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Bill “Papa” Lee

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  1. So true, 1/3 of the entire planet does not have reliable electricity in their homes, much less WiFi.
  2. Not sure? I did try to teach my mother things before Alzheimer’s took her, more than anything I just wanted her to write her life story, but could not help her understand. I have friends who I have tried to explain how they could use and understand IPad,’s (both in and out of Church) their mindset was “don’t want or need to know”. However this was long before the world of COVID, in large part just nonsense. Until I broke my back, and could no longer sit up hours a day with a laptop, I did not care to use, or learn to use an IPad. In fact it was not until my injuries that I cared much for Soci
  3. My Ward has a large number of members that are over the age of 60, including my wife and I, and friends we have had for over three decades. We have received word that we might finally we will have “Sacrament only”, for 20 minutes, twice on Sunday. We are also told that like other areas, those 60 or older will not be able to attend. Earlier in the year, due to health problems, I was only been able to attend, two Sacrament meetings, and Sunday School/ Priesthood meetings (one of each), before everything got shut down. Also since General Conference is going to be like April, where members cannot
  4. Our leaders have always taught this, as have my wife and I, a respect for life and property To our children. This Georgia Stake is not far from where I live, and it is good they were, or are working with other Churches, to create a message that we all, already live by.
  5. Not sure if this is a great idea, anytime (or if) taxpayer money is used to support anything to do with religion, it usually comes with strings attached. So, if I am reading this correctly, it might not be a the best thing. ETA: I don’t know why Christian Conservatives would want this, as it could open the doors to many things they might oppose, including our own Church. I am a strong believer of the separation of “Church and State”. The “State” does not belong in the affairs of the Church.
  6. I have an aging Golden Retriever, as of late things are happening we don’t know how to address. She is 10 years old, which I believe is 60 in dog years. We bought her as a puppy, and on hot days, she seeks shelter under either our front or back porch, but at night she stays in the house with us. As of late, we call for her, if we hear thunder, and in the evening. However, sometimes, well many times now, we call out, or yell out for her, and she is often right under our feet. At first we thought she was going deaf, but in reality, she is trying to get through our steps. She is a big dog, 60-70
  7. Probably so, he remained in the Army for 30 years, I joined the Church in Germany, so it has to be the same people. I left in December 1981, I arrived there in 1978, and joined the Church in 1979, just about 9 months after having arrived. Oh and BTW, very cool that we both served with him.
  8. The precious few friends, that I have keep in touch with (thankfully due to Facebook, able to reconnect with), and who were with me at my baptism, 41+ long years ago, two are going through very difficult times. One of them, once called me into his office as was Branch President, a calling he had just been ordained too, just a few months earlier. He got serious, and told me, “Bill, in my entire life, and on my mission, I have never know anyone who has taken to the Church so quickly, and had a better grasp of all the Scriptures”. I told him very humbly, my Father is a Baptist Minister, so I had
  9. Just absolutely wonderful!!! Did W.W. Phelps write this? I have always identified with him, he was a poet, I am a poet. He is hard on the eyes, via looks, I am hard on the eyes, via looks. Although my wife, children, and friends tell me, that not on my worst day, could I look that bad. He struggled at times with his faith (as in believing), I have struggled with my faith at times (as in believing). So we are brothers in many ways. I wonder if he wrote this because he wrote many songs about the Prophet Joseph Smith, as a form of redemption, for having betrayed the Prophet for a time. One thing
  10. One thing that seems to be a problem, is that my HT’s are also my age and feel like they have nothing to do. One of my family’s is in same age bracket as me, and so goes the circular reasoning; what do we do, what role do we play, if any, etc?
  11. This is something that truly concerns me, on a number of levels. What worries me the most, comes from the decision to go ahead and cancel General Conference (to general membership) in October. I fear that persons such as my wife and I, will end up being lost or left behind, in this odd age in which we find ourselves. Due to some illness at the first of the year, I have only been able to attend two Sacrament Meetings this entire year. I fear that we will not be welcomed back into full fellowship, for a very long time. So long in fact that myself, and a large number of members in my age bracket
  12. I am missing mine today.
  13. I would imagine that HE ministered to many others, and that one day we will have those “teachings“ added to ours, or this is what we have been taught. One day the other tribes of Israel will bring forth these (or those” “words or records”, to be added to our own. It will be a time, I hope of great rejoicing. The only sad thing will be, those who have taken lightly, or outrightly rejected the records we have now, will do so again.
  14. Are you speaking of the one outlining the methods?
  15. We have not here in Georgia, but has anyone.
  16. I had hoped that for my birthday, we would at long last be able to attend Sacrament again. But, not yet, not yet. Thankfully, from my humble beginnings, 16 family members made it to my birthday gathering. Sadly 3 were not feeling well, and did not want to cause me to become sick. But, they were truly missed. Many, including some of my doctor’s did not think I would make to 63, due to many illnesses. But, I wanted to prove them wrong, and I want keep proving them wrong. It is my hope to be around for years to come. But that is in God’s hands, although as of late, my only outings seem to be doc
  17. Welcome, glad to have you here. Hope to stick around.
  18. The “first resurrection”, began when (or with) Jesus Christ’s own resurrection. Beginning with quite luckily with John the Baptist, and many other great Patriarchs, who came forth from the grave, and many others who did so, and visited with loved ones in Jerusalem, as noted first in the Book of Matthew. So, simple answer; yes. Oh, welcome to the board. This forum is supposed to be for introductions, in the beginning, and then later you can create threads for debate, so (again) welcome to this website. Hope all is well with you, and God bless. Knowing nothing about you yet, we do believe in the
  19. He was a wonderful Apologist, he was very articulate, and showed great respect when answering the call to speak before many, or almost any group, with whom he disagreed on issues of theology. He was also a very good man, who represented Christianity in such a way that we could only hope all would do, now and in the future. He like many others, such as, Dr. James Dobson, Reverend Moody, and many others who have been invited, and answered requests to speak at the Tabernacle, or Conference Center. It also speaks very well, of both the confidence, and the desire of Church Leadership, to allow othe
  20. Not partaking of the Sacrament, when one is not worthy, is to protect the member from “drinking damnation to one’s soul”. The Sacrament is always there for the benefit of one’s soul, to both forgive, and to never bring about harm. When “we” or anyone partakes unworthily, they are adding more sin, upon an already unrepentant soul. In some cases the Bishop is there to help direct our efforts (which I would hope he always is) in the right direction. If he is wrong, and if someone has truly repented, then God has still, or already has forgiven that person, and if so, then the Bishop is in error. O
  21. I understand, I have already survived so many things in my life already, I am quite possibly viewing all of this from a different lens.
  22. So what are you suggesting, we old people, or just those who are so happy to back in Church get teary-eyed, at being back, might send others running for the exits? Or, are you suggesting we not listen to the Prophet of the Lord, and ever meet together until we all individually feel reassured that the virus has been taken from the earth?
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