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  1. It will be very interesting to see convert baptism stats at conference. My son is 18 now and going to school for a year. I don't know if he is going go on a mission but I really see not reason for him to go if things don't clear up by next year. I have to say the Lord has me stumped over this. On one hand increase the work of temples and missionary work and on the other hand, slow it down so a useless single strand RNA can spread around the world. I guess I may see the reasoning down the road but right now, it does not make a lot sense to me.
  2. Slavery can be associated in any economic system. Socialism and Communism are not exempt. Some of the worst cases of slavery right now are in North Korea. Some of American capitalism is tied to slavery today but not slavery in America but other countries like China. Slavery is about as old as prostitution. Probably will be around until Christ comes back.
  3. I suspect much of that has to do with people either not having jobs or being too scared to go out. I myself have reduced my travels not because i think things are better but to avoid getting sick. Some things will change but most stuff will return.
  4. Much of this can be countered by more security cameras in and around religious sites. It may not stop the attack but those responsible can be caught earlier. I am sure may of these idiots are carrying phones. It should be possible to track down those responsible through their phones. Most important of all is strong fines and jail time for those accused. These people need to understand that if they engage in these acts of violence and damage that a big part of their life will be affected from it. The Church has the money. It can invest in HD cameras around the church buildings.
  5. All life has a spirit associated with it whether it be a dog or cat or horse. Apes also have spirits. None of these spirits are the sons and daughters of God. I believe the spirit sons and daughters of God starting coming to the earth with Adam and Eve. Whatever "humans" lived before that were not the sons of daughters of God. They had spirits as well and are entitled to salvation as other live is but are not exaltation. I see no reason to believe any temple work will ever be done for Neanderthals. They were not the sons and daughters of God. The scriptures are not about the history of the earth but the history of man while on the earth. I am sure many issues are simplified regarding the history of the earth, its creation, ect to keep us (the sons and daughters of God) focused on the important stuff. We are way to easily distracted by all the trivia and God wisely is probably hiding a lot of this junk information to keep our eyes on the ball. Knowing the history of dinosaurs or Neanderthals does nothing for us in terms of what we should be focused on and our salvation and exaltation.
  6. The world as we knew it 7 months ago will mostly return when a vaccine is widely available. The so called "new normal" is only temporary. Not many people want to be wearing masks for the rest of their lives. As for college, the social interaction is just as important as the classes themselves. Perhaps more online classes will be offered but I don't seem massive changes except it might be harder to colleges to justify their tuition costs when many courses are online. There might actually be more teaching substance and less indoctrination in leftist views in colleges. That would be a good thing.
  7. Here is an article from Biblical Archaeology Review that shows some old figurines depicting probably Yahweh as a male figure. https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/is-this-the-face-of-god/ "Measuring about 2 inches tall, the head has prominent eyes, ears, and a nose. It has a flat top that is encircled by holes, possibly signifying a headdress. The figurine’s eyes and ears are both punctured, creating the eyes’ irises and ear piercings. As the only figurine uncovered from Qeiyafa from the early tenth century B.C.E., the figurine is significant." So God is male according to these very early people.
  8. Did they have a problem with mentioning baptism for the dead?
  9. The big changes Adam has a 4X4 truck and Eve has an iPhone. The first selfie was taken by Eve.
  10. I say lets have mask and no mask wards just like mask and no mask schools. It would also be a good study to see who is right. I can't see me going back to church until I have been vaccinated or the monoclonal antibodies are in widespread use.
  11. The story does not give me any problems. Laban does not sound like a good steward of the plates. He probably was more of a horder than faithfully teaching the people the truth from the plates. Lehi family needed the plates far more than Laban needed them. Nephi has enough troubles with his brothers. He does not need to deal with a bunch of men sent by Laban to get the plates back. I think the Lord looks at the entire picture. Jerusalem is running out of time. If the plates stay, they get lost or destroyed. Laban probably is going to die soon with the destruction of Jerusalem. God gives us our agency but we should not think that we can frustrate the designs of God. We can not hold up what he wants done. Perhaps the Lord would would not have instructed Nephi to kill Laban if Laban would have let the matter go and not gone after Nephi and the plates. The Lord knows what Laban would do if he had the chance. This is not a story of Nephi killing an innocent man but an obstacle being removed.
  12. Not sure if anyone has posted this but there does seem to be a link between Vitamin D deficiency and higher risk of serious COVID complications. Vitamin D is not a cure nor does it prevent, but it does play an important role in immune response. Vitamin D deficiency is rampant in society today. We spend more time indoors than ever. Dark skin people, obese people, and older people have higher levels of Vitamin D deficiency. My wife and I were Vitamin D deficient. We had very low levels when we tested a few years ago. We have taken supplements and both of us don't get sick as much. They have found that Vitamin D sufficiency does led to lower number of upper respiratory tract infections. Check your Vitamin D levels. It its not a cure or a treatment but it will make your immune system stronger so if you do get infected, you can fight it better. https://www.news-medical.net/news/20200702/More-evidence-on-vitamin-D-deficiency-and-death-rates-from-COVID-19.aspx https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/no-evidence-that-vitamin-d-can-prevent-or-treat-covid-19 This article says that there is no evidence that Vitamin D helps prevent or treat COVID. Right. They misrepresent what is being said. Vitamin D sufficiency helps the immune system. You need to be sufficient before you are sick. Taking large doses of Vitamin D once you are sick does nothing.
  13. That article simply proposes a theory that pH in the stomach might increase risk of some complications of COVID, not necessarily make one more likely to get COVID. COVID starts in the nose, mouth, eyes, or lungs. The stomach is not a known infection route.
  14. I don't find anything confusing. I think people are either not paying attention or attempting to find excuses. Logic suggest that anything that obstructs a pathogen from being expelled from the mouth or nose will lower the rates of infection. The only thing that is not know is how much it reduces it. Masks have been used with high effectiveness in other coronavirus outbreaks like MERS and SARS. The people in Hong Kong have enough practice with masks and other things and that is why their current numbers are low. It would be absurd to think that Fauci was not aware of this. Fauci was right early on to make statements like he did not avoid a run on mask that where in short supply. People like to horde stuff like TP and it was pretty obvious to me that is what he was doing.
  15. Some of Joseph Smith choices regarding plural marriage is criticized by many today. Why did not the angel take time to tell Joseph what to avoid while practicing it so that people a 150 years later will not freak out. Perhaps one answer to your question is that polygamy was a practice that would directly affect the saints one way or another for an extended period of time. Whereas racism was not important issue because the vast majority of members were white and did not have much interaction with blacks and others. If you are a white person traveling to Utah with a bunch of other whites and maybe a rare black person coming along, racism issues is not going to be high on the list of concerns or worries.
  16. I view Brigham Young sort of the same way as the founders of the country. Some owned slaves. Some considered racists and viewed with contempt by some today. I overlook their faults and look at what they accomplished. They gave us a beautiful Constitution and Bill of Rights. Our lives today would be quite different without their works. Many people in their day did not own slaves but what did they leave behind for us? Nothing. They are forgotten in history. I find it interesting that people can bash the founders on TV not recognizing that if it was not for the founders, they would not have a first amendment to be able to bash them on TV. While they bash them, they actually elevate them. Brigham Young left his imprint on the Church for good and for bad. However we are where we are now and good works of Young still remain today. Not many of Brigham Youngs critics will be able to say that after they die. Their works will be largely forgotten as well.
  17. I am sure if I leave enough writings on my life, I will be called a racist 50 years from now. Better to leave as little information about me as possible when I die. Perhaps I have been right not to have written a journal leaving no chance my posterity will ever misinterpret my views. My question is not whether Brigham Young was a racist by 2020 standards. Clearly he can be classified as such today but so what. Simply wearing a Redskins jersey might make one a racist today. Was his views out of bounds in the time he lived in? Did the Saints in the 19th century consider him a racist?
  18. I have a big problem with the government telling people what is essential and what is not. Those in power don't really care because they are getting paid regardless. For a business owner, their business is essential. For a worker who needs money to buy food, their job is essential. Some governors thought it was their right to tell consumers what was essential and not essential in terms of purchase items. They have no right to tell a consumer what products are essential. A video game can be essential. If a mom is trying to keep her kids occupied inside, you better believe buying a video game is essential. Yet many politicians might say its not essential.
  19. I am sure the justices did not consider every situation in their ruling. I suppose there will be more lawsuits in the future to clarify unique situations that arise.
  20. A little off topic not completely as it related to Mayans so I include it in this Mayan related thread. Just saw this about a new discovery from LIDAR. Oldest and largest ancient Maya structure found in Mexico Scientists using an aerial remote-sensing method have discovered the largest and oldest-known structure built by the ancient Maya civilization - a colossal rectangular elevated platform built between 1,000 and 800 BC in Mexico's Tabasco state.... Located at a site called Aguada Fenix near the Guatemalan border, the structure measured nearly a quarter mile (400 meters) wide and nine-tenths of a mile (1,400 meters) long and stood 33 to 50 feet (10 to 15 meters) high. In total volume, it exceeded ancient Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza built 1,500 years earlier. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/oldest-largest-ancient-maya-structure-151236592.html
  21. Church has money, the case will be settled with a transfer of a few million and plaintiff orders a Porsche or Tesla. That is my prediction. Now of course i could be wrong. The plaintiff could have written that any settlement money will be donated to charity.
  22. I play the odds on this one. The brother of Jared has 22 daughters and sons in Ether 6:20. Orihah replaces him has 31 daughters and sons in Ether 7:2. To have that many kids from one woman, I say no. So either they both had one wife and some girlfriends on the side, they married several women individually and they all died young or they had multiple wives. Given from where they came from, I play the strong odds they had more than one wife.
  23. For polygamy to be truly successful, it requires very righteous people. It is not for everyone. Monogamy also littered with problems. Look at the divorce rate. Look at the number of people who cheat on their spouses. One can find abuse and excess in any system.
  24. Nathan speaks very clearly that God gave David his wives. He even goes further by saying if David had been faithful, he would have given him more wives. You suggest that Solomons 1000 wives lead to his downfall. No they did not. The scriptures never make the number of his wives an issue. You and I may believe a 1000 is way too much but that was not his problem. The scriptures are clear that it was the type of wives the Solomon had. He took wives from other nations and they lead his heart away from God. Whether one wife or 10,000 wives, if Solomon heart was lead away from God, the effect is the same. I see no indication in the scriptures that if Solomon married 1000 women from Israel and they kept his heart towards the Lord that it would have been as much of a problem. I agree with the you on the Book of Mormon view of polygamy. Many people practice polygamy and Jacob singles out two people who had problems in their practice of it. I also believe that though polygamy was not probably practiced among the Nephites, I do believe it was practiced among the Jaredites at least early on. I see indication that the brother of Jared had more than one wife.
  25. Persecution exists regardless of polygamy. Polygamy is a practice but not central to the gospel or the Church. The church and the Lord probably both agreed that this one not an issue to fall on the sword on. Look at the splinter groups that have followed the practice of polygamy. They are have remained fairly stagnant. They isolate themselves and do not do any missionary work. Polygamy in many ways is their religion rather than Christ is. The Church suspended the practice and has moved on much further as a result.
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