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Over the last several weeks, have been chipping away slowly at a sci-fi series called the Expanse. When it is on, it's usually playing in the background while I'm reading or writing.
Recently had Season 1 Episode 8 playing in the background...was focusing on reading until I heard the word Mormon, and there on a spaceship in the future, is a lone Mormon missionary with a Book of Mormon. Season 2 Episode 4 supposedly has the launch of the Nauvoo, the largest thing in that fictional world ever created by man, built by/for Mormons.
Anyone here familiar with any of the creators of the series?
Of course I don't agree that free will Is an illusion. I think that even if you could drill down to the level of the spirit, one would still find patterns of chemical, electrical, or sub-atomic reactions that one could not explain merely in those terms.
Of course one could also say that a believable illusion is as good as reality....
In another thread there has been discussions about a person acting on personal revelation. I don't think anybody would disagree that we can and should act on personal revelation. As one person mentioned, personal revelation trumps all. But, does it cross the line when a person acts on what they know to be true (real or not) to take away the free agency of another?
Here are some examples of what I am bringing up for discussion.
Hypothetical Situation 1
A person has been introduced to the gospel through friends and has gone through the entire process of taking the discussions with a set of missionaries. Then, after the last discussion and interviews, the current missionaries are re-assigned and a new set of missionaries have come to perform the baptism. The missionaries perform the baptism, but one of the missionaries doesn't feel the new convert is worthy. And does not turn in the paperwork to the church. There are plenty of witnesses, and photographs of the baptism, and the convert, after several months, convinces another bishop that it indeed has taken place and the records are created. Is it right for a single missionary to thwart or covertly disrupt the members records from being created?
Hypothetical Situation 2
A missionary is overseas and is serving in Russia. The missionary receives a letter from his mother that his father has had an accident and will not survive the next week. The father is drifting in and out of consciousness and is asking to see his son. This missionary is an adult, has prayed about it, and thinks that going home to be with his father is the right thing to do, and he would be willing to be re-assigned to the states because the cost of re-deploying back to Russia is cost prohibitive. He takes his plans to the Mission President (who holds his visa) and the mission president rejects the idea. While having interviews over the next 7 days, his father dies. Is it right for the Mission President to keep his missionary from seeing his father on his deathbed?
Here is a quote from a talk from a General Authority that might help....
To Act for Ourselves: The Gift and Blessings of Agency
ROBERT D. HALES
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
"Now, none of us are on the narrow path all of the time. All of us make mistakes. That is why Lehi, who understood the Savior’s role in preserving and reclaiming our agency, taught Jacob—and us: “The Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon.” That is the key—“to act for themselves and not to be acted upon.” "