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  1. "souped-up version of mortality". That's a funny line and I approve. Actually that's how I've always viewed the telestial kingdom - souped-uo mortality. The celestial kingdom should not be considered in the same category. Edit: I encountered a discussion on some other board about the laws of physics and the gospel and many Smart People™️ were posting and a consensus was that, since God is a physical being He has to obey the laws of physics as we know them. And because many Smart People™️ were going along with this I bought into it for a bit until I looked up and was like "wait why the fr
  2. It would be. She's still in home MTC right now so there's plenty of time though.
  3. My sister was called to the Netherlands but she's been reassigned to Washington for the time being. Not sure when she'll get to go.
  4. Multiverse confirmed . I'm skeptical of many worlds theory though. I am not scientifically adept by any means, so I'm probably butchering this, but I've typically found my response to the problem of entropy and eternity from this. I don't think there's reason to believe that our reality is a closed system. Also it's possible that celestial glory changes basic laws of physics. I don't dip too far into that bottomless well.
  5. I expect she's doing just fine, for magnificent she was, though I'm obviously in no position to render a verdict. I unfortunately lack the quality of "being God" that would give me that right.
  6. D&C 88:99-101, emphasis mine: Juxtapose this with D&C 76:71-73: From this I've thought that the people resurrected with the second trump are those who inherit the terrestrial kingdom. It's clear that they, unlike the telestial inhabitants, rise at the beginning of the Millenium, and therefore take part in the resurrection of the just. This makes sense, since D&C 76:75 calls the terrestrial-dwellers the "honorable men of the earth", with the caveat that they were blinded by the craftiness of men. I also think that time works differently for spirits. Given tha
  7. "Destroyed" is a funky word in the scriptures. It can mean damnation, it can mean a merely temporal destruction, it can mean being separated from and divested of the fruits of the priesthood, and in the scriptures you even see references to being destroyed in the flesh but saved in the spirit. The common overarching theme appears to be "falling short". If this is the case than we live in destruction continually and salvation rises as a phoenix from the ashes of a once-fallen reality. So I don't see a specific consignment to any postmortal state in section 132. Also, those who inher
  8. I'm in. Got David Paulsen (may he rest in peace and work in heaven) and Blake Ostler on standby.
  9. "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams" - Acts 2:17, citing Joel 2:28 Nice scripture reference . Peter and Joel had an inkling of what was to come.
  10. General charity would ask us to take his words at face value but at the same time what you are talking about is an observable phenomenon, at least if you take r/exmo posters at their words. Quite an unfortunate situation. "May God judge between me and thee" appears to be the only safe recourse.
  11. Beautiful place. I was never more than an hour and a half's drive from the mission office. Nowhere in the mission was, even in LA traffic.
  12. It's been said that the Vulgate Bible was the pillar on which Europe leaned as it fought off invasions from the south and the east. The church also provided the foundations for the university system and it is thanks to the monks and scholars that we have what documentary collections we have from classical Mediterranean history. We would know nothing of Polybius and Livy and Plutarch and Diodorus were it not for dusty monks in monasteries, toiling away on manuscripts and building better than they knew. I've generally been sympathetic to the Catholic Church and that kind of increased when I went
  13. I was a missionary a couple of years ago. My situation was probably different than most because I was in urban Los Angeles and all of us missionaries were very close together. We saw our zone and district leaders every week for district meetings and we saw the APs and President twice every six weeks for zone conference and the once-a-transfer interviews with the President. We'd get trainings from DLs every week. We'd also go on a couple of exchanges every six weeks where we'd swap companions and train or get trained for a day. So in my experience mission leadership was more integrated into the
  14. Actually Ammon is a pretty good example. In a physical self-defense situation he was a force of nature but he was an exemplar of service and humility in any other situation. Gentleness is all the more praiseworthy when the ability to be otherwise is there. As for the examples of Captain Moroni and Elijah, it's a little different. Religion was woven into the state and it was a matter of kill or be killed. And so they did. Thankfully, we do not live under such conditions. Better to follow the examples of apostles and prophets in conditions closer to our own. I can think of 15 of the top of
  15. One of the highlights of my life was visiting Rome a year or two ago. It changed everything for me. I was awestruck by the beauty of all the old churches and just astounded by the ancient Roman structures older than any building I'd ever seen before. They have this air of immensity that applies to the whole idea of the Roman Empire. From the first-century until the 19th there was always somebody proclaiming themselves as the heir of the Emperors on the Palatine. I became so absolutely intrigued that I chose the Roman navy as my research topic this semester and am considering professional work
  16. I have nothing to add, I just want to register agreement in stronger terms than just a like.
  17. I still think the biggest own in history was when Jesus told the Pharisees to carry His reply back to Herod with "Go ye and tell that fox.." and then, when hauled before Herod, didn't even acknowledge his questions. From the looks of it Jesus had some lingering respect for at least the office of the Pharisees, high priests, and Pilate, but He had only contempt for Herod Antipas. I wonder how it must feel to be the loathsome individual who murdered John the Baptist on a dare and along the way earned the only personal epithet to ever fall from the lips of the mortal Lord of Sabaoth. Actua
  18. Human beings can catch inspiration for one topic from something unrelated, but the influence of the Spirit comes with a different signature which can be sensed. Intelligence touching intelligence.
  19. All of this is reminding me of a book I was planning to buy called Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion by Yale psychologist Paul Bloom. https://www.amazon.com/Against-Empathy-Case-Rational-Compassion/dp/0062339338 . I had been intrigued by it but ultimately decided not to buy it, but this conversation has reignited my interest and I might get it now. The gist is that empathy, which we view as a basis for moral decision-making in the modern age, is actually "capricious and irrational." We're more inclined to feel empathy for those we view as allies than for those we view as e
  20. They might be experimenting in that direction. A few of the prominent DezNateers who I keep tabs on are definitely amped about it. For what it's worth I don't have the same take on the videos as you do, as is to be expected. Argumentative soundness, like words, exists in the eye of the beholder. Or so I've come to believe as I have slipped into profound disillusionment with the fruits of philosophy and abstract dialogue. @mfbukowski has crashed into my worldview like Mehmet's cannonball into the venerable but outclassed Theodosian walls. This is partly why I react to the videos wit
  21. I hope the Molten Salt Reactor happens. I am unabashedly a nuclear power supporter and would love it if an even safer and more efficient model of nuclear power were to arise which could overcome objections based on safety and material disposal. If it does happen, expect Idaho to have an economic boom. There's enough thorium in Lemhi Valley to power the United States for centuries at current rates, and that's before you get to all the thorium in the rock formations around Rexburg and Idaho Falls. We're talking some of the largest deposits in the world.
  22. Never has a generation been able to hop so quickly between challenge and recreation. Most of our work is on computers. Most of our recreation is too, and the boundary between the rigorous and the relaxing is only ever as much as a Chrome tab. Our favorite media (Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok) are optimized for brief visual engagement. If you want to get something done with Gen Z (as a generalized stereotype, of course, but not without descriptive merit) you HAVE to be engaging and attention-grabbing. I find that the younger generation does place more of a premium on confrontation as well. "Ge
  23. Honestly, another language is needed for the rising generation. I have been able to get into the formal scholarship in Interpreter and Dialogue and other places around the 'nacle, and there are many of my generation who have done so, but there are many who are not as easily reached or moved by such methods. That's why the august, respectable, and predictable denunciations of The Show by those who inhabit the commanding heights of CoJCoLDS-adjacent intelligentsia feel like so many category errors. The generation gap is big this time around. Edit: This is not to say that every joke Kwaku an
  24. I think that this is an element of a controversy which is underexplored. This Is The Show is not a reaction to criticism from the likes of Vogel, Smith, Thomas, Larson, Bokovoy, or Townsend. It's a response to r/exmormon, Zelph on the Shelf, Missed In Sunday School, and the like.
  25. The article is quite right in that niceness for its own sake can be a problem. I tend to think that if a desire to appear respectable constrains one's witness, then the situation is effectively the same as that of the Pharisees praying loudly on a street corner: "ye have your reward." However, President Eyring is also right in that stereotypical "niceness" can be a useful stance with which to approach critical dialogue. Admittedly, Jesus Christ did not approach it in this way, but I'm not sure how relevant that is for our time. I don't buy the argument that "Jesus had perfect judgement a
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