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  1. What's the best way to explain elective abortion to a seven year old girl? It doesn't matter how I explain it, she keeps recoiling in horror at the thought.
  2. I thought there were already LGBTQ characters on Studio C? In the first cast, the guy that was actually gay (Stacey?) was less effeminate than most of the other dudes. I admit my gaydar broke when the 46 different terms for sexuality came out so I can't tell what anyone is anymore. It's a good thing that everyone now posts their sexual orientation on the internet so we all can know without trying to guess.
  3. I found this online, maybe it'll help
  4. I don't think Romney was too worried about any idle threats from the State GOP. He's often been criticized by the GOP as being weak and wishy washy so this was a way to prove he has a backbone. Of course, far more damning accusations of him come from the left who reminded us during the election that HE PUT HIS DOG ON THE TOP OF HIS CAR WHILE DRIVING HIS FAMILY ON VACATION!!! Romney seems like a decent guy and I wish there were more people in government like him. But it still seems like this award was more a dig at Trump than rewarding courage from Romney.
  5. I've worked in DC too long to believe morals factor much in decisions made by politicians. It was a safe bet for Romney to go against Trump since he knew it wouldn't hurt him much as a Senator from Utah. I'm not sure why you are claiming Cruz and Graham have no morals with the criticisms they made against Trump. Don't you agree with their assessments? Of course, there are exceptions in politics - I once walked past Ted Kennedy as he walked down the Capital steps. His eyes were bloodshot, his face was beet red, and he was staggering, obviously drunk. I saw him again a few years later
  6. Romney should have declined the award due to the treatment the Kennedys gave him about his religion earlier in his political career. Plus, why hasn't JFK been cancelled yet? He treated women horribly. His name should be removed from the award. Sad if this is the greatest example they could find for courage shown last year. Romney didn't like Trump so it wasn't surprising he voted the way he did. I'm sure he's probably clueless that this is more of an attempt to shame the former president rather than reward him for courage.
  7. Sorry, I wasn't more clear. There was no one in the ward that required money from the ward last year. No one was turned away from assistance. In fact, offers to help pay bills were declined by a few members. So I'm placing some of the blame for the large surplus the church has on the members for not using the resources the church has made available to them.
  8. Is there widespread evidence that the church is refusing to help members in need? If so, I can see why it would be troubling to see the church is hording money at the expense of neglecting its members. Last year our ward paid $0 out in fast offerings. We were chastised by the stake for being stingy so this year we paid several hundred dollars to fix a member's broken down car so we won't get shamed next year. Well, he had lost his job so he did need the car fixed too. The local bishops storehouse has been donating food and other items to non-LDS charities which implies there isn't enough
  9. To play it safe, I'm assuming you know that none of the leaders I mentioned receive any salary from the LDS church. I was trying to make myself laugh, not criticize the Vatican. The church does employ people who are paid a salary who have to worry about pay cuts and layoffs.
  10. So far President Nelson hasn't had to impose a pay cut for all the bishops, stake presidents, EQP, RS presidents, and other leaders. They are still earning their full salary! So maybe the LDS church is managing their money better than the Vatican.
  11. Tough crowd. Maybe you should have gone with the safer: "I identify as Michael Jackson. My preferred pronouns are He/Hee"
  12. I guess I'm not sure of what your point was either. Back to the OP:
  13. It would be foolish not to insist on some kind of reassurance from God in order to believe. It may take time before it happens. But we have almost 200 years of men, women, and children claiming it happened to them. Facts are important, at least our interpretation of them. Feelings too, but that's not enough. Being converted requires:
  14. Don't most people who claim to believe in the Restoration believe that God revealed that to them? Does your husband believe God also lied to him by telling him JS was His prophet? Or did he only believe what the missionaries told him without any confirmation from the Holy Ghost? Polygamy is one of many things that are difficult to believe in the restored church without some reassurances from God.
  15. I also learned about Joseph's plural wives later in life, but it was more of a relief than anything else. It never seem right that something as big as polygamy would be revealed through and put into practice by BY and not through the prophet of the restoration.
  16. Don't you think the outrage would be much more vocal and angry if it turned out he donated money to the other guy?
  17. hmm, that's neither witty nor clever. I'm disappointed.
  18. Oh, I was totally being sarcastic. I wanted to troll Nehor to see if he would come back with something witty or clever.
  19. I'm not panicking, but I'm not convinced that it's really that distressing to the children at a school that costs over $57,000 a year to attend to hear the phrases "mom" and "dad". It sounds more like grown ups trying to appear inclusive while working at a very exclusive school. What if a mom or dad wants the school to refer to them as their child's "mom" or "dad"? Isn't much of the discussion today about groups insisting on being called by the names they choose for themselves instead of others making that choice for them? Being referred to as a "dad" is one of my greatest honors and i
  20. Here's another school that is also discouraging the use of mom and dad. Can we panic now?
  21. 2021 https://enrollment.byu.edu/admissions/entrance-averages 2020 https://web.archive.org/web/20200404121411/https://enrollment.byu.edu/admissions/entrance-averages
  22. 2020 acceptance rate for freshman was 68.5% (7,942/11,593) 2021 acceptance rate for freshman is 59% (7,309/12,379)
  23. How will BYU determine if you are BIPOC? Will they discriminate against those of us that are transracial? I'd hate to see the hard work and sacrifices made by our pioneering forebears like Rachel Dolezal, Elisabeth Warren, and Vanilla Ice be in vain. Being fluid in your race is nice because you can take advantage of all the programs and opportunities set aside for certain races but still claim to be white if pulled over by police.
  24. Well, the church does have on its home page the story of a gay AND black man who was baptized into the church a few years ago. That's kinda big, isn't it? He represents TWO groups of people that are supposed to be angry at the church. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/we-all-have-a-place-in-the-lords-church
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