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  1. 😲 Uh Oh. Ill tell him its time to move 😉
  2. Later when the child was 8 years he was baptized into the Mormon Church, so he got it twice and is saved either way. 🙂 Does a Mormon baptism invalidate a Catholic baptism?
  3. What about this scenario. I have an LDS aunt that went into labor prematurely in a Catholic hospital and delivered the baby but was she unconscious afterwards and the baby was not expected to live. One of the nurses decided that the baby needed to be baptized before it died and she did not know the religion of my aunt so she performed the baptism without consent because there was no one available to get the consent. Fortunately both the baby and mother survived. My aunt was not offended but very grateful to the nurse for caring so much for the salvation of her baby. Was it right for the nurse to baptize the baby?
  4. I think it is mostly in the words used to perform the baptism. It seems to me that a Mormon can baptise a Catholic born infant, if he uses the correct words when performing the baptism.
  5. Some missionaries reach their international assignments as pandemic travel restrictions ease Apparently some missionaries are being allowed to serve in their international missions again. "The number of Latter-day Saint missionaries in some areas of the world has fallen steeply because of coronavirus-related issues, but missionaries are beginning to return to the field. Four months after the pandemic upended the highly organized global missionary program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, six American sister missionaries recently arrived in the Denmark Copenhagen Mission, including Sister Kendra DeLange, 19, of North Logan, Utah. The relief was welcome in a mission where reduced numbers meant more areas were on the verge of going without missionaries, according to returned missionaries and family members. More help is poised to crisscross the globe. Many stateside missions are full of Americans holding international mission calls who are unable to travel to their assigned callings because of pandemic-related restrictions. The U.S. State Department’s decision on Thursday to lift its Do Not Travel advisory, in place since March 19, may help."
  6. I am expecting some kind of settlement might be agreed on, like a refund of some of the tuition costs.
  7. Well, you can file for any case. So I'm guessing it'll get to: filing. And that's about it. There's just no case here and no court is going to want to set any precedent. Right. Such a precedent could start a wave of lawsuits in a lot of universities.
  8. Student sues BYU, saying move to online classes offered ‘subpar’ education "A Brigham Young University student sued the private school Wednesday, claiming he didn’t get what he paid for when the campus was closed and classes were moved online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chase Hiatt, an undergraduate during the winter and spring 2020 semesters and who enrolled for classes this fall, claims in the federal lawsuit that the online learning options offered at BYU are “subpar” compared to the educational experience provided before classes were suspended in March. While Hiatt is currently the only plaintiff in the case, his attorney, Michael Watton, is looking to make it a class-action suit. “In short, plaintiffs and the members of the class have paid for tuition for a first-rate education and an on-campus, in-person educational experience, with all the appurtenant benefits offered by a first-rate university, and were provided a materially deficient and insufficient alternative, which alternative constitutes a breach of the contracts entered into by plaintiffs and the class with the university,” according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City. BYU priced the tuition and mandatory fees based on the in-person educational services, opportunities and experiences it was providing on campus, according to the suit. Claims in the lawsuit include breach of contract and unjust enrichment. BYU has not seen the lawsuit, university spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said Wednesday." I wonder how far this lawsuit will get?
  9. If I don't let my little grandkids get it first it will be all over the floor as they rush to see who can get it first.
  10. October 2020 general conference: Here’s what we know At least for now General Conference will be televised and no live audiences. Could happen again for the April 2021. Who knows after that?
  11. LIVE COVERAGE: Day 2 of Chad Daybell’s preliminary hearing begins at 9 a.m.
  12. Yep, the editor in me was cringing. https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/handbook-update-july-2020#Seminaries This one is written much better and has a better list of all the changes.
  13. Also proof that it was an abridgement that was taken from many other records. If we had all the records it might not seem so messy with loose ends.
  14. Wilford Brimley, Star of The Thing and Cocoon, Dies at Age 85 Remembering Wilford Brimley (1934–2020) Learned some things I didn't know about him. "In addition to working as a blacksmith and ranch hand, he was a bodyguard for Howard Hughes. “He was a good guy,” Brimley, who was Mormon, told The Powell Tribune in 2014 regarding his famously eccentric old boss. Despite not being Mormon, Hughes made a point to specifically hire Mormon bodyguards, which aided him in getting the unusual gig."
  15. Librarians can reproduce. Keep that door open. 😉
  16. If you want to include all models they could have simply lied about the whole thing, which of course we hope did not happen.
  17. Haven't heard of them using drugs. I have heard it suggested that Joseph may have been suffering from some kind of medical condition which caused him to have seizures accompanied by hallucinations. But of course that would not explain similar visions that others experienced at that time.
  18. I don’t really know how it’s done, but would this be referring to ‘energy healing ’? Maybe referring to the kind of "healing" Benny Hinn does on stage? They call it "faith" healing but I see it more as an imitation of priesthood power.
  19. Church releases updates to handbook for Latter-day Saint leaders worldwide Full new chapters governing three of the church’s major organizations, the Sunday School, Relief Society and Elders’ Quorum, and one called “Teaching the Gospel.” One notable change is that stake presidents are to call new Relief Society presidents and no longer delegate that responsibility to a counselor. The chapter on Sunday School does away with the role of class president and changes two familiar church terms. The meetinghouse library and ward librarian will now be known as the resource center and ward resource specialist. Several updates in that section were related to reproduction. While the handbook noted that reproductive technology can help a married woman and man have children and decisions ultimately are left to their prayerful judgment, the church: Continues to discourages surgical sterilization, such as vasectomies and tubal ligations, as an elective form of birth control, with the handbook deleting a section about the issue and moving the policy into the birth control section. Continues to discourages artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization using sperm from anyone but the husband or an egg from anyone but the wife. The handbook update merged the sections about the two procedures. Includes a section on sex education, encouraging parents to have honest, clear and ongoing conversations with their children about righteous sexuality and to be aware of and appropriately influence sex education taught in schools. The August 2020 edition of the “Ensign,” the church’s official monthly magazine, includes multiple articles on sex education. Requires First Presidency approval for a child born to a surrogate mother to be sealed to parents in a temple, a long-standing policy not previously included in the handbook. The updated entry on the occult says occult practices include Satan worship, fortune-telling, curses and healing practices that are imitations of priesthood power. The entry on suicide encourages greater sensitivity as leaders minister to those considering suicide. It notes that many are seeking relief from physical, mental, emotional or spiritual pain and need love, help and support from family, church leaders and qualified professionals. The entry also notes that while the church’s position is that it is not right for a person to take his or her own life, “only God is able to judge the person’s thoughts, actions and level of accountability.” The “Medical and Health Policies” section included a new entry about medical marijuana. The policy provides guidelines for when marijuana may be used for medical purposes and restates the church’s opposition to nonmedical use of marijuana.
  20. Traditional cathedrals are built in the shape of a cross. Right. My point exactly. Winchester Cathedral.
  21. The shape of an older church building in Ogden Utah. I wonder if the cross was in mind when they designed this?
  22. President David O Mckay was the one who really started the church's official moving away from the cross. In 1957, a jewelry store in Salt Lake City advertised cross jewelry for girls. LDS Church Presiding Bishop Joseph L. Wirthlin called President David O. McKay to see if it was proper for LDS girls to purchase the crosses to wear. President McKay expressed two reasons why he didn't think it was a good idea. He said the crosses were "purely Catholic and Latter-day Saint girls should not purchase and wear them. ... and that "Our worship should be in our hearts." (Michael Reed argues in the thesis, “The Development of the LDS Church’s Attitude Toward the Cross.”)
  23. It might also be a way for differentiating us from all the other Christian faiths who do use the cross. We are a peculiar people after all. What prompted the statement? President Gordon B. Hinckley explained the reason why we don't use the cross in a talk delivered in general conference. He told about talking to a Protestant minister following a temple open house. The minister had asked why there were no crosses anywhere if we say we believe in Jesus Christ. President Hinckley answered, “‘I do not wish to give offense to any of my Christian brethren who use the cross on the steeples of their cathedrals and at the altars of their chapels, who wear it on their vestments, and imprint it on their books and other literature. But for us, the cross is the symbol of the dying Christ, while our message is a declaration of the living Christ.’ “He then asked, ‘If you do not use the cross, what is the symbol of your religion?’ “I replied that the lives of our people must become the only meaningful expression of our faith and, in fact, therefore, the symbol of our worship” (“The Symbol of Christ,” New Era, Apr. 1990, p. 4). President Hinckley further explained, “On Calvary he was the dying Jesus. From the tomb he emerged the living Christ. … Because our Savior lives, we do not use the symbol of his death as the symbol of our faith. But what shall we use? No sign, no work of art, no representation of form is adequate to express the glory and the wonder of the Living Christ. He told us what that symbol should be when he said, ‘If ye love me, keep my commandments’ (John 14:15)” . I don't think the church ever officially used the cross but it is possible that the new converts brought the practice with them from their other faiths and it took a while to let it go.
  24. Mostly cultural, but also based on opinions from church leaders whose council we try to follow. President Gordon B. Hinckley said: "I do not wish to give offense to any of my Christian brethren who use the cross on the steeples of their cathedrals and at the altars of their chapels, who wear it on their vestments, and imprint it on their books and other literature. But for us, the cross is the symbol of the dying Christ, while our message is a declaration of the living Christ. The lives of our people must become the only meaningful expression of our faith and, in fact, therefore, the symbol of our worship." (General Conference, April, 1975)
  25. I started a church related website many years ago and was getting a lot of anti-Mormon type questions. A lot of people doing a copy and paste of lists they found on the internet of issues critical against the church. People telling me what the church "really" believes as mentioned earlier. There were also a lot of other Christians who were trying to save me from the "false" doctrines of the church. Now I don't see any more questions like that coming in at all. I only see church members asking honest questions about the church and its history or doctrines and policies. Either those other people have given up or they see that the issues have already been addressed in many places and see that it's a waste of time now.
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