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  1. Agency means we are free to make choices, not that we are free to escape consequences. When we make covenants, we agree to certain conditions and limits on our behavior—that is we make an agreement to use our agency in a certain way. We are still able to choose behavior contrary to those agreements, but we do not have a choice about what consequences result from that choice. Don’t conflate freedom of choice with freedom from consequences.
  2. FWIW, my husband is currently serving as bishop. I would bounce that ball right back to the bishop. “Ok, so if he’s now having memory issues, what is your plan for keeping ward members safe and undisturbed?” And escalate to the Stake Pres if it’s not handled. There are absolutely protocols and avenues for handling these things. Bishops are put in hard positions, yes. Part of the calling, comes with the territory. And yes, they are human and new bishops are definitely climbing a steep learning curve, and we should grant them some grace. That being said, YOU are not the one
  3. ?? It’s like you didn’t even read my post. My whole point was that it’s never as black and white as this.
  4. I'm going to preface this by saying that my personal beliefs with this issue align with the church. But it's a nuanced issue. It's easy to sit from a position of privilege and say "Well, women just shouldn't have abortions, full stop," and ignore the very real social issues and constructs we have that make this an ongoing problem. Cheap or free? The last time I bought birth control, it was a device that was going to cost me. . . wait for it . . . nearly $1000 out of pocket. Luckily someone did some some wizardry with my pharmacy benefits and I was able to get it for about $40. That did
  5. Thank you, that was bothering me too. And I would add, not all abortions are done by D&C.
  6. “Where we make sacred covenants with God — the temple — is temporarily closed. Where we keep covenants with God — the home — is open.” —Elder Jeremy R. Jaggi Love this!
  7. Yes, me too. This conference has caused some serious introspection for me and recognition of some areas in which I need to improve.
  8. No. I literally can't remember the last time we had an Eagle scout in our ward, though to be fair, we also do not have a large quantity of youth. Scouting was dead here long before the church finally pulled out. None of the boys that age were interested, beyond a little bit of camping/fishing.
  9. Oops, sorry, didn’t mean to detract from your question. I just thought there might be some confusion about what people have heard about TR vs pre-mission questions 😊
  10. This seems to vary by mission president. We recently had another one come home to work on morality issues, and he was given the choice by his MP to stay or to go home for his repentance process (I know this because his mother told me—my husband isn’t disclosing confidential things).
  11. My DH is currently serving as bishop. I’m pretty sure they aren’t supposed to go off-script for TR interviews. That being said, after our stake had a couple of missionaries come home early to address some morality issues, our stake president at the time told all the bishops to be a little more direct in their pre-mission interviews. I have no idea if that came from higher up or not.
  12. Yeah. I think it’s a common thing. I’ve seen missionaries who left from my ward setting up similar things in the areas where they’re serving. I had to explain to the two serving here that none of the teenage kids use Facebook anymore. They’re all on Instagram and Snapchat.
  13. Ours have been doing service and having a fair amount of zoom meeting discussions. They are bored out of their minds and only allowed to leave their apartment for a few select reasons. They aren’t allowed in member homes right now. Their mission President is on them to populate a Facebook group with local members and their friends but almost nobody is interested.
  14. Looks like combined. “The evening session on Saturday, October 3, at 6:00 p.m. will be for all members and friends of the Church.” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/events/october-2020-general-conference?lang=eng
  15. Yep. We haven't met since March 8th, but a few of us went in to clean the building on March 21st (since it hadn't been done before we stopped meeting). At that time, I cleaned the kitchen thoroughly myself. Two weeks ago, my husband (serving as bishop) and I went to the church so he could do a batch of tithing and checks with his clerk, and someone had left a whole bunch of dirty dishes soaking in water in one of the kitchen sinks. Literally looked like someone had a party with cake and ice cream and failed to wash any of the dishes. So someone had been in there serving food to a group du
  16. That article was an April Fools day joke. But I’d love to see that stuff replaced. My daughter ran into a corner in a dark church hallway and had a set of “stripes” on the left hand side of her face for quite a while.
  17. Last I saw her Facebook, it was mostly activist and political with the occasional anti-Mormon snark. She’s rabidly pro-abortion. I don’t follow her, but I’ve looked to see what she’s up to a few times.
  18. I think this varies by area. Our area authority specifically instructed us not to try to replicate church meetings online. But I know from some Facebook groups I belong to that members in other areas are very much doing so. We also happen to live in a very geographically large ward with members spread out and lots of rural area. Not everyone has reliable internet access, and a good chunk of the membership is elderly and not tech-savvy. We are pushing CFM and digital/phone ministering.
  19. The ones I’ve been involved with were both indoors.
  20. The youth speakers did great! That must have been a daunting assignment!
  21. We watched it on the Saints Channel on Roku with zero problems. In the past we’ve had some issues with freezing and reloading, but it was clear and smooth today.
  22. Not in my area. They are obeying the shelter-in-place order and, since the mission sent home 49 missionaries the other night, they are covering 4 wards by doing electronic lessons.
  23. I’m in CA. The two Elders serving in my ward are both being sent home. They’ve both been out just over a year. I have one of their mission brothers on Facebook (was in my ward, now serving in another area) and he’s going home as well after a little over a year. I don’t know yet if it’s the whole mission or just some of them.
  24. I’m in my ward’s RS presidency and a surprising amount of questions about this came up, to the point that my bishop hubby actually addressed it in the email he sent to ward members. Direction from our Stake Pres is that only worthy priests and Melchizedek priesthood holders can administer. I don’t expect that to change barring a major policy change announcement from SLC.
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