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  1. Is it really "safe to say" what you said? You say it was to "suppress this information", do you know that was the reason for removal? If so, can you state a source that says that is the reason someone removed the pages? Or is it safer to say we don't know the reason, or that it was removed by someone for research purposes, or some other reason? The FAIR article you quoted said it is not known "why" they were removed, nor "why" they were restored. But somehow you know?
  2. I think you have it right, that the difference has to do with circumstances and who is being addressed. A lot of the stuff regarding Israel in the Old Testament had to do with political issues with Israel as a nation among the other nations in the middle-east, and sometimes the "destruction" is not about individuals specifically (although it might include that), but about Israel or Judah (or whatever the case may be) as a nation. Some of it may be prophetic hyperbole (if that's a correct way to describe it), perhaps like the covenant promises and curses of Deuteronomy 28. There are many
  3. At the beginning of the year (January 2nd) when some changes were made, the church issued the following statement on the church website (found here: https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/temple-worship), and I presume the changes you noticed are part of those being implemented at that time:
  4. I've heard many people outside the church talk about the God of the Old Testament as being very different from the God of the New Testament. But I think this view is partly shaped by the bulk of the subject matter. A big part of the Old Testament is from prophets writing to and about people who have messed up after receiving a covenant, and God is chastising them and trying to straighten them out. The New Testament is about God extending his hand to these same people again, with an opportunity for another type of exodus and redemption from the bondage brought about in this world. And the N
  5. It's hard to pick just four, but I'll go with: Love Wisdom Just Integrity When I was studying the book of Exodus a few months ago, I came across some commentary on Exodus 20 (the Ten Commandments) saying that one Jewish tradition was that the Ten Commandments were written on two tablets of stone, with five commandments written on each tablet. The first tablet was said to contain the five laws related to man’s relationship to God, and the second to contain the five laws related to man’s relationship to his fellow man. The fifth commandment was the one that puzzled
  6. Thank you for sharing that. I like the steps that he took and the things he remembered that helped him get the answers he needed.
  7. Sometimes all it takes is an angry look, and it does the job.
  8. I'm sure you saw my posts addressing this verse, and from mfbukowski. In light of that discussion, what do you believe are the "gates of Hades" mentioned in this verse that shall not prevail against the church? And how could this mean that the church would never fall into apostasy?
  9. As mentioned in the 1997 version: "The perfect organization of the Church no longer existed, and confusion resulted. More and more error crept into Church doctrine, and soon the destruction of the Church was complete. The period of time when the true Church no longer existed on earth is called the Great Apostasy." When I said the Gospel Principles manual says something slightly different than that, I was referring to the context of what was "destroyed" as it is said in the 1997 edition. As you can see from your quote (from what I put in bold), the "destructi
  10. I worked with the 12 to 13 year old boys (Deacons) for a number of years, which included participation in the Scouting program. There is a hard fast rule in BSA youth protection, that you need at least two leaders present on every activity and in providing transportation for the boys to and from activities. We were not permitted to pick up or drop off a boy without another adult with us. My following of those rules of course had nothing to do with my personal concerns or experiences, it was about following the requirements exactly to avoid even the appearance of inappropriate circumstance.
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