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  1. Hi, friends! It seems a member of the FP or the Q12 recently (last ten years?) taught something along the lines of 'It is good to be consecrated. It is better to be consecrated and capable.' I don't know if I even have the right words, but the concept, as I recall it, was that the Lord wants not only willing, but able disciples. Does this ring a bell? I have scoured the internet looking for it, but have had no luck.
  2. Two predictions: 1. 150 temples will be dedicated in the next five years. There may be a big increase in the number of temples announced. 2. Dallin H. Oaks will address the concern of many people not returning to worship in person out of complacency or laziness.
  3. Her membership record will indicate that. She should be able to see that on the Tools app, or by asking the ward clerk.
  4. The stake presidency sent out a tender email to the stake. This was forwarded to me by a friend.
  5. Brother-brother Cole, You did a fine job. I think the single best article on the relationship between Masonic ritual and the Temple Endowment is Bradshaw's treatment entitled "Freemasonry and the Origins of Modern Temple Ordinances." He brilliantly draws an analogy by comparing this relationship to that of the KJV Bible and the English Book of Mormon text: To this statement I would add that just because some KJV language shows up in the BOM text, it does not follow that the BOM was plagiarized or that there was no actual ancient Book of Mormon text. Rather, in the process of bringing the ancient BOM text into English the KJV seems to have been utilized to represent what was on the plates. This was done because the KJV was available and widely read. Likewise, it is my belief that the endowment is authentically ancient and divine, but that Masonic ritual and language were used in portions because it was available and widely known. As an example of this, I would suggest that a ritualistic, divine embrace is something that is ancient and authentic that can be seen throughout antiquity. The specific form of divine embrace that was used in the endowment until 1990 was, however, masonic. The divine embrace continues in the endowment today, but has been simplified.
  6. This building is the next stake over from where I live. I can state that the suspect is a mentally ill individual who is (was?) a member, and whose parents are quite faithful and active.
  7. Well.... This thread discussed nearly everything BUT General Conference Predictions. Any last predictions?
  8. As an update to this. I got my second shot last Thursday. No side effects other than a sore arm that lasted through Sunday, and a slight headache Friday afternoon/evening (could be coincidence).
  9. I was able to get my first shot on March 4. I got Pfizer. My wife got her first shot a few days later, but took Moderna. I'll get dose #2 this coming Thursday. EDIT: I was slightly tired and had a slight headache about 16 hours after my shot. Not sure if that was a coincidence or if it was related. My wife had a stomach ache about 24 hours after her first shot. Also not sure if that's related or coincidence.
  10. Does any one think it likely we will see a greater increase in female "area" leadership like what was announced for Europe? Or, what about a greater role for the stake president's wife or the bishop's wife?
  11. Well, it's that time again. Post your predictions for any news, announcements, or policy adjustments for this upcoming General Conference. After Conference, if anything you predicted came to pass, you can come back here and brag!
  12. I think agency is poorly understood. We obviously fought a war in heaven to maintain agency, but I think Satan continues to subvert the doctrine of agency here one earth. One way he continues to seek to "destroy the agency of man" is by teaching that "all mankind should be saved at the last day...for the Lord had created all men, and had also redeemed all men; and, in the end, all men should have eternal life." (Alma 1:4; Compare to Moses 4:1). He also whispers that God "will justify in committing a little sin.... and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God" (2 Nephi 28:8). These ideas are seductive, but they are "false and vain and foolish" (2 Nephi 28:9). Although we have agency, God has restricted some of our choices. For example, we cannot choose to forgo mortal death or choose to suspend the law of gravity. Additionally, we cannot separate choice from consequence. Such consequences are not a limitation on agency, but are essential to it. President Spencer W. Kimball taught this in his characteristically frank manner: For agency to have meaning, our power of choice must be laden with consequence. If our actions always resulted in the same outcome, then our choices would be meaningless; if "all mankind should be saved at the last day" in spite of our choices, then we could not choose whether to be saved or damned. This would "destroy the agency of man" (Moses 4:3). In other words, I don't think eliminating choice is the only threat to agency. In defending agency, we must not only honor the right of individuals to make choices, but we must uphold the consequences of choice. Choice and consequence are inextricably tethered to agency; agency cannot exist without both in harmony. Choice detached from consequence is not an ultimate or worthy goal. President Dallin H. Oaks has taught: The tired argument of many Latter-day Saints that someone is violating their agency by having expectations or even demands placed on them, is false. It is not a violation of agency, for example, to require church members to wear a mask into a church building during a time of pandemic.
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