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  1. What's to stop a quorum from just planning their own camp at a national park or somewhere else? Those were the best camps we had when I was in the youth program. The BSA camps I attended were just merit badge mills. Worthwhile experiences were much more readily had at the camps we planned ourselves.
  2. I turned people away for help as a Bishop. It was always for one of two reasons. Either they were verifiably lying to me to get money and other resources, or they failed to do their part in terms of looking for work or eliminating unnecessary expenditures. Giving too much, especially when someone is not doing their part, is not helping. It's creating a disability of dependency. I know that made me an uncaring monster for many, but I have no regrets. I saw many people become independent that had been on government and church assistance for years.
  3. I really like the strides the church is making in creating the same experience for all members globally. When I've lived outside the U.S., it used to feel somewhat like all the areas outside the U.S. were an afterthought. That's been changing a lot in the last 10 years or so, and I think it's great.
  4. Not to mention that breaking it is an important part of the ordinance and symbolism, and breaking wheat thins seems awkward, at best.
  5. Unless you're a cop or a fireman, a mustache means you're up to no good.
  6. Yeah, I'm not sure how to reconcile fear and shame being bad tactics at all times with basically all of recorded scripture. Yes, there are lots of scriptures about love and its efficacy, but there's also a boatload of prophets and God himself telling people they will burn in hell and shaming them for their sin. As for me personally, being chewed out and shamed has at times been very helpful to me in a way that loving understanding would not have been. There have been other times that such tactics have left me feeling worthless, depressed, and demotivated. Fear, shame, love and compassion
  7. With any reasonably good software, it's pretty trivial while editing video to speed up or slow down the video without affecting the pitch of the audio. The pitch can also be adjusted easily. An editor can change the tempo every frame, if necessary. My guess is they just had the choirs sing and fixed any issues with tempo, etc. in the editing process. If you have good editors, which the church does, it's easier and probably cheaper to fix it that way than to get all the choirs to match up in the raw video.
  8. How do you know whether Jesus was married or not? Wouldn't you need to know that first?
  9. Turning everyone into have-nots seems an odd approach. Why not just ensure that everyone has access using ministers, etc. where needed?
  10. Very interesting. I notice that the church isn't doing much in Australia or Siberia. Too busy hoarding cash, I guess. 😋
  11. I suspect that a high number of sexual partners correlates strongly with other risk factors, such as drinking and drug use. The personality type that seeks many different partners tends to engage in a variety of risky behaviors. While I am very much a believer in the spiritual, emotional, and physical benefits of chastity, I'm not sure that correlation equals causation here.
  12. We had a guy that was trading the food for drugs, money, and cigarettes. Unfortunately for him, his apartment building manager was the executive secretary in the ward and learned of it pretty quickly. That was his last order of food from the storehouse.
  13. What I would like to see among the calls for more humanitarian aid is recognition of the massive humanitarian aid that is already being provided through the fast offering and bishops' storehouse programs. The focus seems to always be on the roughtly $40 million in donations from the humanitarian aid fund and how small that is in comparison to the wealth of the church. But the church welfare programs, including fast offerings and the storehouses, provide a lot of very local humanitarian aid. The church provides very large amounts of food at no cost to those in need. Those large land holdin
  14. My reasons for paying tithing have nothing to do with how the money is used after I pay it, so why would that be an expression of blind faith? To avoid being coy, I know from personal experience that God will bless me in many different ways if I pay tithing. I've lived it. I've seen it. You would probably interpret my experiences differently, which is fine. But I think I'm entitled to my own interpretation of the events in my life. What part of that is blind, and why do you feel the need to cast me as a blind follower?
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