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  1. Perhaps he relied on the audit report that is given at general conference. "Based upon audits performed, Church Auditing is of the opinion that, in all material respects, contributions received, expenditures made, and assets of the Church for the year 2018 have been recorded and administered in accordance with approved Church budgets, policies, and accounting practices." (April 2019 GC)
  2. Perhaps the legal disclaimer at the bottom of the tithing slip will protect the church. "Though reasonable efforts will be made to use donations as designated, all donations become the Church's property and will be used at the Church's sole discretion to further the Church's overall mission." It wasn't always there. Does anybody know when it was added to the slip?
  3. I wonder if his political leanings had anything to do with him not being retained as a counselor in the first presidency.
  4. On Sunday my wife was listening to Sunday school online and the teacher said that she believed that she would still be alive when Christ returned. She made it clear that she meant that He would return before she left this mortal probation. Some of my Sunday School teachers from my youth testified that we (the youth) would be alive to see the second coming. I'm not sure what the attraction is to making claims like this since we are told that nobody knows (Matthew 24:36). I personally haven't heard anybody make a claim like this in a long time, so I thought it was almost weird that this tea
  5. The names are also a dead giveaway. Gasse Beano Flatty Hartberne Also, I don't think there is a Hurricane 52nd Ward.
  6. According to James E. Talmage, the suffering of Gethsemane returned while Jesus was on the cross. Emphasis mine. If the suffering from Gethsemane returned and was more intense, maybe the cross was more important than Gethsemane. Who knows? Does it really matter? This need to place Gethsemane above the cross fascinates me.
  7. Recently I have witnessed more than one incident of grammar correction on this board. The most recent one was not very civil and distracted from the topic. Perhaps we should paraphrase part of the title page of the Book of Mormon. "And now, if there are grammatical errors they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, distract not from the topics, that ye may avoid being thread banned."
  8. "Until death do you part." That phrase that is part of so many marriage ceremonies may not mean what many LDS claim it means (shameless PB paraphrase). I've been to enough non-LDS funerals to know that many people believe they will be reunited with their loved ones in heaven in the next life. Even yesterday on Facebook one of my friends (non-LDS) announced the passing of his pet cat and talked about how he looked forward to reuniting with his beloved pet in heaven. Back to "Until death do you part." Here is just one of the many examples of a Church leader explaining that it means the
  9. If I understand the news reports correctly, as an educator in Utah, I am designated as an essential worker and will be one of the first to receive the vaccine after the health care workers. Having had Covid-19 already I wonder if I could defer until later and allow somebody else to move up in line? If everybody who has had Covid-19 and gave up their place in line, a lot of people could move up and get the vaccine earlier. FWIW: I don't consider myself to be anymore essential than any other worker. I have hated that designation from the beginning of the pandemic. IMO all businesses/workers
  10. It would be interesting for those who didn't get sick to take the antibody test to see if they developed antibodies. If they did, it would mean that their immune systems beat the virus without developing symptoms. I am almost symptom free now, so my immune system won, but it was a battle. There are a lot of people who have been exposed but never developed symptoms.
  11. I am recovering from Covid-19. I had a lot of muscle aches, lost my sense of smell (which is now returning), had chills, minimal fever, and generally felt weak and miserable for about 7 days. My wife, brother (he visits regularly), daughter (& family), and son all tested positive within a few days of each other. One of us brought it home and it spread to everybody. This thing is aggressive.
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