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  1. Capitalism by itself is not a form of governance. Unreigned and unrestricted it can lead to numerous inequities and evils. It should be the job of our government to reign it in where it leads to undesirable results. Even Trump had issues with some capitalist desires for mergers, etc. Capitalism is an economic model for efficient output. Combined and limited with basic Christian principles of fairness and decency, it has resulted in the growth into the greatest economy and scientific progress the world has ever seen. That is its strong points. I am typing and communicating with inventions spurr
  2. I think Ralph M has made it pretty clear that his point was that the constitution itself does not have to stand in its present form for the Church to survive. I have to agree with this. At the least in order for the constitution to survive it needs an additional amendment so that the type of politics I disdain will be (mostly) eliminated. What we now see is a result of lobbying with large donations to back them up. Eliminate these large donations by single entities, and most of our problems with "politics" would dissipate. The money drives the politics when it should be the people driving the
  3. As we use the term socialism, I would say that you are right, but I would submit that Christ instituted the only truly communistic government the world has ever known, but it got stamped out with early Christianity when it was replaced with the Roman state religion. One could argue that Christ tried to reinstitute it with the United Order, but the Church couldn't live it sufficiently so now has reverted to living the lesser Mosaic law of tithing.
  4. Yeah, my old feebled mind tried to type tenent, and the spell-checker said it was wrong, but I was too tired to care. Thanks. I went back and corrected it.
  5. Do I sense another anti-pope arising around the corner? Do you really want to discuss apostasy? My LDS brothers like their Catholic brothers, and so don't want to call them apostate anymore.... but to me it is pretty clear that one of us is... for me it doesn't mean that you are a bad person or a bad "Christian" which seems to be the usual attitude towards apostates. Yet someone in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints trying to teach Catholic tenets and ideas is going to get themselves excommunicated. I'm sure it's the same result for someone in the Catholic Church teaching t
  6. I will chime in here, because I have had a life-long or at least a half-life long journey to understand the atonement. This began soon after I joined the Church. My issue was that I didn't feel comfortable saying I had a testimony in the atonement of Yeshua if I did not understand it. This became an issue for me progressing in the Church when it came time to become a priest, because I didn't feel I could 100% say I had a testimony of the atonement in my priest interview. This in turn set me on my own journey to try to understand the atonement during which I went off to college and became inact
  7. I would posit that man still does not fully understand the original event. Did not Christ say He was the door? If He is the lintel which keeps the doorway open, that explains why the blood was painted on the doorway. But then why was it painted on the two supporting door posts? I would posit for the same reason that every president has two counselors.... by which I gather that Peter was probably crucified on the Passover - which was indeed the midst of the year when the temple was destroyed, since their year began in Sept. My guess is you do not agree.
  8. Yeshua directly alludes the parable of the sower to the kingdom of heaven. The seed on the wayside is the telestial kingdom, which is the furthest from God. The unfruitful seed in the rocks and thorns are those misled because of the world, which is the terrestrial kingdom, and the last is the celestial kingdom - the doers of the word in which there is three levels granted to those who yield 30, 60 or 100 fold.
  9. Please list this list of a lot. Mormon was a full millennium removed from the events of the Babylonian diaspora... and he wasn't the author... more like the editor. So to be honest it is not surprising that he wouldn't understand the events all that well. He would be fully dependent on what his predecessors had written, and subject to the same assumptions a lot of people make.... But on this I think he was right... Lehi left at about the time of Zedekiah's first year.... Does it really matter if it was really the second or third year of his reign? Or do you just like to nitpik? ... because the
  10. I have learned many things by spending time on this forum with bright people. I have learned much, but still have much to learn. I'm glad you helped keep me humble to remember that.
  11. Hmm. Have to say it is in my 1830 copy. It appears you may be correct. I see what you were saying. I'm sorry I accused you of spouting off.
  12. That is doubtful. N. America had a species of forest elephants. Their exact date of extinction is unknown, but many large mammals went extinct around the end of the last ice age. This may have been due to a large asteroid that hit Greenland. Whatever the case, the forest elephants were hairy and more adapted to the temperate forests of N. America. A few could have lived on to a much later date, and I believe lived on in the art of Natives. They can be distinguished from African elephants by their much smaller ears. I personally do not believe they were brought on barges. Ether does not say tha
  13. Not sure what you are talking about. The original English BoM had no chapter headings. It had no versation. Only books and chapters were identified. There is nothing in 3 Nephi which talks about the first year of Zedekiah at all. Mormon had no understanding at all about it in 3 Nephi. If The Plains wants to strain at gnats, let him. The summary chapter headings in our present Book of Mormon were mostly the work of Bruce McKonkie. May I suggest you research the matter a little before spouting off about it?
  14. So what's new? I disagree with the correlation committee and the people that make these headings in numerous places. Summaries can be nice, but are fraught with the perils of being inaccurate. It would be the same for trying to summarize any scripture - interpretation perils always loom. You want to criticize the Church, but if you picked up your Sunday School manual I could find numerous places I disagree with it. Christianity has been wrong on that front for almost 2000 years. As scripture says "every man went his own way, and the Lord laid upon Him the iniquity of us all." Let's see w
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