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  1. The pathology results were favorable. Not the most early, but not the worst either. I am having a bit of a hard time, but I have to concentrate on it being an early stage and not as dangerous. Yes, I would appreciate any prayers. Honestly, they have gotten me through the last week. Love you guys.
  2. Had surgery. Up and walking at home without a catheter. Not terrible pain. They got it out, but the pathology back will be sometime next week. I appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers. It really meant a lot. It is hard for me to talk to people about the unknown. Especially serious items. I am starting to open up to some friends and family.
  3. Thanks everyone. Surgery on Thursday. I can feel the love!
  4. It's so nice to hear positive things about something I may have. It's like getting positive affirmations.
  5. I did just figure out how to put my name on the prayer roll. I just did a search and it was pretty easy.
  6. Thanks every one! Strappinglad can you tell me about your father? Did he keep his bladder? If not how did I he do? Did he do most of the things that he did before having cancer? It’s not as easy to put my name on the prayer roll as it used to be.
  7. As many of you remember I have CLL, a type of chronic leukemia. For that I got a CT scan. No problems found fo the CLL, but I had a 3cm mass on my bladder. I wasn`t having symptoms or blood in my urine. The area is going to be cut out next Wednesday and the concern is that it is bladder cancer. I could use your prayers and anyone else who is willing to pray. Conference has been nice. Thanks.
  8. It’s a very good interview. Actually quite faith promoting for me. He quoted Grant Hardy in explaining the 19th century elements as a restating of the ideas of the ancient prophets for our day. I never got the impression from the interview that Bushman was saying that the Book of Mormon is made up 19th century fiction when discussing the elements that are associated with that century.
  9. It is a good book and he has done some podcasts that are helpful. I happened to watch John Gee`s talk from the last FAIR Conference about reasons that people lose faith. Surveys that Ostler and Gee talk about mention going through a divorce or parents divorcing, especially if the parents were active. Also pornography came up in Gee`s talk as effecting daily scripture reading and praying, even if the member continues to go to church on Sundays. This effect of pornography lasted up to six years. It was a different take on pornography, not the same things I usually hear. Pornography is so p
  10. I thought I would do better when my daughter married another woman. I tried and did pretty well at first, then I saw them together in person. That was very hard. She started the relationship weeks after her divorce from her husband was finalized. For six years she has pretty much ignored me. I don't see my grandson, she drinks heavy alcohol and is pretty much a mean person. She has come to me when she needed something from me. I supported her through a divorce despite some outlandish claims about her ex-husband. As I wrote in another thread, her stepmom didn't handle the initial news w
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. That is some really good practical advice. There are others that have good advice, this was just very practical and succinct.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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
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