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  1. I want to breathe underwater and swim with the penguins ( they glide under the water) I also want to fly like a bird and soar over every land and get a bird’s eye view. I want the ability to see actual events in history, like a live action film.
  2. I did indexing for a short time. It was very interesting. I need to get back to it:)
  3. Good news! Looks like Pfizer is effective for kids 5-12 and may be approved soon. https://apnews.com/article/business-science-health-coronavirus-pandemic-coronavirus-vaccine-202cb6e44b90270ec4d1f19690ed94c5
  4. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dallasnews.com/news/2021/09/17/first-baptists-robert-jeffress-there-is-no-credible-religious-argument-against-the-vaccines/%3FoutputType%3Damp We even got a mention in the article: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not provide religious exemptions for vaccines for members, according to church spokesman Eric Hawkins. Leaders of the Utah-based faith have made pleas for members to get vaccinated even as doctrine acknowledges it’s up to individual choice.
  5. Omigosh, I probably shouldn’t have laughed but after a long day at work I needed it, so thank you! And yes, I had a friend at church who talked quite a bit about the spirit helping her find car keys and such. It’s a thing:)
  6. My son is in the Air Force and is about to go on assignment to South Korea. No shots, no assignment.
  7. Protest by Afghan women wearing burqas was probably orchestrated by the Taliban. They are marketing themselves as a kinder, gentler regime but I think they’ve just gotten smarter about how to go about repressing women. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/09/11/world/europe/afghanistan-women-burqas.amp.html
  8. This is what can happen when women’s attire is policed in the name of religion.
  9. All I can think is there must be a lot of anger and weeping going on under those burqas.
  10. If Texas banned it, it must be really bad. PS I’m a born and raised Texan and I am ashamed of the way the pandemic has been handled here.
  11. Sounds like you would advocate for burkas.
  12. I think more women are not covering up when breastfeeding. I was kind of shocked the first time my daughter breastfed in front of my husband and me. I figured she would use a cover-up the old-school way, no she popped it out and latched baby on. We got used to it, because there was nothing sexual about it. I think we have a lot of hang ups about the female body in this country.
  13. The history of how gay people have been treated is so sad. The movie “The Imitation Game” comes to mind. I’m sorry you have had these terrible experiences, and I hope you have found true happiness.
  14. I think the bishop could have omitted the reference to his son and the counsel still be sound. I can understand that some women and girls don't like "modesty" framed primarily as a "how it affects others" kind of thing. I'm not sure I fully understand it, though. By way of illustration: I think the highest and best motivation to adhere to the Law of Chastity is because I am trying to obey God. Now, a well-intended bishop may suggest that I keep this commandment because violating it would adversely affect my wife and children. Is he wrong? Well, no. Would it be better for him to encourage me to keep the Law of Chastity based on a love of God ("If ye love me, keep my commandments...")? We will have to agree to disagree. My daughter was not responsible for his son’s thoughts. Oi. I'm sorry to hear that. And their "best" is often fairly congruent with the principles and doctrines espoused by the Church. But yeah, they can and do screw up as well. Could you elaborate? I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts. Specifically referring to CB’s situation here. He and the woman he married were damaged by what leaders told them to do. It sounds like CB has recovered. I don’t know if his ex has. Sometimes it is very hard to trust the next person once you’ve been hurt I this way. Currently, if a gay member wants to marry someone of the same sex then they have to take a path away from the church. I hope it will not always be the case. Very cool. I think we improve the Church by improving ourselves and then work together to improve and strengthen our community. Hmmm, funny you jump right to a person needing to improve themselves. Not really the point I was making, but ok. Thanks, -Smac
  15. Unfortunately, I think some leaders counsel from their own, personal biases. I was counseled by a Bishop to ask my daughter not to wear tight shirts to church because it made his son uncomfortable. The same Bishop counseled me not to invite any of the young women to my wedding in the chapel be cause it would be celebrating a non-temple wedding. I was younger and sometimes I took these things to heart instead of seeking my own inspiration. I now realize these are men, doing the best they can in a probably overwhelming position. Have some done damage, maybe even irreparable? Absolutely, and I think there are legitimate reasons to take other paths. But I think it is getting better. So I choose to stay and be the change I want to see because I do think there is more light and knowledge to come. Edit: Not comparing the above situations to yours, CB, just trying to explain why I give leaders some leeway in making mistakes. The fact they told you that you would not be gay anymore if you married a woman would fall into sometimes irreparable damage that I spoke of.
  16. That is your style and what you are comfortable with, but I’m not sure every post lends itself to being refuted point by point. But I have learned a new word - fisking. I respect your expertise on legal matters, even if we don’t see eye to eye on this topic. Edit: Looked up “fisking” fisking is characteristically an incisive and fierce point-by-point rebuttal, and the aim is generally to weaken the target's credibility rather than seek common ground. the act of making an argument seemwrong or stupid by showing the mistakes in each of its points, or an instance of doing this: Is this the goal of your “fisking”? I think maybe sometimes, but not always?
  17. And not fair to the woman you married unless she knew exactly what She was signing up for. I just can’t imagine telling you or anyone else that your alternative is to be alone. Sure you can have friends, but no dating, no touching, except a platonic handshake or hug now and again. No special person to share your hopes and dreams. No children. Of course some heterosexuals don’t get those things in this life either, but at least we have the church’s blessing to pursue them.
  18. Thank you for letting my words stand together. I, too, am here to discuss but sometimes the parsing cheapens the overall meaning of the statement, imho.
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