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  1. There's no such thing as a "normal person". God's not that lacking in creativity.
  2. I find this prioritization interesting. You'd consider a life outside the Church but you wouldn't want to change your political views? Personally I'd be the opposite. I'd be happy to consider shifting on the political spectrum, but I hold my religious beliefs far more tightly in my life. Maybe it's just me but politics are temporal, the gospel eternal. I know where I'm open to change.
  3. Bumping the thread to ask for thoughts, not on the topic, but on the polling results. Everyone's pretty much given their opinion on whether Jesus was married. But look at the poll results. Such a variation. Is this because of personal preferences? Are we basing this belief in evidence, feeling, tradition? I kind of feel this distribution says as much about us as it does about the Savior's marital status. (Not that this is a particularly scientific poll - but it does show how divergent our thinking can be among members on a topic).
  4. Just finished "The Polygamous Wives Writing Club". The stories were intriguing to read. A glimpse into the realities of that time. The chosen format for telling the story was silly. "They lived in the same town, they could have gotten together and commiserated, they didn't but let's pretend etc". Almost done with Ulrich's "A House Full of Females". I am fascinated by these stories, and especially that despite the title of the book it's not really about plural marriage. It's more about tracing the course of the Church from a female perspective. And it's very well written including
  5. Correct. But was it actually disobedience? God warned them of the penalty for transgressing the law. But he also commanded them to do something they couldn't if they didn't transgress. You could reasonably say it was not disobedience to accept the penalty and transgress the law. Did God actually say "don't eat"? On the surface, maybe. Genesis 1:16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die
  6. Seagull Book has everything Deseret Book does at a lower price. I very rarely by Church books from Deseret Book, and any art I always get at Seagull. Ironic since they merged a while back. But most of the gospel books I buy aren't Church publications anyway so I have even less incentive to go to Deseret Book.
  7. Well, with mine, Jesus, and most. There may be exceptions where it might look better.
  8. As someone whose name ends with "S" I hate seeing the double s.
  9. At some point God will enforce his laws on the earth. But until then you are right. Just as religious freedom will be maintained AND every knee will now and tongue confess.
  10. We're very good at picking and choosing what prophecies we'll believe. I can think of numerous prophecies we ignore and others we are super focused on. All seems a bit like selective hearing.
  11. You forgot the most important one - direct political administration by the Savior.
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