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  1. Or.... perhaps Pope Francis’s words and actions ARE the divine intervention for which others have already prayed....
  2. Great article.... another part that stood out to me: [quote] The film addresses the pastoral outreach of Pope Francis to those who identify as LGBT, including a story of the pontiff encouraging two Italian men in a same-sex relationship to raise their children in their parish church, which, one of the men said, was greatly beneficial to his children. “He didn’t mention what was his opinion on my family. Probably he’s following the doctrine on this point,” the man said, while praising the pope for a disposition and attitude of welcome and encouragement. [/quote]
  3. In other words, YOUR view of "family" is more focused around the fact that a male and female are (currently) required to sexually reproduce, and their gonads are what define the status of a group of people as 'a family,' even if the man and woman who created them are never in the picture after the child is born. Got it.
  4. Not yet.... That clock is still counting down. But it will, though it will likely only happen after a few rotations of the members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. In the end, there isn't really a way for either of us to prove our respective positions on this point, other than waiting it out.
  5. This is the type of rhetoric that alienates many of us from the LDS Faith, and especially many young LGBT members (and who affirm the inherent goodness of their own innate romantic and sexual identities) who unsuccessfully try to find a place for themselves and their same-gender relationships within LDS belief and culture (a failure that I'm fully aware is what many straight members of the LDS Faith feel is entirely as it should be, given their belief that such relationships are contrary to God's will). My husband and I have four children, one of whom is single, two of whom are married to
  6. Near the end of July of this summer, LDS Living has published an article about Charlie Bird, the BYU athlete who recently completed his stint as BYU's mascot, Cosmo the Cougar. It's approach in affirming both Charlie's membership in the LDS Faith and as a gay man is refreshing, perhaps from any angle from which one may approach these issues. Regardless of my own personal beliefs, I see changes allowing/encouraging safe spaces allowing LGBT individuals to openly discuss their thoughts, feelings, and realities as welcome additions to LDS culture and practice. I wish Charlie and those
  7. In many respects, comparing theologies of different religious Faiths is like comparing apples to oranges. Though there may be some similarities which may be objectively identifiable, determining which theology is preferable, or to use your words, "more important," is entirely subjective, and not at all within the realm of "undeniable fact," as you asserted. I don't deny that as a Latter-day Saint who believes that Catholicism is a manifestation of the apostasy from the church that Jesus established during his mortal life (and perhaps even part of the latter-day abominable whore spoken o
  8. As someone who HAS been through the temple and is fully aware of the endowment and its employment of the cross, I still emphatically disagree with your statement that "the undeniable fact that no Christian Church on earth places more importance on the symbolism of Christ’s crucifixion than does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints." Its clear that most other Christian Churches venerate the Christ's experience leading up to the crucifixion and the imagery and spiritual significance of his time on the cross itself more than the LDS Faith does. Perhaps you are unfamiliar with Cat
  9. I agree that online school seems preferable, from a health perspective, for sure. Clearly, it comes with it's own set of alternate challenges, but from a strictly medical standpoint, and preserving each others' health, online does seem the safest.
  10. What a great and inspiring story. FWIW, the CDC does recommend that healthy children age 2 and older SHOULD be wearing masks, and I agree that they CAN do that, especially when their parents are on-board and supportive. From the CDC's website:
  11. I agree that social distancing (of at least 6 feet) would address the concern of exposure.... I just don't know how someone who's a member of a high-risk population could expect that kindergartners would abide by the 6 feet requirement, let alone appropriate hand-washing and mask-wearing. I have a family member who is a member of a high risk population and within the age group of concern. He still works, but in an adult office and is in a position where his floor is marked to remind people to maintain a 6 foot distance, they're required to wear masks, and he stocks his office with hand s
  12. The only concern I would personally have is that the masks that we ourselves wear are really to protect others, not ourselves, and vice versa. And since children aren't ask likely to abide by mask-wearing requirements, I personally would be concerned about having my high-risk spouse subject themselves to a group of children who may end up being asymptomatic carriers. So in answer to Bernard's question: I'm not sure you CAN do that in a kindergarten class. That's why I'd check into other options (i.e. a disability leave or other employment opportunities) until a vaccine or a cure is found.
  13. I think the only time it will be safe for your wife to teach a kindergarten class is once a vaccine is developed. Until then, I second Ahab's answer: all are safest by following the recommendations of the CDC, including a multi-layered approach of mask-wearing, hand washing, and social distancing whenever possible. When it comes to being a member of a high-risk category and in which one's job makes such impossible.... the best option I see to preserve your own personal health is to avoid large groups of people, especially those incapable of social distancing and/or wearing masks (as
  14. I agree with Ahab's answer regarding your question about what "back to normal" means. As far as what "reducing the spread of COVID drastically" means, the article itself states:
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