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  2. mirkwood

    Year supply anyone?

    There are so many quotes like the one above, yet we will still see the parable of the ten virgins play out right in front of us amongst the members of the church.
  3. LDSGator

    Random thought: witness protection

    These are all great questions, but remember that most people who enter witness protection aren’t innocent bystanders but mostly criminals. I’m not saying the don’t deserve a second chance, they absolutely do, but you’d be amazed how many people in the witness protection program engage in criminal activity again. Yes, they have every right to be forgiven and welcomed into the church. But when you see their face in the news for robbing a bank or embezzling dirty money, don’t be surprised.
  4. Fether

    Random thought: witness protection

    I remember that. Can you imagine how terrifying it would have been to be in the chapel when that van blew up? Killing that monster family (can’t remember their names). So sad
  5. Today
  6. mikbone

    Year supply anyone?

    From President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor, we hear: “Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year’s supply of food … and were debt-free. Today we find that many have followed this counsel in reverse: they have at least a year’s supply of debt and are food-free.”
  7. LDSGator

    Hurricane Season is near

    Hahahahahahahahaha!!! Love it.
  8. NeuroTypical

    Hurricane Season is near

    Here's the GatorCam, showing one of his category 5 relaxing sessions "up north": I keep trying to get him to invite Mirkwood, but he keeps "forgetting".
  9. LDSGator

    Hurricane Season is near

    Down here no one gets too excited unless it’s category 5 or above. And even then we just evacuate, relax up north for a few days then come back home.
  10. Joseph Smith taught that “a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has the power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation.”
  11. Vort

    Random thought: witness protection

    You might be surprised. Some years ago, I watched a documentary that exposed the wacky but heartwarming truth about witness protection among the Latter-day Saints. I believe it was called Mobsters and Mormons. Definitely eye-opening.
  12. Just_A_Guy

    Random thought: witness protection

    My understanding is that the witness protection program isn’t nearly as glamorous or cloak-and-dagger as it’s often made out to be—basically you get new passport; driver’s license, and social security number, transport to some other part of the country, and you’re strongly advised to cut all past social contacts; and from there you’re pretty much on your own to try to build a new life around that new identity. There is no ongoing security or threat tracking, no ongoing pension or stipend, and you don’t have a “handler”. So in practical terms, it’s not really a “program” you can “leave” (or be kicked out of), because there is no continuous membership benefit being offered—just the ID docs, which you use or quit using at your own discretion. I imagine that a program participant would be free to tell the membership clerk “here’s my old membership number, and please change the name associated with my membership record”.
  13. prisonchaplain

    Is Sacrifice and Suffering an Eternal Endeavor?

    IMHO Heavenly Father's foreknowledge of our choices to sin does not make HIm culpable.
  14. laronius

    Random thought: witness protection

    Dear Mom and Dad, We just found the most golden investigator you can imagine. Oddly though, we can't get him to take off his hat or sunglasses or pull down his collars. But otherwise he's great!
  15. laronius

    Random thought: witness protection

    As a missionary I went with the Bishop of the ward I was serving in to the house of a woman who just talked on and on without stopping about the most inane and meaningless topics you can think of. We finally got out of there and on the way back to his car the bishop simply says: This is religion pure and undefiled, to visit the fatherless, the widows and the witless. So I guess it depends on your interpretation of scripture. 😂
  16. laronius

    Hurricane Season is near

    I totally agree. I do believe that climate change is real because the climate is always changing but I've never been convinced that it is human caused so I just ignore that part of it but I'm still interested in the actual changes we are witnessing. Likewise I do recognize forms of pollution that without a doubt are man caused and should be cause for concern. Though I do wonder about the connection between climate change and pollution with the increasing evil in our day. Is the world itself, which is completely obedient to the will of Diety, responsive in a negative way to sin? Are the natural disasters we have and will experience merely divinely timed to coincide with the last days or are we experiencing a natural negative kickback as a direct result of widespread wickedness?
  17. Yesterday
  18. mirkwood

    Year supply anyone?

    8% tithing will eliminate from the pool.
  19. NeuroTypical

    Random thought: witness protection

    I figure since I have changed my username on this forum at least once, that makes me something of an expert. Anyway, going completely off of memory: I figure wherever the participant in the WPP ends up, they should have an honest and transparent discussion with the bishop/branch president presiding over their area. Perhaps a series of discussions.
  20. Traveler

    Random thought: witness protection

    If it were me - I would be rebaptized and start over. But, obviously, I would not do any genealogy. The Traveler
  21. Traveler

    Hurricane Season is near

    I found the article interesting and the idea of loop currents to be something we ought to pay attention to. However, I felt that the article went completely off the rails with the suggestion that monster storms become even more dangerous when coupled with human induced global warming. I did not see any indication that loop currents are directly linked to human produced atmospheric carbon. Nor did I see any data that human produced atmospheric carbon is even a concern. The article was about oceanic loop currents which may be linked to human pollution of the oceans but again, no data. For the record - I am concerned with oceanic pollution but that is a very different than the claim of climate change from atmospheric carbon. My personal research indicates that geothermal warming (increases in geothermal activity) not only increases atmospheric carbon but also alters climates. It was geothermal activity that ended the last ice age and according to data is responsible for the warming of Antarctica. I wonder how much loop currents are effected by deep sea geothermal activity? But that was not mentioned. I have been following geothermal activity for 40 years and it does appear to me that there is an increase - but I am no expert. I did work on a government study of changes in solar activity and changes in sun climate. The study was done about 45 years ago and we knew then that changes in the sun would likely have effects on earth climate. So I am skeptical to the politization of climate change. The Traveler
  22. Vort

    Random thought: witness protection

    It is not the Church's responsibility to take care of those in such a situation. If people are stupid, well, the Church can't do much for them. Maybe they should grow some common sense. ...oh, wait. WitNess protection. Never mind.
  23. Traveler

    Like In The Days of Noah

    Thank you both for your input. As much as I ponder and speculate - I am not certain of many fine details. Matt 24 talks about the "sign of the son of G-d" that will be given at the time of his coming. I speculate that - that sign is a new star in the same manner as his birth. The only way I can justify and logically connect to the time of night of light is from a super nova. Tesla suggested that we fluoress our ozone to give constant light to solve hunger. I worked out how a super nova could cause a night of light. If a super nova is too close it will destroy life with fire. In Genesis the way to garden of paradise is symbolized by passing by Cherubim and a flaming sword - indicating that the earth will be cleansed by fire for the millennial reign. restoration. I have speculated with others that after the millennium that the earth will become Celestial (a bright sun). For me - it seems that attempting to understand the future is a guessing exercise. I like to hear other opinions to keep me grounded. Thanks for your responses. The Traveler
  24. NeuroTypical

    Is Sacrifice and Suffering an Eternal Endeavor?

    Howdy - I see nothing wrong with anything on this thread. It's kind of you to consider the testimonies of others, but there's nothing wrong with bringing up personally challenging aspects to our faith that trouble you, even if the same things may trouble others. We're told about gifts of the spirit, and how folks have different gifts. Some folk are given to know, some to believe, some to teach, others to believe the testimony of others. I see a handful of those gifts in this thread, and don't see any reason to hide them from anyone looking. (If you really want the thread taken down, we can do that. But it's not like the mods are all clucking our tongues and worrying about this thread. )
  25. I don't have any concerns about this thread.
  26. I would like to openly acknowledge I have very little idea what I'm talking about here, and I don't want this post to be detrimental to the faith of others. I'm studying more closely the topic of resurrection to better understand some of these ideas that have been weighing on my mind, and that gives me peace and comfort on the issue. Can I get some of the moderators and more senior members to weigh in as to whether or not this entire thread should be taken down? I know I haven't violated any site rules, but I want to give my permission for this to be taken down completely if it's deemed as more damaging rather than helpful to others who may come across and read it. Initially, I wanted to put this out there for my benefit to get answers to something weighing heavily on my mind, and I wanted to keep it up for anyone who may have a similar thought, but in no way do I want to be cause damage to the faith of others if this kind of topic hasn't weighed heavily on anyone else's mind but my own. @CV75 @NeuroTypical @Vort could I get your weigh in on this one? thx
  27. scottyg

    Year supply anyone?

    ...for now.
  28. mirkwood

    Year supply anyone?

    Basically what my SP said Thursday in Bishop's Training (I was invited to talk about food storage, I'm not a bishop.)
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