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  1. There are knee-jerk reactions and then there are reactions in which no knees are involved.😬
  2. And yet the BoM is one long round of poverty leads to humility leads to righteousness leads to prosperity leads to pride leads to contention leads to destruction. Rinse and repeat.
  3. I just saw that air drops are happening.
  4. i happened upon an article about the year 536 AD as the worst year in history. I wonder what today's end-timers would think if such a year were to happen now ? the worst year in history 536 - Search (bing.com)
  5. One must be careful in using the Joseph and Pharaoh story. 1. Joseph ' collected ' 20% of the crops. It does not say the State paid for them so it was likely a tax which went to Pharaoh . 2. The people during the famine needed food so Pharaoh ' sold' it to them thereby increasing his wealth. 3. When the famine deepened and the people had no more money to pay for the food , Pharaoh took lands and other property as payment. It was a massive transfer of wealth from the populace to Pharaoh's coffers and solidified his power. Not exactly a philanthropic endeavour but typical of governments globally.
  6. I may have said this before. 50 years ago in my mission the countries government investigated the Church because they were told that$ 25,000 was sent to SLC in tithing funds. The State quickly backed off when they discovered that the Church had sent $ 250,000 back into the country. I wonder where that money came from.
  7. Suppose a journalist were to pose the OPs question to a dozen Saints and they answered that they would be upset. Imagine the next headline . " LDS members outraged at GA's behavior in releasing wealthy donor's names to OUR. "
  8. Any kid with the name Enos is going to be relentlessly bullied and every boy knows why . BTW , Calm , this quote made me giggle.
  9. Anyone know the ratio between YM and YW going on missions particularly in the last year or two ?
  10. I do think the name Lemuel is rarely used. I do have a distant relative named Noah so maybe there is no bias./
  11. Maybe there could be a chatbot that does all the interviews. 😎
  12. Hopefully conclusion jumping, pearl clutching and knee jerking will become Olympic events ,soon after to be joined by blanket burring and knickers twisting.😇
  13. True. The ability to have a home and a middle class lifestyle is quickly fading . That and the 50% failure rate which is financially and emotionally very costly, makes marriage much less appealing. Of course , society's acceptance of hookup culture does not help.
  14. Cars pre 2000s had engines that were much more exposed so that a " tinfoil dinner " could be put on them to cook. Now the engine compartment is all covered in black plastic covers that make it very difficult to access a spot hot enough to cook anything. I blame the liability lawyers.
  15. It should be noted that there are areas of the world where owning shoes of any kind is a luxury. Celestial thinking ???
  16. FYI : Not the norm but wide spread and accepted.
  17. Sure, just use two large print leather bound Quads for weights.
  18. Again, my favorite orson pratt - Bing images
  19. Anyone want to suggest which member of the 12 will be the first to have a beard ?
  20. There was a time when neither Jesus nor Brigham could get a temple recommend. Hopefully that time is ending.
  21. At my age I just chalk it up to FFS ( fat finger syndrome ) 😇
  22. I think so. Gentile nations established it for a " gathering place for the Jews " , a homeland if you will. For a short primer : The late 19th century saw the widespread consolidation of a Jewish nationalist movement known as Zionism, as part of which aliyah (Jewish return to the Land of Israel from the diaspora) increased. During World War I, the Sinai and Palestine campaign of the Allies led to the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire. Britain was granted control of the region by League of Nations mandate, in what became known as Mandatory Palestine. The British government publicly committed itself to the creation of a Jewish homeland. Arab nationalism opposed this design, asserting Arab rights over the former Ottoman territories and seeking to prevent Jewish migration. As a result, Arab–Jewish tensions grew in the succeeding decades of British administration. In 1948, the Israeli Declaration of Independence sparked the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, which resulted in the 1948 Palestinian expulsion and flight and subsequently led to waves of Jewish emigration from other parts of the Middle East. Today, approximately 43 percent of the global Jewish population resides in Israel. In 1979, the Egypt–Israel peace treaty was signed, based on the Camp David Accords. In 1993, Israel signed the Oslo I Accord with the Palestine Liberation Organization, which was followed by the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority. In 1994, the Israel–Jordan peace treaty was signed. Despite efforts to finalize the peace agreement, the conflict continues to play a major role in Israeli and international political, social, and economic life. Typically with political decisions , they made a mess of it. The current situation sends shivers though the " signs of the times " community.
  23. We see the state of Israel as a fulfillment of an end times prophecy.
  24. I just think that eternity is a really long time to be going around in circles with one foot nailed to the floor.
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