy of living with Him. Without experiencing spiritual death we could never fully comprehend life eternal.
  16. But you can't. You can't know what is on both sides of they coin by just looking at one side. You can't experience a sweet flavor and automatically know what bitter tastes like. You can't figure out what dark is just because you can see light. You can't experience joy and then understand what it is to experience misery. It just doesn't work.
  17. I'm not sure this really works. If the only two people I know are my parents, and I know them to be good, could I understand what an evil person was? I don't think so. Likewise, having a knowledge of what tastes sweet does not automatically convey a knowledge of what something sour tastes like. You need to experience both tho have a complete understanding.
  18. I'm not sure how that makes sense in context of the discussion.
  19. My comments weren't directed at you, unless, that is, you and Obehave are the same person.
  20. Thoughts are one thing, asserting revelation is another.
  21. If you are asserting personal revelation, then it is just that, personal. It has no application to others. If God would like to reveal more about the Adam and Eve and the garden to the members of the church then He would do so through His prophets.
  22. I would never take my family there. I've never heard it called a family restaurant either.
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