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    • By HappyJackWagon
      Apparently BYU has been instituting these changes for the past couple of years, striving to move away from "activities checklists" and reliance on GPA and ACT scores (only).
      The article discusses how BYU is looking to find people who better align with the school's/church's mission. That makes sense.
      I find this interesting and a bit disappointing but I'm curious what your thoughts are. I've heard the question asked many times, "Does BYU require seminary graduation?" This new approach doesn't really answer that question but it does require a recommendation from a seminary teacher. I'm assuming it's in addition to a standard ecclesiastical endorsement and it seems like maybe it's a bit redundant, or maybe BYU isn't as trusting of the bishop's endorsement. I don't know. But basing college admissions on a student's engagement in seminary at one point in time during that student's senior year doesn't seem all that helpful. 
    • By hagoth7
      The OT, NT, BofM, and D&C affirm the need for every creature (not just every person) to taste the love of God. Through us.
      And not just through our words, but through our actions.
      I'm not a vet, but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express once.
      Encountered three awesome animals this weekend. Quinn (a healing animal), Rowdy (a guard animal), and Toby, an indoor animal.
      The first two are aching/limping. And are both outdoor animals. The latter is mostly an indoor animal.
      But it's hot outside. And just as we need something like gatorade or raw minerals to replenish the salt/potassium we lose in sweat, animals need a way to replace that too.
      Cattle have salt licks. Sheep and other outdoor animals: salt licks. Some hunters are bad enough sports to use salt licks for bait to get a good kill shot.
      Why don't we have sodium/potassium licks for our cats/dogs?
      After I had worked on a fun outside project in the heat Monday, Toby came up and insisted on licking the sweat.
      My cat Taz used to lick a lot (outdoor cat). And my indoor cat Pebbles once needed to be on IV, not so much because her liquids were low, but because her potassium was. She had gone into convulsions because of it. 
      I felt terrible she had to go through that, and it was also a very expensive fix. Unnecessarily expensive, had I thought about salt licks.
      If your dog or cat tries to lick you or your kids, please let them. They're probably getting salt that they need. They get to laugh. And it helps your kids build up germ resistance.
      If you don't want them doing that please get your pet an appropriate salt lick.
      I intend on unleashing a pet salt lick for the market soon. Please partner or compete with me.
      Does that make a lick of sense?
      Reminds me of the open house to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. In the refreshment tent after the tour, they handed me a bottle of water that had the temple on it. I glanced at the ingredients...water...and salt. To replenish any lost...and to keep you just thirsty enough to keep coming back for more. :0)
      Tricky hobbitses. Always salting the oats....;0)
    • By Five Solas
      Got back home last Sunday after 8 days in London, England, celebrating my 10-year wedding anniversary with my wife.  Our three kiddos stayed at home with her parents—which was awfully generous of them.  (Other guys may complain about their in-laws, but not I.)  It was a great trip, perfect walking weather, peak tourist season not yet started. 
      We stayed at The Grosvenor adjacent to Victoria Station, which meant we had pretty near the whole city within ~ 30 minutes via the Underground (and Buckingham Palace within a six minute walk).  And I’ll share one small observation with the board for any discussion:
      Aberrant theology notwithstanding, the Jehovah’s Witnesses work pretty dang hard.  
      A number of times we saw them working the street.  And unlike Seattle where they will occasionally occupy a corner & smile gently at passers-by—here they seemed to be anxiously engaged with the vast diversity of humanity that occupies greater London.  Yes, we saw a lot of old churches and even a new one that could have been an Acts 29 plant.  But in all our time, we never once saw any LDS missionaries. 
      Recently there was a thread about religious persecution in contemporary Russia.  And this has hit the JW’s hard—because they’ve worked vigorously to establish themselves after the fall of the Soviet Union and have built quite a presence (~100K active worshipers in Russia).   But on that same thread, we couldn’t even figure out how many LDS stakes there are today in Russia (somewhere between zero and three).  Some other stats were tossed about along with an LDS “Locator” app which, among other things, pointed the user to what could have been a boarded-up McDonald's.  After nearly three decades since the fall, LDS here don’t know or seem to care (but a few certainly enjoyed discussing/debating political aspects of Russia).  It’s a stunning contrast to all the fevered speculation when I was growing up (70’s – 80’s) about the missionary/membership opportunity for the LDS Church if Communism were to fall. 
      I realize it’s all anecdotal, and with a life-expectancy assumption of 110 for lost members, we can expect the LDS Church to continue to claim modest membership growth into the foreseeable future (loosing track of people makes *much* better numbers than knowing who actually dies or quits). 
      The question I have is this: Have we entered a period of retreat and retrenchment for the LDS Church where the focus will shift more to Utah and adjacent states (plus perhaps a few parts of the “third world” where record keeping and independent verification of membership will conveniently not be possible).  Even at the national level, we appear to see an example of retrenchment with BYU’s divorce from USAF ROTC.  And on the front page we have a thread about whether “slowing growth” makes any difference to the LDS Church and its adherents.  And again, the LDS here don’t seem terribly interested or concerned. 
      What do you think?  Has Mormonism peaked?  Any will LDS really care if it has?
      You left
      Your tired family grieving
      And you think they're sad because you're leaving
      But did you see Jealousy in the eyes
      Of the ones who had to stay behind?
      --The Smiths "London"
    • By Five Solas
      Thinking about BYU losing the US Air Force ROTC program it has hosted, almost since the inception of the Air Force (as a separate service from the USAAC).  Although some will play down the move to UVU – I think this could prove a watershed moment for BYU and for LDS.

      For over half a century the Air Force played by the rules of the LDS authored “Honor Code” at BYU and found officers willing to work within its constraints.  In return, BYU supplied thousands of competent officers. 

      And whatever the exact equation of costs vs. benefits for Air Force officer recruitment/training, one thing is certain: The LDS Church and its flagship university aren’t as valuable as they used to be.  They used to be worth accommodating--and now they're not.  LDS influence stands diminished. 

      A couple years ago, Daniel C. Peterson wrote an article that was perhaps prescient—

      Growing up in the fifties and sixties, it was easy to assume that American society respected Latter-day Saints. We might be out on the theological fringe, regarded as a bit quirky, but American civic religion was at least theoretically pretty much on our side. For example, Americans seemed to honor ideals of faithful, heterosexual marriage, with fathers taking the lead and mothers caring for children. Society was, in other words, largely in sync with, and supportive of, fundamental, practical Mormon values. In fact, Mormons seemed quintessentially American — which, in the postwar era of the Pax Americana, benefited our church not only in the United States but in Europe and Japan.

      Today, though, Mormonism and Western society seem to be parting ways in crucial respects.

      What do folks think?  Is the Air Force ROTC departure from BYU related to a broader trend Peterson wrote about in 2015?  

    • By SeekingUnderstanding
      This looks to be a huge step forward and I applaud BYU for it. It will be interesting to see what exactly an amnesty clause looks like.
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