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1 hour ago, Teancum said:

You need to have a temple to motivate you to go somewhere?

Yeah, when I got back from Tahiti 3 weeks ago, I had gained 10 lbs from sitting too long in the celestial room there.  It WAS NOT from drinking too many virgin pina colada’s and strawberry daiquiris…

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1 hour ago, Ragerunner said:

Had a chance to look through some of the new Strength of Youth. I really like the focus on learning how to have your spirit gain strength to control your physical body. (Big Picture Approach)

I did notice this change:

New SFY: “Outside of marriage between a man and a woman, it is wrong to touch the private, sacred parts of another person’s body even if clothed. In your choices about what you do, look at, read, listen to, think about, post, or text, avoid anything that purposely arouses lustful emotions in others or yourself. This includes pornography in any form.“

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Old SFY: “Do not do anything else that arouses sexual feelings. Do not arouse those emotions in your own body.”

It seems they maybe steeping away from a focus on masturbation. Maybe not? What do you think?


I can remember when I was a teenager in the late 80’s/early 90s and our leaders and Bishopric would tell us young men that masturbation was just as sinful as having sex with a girl outside of marriage and it would make you unworthy to serve a mission without full repentance. This was a repeated discussion item.

Seems pretty clear there has been no change in whether it is now deemed acceptable:

”… avoid anything that purposely arouses lustful emotions in others or yourself.”

I would hate to see what you call a “big picture approach”  lead to rationalization or unwise wishful thinking about the sort of behavior that may now be permitted or indulged in. That’s the very thing that happened on the BYU campus in 2000, when an attempt to revamp the honor code with a similar approach led to just such wishful thinking, which had to be summarily disavowed in a subsequent clarification from Church headquarters. 

 

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2 hours ago, bluebell said:

I just got back from the UK and it was so much fun!!  I hope you get to go soon. 

I went to Wales years ago when I was still going to school in Milwaukee, has the food gotten better?  The fish and chips were the only really good thing, the rest…we went to “American” restaurants a lot…

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4 hours ago, Ragerunner said:

Had a chance to look through some of the new Strength of Youth. I really like the focus on learning how to have your spirit gain strength to control your physical body. (Big Picture Approach)

I did notice this change:

New SFY: “Outside of marriage between a man and a woman, it is wrong to touch the private, sacred parts of another person’s body even if clothed. In your choices about what you do, look at, read, listen to, think about, post, or text, avoid anything that purposely arouses lustful emotions in others or yourself. This includes pornography in any form.“

vs

Old SFY: “Do not do anything else that arouses sexual feelings. Do not arouse those emotions in your own body.”

It seems they maybe steeping away from a focus on masturbation. Maybe not? What do you think?


I can remember when I was a teenager in the late 80’s/early 90s and our leaders and Bishopric would tell us young men that masturbation was just as sinful as having sex with a girl outside of marriage and it would make you unworthy to serve a mission without full repentance. This was a repeated discussion item.

I think the big difference there is "purposely".  Too many were feeling guilty when their bodies reacted in completely innocent moments.  This words it in such a way that you don't have to feel guilty over natural, but innocent feelings and puts the focus on when you are doing something to purposely  get those feelings.

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2 minutes ago, SteveO said:

I went to Wales years ago when I was still going to school in Milwaukee, has the food gotten better?  The fish and chips were the only really good thing, the rest…we went to “American” restaurants a lot…

We spent about a week in Wales in 2019. I don't remember seeing any American restaurants, but maybe we were just in the wrong places.  We did like the food though our favorite actually was the fish and chips in Aberystwyth. It was good enough I wished we weren't just passing through.

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46 minutes ago, Scott Lloyd said:

Seems pretty clear there has been no change in whether it is now deemed acceptable:

”… avoid anything that purposely arouses lustful emotions in others or yourself.”

I would hate to see what you call a “big picture approach”  lead to rationalization or unwise wishful thinking about the sort of behavior that may now be permitted or indulged in. That’s the very thing that happened on the BYU campus in 2000, when an attempt to revamp the honor code with a similar approach led to just such wishful thinking, which had to be summarily disavowed in a subsequent clarification from Church headquarters. 

 

Do you ever read before commenting? No one was ‘wishing’ for anything. Show me how I wished for anything?
It’s clear they softened the language from the previous language. But I also said, maybe not.

I made and observation not an opinion on the subject matter.

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5 minutes ago, Rain said:

We spent about a week in Wales in 2019. I don't remember seeing any American restaurants, but maybe we were just in the wrong places.  We did like the food though our favorite actually was the fish and chips in Aberystwyth. It was good enough I wished we weren't just passing through.

Really, never saw a McDonald’s or a Pizza Hut?

I went in 2008.  We were around Bristol, but went up north to some really lovely green hill countryside.  The stuff you see in travel magazines.

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1 minute ago, SteveO said:

Really, never saw a McDonald’s or a Pizza Hut?

I went in 2008.  We were around Bristol, but went up north to some really lovely green hill countryside.  The stuff you see in travel magazines.

Really.  I did see it in London and other countries, but not Wales.

But we did a lot of driving through the country and not on the highways.  One of the things I do when we travel is do a search for images and things from Atlas Obscura, etc.  I plug them into a google map and we make our way to places to see them.  So will see a few of the better known things, but also a lot of the lesser known/visited things - at least by Americans or so we have been told by those local.

We stayed in Pembroke & Conwy. And just over the borders in St Briavels and Chester. 

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52 minutes ago, SteveO said:

I went to Wales years ago when I was still going to school in Milwaukee, has the food gotten better?  The fish and chips were the only really good thing, the rest…we went to “American” restaurants a lot…

We only had two meals in Wales. One was fish and chips (with amazing curry sauce) and the other was the worst meal I have ever had in my entire life (at a tiny village next to Tenby). 😂

Honestly though, the best food we had was mostly ethnic. The Indian and Chinese were so good!

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38 minutes ago, Rain said:

We spent about a week in Wales in 2019. I don't remember seeing any American restaurants, but maybe we were just in the wrong places.  We did like the food though our favorite actually was the fish and chips in Aberystwyth. It was good enough I wished we weren't just passing through.

That’s where we had fish and chips too!  A place on the pier. 

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10 minutes ago, Rain said:

Really.  I did see it in London and other countries, but not Wales.

But we did a lot of driving through the country and not on the highways.  One of the things I do when we travel is do a search for images and things from Atlas Obscura, etc.  I plug them into a google map and we make our way to places to see them.  So will see a few of the better known things, but also a lot of the lesser known/visited things - at least by Americans or so we have been told by those local.

We stayed in Pembroke & Conwy. And just over the borders in St Briavels and Chester. 

We had breakfast one morning at a McDonald’s. And we stopped at the McDonald’s in Aberystwyth before heading to the pier for some real food. 

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6 hours ago, The Nehor said:

Saints are warned that Cthulhu will awaken soon and the Priesthood ordinance of the Elder Sign is laid out for protection

 

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1 hour ago, SteveO said:

Really, never saw a McDonald’s or a Pizza Hut?

I went in 2008.  We were around Bristol, but went up north to some really lovely green hill countryside.  The stuff you see in travel magazines.

I miss the kebab shops. Had one guy from Pakistan who would give us free kebabs if we had a funny polygamy joke. So when we were knocking doors we would work on creating a joke between doors.

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This has been repeated many times in this and previous conferences. What do you think it means?

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 “In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost.”

For example, among the Jews who physically survived the Holocaust, some lost their faith. Even among those who were not involved or who were born later, many are no longer observant. Could this be what the Brethren are talking about?

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2 hours ago, bluebell said:

We had breakfast one morning at a McDonald’s. And we stopped at the McDonald’s in Aberystwyth before heading to the pier for some real food. 

We only stopped at the pier heading North up the coast. 

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48 minutes ago, LoudmouthMormon said:

Was she the one who called out her own parents for abuse in her general conference talk? That was the first time I’ve ever heard something like that. Powerful.

I missed her talk, but I'm guessing you are talking about the other woman speaker who I don't have the name of right now.  She said she, ugh I can't remember the words right now, but basically did it with her dad's ok.

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