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  1. Oh, I fully agree. But the idea of sacrificing our time and talents to improve programs in our own wards, seems to have become somewhat passé. I understand the fashion now is that if our own program seems wanting, we have to send petitions and letters and news reporters to Salt Lake; complaining about how some other Church program is better-funded than our own and hectoring the leadership until they promise funding parity.
  2. Yup. If the Church doesn’t significantly increase its camp capacity, it may wind up in a situation where priority in accessing its tithepayer-subsidized camps is given to YW groups, leaving the AP groups without a summer camp opportunity even though the YW and AP programs are supposed to be getting equal funding and resources. (Of course, we could increase funding to AP quorums so that they can spend a week at a third-party-operated summer camp. Surely no one would object to such an arrangement? )
  3. Re the scout camp: I’m aware of several substantial land gifts that were made to the BSA over the past few decades by practicing Church members who at least implicitly believed that the LDS/BSA partnership would be perpetual and that the land was going to be used (at least in part) by LDS youth. Not sure to what degree that expectation may have been memorialized in any transfer documents; but ever since the split was announced I’ve wondered if the estates of individual Church members—if not the Church itself—might begin taking legal action against the BSA demanding the return of those proper
  4. I mean, most of the most egregious incidents of police brutality—as well as many of the most notoriously corrupt, oppressive, ignorant, ignorant, and impenitent local officials (as well as the most passionate public reactions thereto) seem to be happening in places like Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Washington. Not sure how much more I can say without a mod deciding that the discussion is getting overly politicized.
  5. In most of the urban centers, sure. Not convinced that really pertains to suburbia and rural America, though.
  6. If I understand the situation correctly, this sort of feels like a shakedown. The locals want the temple and everything that comes with it. But to build it, the Church will have to run utilities out there. So it tries to plan a surrounding residential community of sufficient density that the costs of running utilities will be somewhat offset, and the locals say “no, you must not do that! (But please do go ahead and build your temple and run utilities out to the few-dozen houses we’ll actually let you build! That way, when we cash out on our farms in twenty years, we can get top dolla
  7. If I understand the situation correctly, this sort of feels like a shakedown. The locals want the temple and everything that comes with it. But to build it, the Church will have to run utilities out there. So it tries to plan a surrounding residential community of sufficient density that the costs of running utilities will be somewhat offset, and the locals say “no, you must not do that! (But please do go ahead and build your temple and run utilities out to the few-dozen houses we’ll actually let you build! That way, when we cash out on our farms in twenty years, we can get top dolla
  8. What if I told you that Ritner had been caught red-handed telling demonstrable lies about two different Mormon documents? Would you still believe him?
  9. So . . . “Babylon” is a metaphor for a latter-day empire of evil apostates; except that the real Babylon was actually kind of good? This is why I’ve sort of washed my hands of end-times-study.
  10. Did anyone actually read the letter? I don’t see him trying to convince anyone he’s conversant in any particular language or boasting of his ability to translate. I see him damning the injustice of the US Government and, as a rhetorical device, invoking seventeen different languages to point out just how extraordinarily unjust the Van Buren administration has been. If I were trying to embarrass Joseph Smith with this letter, I’d take the tack of pointing out that it looks an awful lot like Joseph is trying to incite a civil war by inviting Vermonters to take revenge for the wrongs perpe
  11. I dunno. I can’t call myself an expert on this; but AFAIK Babylon hadn’t accepted and then rejected God either. It was simply a non-believing bully of an empire, had been that way as long as anyone could remember, and took special delight in persecuting decent people wherever it could find them.
  12. I was being a little tongue-in-cheek; but it’s still perhaps worth noting that China’s recent predations on its neighbors on land and sea, its treatment of the Uyghurs, its lockdown of Hong Kong, and its treatment of Christians generally go a little beyond what we Yanks typically think of as “crony capitalism”. I have no idea whether the “mother of Harlots” is an actual political/corporate institution or, if so, whether that institution should be the Roman Empire/the Catholic Church/the Templars/the Freemasons/the Illuminati/Hollywood/something else. But I think a person who floats the i
  13. FWIW, in the last year working in family law I’ve seen two different divorce cases where the women filed affidavits from their bishop saying that their exes shouldn’t have the kid—in one case because the husband had disclosed porn use (nothing illegal) in confidence to the bishop, and in another because the bishop had responded to a late-night screaming match between the couple and, without having observed anything himself, believed the wife’s allegation that the husband had gotten physical and signed an affidavit based solely on hearsay. In both cases, I was shocked that a bishop would inser
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