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  1. 4 points
    jerome1232

    Tea/ coffee for guests

    Like going to a house where everything is kosher and asking for bacon.
  2. 4 points
    I'm not LDS, and I am a coffee-drinker. However, I'd feel wierd asking for coffee from hosts I knew were LDS. It doesn't have the same issues as alcohol, but still--out of respect, I would not ask. Family is different. However, I still think expecting to be served coffee shows a bit of hubris.
  3. 2 points
    It has nothing to do with gender. I am convinced that anyone that thinks they would make a good bishop has no clue what a bishop really does.
  4. 2 points
    notquiteperfect

    Tea/ coffee for guests

    Then don't. Your house, your rules and I wouldn't allow the 'being Mormon' debate either. I'd probably stock a variety of herbal teas if you don't already.
  5. 2 points
    Str8Shooter

    Appropriate Use?

    Reply to the email and put this in the subject: NoFundMe
  6. 2 points
    Faith crisis councilor. (yes, totally made up, but SO needed!) It would be great if there were a person specifically dedicated to offering help and support to those struggling. Someone who's "been there", and can offer more than the usual pat answers of "just pray" or "study your scriptures". I know Bishops can sort of offer this kind of assistance, but in areas where they're swamped, it'd be great to be able to delegate. It wouldn't require Priesthood authority (you wouldn't be sitting in any sort of Judgement position over the person, just offering support), so it could be done by anyone.
  7. 1 point
    Just_A_Guy

    Tea/ coffee for guests

    I'm going to differ slightly, for a couple of reasons. First, as a general rule, I agree with the above. However, there may be some exceptions applying in your case, for (IMHO) the following reasons: 1) I draw a distinction between WOW-prohibited substances that are inherently chemically or socially harmful (alcohol and illegal drugs), versus WOW-prohibited substances that I see as socially/chemically innocuous, except insofar as my partaking of them would be a violation of an individual covenant that I have entered (but that a non-Mormon has not). The former, I would not serve or allow in my home under any circumstances. The latter, depending on circumstances--I might. 2) In your case--did your parents regularly drink tea/coffee while you were growing up? If so, and you're the one who made the lifestyle change by converting to Mormonism--well, you know what your parents' morning routine has been for decades; and you're also their host(ess?). You're not drinking the coffee, and your parents won't be breaking any covenants of their own by partaking of the stuff--so would it kill you to keep a box of tea bags, a sack of beans, and a Mr. Coffee on-hand, just as a matter of good hospitality? Also, on a semi-related tangent: 3) If your parents are the kind of people who are going to get on your case about your religion for not serving coffee, I can almost guarantee they'll also get on your case about your religion if you do serve coffee. So, whichever way you wind up going about whether to have coffee/tea on hand, don't think that your religion isn't going to come up at some point in this visit. It will, and I'd suggest you think about how you'll handle that conversation when (not "if") it comes up. Good luck!
  8. 1 point
    Leah

    Tea/ coffee for guests

    I converted from Judaism. My house didn't become unkosher simply because there were guests there, no matter who they were. Same deal now. No coffee, tea, alcohol or tobacco products in my house. If a guest can't survive without those products for a few hours or a few days, then they have a bigger problem than whatever my religion might happen to be. From some of the things I've seen and heard, choices such as this when they are based on religion are considered somehow "wrong", but some of the same people who would not give respect to these choices would applaud someone who made similar choices bases on other reasons...such as politics or even the fad of the day. Just give them directions to the nearest coffee shop.
  9. 1 point
    Suzie

    Robin Williams - dead at age 63

    I don't think those comments come across as "it is time already, cheer up and move on" (although I admit, there are some that do come across like that). Everyone mourns differently, and I think it is so imperative for loved ones to lend support and encouraging words to family members. Some people seem to be able to cope with the pain a little better than others and there are some who really have a hard time and they are unable to function (think, eat, sleep, etc) on a daily basis even after months or years. In many instances, there are feelings of guilt involved which makes the process even harder. Of course, time is a decisive factor for most cases but it doesn't happen in the same way with everyone and I think encouraging words about the state of being of a loved one being in a "better place" is something that could be appreciated.
  10. 1 point
    Just_A_Guy

    Shameless rumor-mongering

    He didn't say who initiated it; but he speaks very good English and has spoken in Conference before.
  11. 1 point
    daveman4510

    DVD of Joseph Smith's life

    Awesome , thank you very much .
  12. 1 point
    Str8Shooter

    Appropriate Use?

    Don't even ask if it's proper use. Just forward everything to everyone in leadership with a frowny face and a "grrrrrrrrrr"
  13. 1 point
    Just_A_Guy

    Shameless rumor-mongering

    Fine. FINE!!!! *pout* My old mission president (a native of the country I served in) is in the Seventy now and mentioned on our mission Facebook group today that he'll be speaking, in the mission language, during a session this coming October. That could be subject to change, I suppose; but the impression I got from him was that permission had already been given. Logistically - I doubt it would be that difficult. My understanding is that English texts are given to the various translators ahead of time anyways, so the translators can work off of those. The speakers just won't have any latitude to improvise/ad lib during the talk itself. Heck, I'm told some GAs (like Pres. Uchtdorf) even pre-record versions of their talks in their native languages to be streamed concurrently with their real-time English deliveries. If that's true, they just need to flip-flop the processes--pre-record the English language version and live-deliver the native-language.
  14. 1 point
    Relief Society teacher has been my all-time favorite calling. I've had that calling about 5 different times and I would love to be called to that again. My secret wish? I would love to be the wife of a Mission President. I don't see that happening. Hubby and I have had a major financial setback, and the only positive I can see from it, is it frees us to serve a full time mission in a couple of years. I've been so stressed and anxious about our finances, but the thought of serving a mission brightens my life.
  15. 1 point
    I think I could be a pretty darn good Bishop. Comments and why not bashing about women and the Priesthood starts at 3......2......1.....
  16. 1 point
    pam

    Shameless rumor-mongering

    I don't find the accents distracting. In fact I have to listen harder to understand them which is probably a good thing.
  17. 1 point
    The bell ringer to ring the bell when Sunday school is done. But seriously, I'd love to teach a class in Relief Society.
  18. 1 point
  19. 1 point
    jerome1232

    Robin Williams - dead at age 63

    I don't know that, I definitely feel one who commits suicide is going to regret it, I feel they will answer for the pain they caused. I just don't feel the need to point it out, rub it in anyones face, or make known my little interior judgement.
  20. 1 point
    SpiritDragon

    Emotion before the fall?

    I personally take this passage to refer to the pre-mortal state and not the garden, but you are right that the question asked is answered here. The correct question is did emotion exist in the garden of Eden AND was it the same as after?