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Scott Lloyd

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  1. Because, while a nickname likely would be used only infrequently in a typical conversation, pronouns are ubiquitous. Furthermore, I’ve never understood use of a person’s nickname by a teacher in a classroom setting to be a mandatory thing such that use of the person’s proper name by said teacher is typically regarded as a slur or insult.
  2. A few posts ago, I expressed a personal preference for your excellency or your eminence in place of you. But don’t worry, I’ll likely never enforce it — unless it’s toward someone who comes at me with an attitude.
  3. I suppose if I had made “a big deal about it” in the first place, someone might have made “a big deal” in response — and it might have been what I deserved. But I never did, so it was never an issue. And I was never reluctant to give my first name to whomever wanted to know it. So there was never a need to “interrogate” me for it. I even had an investigator address me by my first name; I was very mellow about it. Your analogy doesn’t work; probably best to drop it.
  4. I don’t know where Juliet lives, but as I understand it, Utah’s trigger law, which took effect with the overturning of Roe, would not have precluded someone in her circumstances from having an abortion. Nor would a number of other such “trigger laws” around the country. It’s more than possible to craft such nuanced legislation even with the overturning of Roe.
  5. Yes. Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2016 on a pledge to try to repeal the Hyde Amendment. And the Biden Administration has tried to do it this go-around. Some state governments have liberalized the provisions under which abortion would be funded through Medicaid.
  6. The overturning by SCOTUS of Roe v. Wade has occasioned an update of the Topics page on abortion on the Church’s Newsroom site. Here, in part, is the Church’s statement; I’m bolding a portion for emphasis: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of human life. Therefore, the Church opposes elective abortion for personal or social convenience, and counsels its members not to submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions. The phrase “pay for” probably means directly paying the bill for an individual abortion. But I wonder if there could be further implications that might prompt a bit of soul-searching. A couple of examples herewith: Some abortions are publicly funded with taxpayer dollars. Not much we can do about that with compulsory taxation. But in the spirit of the Church statement, might we exercise our rights as citizens and engage in activism to curtail such public funding for abortion? I’ve read that in the wake of the overturning of Roe, some corporations, including Disney, intend to pay for employees to travel to obtain abortions if they don’t have access to them in their home locales. Might we accordingly examine how we choose to spend our consumer dollars? I don’t expect the Church to weigh in on such questions as these, but we can certainly do things of our own (individual) free will and choice and thereby “bring to pass much righteousness.”
  7. What? No, I give it no religious meaning. I just like the sound of it. But if it’s not to your liking, you can use your excellency and his excellency. I like that just as well.
  8. What do you mean by that? Do you mean you’ll comply with my expressed preference? And why do you require me to conform to your arbitrary quid pro quo as a condition to honoring my preference? Do you make the same demand of others? By the way, the answer is yes. If any individual on this board requests to be referred to by a specific pronoun, I will try to comply.
  9. You mean, Is your eminence committed to calling others by their preferred pronouns and names?
  10. If you’ve been severely injured, you undoubtedly need to go to an emergency room. If you’re not that badly hurt, you don’t need an ambulance.
  11. You were probably unaware of my newly announced preference when you composed this post, so I will provide a mild correction: Maybe your eminence is just joking and being intentionally inaccurate for the joke, but just in case your eminence is not. …
  12. Does anyone ever “go home in an ambulance” after being beaten up or intentionally and severely injured, as Tur threatened to do to Ben Shapiro?
  13. Announcing that, from this time forth, my preferred pronouns are your eminence and his eminence. I expect everyone here will comply with my preference and thereby avoid the rudeness of failing or refusing to do so.
  14. Thinking back on my mission, I’m sure there were numerous — nay, countless — times when folks failed to address me with the title Elder (or, in the Swedish, äldste). I never thought anything at all about it, but I can say with certainty I never regarded it as rude. The notion of doing so strikes me as, well, a bit bizarre.
  15. And has been pointed out since that incident, Zoey Tur was, at the same time, threatening and incoherent, as nobody ever goes home in an ambulance. 😆
  16. Perhaps a dedication of a grave, like the dedication of a home or other structure or a father’s blessing or other priesthood blessing pronounced on an individual, is somewhat optional in the sense that it can bring spiritual peace and assurance to people’s hearts and call down divine blessings, but ill fortune doesn’t necessarily follow if it doesn’t happen. When I was in my childhood and youth, it was a regular and routine thing in the Church to hold a formal dedication for a new ward meetinghouse. These days, that rarely happens unless the building is a stake center, and I’m not sure it’s common even then.
  17. Some priesthood ordinances do transpire in public. A blessing on a sick or injured person, for example, can occur in a hospital or even on the street or other public setting when necessary. Even a baptism, when no font is available, can occur in the ocean or a pond or lake. When I was a district leader on my mission, we had a baptism in a public swimming pool because there was no conveniently located font. So the fact that a grave dedication occurs in a public cemetery does not make it any the less a priesthood ordinance — provided it is performed by an authorized Melchizedek Priesthood holder. But you are right in assuming anyone can say a graveside prayer if requested by the family.
  18. In any of those instances, was it a bishop who presided at and conducted the funeral and, if so, was he aware of your status? He should not have allowed it in that case. On the other hand, a graveside prayer may be given in lieu of a grave dedication and can be offered by anyone the family chooses. Perhaps that’s what those who asked you to participate had in mind. Such a prayer, though, is not properly termed or regarded as a dedication of the grave, which is a Melchizedek priesthood ordinance. Here’s the relevant passage from the handbook: Who Dedicates the Grave A person who dedicates a grave should hold the Melchizedek Priesthood and be authorized by the priesthood leader who conducts the service. If the family prefers, a graveside prayer may be offered instead of a dedicatory prayer. It may be offered by anyone the family chooses. To act as voice in dedicating a grave, a person who is outside his own ward must show a current temple recommend to the priesthood leader who presides over the service. Or he may show a Recommend to Perform an Ordinance signed by a member of his bishopric.
  19. I think some rationalize their behavior by self-identifying as an unbelieving but “cultural Mormon” or “ethnic Mormon” with some supposed sense of residual proprietorship — analogous to non-practicing or non-believing Jews. But those are mythical appellations. There is no ethnicity associated with membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Not really. It’s all about entering into and striving to keep sacred covenants. And this is true regardless of one’s inherent culture, ethnicity, nationality, race or anything else. This is why I’ve made a point in the past of saying I identify more closely with the newest faithful convert in the remotest outpost of the Church than I do with any of those closer to home who have “stepped away” or “taken a break” or engaged in any of the other euphemisms for abandoning the faith or forsaking covenants.
  20. I view it terms of Nephi’s vision of the great and spacious building with that vision’s timeless application. Whatever the motivation might be — the allure of the building itself, curiosity about what’s inside, embarrassment over being mocked and jeered at for clinging to the iron rod — they make their way inside that colossal structure and become comfortable therein, little realizing the spectacular fall and destruction that await it and its inhabitants.
  21. Community activities were far less common in the past. In a very real way, the ward WAS the community in areas of high-density membership. Church activities filled a vacuum. Not anymore. Sometimes I feel nostalgic for those days, but I don’t think the customs fit our contemporary times.
  22. If you need support, contact your bishop. Every bishop I know would do handsprings to have someone return to activity.
  23. Maybe it’s time to recognize that stake sports leagues are a relic of a bygone era in the Church. Youth treks, For the Strength of Youth conferences and Young Women camps seem to be by design far more inclusive than sports programs ever were. And for those whose interests are in the area of sports, there are city and county rec leagues to fill the need.
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