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  1. Thomas Wayment did an interview on From the Desk with Kurt Manwaring. I definitely think it is more nuanced and clarified in the transcript than has been attributed to him. He specifically talks about charges of plagiarism. I also read Kent Jackson`s article and indeed it is hard to make a case for a great deal of dependence on Adam Clarke. It is probably fair to say that it influenced It and that there was an academic component to the JST. Both worth reading. I have really enjoyed Thomas Wayment`s translation of the New Testament and he seems like a pretty faithful guy. His assistant a
  2. I know I thought about it when he spoke. My wife also mentioned that there were things she had to work on after listening to that talk and some others. She mentioned the big stumbling block in her mind was if you live your covenants, then you forgive others, but if you choose not to live your covenants then you can do whatever the heck you want
  3. I would really like the situation with Trump to make sense and have the information. That usually takes awhile. We are a good 9 or 10 months into the pandemic and we are still figuring things out. For instance, if you can be more than six feet from someone at work (social distancing) then do you have to wear a mask? Is a ceiling fan in a health club good ventilation or does it just toss the air filled with Covid around? Guidelines are based on statistical models supplemented with contract tracing and followup interviews. Yes, maybe they should have limited the information until the
  4. I think it is an interesting conversation about too much vs too little medical treatment to receive with any condition including Covid. It is easy to be an armchair quarterback. For me personally if a treatment is fairly innocuous, I would prefer to be a tad on the aggressive side. I understand that it looks like they might be trying to hide details or not fully disclose medical conditions. He should be able to have some privacy. Given my reading about John F Kennedy`s severe back condition and the medications that he was getting during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the level of knowledge th
  5. Corticosteroids (cortisones) can raise anyone’s blood sugars. In diabetics or prediabetics, those individuals may have to receive insulin subcutaneously if their blood sugar gets above 180-200. Trump is not diabetics, but he is 244 lbs and six foot three. That probably puts him in a prediabetic category. So, he may have to receive some insulin depending on how much dexamethasone (corticosteroid) that he received.
  6. I thought about this for awhile. Children need unconditional love and spouses need unconditional love. I just don`t think it is fair that I have to get caught up in that. Of course life isn`t fair.
  7. That is some really good practical advice. There are others that have good advice, this was just very practical and succinct.
  8. I think what people say when they are triggered, including “I just wish they were dead“ is probably not a fair assessment of someone overall. It’s unpleasant and stressful for me though. The situation with my daughter is hard for me as well. She has had some very bad and odd behavior over the years. The way she divorced her husband was terrible and unfair. This seems like sort of a rebound situation with her latest marriage. Like many parents I couldn`t imagine one of my children being homosexual. So, it is far from the fact that I like what my daughter has done. It is more of trying t
  9. She raised them from age 6 and 9. My wife is a lovely person, but this is definitely one of her big faults. Their rejection of the gospel makes her feel like a bad mother. The need for people having to suffer for their bad choices is a "things should be fair in the universe" problem.
  10. I appreciate anything people say here. I know much of what is being said, but not always or in the way that someone articulates it.
  11. Well, Covid has been tough for us and my immunosuppression is a worry. She isn't perfect in avoiding contact with people in a way that she might get the virus, but she is careful most of the time. Home as a place of refuge is important and the thought that it is becoming the place to seek refuge from is profound. From previous counseling its a drama triangle. She sees my daughter as the bully, herself as the victim and me as the rescuer. My daughter is bullying her by trying to reach out after little contact and by living a life that is not in accordance with the covenants she made in the
  12. I am afraid my marriage is in trouble. My first wife died 25 years ago and I remarried and had two more children. The older two have no contact with the Church and my oldest daughter just came out as a lesbian and married another woman within a few months of divorcing her husband. Our younger two are doing well and are in the Church. We keep fighting about my older children. She is hurt by them and rants about them. An example would be that my daughter would be better off dead than to do what she is doing. I have this slow cancer and I want to try and keep a relationship with all of my
  13. As always this was a great presentation by Dr Hudson. She articulates so many issues about women so well. I have two daughters raised in the Church. The oldest just came out as lesbian and married another woman after divorcing her husband. The other one goes to BYU and returned from a mission earlier this year. I would love to share the talk with my younger daughter. Even though I purchased the conference, I don't know how I share it with her.
  14. I have been following the different threads on the BOA. The issues and opinions really sound about the same that I have heard for the last twenty years. Brian Hauglid is a bit of a wild card that has been different lately. RFM does an interview with Brian, so John Dehlin has to do something even bigger with Robert Ritner. There have been some other translation topics with small portions of Adam Clarke`s Commentary showing up in the Joseph Smith Translation when studied by Thomas Wayment and his assistant who ended up leaving the Church after graduating from BYU. I have wanted to answer wi
  15. Our missionaries are doing service. They actually put up a message on our small cities Facebook page and they got quite a few requests. Prior to that they had been doing service for those in the ward and we are just getting them back into the food bank that they had worked in. Later this month we are doing a food and diaper drive at the church. We used to go door to door, but this year we are going to have people drive up to the Church. I would say overall that members have been more responsive to messages over Zoom or Facebook Messenger than appointments at their house. They need to tea
  16. The Story of the Latter Day Saints is a very well written volume and had a good balance between faith and historical points. James Allen and Glen Leonard wrote it. I had a discussion with Glen Leonard about it years ago. It just wasn`t an official history despite being written by LDS historians employed by the Church. The Mormon Experience written by Leonard Arrington and Davis Bitton was published by a secular publisher. Also well written and worth reading, but still not an official history. The Church did not put their official approval for those two books like they have for Saints. T
  17. Thanks for the kind words. This was very supportive.
  18. I think the challenge for me is that my cancer is slow. Apparently I have already had it for 3.5 years. Statistics say I should have another 8.5 years. The oncologist thinks it will be longer than that with new treatments. When you tell people they start treating you differently. They don't think you will be around very much longer. If I had a serious cancer I would definitely tell more people and get them involved. Cancer is unique to the person and situation, so there will never be a one size fits all.
  19. So, I was hoping that 2020 would be a better year than I have had recently. My daughter served for 5 months on her mission and was sent home because of her medical condition when Covid came. She flared right after coming back and we have her on new medicines and she seems to be doing better finally. She`s going back to school this fall as she didn`t have the choice to go back out on her mission. My two oldest children finalized their divorces a few months ago. Our youngest son has been married for a year and is going to school far away with his wife. The business survived the Covid crisi
  20. Kate Holbrook is married to Sam Brown, a physician who writes some really interesting books on LDS topics.
  21. I listened to a good chunk of the podcast. RFM style is not my cup of tea. I would prefer to use his name since it is so easy to find out, but I will defer. Obviously, Brother Hauglid is hurt by Gees actions. There really is a sort of feud going on. He is really good friends with David Bokovoy and is in his band. I know David was greatly effected by his daughter returning from a mission and coming out as LGBT. Brian and David respect each other’s scholarship and talk with Brent Metcalfe. Brent is more nuanced than he used to be. Somebody wrote that Hauglid pretty much debunked the cat
  22. Glad to see someone misses me. Super busy trying to keep a business running and afloat. Don is such an inspiring guy. I had to say something.
  23. Your recent book on the lost 116 pages is really awesome. I have respected your journey, comments and great scholarship over the last 10 years. Best wishes to you and your work.
  24. There are a number of different attempts at connecting with people by the missionaries. We just had a convert baptism of a man who was taught all of the discussions by Zoom. My daughter who returned early from her mission helped teach him. I am so proud of the missionaries for everything they are trying. I think we are going to learn new ways of sharing the gospel through all of this.
  25. Diagnosed waiting to go into the mtc. She has had a roller coaster the last year. She is strong though.
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