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  1. 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 teach a certain number of lessons to stay in practice, so it really helps them to be able to practice with the members. That way their skills are better with their investigators. Its all not perfect, but we recently had a baptism and about as many investigators as before the Covid outbreak.
  2. 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. That makes Saints a momentous event.
  3. Thanks for the kind words. This was very supportive.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 crisis so far. It’s been quite a bit of turmoil and the manager resigned about three weeks ago. I am the manager and senior partner right now. Boy that is a bunch of work. My cancer and autoimmune disease seem to be pretty stable. My married son is home for a month to spend time with me. I told him about my diagnosis two months ago. That was after quite a bit of praying. I also told one of my younger brothers. Right now I am having a lot of time with my wife and two youngest children. My youngest grandson came over today, so that was very nice. Our missionaries have been busy and we have had an investigator at our home for church the last 10 weeks. Every one around me seems to be looking to me for reassurance about the world. Honestly, its all so crazy. The closest thing I can relate it to is the 60`s with the riots and Vietnam War going on. I haven`t gotten the virus and I wear a mask all day at work. I need some time to just be still and try to figure out all the things I am supposed to do to make my Heavenly Father happy.
  6. Kate Holbrook is married to Sam Brown, a physician who writes some really interesting books on LDS topics.
  7. 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 catalyst theory of The BOA. I didn`t see that myself. Brother Hauglid has always impressed me from reading about his story to listening to him at a FAIR Conference. At that Conference he and Brent went at it just a little bit. I have enjoyed reading Brothers Bokovoy and Hauglid in the past. I wish them well. I have found them faith promoting. Scholarship and belief can be a tough path. I see David and Brian very similar in their paths and their choice in music since they are in the same band.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Diagnosed waiting to go into the mtc. She has had a roller coaster the last year. She is strong though.
  12. Daughters back as I said on another thread. She had a great experience but her medication puts her at risk. By showing faith that it was ok to send her out even though I have cancer it worked out. Every one is a winner. Now business is totally messed up. Hoping all those people I employ will be ok.
  13. She started to learn Russian on her own, but she loves Spanish.
  14. She has an autoimmune disease and is on medication that suppresses her immune system. We don’t know if she can go back out and I think she is happy with even being able to serve.
  15. She didn’t make it to Russia, right before she was to go to the MTC her call was changed.
  16. My daughter was called to Russia, then reassigned to California and had three great months as a spanish speaker before coming home last Friday. She feels like she went to the right place and it was meant for her to come home. She is doing great, even though the first couple of days were hard. I guess there is not a missionary yet who has tested positive for the virus. This is definitely going to be hard for these missionaries, but so good for them that they took the call to serve and wen with it. I am so proud of them all, including my daughter. Eventually it will make sense, like most tragedies we have in life.
  17. It blocked me from saying the one of the appropriate words, so I guess you will have to read about HPV related cancers for yourself.
  18. My guess is that the study is mostly talking about HPV related cancers. That is mostly genital cancers, the highest risk population and cancer being cervical cancer in women. This would also include **** and oropharyngeal cancer. Hopefully the last sentence is self explanatory. I couldn`t find a nice way to elucidate that any more.
  19. Don, I am only towards the beginning of the book, but I am getting the impression that it is going to be a real game changer in Book of Mormon studies. There is definitely a new way of looking at Lehi and how he formed a new covenant people in the Promised Land. I have previously read about how Lehi`s journey was a recapitulation of Israel `s journey to the promised land. There is much more in your book. Not sure I can explain it yet.. The Book of Mormon and the translation process has more to do with the eventual temple ritual and symbols than one would have thought. I wish I could tell you what more I would like to see discussed, but I think I need to read the book and digest it before I could tell you. I have always appreciated Don and his story is inspiring to me. It gives me hope when I see my children or others struggle. Maybe I can say more in a week or two. Thanks Don.
  20. Sure there can be too many of these. The difference is how local it is, how much it benefits those children to be able to give and how good it is for us as a Church/congregation to give to the community we live in.
  21. Medicaid does not usually cover the cost of seeing a patient. Rex burg does not have a large sophisticated medical system. They are probably related to these points. The counseling center struggles to see all of the people that desire to be seen at BYU-I in a similar circumstance.
  22. He is still in the regular classroom. He can speak, in fact he sometimes really speaks, but he seems to be speaking less. He goes to kindergarten half the day and gets therapy the rest. Speech, occupational therapy. I am not sure about ABA, though his mom mentioned that. He could more therapy at night, but his mom doesn't think he should and that he should just get to be a kid. In their eyes he is doing well. For us, he seems more withdrawn and just wonders the house. He actually interacts with us less. Our daughter in law seems to want us to not interfere and provide child care when his school or development center is closed. Its usually last minute and can be especially hard on my wife who may have something planned or wants to do something for herself. They really just survive minute to minute, some by their nature-thats how they have always been and some by them being separated and not paying attention to details until it is staring them in the face.
  23. Thank you. I guess in the end that is all we can say. I am sorry too and there doesn’t seem to be a way to keep someone from suffering from the consequences of their own choices. Nor does it work when you try to protect them from the consequences.
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