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  1. I love to mess with the S.S. scammers. You press 1 and the person asks who they are speaking with. I say “You called me and don’t know who I am?” Some try to argue but most just hang up. LOL. 

    I received an email saying that my Netflix account is suspended due to non payment. The email looked like it could be from Netflix, but when I touched the email address line it was from a personal email address out of the UK. Delete. 

    It’s a good idea to click on the from email address which will tell the email address that sent it. If you get an email saying your Netflix account is suspended from a random personal email account in the UK chances are it’s a scam or worse a virus or trojan horse. 

  2. On 11/25/2020 at 11:59 AM, poptart said:

    I think it's a good idea that I live in a different world compared to a lot of you.  Besides the most likely far more stable people I'm guessing you guys have in and out of church, there's also upbringing.  Point is, I'd wonder how you know the number of happily married people you do.  To be honest, half the family here is quite unstable and due to the father that came from that side, was not exposed to many decent people.  As an adult, after being burned as badly as I was, i've more or less written it off and stick with the other side.  Anyway, look at the divorce statistics, out of wedlock births, health etc.  I'm not one to pin it all on one gender, men are about as bad but from what I hear from hetrosexual male friends, it's a struggle.  Also yeah, I'd be curious what your students expectations were, that and I'm suprised he was that honest.  I keep a lot of things to myself IRL, especially nowadays. 

    Think you and the Catholic Church put a huge emphasis on hetrosexual marriage.  Here's my take, if you're born to a middle/upper middle class family that belongs to a faith like that, you're likely going to watch what you say and do because you figure out quickly that the USA doesn't have much of a safety net and people really aren't that nice.  I know LDS people who had fantastic childhoods that are all but unheard of for many.  A stable family, community, friends who will go out of their way to help you, boyscouts etc.  That kind of privilege is out of reach for many nowadays, if your good standing in a religion involves you at least saying publicly you agree with it, well, most would for those benefits alone, I would.  Then again I'm also a materialist.

    Anyway, at least you're being honest.  Marriage isn't a priority for most anymore because so many of us had pretty bad childhoods.  As adults, besides not seeing the value, most of us aren't marriage material.  I would totally clash with most people here value wise, that and I don't put up with a lot nor believe in change.  I am who I am and that's that.  I know a lot of people who think just like I do, they're single for that reason.  Other reason, so many people after HS have kids and a lot of people don't like children.  Can argue till you're blue in the face about how selfish this is, you'd be correct, it is selfish, so what?  It's foolish and naive to expect someone who did not grow up in a family oriented enviroment to appreciate what a single parent goes through, in fact I think it can be quite dangerous.  There's a whole class of slimeballs out there who seek out and prey upon single parents, my father was one of them.  He made my half brothers lives a living hell and was far, far worse to me because he knew how to harm people via the courts.  No one, religious nor secular came to our rescue, we were on our own.  So many kids have to grow up that way and US society just sweeps them under the rug.  You look at all the homelessness, drug abuse and eventual elder abandonment that comes out of things like that.  I know a few men my age who did similar things my father did, they've caused so much harm on their ex's children it's sad.  I know a lot of people do have partners with children from previous relationships, it's been my experience most never consider the harm they cause when they opt for single parents because in some cases they're very easy to exploit.  Makes me sick.

    It’s funny how personal experience colors our perceptions. One thing I know. Everyone is broken. Everyone has challenges, whether of their own making, born with them, due to the actions of someone else or a combination thereof. You never know what a person or family is going through. Tragedy, mistakes and consequences aren’t limited to certain economic classes or certain races. Life is HARD. 

    The Gospel provides a way for the broken to be healed. Forgiveness and mercy are in short supply these days among the general population. It’s all about justice and revenge. I’ll take mercy and leave justice to The Lord. 

  3. On 11/23/2020 at 11:42 AM, Stargazer said:

    One can dislike something that one has to do. For example, I'd prefer to stay monogamous. But if the Lord reintroduced plural marriage, I'd accept it. Though at my age I'm unlikely to be asked to practice it, both my late and current wives were of the same mind.  If others chose to leave the church over its reintroduction, well, that's a personal choice.

    I guess I should clarify, I’m not against polygamy in the Church. I’m against personally practicing it. I don’t want another wife. My wife might leave if it was restored. 

  4. CV75 the answer to your question is The Great Society Act. When single motherhood is financially rewarded the consequences are catastrophic. 

    “Children raised by single mothers are more likely to fare worse on a number of dimensions, including their school achievement, their social and emotional development, their health and their success in the labor market. They are at greater risk of parental abuse and neglect (especially from live-in boyfriends who are not their biological fathers), more likely to become teen parents and less likely to graduate from high school or college.[i]  Not all children raised in single parent families suffer these adverse outcomes; it is simply that the risks are greater for them.”


  5. BLM is a Marxist organization. 


    As such I don’t see much room for religion. Blacks are far more likely to be killed by another Black, than a police officer. Per the FBI, in 2019, there were 2870 Blacks murdered. Of those murders 2570 were committed by Blacks. 

    Last year there were 14 fatal police shootings of unarmed Black men. I don’t have information on how many Blacks were killed by police by other means. 

    As of the June 22 update, the Washington Post’s database of fatal police shootings showed 14 unarmed Black victims and 25 unarmed white victims in 2019. The database does not include those killed by other means, like George Floyd.”


    The Black community’s high single mother rate is of far more concern. Or it should be. 

    “As of 2015, at 77.3 percent, black Americans have the highest rate of non-marital births among native Americans.[34]

    34] Camarota, y Steven A. "Births to Unmarried Mothers by Nativity and Education". Center for Immigration Studies. Retrieved 8 July 2020.

    Racism is world wide and certainly not limited to Americans. 

    Based on the above stats one wonders why BLM is so focused on the police rather than fixing their own community/culture. 

  6. My favorite movie of all time is Casablanca. Anything with Humphrey Bogart. The Maltese Falcon is excellent. Arsenic and old lace, mr. Roberts. A great Japanese film, Descendants, is worth your time. Can’t forget Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The acting is amazing. It’s very subtle and paying attention is paramount to understanding the relationships between the characters. It’s best in Chinese and subtitles. 

  7. It’s amazing and sad that we are so influenced by our parents. Amazing if you had great parents. Sad if you didn’t. Getting rid of our own shortcomings via the Atonement is one of the great joys in this world. However some struggles will be with us until we depart this world. I’ve often wondered why we all seem to have things we struggle with. Dealing with them and not ruining or destroying relationships of those we love can be challenging at times. Forgiving ones self can be extremely difficult. Anyways, it’s nice to chat with you Calm. 

  8. 2 hours ago, Calm said:

    That must have been tough, not just the cat, but the rigid ness. Kids need freedom to grow as much as rules. 

    Everyone of my sisters were married by 18 just to escape her. I have 5 sisters. 3 out of the five have been married at least twice. 1 is active in the church(TBM). The other one is a serial cheater and just got pregnant from her boyfriend to the chagrin of her husband. My Mother has come along way since the early ‘80’s. She’s been on 6 missions with my father and serves the sisters in her stake religiously. My mother’s parents were both alcoholics and her father was a violent man. She still has her moments but overall we have a great relationship now. 

  9. I was 12 or so. We had a nice big black cat with a couple of big white patches, don’t remember the cats name. My mom is domineering and not flexible at all.(severe mental illness). She refused to keep the cat’s food dish indoors and put it outside on the porch. Of course all the neighborhood cats quickly learned there was food on the porch. My mother became so frustrated with the other cats eating the food she decided to poison the cat food, that’ll teach them!! Only thing is that she ended up poisoning our cat. Found him dead on the porch. I was so upset I yelled at my mom and she grounded me for a week. My mother is old school and has no problem killing dogs and cats if they offend her sensibilities. Back then you could get away with it, early ‘80’s in Provo. 

  10. This is a favorite at our house. They are very good cold. 

    Spicy Thai Noodle Recipe

    These vegetarian Spicy Thai noodles are so easy to make, with a spicy and sweet taste and fresh crunchy veg. The recipe uses everyday ingredients to make a delicious dinner that is ready in under 20 minutes. No need to search out different ingredients, everything you need for this can be found in the grocery store. You can serve these hot or cold as a salad, plus they are great with chicken, beef or shrimp, or keep them plain a vegetarian recipe.


    • 1/2 lb linguine – see note 1
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes – see note 2
    • 6 tbsp toasted sesame oil
    • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
    • 3 Tbsp honey
    • 2 tsp fish sauce (optional) – see note 3
    • 1 bag coleslaw mix (400g/14oz bag) – see note 4
    • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
    • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
    • lime wedges
    • fresh cilantro – or Thai basil



    • Bring a large pan of water to a boil and add the salt and baking soda (see note 5)
    • Add in the pasta and set the timer for 2 minutes less than the packet suggests.
    • Whilst the pasta is boiling, pour the sesame oil into a large skillet and add in the red pepper flakes.
    • Heat the oil over medium heat until hot.
    • Strain off the red pepper flakes, reserving the oil and then return the oil to the skillet.
    • Add the soy sauce, honey and fish sauce to the oil and simmer gently.
    • Toss the drained pasta through the sauce, turning it for 1-2 minutes until well coated and fully cooked.
    • Toss through the bag of chopped slaw
    • Serve garnished with peanuts, sesame seeds, lime wedges, and cilantro.
    • Served hot or as a cold salad.


    1. You can use any long pasta for this recipe, spaghetti, fettuccine or angel hair will all work.
    2. 1/2 tbsp of red pepper flakes gives this a kick, but not too spicy. Add an extra 1/2 tbsp if you prefer really spicy noodles.
    3. Fish sauce is optional (leave out for vegetarians) you can find it in the Asian aisle of the grocery store. It smells funky but adds so much to the dish.
    4. You can buy any chopped slaw mixture your family enjoys, or shred your own. There are extra options in the main blog post.
    5. The baking soda can make the water boil up, so use a large pan and sprinkle the baking soda in slowly.
  11. On 8/1/2020 at 4:54 PM, juliann said:

     He obviously never envisioned a day when women didn't need men to survive.  

    “A women needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle...”


    My wife is firmly against polygamy. As am I. The thought of more than one wife seems more like a nightmare then a blessing. 

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