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  1. My wife works for the church and deals with copyright issues from time to time. Not on the legal end, but in ensuring that the proper permissions have been obtained for using images. The church has some fairly exacting processes in place for making sure that everything is done properly. It surprises me that the church would use images without the permission of the copyright holder. I'm very interested in hearing the churches response and learning if there is more to the story.
  2. 20 years from now every book that the church uses today will have been replaced by something newer. That doesn't cancel the teaching that is given today. Likewise, what is taught today doesn't cancel counsel that was given in the past. The church believes in continuing revelation and in constant progression. One should expect change.
  3. As you'd mentioned earlier it comes from the languages that have influenced religion. Spirit from it's Latin roots and Ghost from the German. Both meaning the same thing.
  4. President Nelson says that as he grew in understanding that he no longer needed a list. Perhaps there are others who, having not gained that wisdom yet, find prophetic counsel as to what constitutes proper sabbath day observance helpful.
  5. No, when members of the church talk about feeling the Spirit they are referring to the influence of the Holy Ghost.
  6. A long time ago on the radio show "Prairie Home Companion" I remember Garrison Keillor making a joke about how, in the Unitarian version of heaven, there was a half hour set aside each day for protest. This would seem right at home there.
  7. In urban areas this could be problematic if not properly regulated. You probably wouldn't want the chemicals from a large number of decomposing bodies contaminating drinking water sources. Rules like that seem to get made because someone did something stupid in the past.
  8. Sounds like it comes down yo trust then. Do you trust those whom the Lord has called or not.
  9. I would tune in just to see President Monson announce this.
  10. Seems like I remember reading somewhere that wheat uses like half the water that alfalfa does. That's just something in the back of my mind, so it could be wrong.
  11. I disagree. I think it’s because too many people were ward shopping. They get more money for activities.
  12. If it was moving from one ward English speaking to another then this would need First Presidency approval. Where it's a language branch it may not need to go that high. But, I'd guess it would need the approval of both stake presidents. Especially since the other members of your family are not changing. Tithing should be paid in the ward where your records are located. Online tithing is connected to your ward. It's been several years since I was in the bishopric, but I can't see this as being more than a $10-15 increase a quarter for the unit you'd be moving to. You could. The branch, though, doesn't necessarily need your tithing or fast offering donations to function. Both of these funds are administered by church headquarters. Units that spend more in fast offerings than they take in are not penalized in any way. The ward I've lived in for the past twenty years is in a lower income area and always spends more from the fast offering fund than it takes in in donations. Language branches are funded in the same way as other wards and branches. The only exception I'm aware of are YSA units which have a higher per person budget. 37.1 Language Wards and Branches A stake president may propose creating a language ward or branch for stake members (1) who do not speak the local native language or (2) who use sign language. A stake president may also propose creating a language ward or branch that includes members from one or more neighboring stakes. The stake presidents involved plan and coordinate the recommendation. One of the participating stakes will be responsible for the ward or branch. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/general-handbook/37-specialized-stakes-wards-and-branches?lang=eng#title_number2
  13. I don't think it's something that can really be taught. I think there are some things that just need to be experiences for us to properly understand their place in our lives. For example, now that I'm older I look back on the experiences I had with my children when they were young. I wish I could have all the good experiences over again! I'd certainly, in hindsight, shift my focus on a few things.
  14. I think a lot of people are this way. As we get older we realize what really is important to us. Part of what makes being young so difficult is that we lack the wisdom and experience to be able to identify that.
  15. So you're saying that leaves only you to blame cause mama tried?
  16. Spacing them out could also alleviate some of that. Feeding is a stressful time for birds. Not only are they in competition with one another for a limited amount of food that is concentrated, in the case of bird feeders, in one point, but they are extremely vulnerable to predators while feeding as well.
  17. Hummingbirds can be extremely territorial. Because of their high metabolism hummingbirds need to eat about every 20 minutes. When one finds a productive flower patch or feeder a hummingbird will consider it it's territory and defend it against other hummingbirds. Some hummingbird species can be more aggressive than others, and there is individual variation within species.
  18. Could be, but it seems kind of awkward and also seems like it’s something that could be done next week (seems that way to me anyway).
  19. RS presidency is sustained in sacrament meeting by the congregation, all other RS callings are taken care of in that meeting. Same is true with EQ callings.
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