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  1. Maybe but I think most people value the original of something far more than the copy or reproduction of something many, many years later. Ask a car collector if they value an original Shelby Cobra over a modern day copy based on the original.
  2. We are also dealing with a virus that causes long term damage to quite a few people who survive. We are dealing with a virus that is filling hospitals. Even if they survive, they consume massive amounts of resources. When the hospitals are full of Covid, it harms all the non-Covid patients. So many people are willing to dish the problem off to doctors and nurses. They don't care how much they have to endure to keep these people alive. Then people use the great efforts they do keeping these people alive and declare the virus is not that big of a deal. Perhaps we need a few weeks where doctors and nurses go on strike. Stop treating all Covid patients and we will see the real mortality rate of the virus.
  3. With all the new variants of COVID popping up, it sort of reminds me of the scourge that is spoken of in D&C 5:18-19. 18 And their testimony shall also go forth unto the condemnation of this generation if they harden their hearts against them; 19 For a desolating scourge shall go forth among the inhabitants of the earth, and shall continue to be poured out from time to time, if they repent not, until the earth is empty, and the inhabitants thereof are consumed away and utterly destroyed by the brightness of my coming. This scourge seems to be one that just persists, comes in waves, and is never overcome. Perhaps COVID is not it but it perhaps is a dry run for something greater coming in the future.
  4. What studies? From the reports I have heard, natural immunity is not as strong as the immunity with the vaccine and its less effective against variants.
  5. Since the church does not recognize the validity of the marriages in regards to the Law of Chastity or compliance with the gospel, it really don't see a difference in the eyes of the church between a married gay couple and an unmarried gay couple. So with that. 1. Do you think married gay couples should be allowed to attend church services? Gay couples, married or not, should be allowed to attend church services just like anyone else. I am sure polygamist can attend church as well as long as they are not causing problems. Pretty much anyone living any lifestyle can attend church services. 2. Do you think married gay couples should be excommunicated from the Church. Any exceptions? Since the marriage does not matter, they should be treated as a unmarried gay couple or heterosexual couple. The level of compliance to the Law of Chastity would probably be a determining factor of being exed. 3. Do you think married or unmarried gay members should be allowed to hold hands in a church building? I see no reason why they should not. Holding hands for an unmarried heterosexual couple is not a violation of the law of chastity,. 4. Do you think married or unmarried gay members should be allowed to kiss as long as it is in an appropriate place? No different for unmarried heterosexual couples in terms of kissing. I don't see a big problem. 5. Do you thinks single gay members should be allowed to date someone of the same sex? Dating is just going out. Dating does not have to be romantic or anything sexual. Don't see a problem. 6. What restrictions, if any, do you think the Church should place on someone who is gay? Same restrictions as applied to unmarried heterosexuals. The fact that the government allows gays to be married has no bearing on the how the law of chastity and how it is applied. God does not alter his laws to fit court decisions.
  6. I strongly feel that regardless of ones position, there can be no doubt that the Lord is very unhappy with the division that this has caused with members. We really have a long way to go before Zion can be established. COVID has exposed a lot of rot in the Church that needs to be solved.
  7. I am happy it does not collect taxes. Politicians have enough tax revenue. They just need to control their spending more. Giving more money to politicians to spend is like giving more alcohol to a drunk. It does not promote more responsible behavior.
  8. Taxes help politicians spend on their pet projects to grow their political power. Politicians like to declare all the great things they do in this world by spending other people money. Taxing churches and things associated with them is an intrusion in the state in religion. If there is a separation of church and state, that separation has to go both ways. Religion has no right to the funds collected by the government and government has no rights to the money collected by religion.
  9. In the end,. COVID-19 will be doing most of the educating on the importance of vaccines and masks. The hospitals are full of new converts to the importance of vaccines. It is sad that people have to get to that point before being shown the errors of their ways. I am sure when the hospital bills come, it will further impress upon them that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
  10. That is too broad. Men are ordained to the priesthood, women are not. Some members based on their actions get to go to the temple, others do not. Treating all members equally would result in ignoring or disregarding a number of things the Lord has established. I think a better view would be to love all members equally and lift up all members regardless of their situation. Help all members to repent and build up all members who are trying to do their best and encourage those who are not to do better.
  11. Sometimes people do grow out and some don't. I suppose it depends on the level that each kid has.
  12. Luke has been using Ritalin for about 4 to 5 years. It helps with his focusing in school but he has other issues like anxiety which it does not help. One area that we fail at is limiting his access to sugar. It is hard to do with an 11 year old. I have not looked into CBD oil much but it is something to look at. Anything to help him is needed. It has been a blessing of sorts to me. He has taught me more patience and understanding. I am not as judgemental to drug users as I once was. I believe one reason why ADHD kids are so much more prone to abuse drugs is not out of being rebellious but just a need to escape or try to medicate themselves to be more normal. ADHD to Luke is really no different than being gay is to a gay person. My son can't will his condition away anymore than a gay person can will a change in their orientation. ADHD may be a mental disease but is more of a brain development problem. It appears to be genetic and the fact that his biological mom used drugs while pregnant I am sure did not help. I approach LBGT and ADHD in similar ways and in terms of the gospel. People may be born with things that making living the gospel an extra challenge. However we are required to do the best we can to comply to the laws of God. I would not ask the Church to make exceptions to the WOW simply because my son is far more prone to abuse drugs than those who do not have it. My son will be prone to more risky sexual behavior than straight or gay people. I would not ask an exception be carved out in the law of chastity to make it easier for him to comply. I am confident God will have more compassion and understanding at the challenges both ADHD and LBGT people regarding their challenges but everyone is expected to put forth their best efforts to keep the commandments. The issues of mortality will resolve themselves after death. As we approach the second coming and the conditions in the world get worse, I do believe it can be easier for people to keep the perspective that life is short and our challenges are well. There is hope at the end of the tunnel and the end of the tunnel gets closer with each day.
  13. Yes they are different but BOTH are a part of the individual at their core. ADHD is really a disorder that is not accurately described by its name. Its called that because of its most obvious symptoms that people see. What it really is as developmental issue of the executive function part of the brain. It results in a wide range of issues. In addition to hyperactivity and inattention, other things exist like ticks, poor decision making, impulsiveness, difficultly organizing tasks. and it is often present with other disorders. Kids like my son are at risk are Trouble getting motivated or finishing tasks (either at work or at home) Being late or not following through on commitments, appointments, or responsibilities Impulsive spending or overspending Starting fights or arguing Trouble maintaining friendships and romantic relationships Speeding and dangerous driving Substance abuse (ADHD makes you up to six times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.) Risky sexual behaviors, such as having unprotected sex https://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/adhd-dangerous-risky-behavior Mentally ADHD people can lag up to 30% behind their peers. So a 10 year old kid will be closer to a 7 or 8 year old than a 10 year old in terms of their mental, emotional, and decision making process. A 15 year old closer to a 12 year old. They never catch up but as it gets less important as adulthood progresses. The biological father of my son is in prison. My son a few months ago made a bad decision and he go arrested. Seeing my 10 year old in handcuffs being taken off by the police was pretty hard. Thankfully they could not hold him and the original felony charge was reduced to so he just had to do 11 hours community service. My great fear is that he could walk the same path as his biological dad even though he has never met him. ADHD may be different than LBGT but it is just as much a part of him as sexual orientation is to a a gay person. He will never grow out of his condition. Some things will change as he gets older but he has to deal with it his whole life in one way or another. The challenge is to get him to overcome or put off the negative aspects and find whatever positives that might exist. I however can not teach my son that God made him with all the issues he has and he can do whatever he wants. He can't excuse himself from the law of man or God because how he was born. So yes they are different but to my son, his ADHD and associated things are just as much a part of him as sexual orientation is. When my son and I have a fight and he later says he is sorry and says "My brain is broken", asking him to change is no different than asking a gay person to change. It is what he is.
  14. The natural man is an enemy to God. Many of us would like to think that God made us as we are but how we are is actually at opposition to God. That is why God tells us to put off the natural man. Put off what we are and become something else. I may not be gay but I have many natural tendencies that I have to overcome. I can not say that since that is how I am, I can justify myself in not working to overcome these traits, habits, ect. Pretty much every sin is based in part of what we naturally do as human beings. Anger is a very natural thing for my ADHD, opposition defiance son. He needs to learn to control his anger. He needs to learn to control his impulses. If he does do that, he is at risk of involving himself in many things later in life that are very bad such as criminal behavior. ADHD kids are at higher risk of such things. He can't go through life just accepting God made him with ADHD and do what comes natural. He has to learn to control it and live with it in a productive way. For gays, they have to find a way to conform their lives to the law of chastity which is very specific and narrow like everyone else. Everyone has their ownissues. We need to be help them through it. Not be judgemental and being a stumbling block for them. But working to overcome is a part of life for everyone.
  15. The south has filled up the hospitals with COVID due to unvaccinated people and now a near Cat 5 hurricane is barreling down on many of them. Unnecessary misery being compounded by more misery.
  16. Sometimes I wonder if I am living in the Twilight Zone. Many of the same people who reject a vaccine will willing take ANYTHING else to treat COVID. I would not doubt some would treat COVID with cyanide but a vaccine. No way. That is like selling your soul to the devil.
  17. I believe the church as said enough about gay marriage and related stuff. Members understand the law of chastity. They understand what is in bounds and what is out of bounds regarding that law. Yes I know for gay members the issue is hard but we all have to give up stuff. Sacrifice is part of the deal. The natural man is an enemy to God and will always be unless one willing to make sacrifices and be willing to give up things for the greater end. Celestial glory is available to all but it is difficult and must be done on the Lord's terms. Some may say that it is not fair. Maybe but it was not fair to Jesus that he had to suffer for our sins. But he did it anyway.
  18. The Church does not exist to give free stuff to the members. The Church is for those who want to achieve celestial glory and exaltation. If a gay person think that is nothing when it is in fact EVERYTHING, what else can one do. Perhaps they might think that exaltation may be obtained through their local pride center.
  19. The only problem I have with Holland is that he needs to understand we live in a hyper sensitive time when people can be triggered by the smallest things. Once one speaks on a sensitive subject, it is almost a given some people will be offended. People do not understand sarcasm, hyperbole, or anything else in these times. I have had it done to me before in my life. I have compared two different things in an argument and have had complaints something on the lines of "are you saying A is the same as B" when all I was saying is if the logic regarding of A is correct, then why not apply it to B? People get emotional on their issues that are personal to them and are quick to find offense. Slow to find understanding and why a person is saying what they are saying.
  20. The influence currently is small. It may get smaller as the Church takes positions that are not popular. That is 100% OK. Based on the scriptures and the teachings of the prophets, the last days are progressing as has been predicted. Eventually the Church becomes the most important thing in the world but a lot of ground has to be traveled from now until then.
  21. It is ALWAYS better to have way more money than one needs than not enough. It should be understood that money and wealth are different. If a man has a billion dollars in cash, whether the economy or economy goes up or down, if all they have is cash, they maintain a billion dollars in cash. The only threat is inflation that will devalue that billion dollars. A man who has a billion dollars in stock may have his wealth go up or down in quite dramatic ways. He might lose 500 million in a month. So if the Church has 100 billion in wealth, all it takes is a market crash and that 100 billion could be 60 or 70 billion in a couple months time. It is good for the church to be way up in the good times so that when the bad times happen, it will still have more than enough when the market goes down and it loses a huge chunk of wealth.
  22. Not worried about any of it. Everything seems to be on schedule. As we inch towards the Second Coming, the world will continue to get worse and worse. Wars, natural disasters, pandemics and plagues will continue on their upward trend. The scriptures tell us eventually the world will reject the missionaries as a whole. The Lord will call them home and the Lord will preach a new sermon to the secular world. A sermon of destruction not seen in world history and those first world countries you speak of will be no better off than everyone else. People have used terms like "right side of history" in promoting new secular ideas. The truth is the only people who actually are the right side of history are the ones that remain. The one that is allowed to continue. The only ones on the right side of history is the ones who take part of the first resurrection. Those who are not a part of that group are on the wrong side of history. People can leave the church for whatever reason they want. From the trends and the storms we can see coming, I think its evident that whatever benefit they receive will be short lived. I am confident that many will return in time.. They will have to if for no other reason if they want to continue living on this earth.
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