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  1. Let's just give it all back to the membership, active or not. That would enrich the membership who (many) have given so much. $1E11/15E6 = $6667 Or, we could be more generous and give it to the US population. $1E11/ 328E6 = $305 I can think of nothing more important to do with such vast amount of moneys. Or maybe the Church could donate it all to cover approximately a tithe of the trillions of dollars proposed budget. I mean, if the Church with it's vast wealth could solve so many world problems with its Smaug horde, imagine what could be done if we just combined it with the (defici
  2. As many others expressed, I'll miss your posts too. Curiously, this little scene came to mind with reading part of your post 1.
  3. It's a lengthy article, but worth reading. https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/why-arent-astronomers-paying-more-attention-to-ufos-23bd066bd115 Theologically, I believe the universe is absolutely rife with life. More than that, I suspect/believe they are largely anthropomorphic and many worship an anthropomorphic deity who also have an atonement sounding theology. Do I think we'll (publicly) see any of these such beings. I am heavily against the odds. Awareness of beings with such a similar theology to that which exists on earth would be quite damaging to atheists and agnostics (and
  4. On a more serious note, there are some logical reasoning to think that there is more to spirit birth than we may first assume. Though, I base my reasoning on some assumptions that are not accepted by all latter-day saint theological frameworks. So, I'll try to spell mine out. Premise 1) "Intelligences" are something that predates spirit bodies. It is uncreate, self-existent, and eternal. Premise 2) Uncreate and self-existent "intelligences" are "simple" -- that is, they are monads, indivisible and without constituent parts Premise 3) "Intelligences" can act without being acted upon (t
  5. And with trillions of children, that would basically mean one would still spend their time in a a near continuous state of pregnancy. I'm not a woman, but gosh, now I'm jealous. Who wouldn't want to be gravid in perpetuum?
  6. Oh, do we really have to get all techno?
  7. I personally doubt very much that spirit bodies are produced with a viviporous birth. Trillions of spirit children and the numbers just don't make much sense. What we do know is all known accounts (at least that i know of) of your pre-mortal state describe fully adult spirit children. That doesn't mean there aren't pre-adult stages in the development of a spirit body but any understanding of that seems to be withheld from us. I quite suspect that is deliberate -- lest we be confused.
  8. There may be a lot more to our available physical phenotypes than we presume. Eyelashes, eyebrows, vestigial organs? Can God curl his tongue or wiggle his ears like Pres. Monson? Right now God is often depicted as a white Caucasian male. But, there are many other possibilities. Possibilities that certainly extend past this earth. On another planet with a different star, do all the human's use the same melanin pigment schema or is a different protein used to mitigate the solar radiation impacts? E.g. can those inhabitants have a greenish or bluish skin? Is five fingers and five toes per li
  9. I am certain that lacking control of one's body would be a form of torment. We need mastery over our own flesh. Not necessarily the cessation of "desires" but that we are under complete control over ourselves. That leaves a related question: why would we want both a spirit and physical body? For me, the answer I accept comes down to physics. Salvation is the "triumph over all" (see Joseph's commentary where he was specifically talking about triumph over the devil). Physical matter interacts readily with physical matter. Spirit matter readily interacts with spirit matter. Physical matter a
  10. Good post. Most of the ourworldindata stuff capped at 2018. Thanks for sharing!
  11. Agreed. I miss his stuff (he passed away a few years back).
  12. Wars: the number of wars have increased - but only civil, intrastate conflicts. Interstate conflicts are less. Other things of note (no graphic attached): number of conflict deaths are down pretty significantly, military spending as percentage of gross income is down, percentage of population in military is down. (https://ourworldindata.org/war-and-peace)
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  14. Natural disasters are up significantly. Deaths, though, are down. In particular, I was surprised to learn just how much lightning strike deaths decreased.
  15. As Latter-day Saints we are instructed to be wise and informed. "And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Luke 22:29-31" It turns out the vast majority of people (myself included) are woefully misinformed about the state of the world. Some here are some resources that can help individuals be informed. Sharing other resources is good too. https://ourworldindata.
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