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  1. Yes I noticed the million/billion mistake. He could be very tired from the guam temple trip and might also might not be perfectly healthy right now. He was having some trouble speaking. I think the church numbers are still growing in the US but just not at the same rate that it was previously.
  2. Elder Bednar gave a great speech at the National Press Conference today. Especially listen to the question and answer phase at the end of his speech.
  3. Wow. Sister Riess is really stretching it with this one" ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ raises the question: Are Mormons dangerous? Apparently we are "ignoring the dangers of religiously inspired violence." "We don’t teach members to cast a critical eye on “heroes” like Joshua and Caleb " We should stop singing "Let us all Press On" And asks the question: "Do we breed dangerous people? And if we do, how must we change?" At least she " did not agree that my church is a breeding ground for dangerous people, people who are more prone to violence than others." But then again it might be.
  4. I wonder if for some of these people the reason is because, since they are no longer active or believe, they are having more actual sexual experiences with women so don't need to look at the porn anymore.
  5. Some information about record annotations: "As authorized by the First Presidency, Church headquarters annotates a person’s membership record in any of the situations listed below. The bishop or stake president submits a Report of Church Membership Council form indicating that the person’s membership was formally restricted or withdrawn for any of the following conduct: Incest Sexual abuse of a child or youth, sexual exploitation of a child or youth, or serious physical or emotional abuse of a child or youth Involvement with child pornography as outlined in 38.6.6 Plural marriage Adult sexual predatory behavior Transgender—actions to transition to the opposite of a person’s biological sex at birth (see 38.6.23) Embezzling Church funds or stealing Church property (see Church welfare abuse Threatening behavior (such as sexual, violent, or financial) or conduct that harms the Church The bishop and stake president submit written notification that the person: Has admitted to or has been convicted of a crime involving one of the actions listed above. Has been found liable in a civil action of fraud or other illegal acts involving one of the actions listed above. When a bishop receives an annotated membership record, he follows the instructions in the annotation. Only the First Presidency may authorize removing an annotation from a membership record. To recommend removing an annotation, the stake president uses LCR. The Office of the First Presidency notifies him if the recommendation is approved or not." (CHI)
  6. It was a good question and the catalyst for some good responses and information. Thank you for posing it. There are no dumb questions, only dumb people who don't ask the dumb questions and that is why they are dumb.🙂
  7. Agreed. Interesting that Joel Osteen, the pastor of one of the largest Christian churches said: “I believe that [Mormons] are Christians . . . . I don’t know if it’s the purest form of Christianity, like I grew up with. But you know what, I know Mormons. I hear Mitt Romney — and I’ve never met him — but I hear him say, ‘I believe Jesus is the son of God,’ ‘I believe he’s my savior,’ and that’s one of the core issues." “I’m sure there are other issues that we don’t agree on. But you know, I can say that the Baptists and the Methodists and the Catholics don’t all agree on everything. So that would be my take on it.” In 2007, he told Chris Wallace of FOX News that Mormons are indeed Christians: "Well, in my mind they are. Mitt Romney has said that he believes in Christ as his savior, and that's what I believe, so, you know, I'm not the one to judge the little details of it. So I believe they are." So would he no longer be considered a Christian for saying that?
  8. I do understand that and was only referring to many of the people commenting on that article.
  9. it's mostly a general sense I get from the attitude of those commenting. Like this one: "if these Mormons are not children of God, hell is where they will be going. Their founder is not the sinless Son of God, the Lord Jesus, but the sinner Mr J. Smith Esquire. That's not a good start to start with as it's leaving lots of doubt about the validity of their religion. The Mormon god is not the same GOD and the Mormon jesus is not the same JESUS either. Therefore, if all this Mormon religion is a counterfeit, they have no chance as they are not true believers in the real JESUS."
  10. The bigotry represented in the comments after that article is so thick you couldn't cut it wit a chainsaw. Apparently we are all going to Hell for sure.
  11. Here's a movie about it from 80 years ago. Just ask Shirley Temple
  12. 1. What verse would you put on our buildings? "Come unto Christ and be perfected in him," (Moroni 10: 32) 2. What would your interpretation of if be using this form (or something like it): "By entering this building, you are committed to..."? "Worshipping God the Father and Jesus Christ and loving and serving each other"
  13. Many Church members have a depiction of the temple on the headstone. My wife and I were married in the old Ogden temple so that is what is on her headstone.
  14. FAIR specifically addresses the misinformation and misrepresentations in this series. They say they will update it as more information comes in.
  15. A few Old Testament prophets predicted it: Isaiah 24:5–6 5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left. Amos 8: 11-12 11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. From the New Testament: Acts 20:29–30 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 2 Thessalonians 2:1–4 1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 2 Timothy 4:3–4 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Peter 2:1–3 1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.| 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
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