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About rchorse

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  1. Unless you're a cop or a fireman, a mustache means you're up to no good.
  2. 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 all have their place. If my conduct is shameful, I should feel shame. I think the only way to get it right is to listen to the Spirit as well as we can and do our best to act on it. I don't think anyone, including the leaders of the church, will get it right all the time. That said, I think there should be far more love and encouragement than shame and fear. I think D&C 121 gets the balance about right.
  3. 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.
  4. How do you know whether Jesus was married or not? Wouldn't you need to know that first?
  5. Turning everyone into have-nots seems an odd approach. Why not just ensure that everyone has access using ministers, etc. where needed?
  6. Very interesting. I notice that the church isn't doing much in Australia or Siberia. Too busy hoarding cash, I guess. 😋
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 holdings, cattle ranches, and farms that are often brought up as evidence of the church's wealth and hoarding are actively producing the food that goes to the needy.
  10. 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?
  11. Perhaps my faith is not blind, but based on personal evidence gathered through years of paying my tithing. Perhaps I also mentioned that this should be investigated and appropriately punished if it turns out that laws were broken. And perhaps it would be reasonable to refrain from judgment until there's concrete proof of wrongdoing rather than only one man's allegations.
  12. I have a testimony of tithing independent of how the church uses the funds. I would continue to pay, even if the money were to be spent on lavish homes, extravagant vacations, and expensive cars for church leadership. Having said that, though, I also have a testimony that leaders are in every way accountable to the Lord and legally accountable for how the funds are managed, and I believe no one is more conscious of and concerned about that accountability than the church leaders. When the full story is known, my guess is that no laws were broken, no one was materially misled, and this whistleblower is missing or misunderstanding some key facts. But if there was any breaking of heavenly or earthly laws, those involved should be punished according to the laws of the land and the church, and I will continue to pay my tithing as always.
  13. As the husband of a German immigrant who has since been naturalized as a US citizen and a current immigrant myself in Germany, I completely agree with this. What I had to do to get residency in Germany was very reasonable. I basically just had to fill out one form and document that I had a job and a place to live and that was it. The total cost was about 125 Euros. The hoops we had to jump through to get my wife legal residency in the US were ridiculous. And this was when she was already there legally on a student visa at BYU. When we had our interviews with ICE, they were always surprised that we were able to complete everything without an immigration attorney. We both have masters degrees, and the process was still extremely confusing for us. A refugee or low-education immigrant from another country has basically no chance. It's very expensive, even if you do it all yourself. With attorney costs added in, it's just not possible. It cost us at least $3,000 doing it on our own without an attorney. Most immigrants would have a tough time even coming up with that, let alone paying an attorney. I don't agree with illegal immigration, but I can understand why they do it. I think the best solution is to radically overhaul immigration laws to the point that it's easy and not too expensive for good people (including poor people) without a criminal history to immigrate. That is to me far better than just building a wall or letting people in illegally.
  14. I agree with you that the "plan" doesn't make a lot of sense. That said, in my experience, the plans and thinking of those heavily influenced by the adversary often don't make much sense. From what I've seen, listening to Satan tends to produce the most irrational decision making. The "reasoning" and plans behind most murders that I've read about, for example, are completely irrational.
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