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  1. Our Canadian neighbors have put too much stock in Margaret Atwood's predictive/prophetic capabilities. She seemed to be just using the novel to advance her political-cultural agenda, by way of warning what she felt was possible. And there's nothing wrong with that, of course. But A Handmaid's Tale is far less likely than a Peoples Republic of North America. And such a republic would replace all religion with a secular theology of one sort or another. Or try to, anyway. Did you know that Atwood is Canadian? The thing is, the United States was vastly far more religious in times past, so much so that modern folks learning how religious it was can be very surprised. And nothing like Republic of Gilead was even close to occurring. And now? When the majority of people hardly make it to church even twice a year? Fat chance.
  2. Here's a sample from the "Ordinances" tab in LCR, that the clerk can access:
  3. I don't know if there is such a word in English. Perhaps there should be. I was in Costco when I got a particularly important personal revelation. Costco hasn't become sacred or anything like that, but anytime I happen to be in that particular spot in that particular store the experience would come to mind quite reverently. At times I've wondered why people make such a big deal out of the "Holy Land". Important things happened there, of course, and for those who consider those happenings important, I guess the place would have to have a certain positive "feel" to it, even if they'd never been there.
  4. I started paying my donations online directly to HQ when it first became available (in 2013), when you had to make a phone call to SLC to ask for the privilege. If I recall correctly, my ward could see those donations. Now I live in the UK, and since my income is sourced from the US I continue to pay HQ directly (not through the donation feature in the church website). However, because they aren't donated in the UK, they don't show up in my ward's records when tithing settlement comes around. I do have a UK bank account and make fast offering donations through the church website from it -- and those DO show up to the ward.
  5. Here's a nice video covering that, along with other interesting facts:
  6. I thought this might be an appropriate time to post this video on How to Become Pope!
  7. Hmmm. I've never received an email confirmation, except of course the initial one a decade or so ago.
  8. Well, yes, but I wasn't glossing over the where and how, just avoiding naming names. Canada, New Zealand, and Australia seem to be the places where this is happening more than other English-speaking countries. Living in the UK these days, I am more concerned about what happens here than there in the US. I see some overreach in the US, but not really that much. The UK seems to be quite sane in this regard. Since mid-July the government has loosened the requirement for mask wearing to certain venues (such as pharmacies). My nurse wife likes to mask up when we go grocery shopping, and if I'm with her I do it, too, for the sake of the appearance of unity, but not if I'm by myself. But she spends a large part of her workday masked up anyway, being that she is a theater nurse (surgery), so she's used to it. Having been involved with griumpy groups who hate taxation (who likes it?) and other governmental inroads into personal freedom, I can tell you that these folks have existed for decades, and there's nothing new under this particular sun. Yes, there's a difference. May the US government not be tempted into silencing dissent and journalists because of fear of unflattering news. That would be bad.
  9. There might be. But I don't know how one would go about designing a study to determine it. But what to do about it if there were such DNA? Forbid them to reproduce? LOL. Actually I was kind of joking. Many or most toxic ideas do not cause fatalities. How many people who, for example, fail to get proper educations (drop out of high school, etc) and then upon finding themselves in horrible economic situations realize that they screwed up? Whether they do or not, they're still alive at least. Usually. And even if they don't realize that they screwed up, they don't usually go around trying to convince others to take their own failed path. Those who eschew vaccination because of one stupid idea or another, die at the same rate as those who fail to get vaccinated through no fault of their own.
  10. Hopefully, she doesn't perish from her belief in a false prophet. In connection with the italicized theory, however, there may be grounds for legitimate concern. Some governments seem to have become too enthusiastic about the imposition of control over their citizens' activities. Control which may be unwarranted, and which may not be willingly relinquished once the pandemic subsides (if it ever does). There are some who regard such concerns for governmental overreach as conspiracy theorizing, and obviously there's room for this becoming such (evidence: your relative), but that doesn't make the concern without merit.
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