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  1. I heard a quick news blurb about us and our General Conference in the national news on am radio. First time ever here in Colorado Springs. I think it was ABC "all the national news in two minutes" things. Sounded like this: "...expected him to step down after this term. A leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told his congregation during their semiannual General Conference, that anyone who wants to find the truth, should listen to the words of their prophet, Russel M. Nelson. President Nelson and his advisors have been quite outspoken on the subject of COVID-19, urging everyone in their congregation to get vaccinated. Algeria has recalled it's ambassador to France after..."
  2. I've been overall happy with the various changes to the LDS Library app over time. Yeah, the current selections under "men" is a bit silly. Check back in a few months and see if it's less silly. I'm a fan, for example, of the "Life Help" section, with helpful and relevant entries on self reliance, abuse, addiction, adoption, death, disabilities, divorce, education, employment, English learning, family, finances, grief, hope, media safety, mental health, physical health, pr0n, pregnant and single, preparedness, same-sex attraction, single-parent families, suicide, and transgender. The church is doing a great job, IMO, of making it's best resources swiftly available to the "we have an app for that" culture. But yeah, the sparse men section is a tad silly.
  3. Glad to be a member of a church that can still tell the difference between the two.
  4. Someone close to me experienced sexual abuse as a child, and experienced being ignored or blamed by various good LDS folk in her life, including a bishop. She has a testimony, simply put, but containing great depth: "I trust God to act like God, and man to act like man."
  5. And the beatniks that started in the late '40s. Basically, WWII ended, the US was on top of the world and full of victorious patriotic righteousness, Ezra Taft Benson was at the top of his game, and the beatniks and hippies were counter all that.
  6. Yep, looks like attendance is declining a little in the UK. (Assuming these are real leaked numbers)
  7. Perhaps the only reason they were publishing anything in the first place, was a defensive reaction to Dan Peterson walking by with his raised eyebrow. Now he's retired, the pressure isn't there any more.
  8. A few months after 9/11, a local Mosque in our area offered an open house, which I attended. Part of the presentation included a very strong, very loud, black Muslim lady who talked about the burqa. She told us in no uncertain terms there wasn't a man alive who could make her dress in a way she didn't want to, and her burqa was a testament to her faith in Allah, an indication of her willing submission to Him, and if anyone thought different she was more than happy to fight them over the issue right then and there. We all leaned back in our chairs from this powerfully-presented opinion and said "yes ma'am". I haven't paid the notion a second thought since. Yes, I know about throwing acid in the faces of young girls caught outside with uncovered heads, and closing schools for girls, and honor killings, and genital mutilation, and all that. That's horrible. But from what I can tell, the burqa and hijab are ways for women to show submission to God's will, and protect their virtue, and be chaste and pure, and all that. I'm not gonna smack talk such a thing. Forcing people to do what they don't want to, is out for me. Either in Islam, or my church. If my daughters wish to behave or dress certain ways, there may be certain consequences. But I'm not a big fan of force. From where I'm standing, the acid and killings and whatnot is force, and whatever I come up with as punishment is a consequence. Your mileage may vary. I will answer to my God on my decision here, not any of y'all.
  9. I remember reading Spaulding's Manuscript Found. Nobody liked my offered contributions to anti-mormonism, which amounted to two things: First, pointing out that the word adieu appears in it. Second, we find the notion of Lamanites growing white in it. Honestly, I can't imagine why the Tanners never interviewed me. At the very least, you would have thought Loftes Tryk would have made a book out of those two revelations. I guess it sounded too much like a pirate tale for them. Maybe they were too late to discover that Hyrum's nephew's pet cat once ran down the same alleyway where Spaulding's cousin's classmate once got lost.
  10. Oh man. Not to belabor the point, but this thread really is good for my soul. A guy shows up asking for the best explanation a critic can come up with to explain the writing of the BoM. 3 pages in, and we've got arguments about how thick beaver fur hats are, and if enough light would shine through them to have people be able to see an entire day's worth of text that Joseph had hidden there on note cards. As someone who groaned under the burden of an artist's depiction of Captain Moroni riding a tapir, I really have to say the tables have turned. "CFR that no one saw him or heard him load up his hat with 3x5 cards". Pure gold. @Fether, do you think you have your answer yet?
  11. Heh. No clearer proof of the absolute uncontested victory of apologetics on the topic has ever been uttered. Now if you don't mind, Imma go reminisce about the massive epic online battles of the '90's and 2000's. Seeking's statement is truly the best reward for all the efforts made back then.
  12. Human nature (as evidenced by human history) is an interesting range of stuff. On one end, there's the stuff we'll all decide to do differently, and at the other end is stuff we would fight and do violence rather than change. It seems like no matter where you go in history, one story remains the same: When it comes to forcing people to change, governments/churches/dominions/principalities have a heck of a lot less ability to do it than they think they do. I figure humans will largely go back to what they were doing before, and just accepting that humanity has a slight titch higher mortality rate than before. Old and infirm and frail will continue to die, just like they have for as long as there have been humans. We'll continue to try to refine COVID response, just like we've done for cancer and aids and auto crashes and every other significant source of human death.
  13. I’ve been running the zoom camera for more than 15 months now. We’ve had between 5-85% online attendance, depending on the local conditions. Just about everybody who habitually attends remotely, has come at least once or twice. Especially right after the successful vaccine rollout when everyone was sharing the CDC and president’s big banner tweet about ok for fully vaccinated to remove their mask. One interesting thing-I started online broadcasts with emailing the zoom link to all adults. A month later, I expanded the distribution list to all members -and we picked up 3-6 youth who hadn’t been attending before. Since then, my most regular online attendees have been the frail elderly couple, and someone named something like “rainbow dragon”. I hope I find out who that is at some point. I assume one of our Young Women. Most reliable zoom attendee by far.
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