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Bill “Papa” Lee

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  1. Before I write and list a few “comments and questions” about the subject of “Revelation”, I preface my remarks with a quote, from the Prophet Joesph Smith. I do so from memory, so forgive me if it is not word for word, and just a paraphrase... ”It is contrary to the economy of God, for any man to receive revelation for those in authority over him” ~Joseph Smith~ (Maybe someone could confirm this quote for me) We are a Church which believes in, and teaches it as a major tenant of our Faith, that of, “Continuing Revelation”. In addition, we teach or affirm that this happens in num
  2. About an 1 1/2 hours Northeast of Ft Benning, just outside of Atlanta. My last duty station was at FT Benning, we flew out of Lawson Army Airfield. I served in a Medivac (498th Medical Battalion) unit there. We flew air support for Army Rangers, Army Jump School. We also provided civilian support for local hospitals from Columbus, all the way up to Atlanta, when we had premature birth babies to transport from small towns, where they had no proper medical facilities. Is your son stationed there for a long time, or just attending, “Basic Training”, “Jump School”, or “Ranger Training”? Anyway, GO
  3. Wow, I am happy you are here to tell the story. Could not imagine what it would be like riding one one storm, let along two. I guess you understand this saying more than most...”Any port in a storm”!
  4. As a grandfather, an speaking on behalf of all grandparents, it is odd for the old not to love the young and have more patience with those who are young. Simply because we “do” remember what is was like, and we usually have our own grandchildren, that remind us of how wonderful they are, and keep us grounded. The problem with choosing one’s own Ward, is that it makes it difficult to assign and fulfill ministering assignments, and could lead to the collapse of some Wards. Or create Wards so large, that many people would just fall through the cracks and become lost.
  5. ETA: It is worth noting, that because of other health problems, my warns everyone that she know to, “give me a wide birth”. Because I insist on trying to be there, those who don’t know us as well, it they get too close, she steps in between. I must freely admit, this makes for a more pronounced sense of disconnect.
  6. The hurricane, was still a very strong tropical storm when it reached Georgia! Many of our members here are still without power. I am on a water well, so I had to endure without running water for two days. In fact, Georgia I believe tops the Southeast in power outages still. So prayers all around for our fellow brothers and sisters, from Texas to North Carolina. Our Ward, well many of them have been too, and worked every other weekend for six weeks in the Gulf, now we must turn our efforts toward home!
  7. I will, I must, I have just never felt so cut off before. It is a burden that is difficult to bare, as I cannot yet go to the Temple to find some solace, for it is not open and operational yet. Not to mention, as with most all Temple’s, are usually staffed full time with the weakest among us, not “Spiritually weak”, but with the much older members among us all. 😪
  8. I had, nor have no issue with keeping elderly safe, just noting half measures, of allowing 50-60% not to wear masks. This despite the clear leadership for our “Ward Leadership”.
  9. Even in a. Re-read, I don’t know how I gave that impression? It is all for our protection, so why is 50-60% not wearing masks at all?
  10. Our Ward here in my home State of Georgia, has returned to worship together; well not really. Many of us are in the same building, where up to 150 can attend, however it is so “hands off”, approach that many have many discouraged. All members of leadership wear masks unless they are speaking, as do all of the Aaronic Priesthood, who administer the Sacrament. In addition, each of the, Deacons, Teachers and Priest, also wear gloves the entire time. Yet with all of these individuals setting examples, by employing such safety measures, members are not required to wear masks. Social dista
  11. Truth is eternal, and it is not based on what “we think it is”, or “understand it to be”. We were given the perfect example of Jesus Christ, as the the goal of what we should “strive to be”, and what we are “promised we can become”, only through his “Grace, and Sacrifice”. A goal that can only be obtained through our own “grace extended to others, and the sacrifice that such grace demands”, always keeping focus upon “Him”. It is true that our “understanding”, is required, but just as scripture teaches, we must learn as Jesus Christ learned, “line upon line”, and “precept upon precept”, thus gr
  12. I am just a nobody , just who listens to our Leadership, and who reads m scriptures. Nothing to see here, just move along. Sorry for the pun, I had to thrown a cop saying.
  13. It is a very uneven trade, they give us “JOY”, and all we have to do is help them financially. So my wife and I, are getting the better part of the deal. We are only able to do this, by following the counsel of Church Leadership, and because we have followed the “Law of the Tithe”. We do soooooooooo little, and for that we get unconditional love, and grandchildren to boot, they might believe they get a lot, but what they give us, is 100 fold.
  14. It is, and was, a truly wonderful experience, even for an introvert such as myself. Also, even though I could only wave at many of my friends, I could see the joy in their eyes. a joy that I recognized, as I could see it in my own my own eyes while dressing for Church, for having been gone for so long. Early in this year, I was very, very ill, so this Sunday was only my third Sacrament meeting, during all of 2020. As a result, my joy was overflowing, or more correctly stated, “my cup overflowed”, such joy was moved to tears, as was I. It was just a joyful day all around, as Sunday Di
  15. Yes, after many months of exile into a strange land, the seas parted, and we walked through on dry land. Well maybe not that dramatic, but it was so nice to gather with the Saints again. I missed my friends so much! There was some debate with my wife, as she feared I could get sick, but I convinced her, and my loving children, that I NEEDED worship in person; again! It was a good day, a very good day.
  16. In Malachi 3: 10-11, reads... “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he will not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.” (I hope I quoted this correctly, as I often make errors) In a couple of recent threads, smilingly
  17. “All things denote that there is a God”. I would beg to differ with your dismissal of all creation as evidence, and follow up with countless bullet points and reasons, but it would not matter. Simply put, I gave the greatest example to support that belief, but you rejected it. So it would be foolhardy to try and persuade you, or anyone else who could, or would, stare into the sun and deny that it shines, as it destroys your very ability to see it.
  18. Based upon the narrow definitions given here, I would suspect that anyone with a home, Internet, and the time to invest, would qualify as “rich”. I would, via my family alone.
  19. I am evidence, irrefutable evidence of his (their) existence, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
  20. Indeed it was “Prophetic”, as it addressed much more than just marriage, for now, it is also addressing issues that are part of both the mainstream debate, and fringe arguments concerning “gender”, and the “Eternal Role”, it plays in “life“, and “life everlasting”. I think making clear and answering the questions, when all are raised in the “Eternities”, they will be raised into the gender to which they were born, eternally. This document is “Prophetic”, and is “Doctrine”, and should be made a part of our “Canon of Scriptures”. My 2 cents anyway.
  21. Men are just wired differently, I am sure he tries to understand, just as I do for my wife and children. I have had soooooooo many close calls in the Military, so many emergency landings, flying daily. Then I had 23 years in law-enforcement, so many close calls then, that I just never expected to be here, to be retired. I have also survived so many health scares already, and as a result I just don’t see this as she and my children, and even grandchildren do. They worry over me so much, it is just unbearable at times. It is not that I don’t want to share her views on the matter, I have survived
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