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  1. It all depends, I suspect, on what is important to the individual or group judging.
  2. That hadn’t occurred to me before. I would like to see how things are done in countries where women don’t change their name at marriage.
  3. https://www.aaihs.org/the-curious-history-of-anthony-johnson-from-captive-african-to-right-wing-talking-point/
  4. He had an average of 52% approval rating so the assumption of “our” for both great and beloved is a stretch. Feel free to say “my” of course. https://news.gallup.com/poll/116677/presidential-approval-ratings-gallup-historical-statistics-trends.aspx
  5. Visiting isn’t enough. I would suggest one needs to be immersed in a country to really see how it works, which means at least living there for several years....and that would need to include an election cycle if they have those.
  6. I was long enough in Canada, 13 years, to know it is a great country, better than the US in some ways and worse in others. Many shared attributes.
  7. I think that may be going too far, but switching to an American style constitution wouldn’t necessarily be the best for those countries either.
  8. “Fencesitter” means someone takes a position of neutrality. How is that relevant to being called “Perdition”?
  9. And to be “unsullied”, “without a spot”...when Christ comes thankfully nations will be purified as people are. The US needs it as much as any other IMO (massacres of its own people, slavery and oppression, mistreatment of mentally ill, inequalities based not on choice, but birth when all are to be alike before God, etc) and quite a bit of its sins were perpetuated in the original Constitution.
  10. The point I believe he was making was early deaths mean exaltations...more males dying before 8 means more males exalted through that process, based on that fact. There may be other factors that raise numbers for one sex or the other, but as far as I am aware those suggested are subjective judgments on the spiritual value of certain behaviour that may or may not be relevant. Given we believe opportunities not available in the lifetime will be available in the next, adult men marrying less than women in some cultures seems unlikely to me to be a factor.
  11. Indeed. Given how widows often remarried now all their husbands are sealed to them, it is going to be very skewed.
  12. I know Americans who may not see it as a free pass, but more like they have a reservation at the front of the line. Or that because they were born in the States, it means they have more insight, spiritual as well as others, into what the Gospel really is. American Saints, are seen as the fount of noble Saints meant to lead the Church. No other country will ever have the same influence on the Church in their view. I have no problem with America as the birthplace of the Restoration given it had to start in a small, limited area and then grow and it is silly to pretend at that time
  13. You mean like trying to shut down fellow Saints by using the scare label “socialism”, no right thinking Saint would dare to be associated with that!
  14. I didn’t prohibit it, did I? I am not a mod and can neither prohibit or allow topics boardwide. I merely commented your post had already violated the rules you were asking others not to break. So ask the person who made the rules if you can bend the rules while you tell others not to. And it wasn’t opposition to socialist dogma that I think is partisan politics, but the implication of who was using socialist dogma and therefore is aligning themselves with evil. Bolded by me... Then there is the whole implication that a good Saint would never be a good socialist,
  15. And it took the Magna Carta and a number of other political developments over the globe to lead to the US Constitution. It did not arrive in a vacuum, just as the USA is not something that exists and survives on its own, but from the beginning was interdependent with other nations.
  16. Yeh, dementia doesn’t make elders childlike so much as childish. And an adult with childish self control (meaning eventually little to none lasting), probably paranoia (a symptom of dementia) which means more lying (my mom who never lied in her last few years would tell me she would do something intending not to do it; she told my sister in law when I left the room she wasn’t going to because she didn’t have to) and attempts to hide stuff, and less understanding of consequences, AND a history of child porn...dangerous combination since sexuality is likely going to be expressed with his ‘norm
  17. While dementia can cause sexual deviant behaviours, I would be very skeptical of someone who had in the past not controlled himself suddenly using the excuse of dementia. He was iirc plenty crazy at times beforehand when posting stuff on FB, correct? Push for his getting an escort if the bishop says it is dementia causing it. That implies even less self control than before even if he isn’t fully accountable for the behaviours. It doesn’t mean he is less capable of offending at this point, but more. And It isn’t going to matter to his victims that he has dementia while he is abusing them a
  18. This should go to the travel section in the handbook. If it doesn’t, see section 20.6.24 https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/general-handbook/20-activities?lang=eng#title_number42 There is a form for nonemployee travel reimbursement. I assume that is the one you would use, but I am guessing many leaders who do submit expenses just hand in the receipt for fuel and don’t do the calculations which should cover wear and tear.
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