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  1. Some folks will never learn unless they hurt themselves. To a certain extent, we're a race of hot-stove-touchers, at least for part of our developmental journey. And how exactly will those of us in that situation ever learn, if we're not burned by the stove?
  2. Commandments and urging to be of good cheer? It's almost as if it were a choice. People can pick whether to be cheerful or cranky? How about that. This means being cheerful is a set of actions and behaviors, more than it is an internal state or feeling.
  3. https://www.fairmormon.org/search has 73 results, there are numerous wikipedia articles, and of course, the Strangite website itself. I'm not bothered when I see 5000 people moving in a certain way. I argue politics online.
  4. I've lost count at how many times a church critic has wielded the following clubs on me and mine: "The audacity of mormons, having a warm fuzzy emotion and thinking they've been spoken to by the Holy Spirit!" "The Bible is the full and final word of God. Anything else that comes, like a mormon's 'revelation', is another gospel warned about in the book of Revelations. The heavens are closed!" True, there are no shortage of Christians praying to learn God's will, and laying claim to spiritual witness/promptings. I hear terminology like "I've been convicted of the Lord t
  5. I'm watching the latest iteration of Stephen King's The Stand, which features a bona fide prophet in Mother Abagail. Everyone receives a personal witness, a vision, of Mother Abagail calling them to come to Boulder. When they arrive, she's a real person - a little old lady who sets them all off on a course. Then she takes off into the wilderness to seek God's will, which she's able to deliver right before she dies of exposure from being a little old lady who spent some nights in the wilderness. LDS Prophets haven't been so dramatic in my lifetime. Closest they've come have been some
  6. I once did a stint at a company that translated/localized stuff into other languages. One of the wise crusty old employees at that company often grouched and winged about how nobody knew a single thing about translation. He penned this short primer as a way of crowbarring some basic understanding into us: On the Beach, or Why You Can't Just Translate the Words When they make me emperor of the mormons, my first decree will be for every member of the church to read this short essay before they opine about translation. I'd absolutely recommend it to all the smart people too.
  7. Something I have learned: In any group of any size, on any side of any fence, there will be a tiny fraction in the group, that are some blend of crazy/evil/dangerous/stupid. This is also true for us good LDS folks. The rare exceptions when it isn't true, one barrier for being translated like the city of Enoch is removed. Other things I have learned: - Social media allows for such fractional tiny minorities to find each other, organize, and act, quite easily. - It's rather easy to have a tiny fraction of a minority, look like more than they are. Someone's crazy uncle and half a
  8. Back in August, I signed up for the Moderna phase 3 trial, and got two shots. The other day, I went in and they officially “unblinded” me, confirming that I got the actual vaccine, and not the placebo. I've been going in for bloodwork, and answering twice-monthly health questionnaires since August. Up next, several years of more of the same, to confirm how long the vaccine is effective, and provide data for potential long-term effects. I and tens of thousands of others have been studied since last spring/summer, to see if we grow tumors or die or get improved 5G cell phone reception, or wha
  9. Since we're doing women and priesthood, let's do same-sex sealings in the temple too! I'm about 6-7 years into a 30 year bet with an Atheist buddy. He figures the church, like any business, absolutely has to keep growing. And since same-sex marriage gained majority acceptance in the US and we're currently on the shrinking minority, the church is forced to change one of it's core doctrines and practices, or it'll start to shrink, and that's intolerable. I figure God has made it pretty clear about the eternal and unchangeable nature of marriage, which consists of a man and a woman, and
  10. [full disclosure - I'm trying to be witty and sarcastic here. Don't take me seriously.] This item sounds so sickeningly charitable, I'm thinking it's born from naivete. If there's ever a human situation where a sheep is sent forth into the midst of wolves, it's the faithful dating scene at BYU, or any singles ward anywhere. So, let's be wise as serpents here. Returning honorably from a full time mission gets you: - The ability to pass by the flaming-sword-wielding Cherubim which stand guarding the path to the Tree of Eligible Nines and Tens. - An immediate +2 in your
  11. Yay - time to break out my old Elders Quorum presentation on Social Media! On one hand, church leaders be like And on the other hand, they be like And I think these days, pretty much all our church leaders be like
  12. Just a reminder: Tooele: "It's written on Willy's birthday present".
  13. https://www.facebook.com/russell.m.nelson/photos/a.607086232692150/3650726764994733
  14. A week, particularly this coming week, passing by with nobody doing anything stupid. Got my fingers crossed.
  15. College: "That'll be $8,000 please." Kid: "Oh dang - I only have $2,000." Lender (from the shadows): "Psst kid, here's $6,000." Kid: "Great!" College: "Wait - did that other $6k come from a lender? How much will they lend you?" Lender (whispering): "Whatever they need, kid. Lemme know, I'll hook you up." Is there anyone with a different perspective about how it works?
  16. Looking forward to it! (I really liked Baptists at our Barbeque.)
  17. By the way, I'm all for lots and lots of training and resources on the topic. Child abuse (and it's nasty cousins, disabled and elderly abuse) thrive best in the secret dark, hidden away, with people too embarrassed or awkward to talk or think about it. It cannot survive in the light, and the solution is to drag it out where everyone can see it for what it is. "It", in this case, is the sum total of human understanding about abuse of those who need to be protected, including the impacts it has on perpetrator and victim alike. I'm a big fan of the principle: "seek ye diligently and tea
  18. That bishops are not trained on the nature of the victimisation process or types of disclosures and thus are ill prepared to recognize either. This is important, right? Just wanted to make sure this stuff made it to this thread. It's not exactly hard to find for anyone, and is required training for anyone dealing with church youth: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/church-safety-and-health/training-and-video-resources/youth-protection?lang=eng Launch Training Download summary of key principles The old gripe was "there's no training". Th
  19. [Digging into my old apologetic arguments from the '90's] Ah yes - here we go: Jerusalem was both a city name, and the name of the surrounding district. Kind of like how Salt Lake is both a city, and a county. (It was truly amazing how much argument and resistance this notion generated from the anti community back in the day. It was like if they gave in and admitted this reality was true, they would have to accept the BoM as true.)
  20. I once accidentally crashed an evening fireside with local church leadership and an apostle (long story). Part of the apostle's talk indicated one of the most-asked questions from bishops was "Occasionally, I'm almost certain I'm being lied to by a member, but have no concrete proof. Should I still [issue the recommend/provide the church assistance/etc]?" The answer was along the lines of "These are opportunities for the member to account to the Lord. Unless there's a danger of harm to someone or you have concrete proof, do not interfere with this accounting. No matter how strong the i
  21. Some callings require active, temple worthy, tithe paying members to fill the role. Tithing settlement is one way information about members flows to the Bishop for these sorts of considerations. On the other end of the spectrum, members seeking church assistance may get into a budgeting/personal finance arrangement that includes tithing. Folks in such situations who don't follow up on their end of the plan, might have their church assistance cut off. In my dozen years in the clerk's office, I've heard umpteen stories of members not getting the church financial support they wanted
  22. It depends on how you define "blessing". The traditional/common usage is "God's favor and protection". The answer is Yes. Every single talk/scripture/hallway conversation/PPI with the youth I've ever experienced, all say that blessings come after we follow the commandments. The secular usage, growing in popularity, is "a special favor, mercy, or benefit". Basically, same thing, but without the God. The answer is Yes. And anyone with the slightest understanding of a 12 step program, or physical therapy after a surgery/accident, or even anyone who has succeeded at a diet, are a
  23. When businesses do this, it can come across as anywhere between virtuous apology, and pandering/virtue signaling in order to preserve profit. "We used to be bad, but now we're good - buy our newspapers!" Other Example: Ok, but you're still selling this stuff for money, right?
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