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  1. With proper planning the protests can be minimized. The parking lot for the Hill Cumorah Pageant used to be across the street, so attendees had to cross the street so protestors could set up right at the crossing point and protest away. My wife's family and I went a few years ago and the parking lot had been moved to the same side as the pageant (all on the church's property). The protestors were off in the distance talking to themselves.
  2. Could the temple covenants be transformational if they were not transactional?
  3. Yes mine is anecdotal. I also reported my symptoms back to the health authorities both when I had Covid-19 and after the vaccines so they could be part of the real data. I wouldn't want anybody to decide on taking the vaccine based solely on my anecdotal experience. That's why I closed my post with, "I hope people look at real data and not just cherry-picked anecdotal stories."
  4. I got Covid-19 during November 2020. I lost my sense of smell for about a week. I also experienced severe muscle aches and was exhausted. I received the Moderna vaccine in February and March. I was exhausted for about 48 hours after each dose and that was it. I hope people look at real data and not just cherry-picked anecdotal stories.
  5. Most have heard of the breakthrough cases - those people who were vaccinated, yet still contracted Covid-19. Some people use those anecdotes to justify not getting the vaccine. The vaccines are not 100% effective and were never advertised as such. What does it mean for a vaccine to have 95% efficacy, for example? During the testing phase volunteers were given either the vaccine or a placebo. Those who were given the placebo contracted Covid-19 at 19 times the rate as those who were given the vaccine. I got vaccinated.
  6. Receiving Grant or Loan monies is not the same as earning money from work. The application process requires verification of enrollment at a qualified institution and information about how much tuition is among other things. The money was transferred to the student to use for school. The reason student loans are affected is the government pays the interest to the bank where the loan was secured until 6 months after the student finishes going to school. By the time I graduated from BYU in 1991, the pell grant money for tuition went directly to BYU. I received a check for the amount of the difference if the grant was more than tuition. The money was never mine to just do as I please.
  7. Let's see. A heart surgeon is an educated man. He could have looked it up. When was the first time that Elder Nelson told the story? Did he have enough time between the actual flight and the first telling to learn the proper procedures and add those procedures to the story?
  8. https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/violent-crime/indian-country-crime Head on collisions typically are caused by one driver trying to pass another car on a two lane road OR one of the drivers is impaired either by drugs, alcohol , or fatigue. It seems natural that there would be an investigation by the authorities.
  9. This. We had a really good Scout leader for a couple of years, and I advanced to Star. Enter a new leader (who wasn't even there sometimes) and much of our time was spent playing basketball - which was fine with me. I did enjoy scouting, but I didn't love it enough to advance on my own.
  10. 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)
  11. 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?
  12. I wonder if his political leanings had anything to do with him not being retained as a counselor in the first presidency.
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