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  1. 3 points
    Lakumi

    Where is everyone?

    I can't believe I was missed! Yeah... I was... not well mentally. It was pretty evident at times I had a... I donno I'd just snap. I was in my own little world, I'd go on about things and it didn't do well for anyone. I needed to step back, (move across the province) and really get my life under control, as it was just...so unhappy. But I'm all better now, finally gotten things under control, so felt I ought to come back and contribute a little again. I went to one of the meetinghouses here and its too big, and still with this 9:30 am stuff! lol I'd go every Sunday if it was, like at 11:30 lol
  2. 2 points
    bytor2112

    More Blessings..

    As many are aware I had a near fatal heart attack on June 20 as I posted in an earlier thread. On August 12th I underwent triple bypass surgery and am now in recovery. I have quite a journey still left in this adventure, but the surgery was very successful and I am told I may never have any more heart related issues. The Lord reached down from the heavens and changed me and I am SO grateful for this rich blessing that has redirected me or awakened me to life again and also for the opportunity to continue this mortal probation and the opportunity to become better, love deeper, be a better husband, father and friend and a life more consecrated to serving Heavenly Father. Please take advantage of every day.......God Bless you all! Brother Gainer
  3. 2 points
    jerome1232

    Tea/ coffee for guests

    Like going to a house where everything is kosher and asking for bacon.
  4. 1 point
    Lakumi

    How did you come to know it is true?

    "know it is true" is a phrase I will never use, unless a whole slew of things are presented to me and I understand how difficult I can be. My story is a tad different, since I am not LDS but read its scriptures, pray when I can, obey most of the WoW (masala chai is something I don't think I can pry myself away from lol) I seldom attend church due to my not being a morning person, often having a...fragile mood and sometimes I really dislike leaving the house. But when I do I find it very joyful and a lot of that anger I have goes away. I become rather outgoing in a normal sense, there is no need for common interests to get me to speak, I feel like a well rounded person. Anyways, last summer I had a job working in corn fields, detassiling they call it, and one day it was a 120acre field and I, unknown to me, was coming down with heat stroke. In the field, it gets worse and worse and I am drinking water like crazy due to my throat hurting and eventually I just lay down and I remember asking Jesus not to let me die, it would have been annoying not to find out how the book ends, I remember thinking (the Book of Mormon, I had started attending church round the time I started the corn so was always in pain and always looked miserable but I would often perk up). Somehow I got out of that field, delirious and I asked some kid for water I remember. I would often toss aside the feelings people akined to the spirit as foolish or some such thing. I remember being quite moved when one lady gave a talk about being bullied in high school-something I struggled with a lot. Did the spirit come to offer the same as it did to her? Quite possibly. And it doesn't follow my distrust of my own feelings (eg getting a positive feeling means its true), that is a clear cut thing. Person sad and hurt by bullies, made happy by gospel. My mind responds well to that sort of stuff. I always thought I was too proud for worship and God and books like that. Growing up I was basically an athiest, scornful of religion and felt they were all archaic and broken things. And when I went to the meetinghouse for the first time, there was no malice towards me, people were kind to me-a kindess I seldom see in people. I remember saying "I hope none of them talk to me" but when they did I was happy to speak to them. By habit I sat alone at all the lunches but they found me and sat with me and I was actually in a good mood to see them and we talked. So maybe my idea of what the Book of Mormon is, is different then yours. But it has made me a better person, in many ways, I like to think. I had a lively discussion about same sex marriage with a Mormon on youtube, where as before I would have dismissed him as a bigot and that would be that. It started friendly and ended friendly. I don't feel that rage in the pit of my stomach anymore, I don't feel as unfriendly towards other people like I used to. This past month I have done a lot of thinking and reading, and I have come to the ultimate conclusion that is has helped me in my life and I donno if that is a testimony or anything but it is positive-I would think.
  5. 1 point
    Zaq33

    Foreordination

    Wow, thank you much. Amazing this came up yesterday right when i came looking for it.
  6. 1 point
    Palerider

    Tea/ coffee for guests

    We have been thru it with family and Parents. We told them no tea or coffee....it's BYOC or BYOT or the Mini Mart.
  7. 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.
  8. 1 point
    Backroads

    Robin Williams - dead at age 63

    As of late I find myself annoyed with the "free" and "better place" and "God's will" comments when tragedies occur. I wholeheartedly believe in life after death, we will see our loved ones, etc. But sometimes these comments seem to exist to convince the mourning they should just cheer up and move on. Can't people just be sad for awhile?
  9. 1 point
    Traveler

    Shameless rumor-mongering

    One thing I have learned about starting rumors - especially at church. It is not near as fun if you know what is going to happen.
  10. 1 point
    pam

    Shameless rumor-mongering

    They are given the text before hand. However, what I was told from 2 translators now in an admin group I belong to, the speakers will sometimes deviate as moved to do from what was originally on the transcript and the translators have to be able to catch that.
  11. 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.
  12. 1 point
    pam

    Shameless rumor-mongering

    I was talking to a girl today I know that translates during General Conference. She said she hadn't heard anything about it yet but she wonders about the logistics of it. You already have all of these people who speak English and the language they are translating to. She said they wouldn't be able to translate from a language that they aren't familiar with.
  13. 1 point
    I like my calling, but I wouldn't mind being released and asked to attend the EQ again. Alas, it will not happen. I was in a Bishopric a few years back and at age 34 High priests doesn't feel like I belong. Most of those guys could be my father. Don't get me wrong they are great guys, I just want to be around some people my age. I crash EQ activities all the time though! Luckily I guess, I am with the Priests which makes it so I do not attend High Priests at this time anyway.
  14. 1 point
    Ward stunt driver....no wait.....stunt driver area authority. On a more serious note, all I want to do is serve where I'm supposed to.
  15. 1 point
    SpamLDS: Oh wow, so women were more "spiritual" than men even in the pre-existence? I don't wanna die young so let me clarify and say I am being 100% sarcastic.
  16. 1 point
    Dravin

    Robin Williams - dead at age 63

    Comments about someone who commits suicide being "free" are in the same vein as comments about cancer victims no longer being in pain, or accident victims being in a better place. They're comments from survivors meant to ease the tragedy by giving it a silver lining. In my limited experience you see such comments from those further removed from the situation, family members and best friends are usually in too much pain to either be seeking a silver lining or to feel such comments constitute them. When we're talking about someone like a celebrity most people who 'knew' them fall outside of that immediate circle and thus you get a plethora of of such comments, so seeing it in the case of Robin Williams doesn't surprise me.
  17. 1 point
    MarginOfError

    Where is everyone?

    For the record, I'm not complaining. The length of some of the leashes given out has played a big role in my reduced activity here (and perhaps that should include my own leash). But, then again--and with all due respect--I'm an idiot. More seriously, the level of activity around here has decreased because, to rephrase john_doe, there's very little fresh blood. A part of that has to do with the loss of the chat room (I'm not advocating to bring it back, just stating my observation). It's a lot harder to establish yourself in this community with only the forums. I felt like a lot more people drifted into the forum--and stayed longer--from the chat rooms than we get now. Probably because it's easier to establish rapport with others in an immediately interactive environment as opposed to the delayed interaction of the forum. One thing that would go a long way to revitalizing the community would be for us to back off of new posters a bit. I feel like we often see a new member post a thread, and then we all pounce and leave three pages of responses before the new member even has a chance to come back and see that there is a response at all. And since the lifespan of a thread staying on topic is an average of 3.2 replies, they probably feel like we've alienated them before we've helped them.
  18. 1 point
    SpiritDragon

    Emotion before the fall?

    I may not have seen the newest one yet, I've seen two, I understand their could be a third... Any how never noticed Adam digging - I guess in his child like state he wanted to play in the dirt like little boys do.:)
  19. 1 point
    bytor2112

    Prison system ideas?

    Addressing the penalties associated with non-violent drug crimes would be a good place to start. I am all for "hard labor" as a form of rehabilitation. Grow your own food, chain gangs etc for the violent offenders. I know prison is not a nice place currently, but, a boot camp type model with no opportunity to continue criminal activities would be optimal.
  20. 1 point
    It's always a good thing to go back to the Basics
  21. 1 point
    Even when it is, we come to find out that artificial turf offers no sustenance. :-) Where we sometimes err is in thinking that if we just add more water to the lawn then we'll feel better. Sometimes we need to stop watering, sit down, and enjoy some lemonaid. How might that look for us? Well, maybe instead of one more visitation, or one more task, what we need is to sit down, put on some inspirational music, and allow the peace, rest and comfort of our Master to soothe our weary souls.
  22. 1 point
    with all this talk about astral projection and candy... I should find my drums
  23. 1 point
    Aussie influence (great grandfather served with an Australian regiment... We also sing Christmas carols in the summertime as an unrelated quirk). Early onset Alzeheimers runs in my family. Typically age 30-60 if its going to hit. ANYHOW... About 200 years ago one of my ancestors decided that what Alzheimer's was was his wife's spirit trying to take care of things in this world before she passed, because she didn't have enough time to take care of those things in her lifetime. God being generous allowed her spirit to do the things it needed to do, but also come back for a time, and from time to time to be with the people she loved, instead of simply dying. The concept has just stuck. Watching my grandmother, and now my mother, it's simply one of those things which may not be right... But FEELS right. No idea whether things are temporal or spirit world, and quite frankly, I'd prefer not to find out. It usually only hits one or two a generation, and that's not the grenade I'd prefer to jump on. It just got the name in WWI (WWII? Tripoli.). The phrase has been catching on, lately. My great grandfather picked it up from an Aussie family familiar with early onset, we've used it for a few generations, and the ward my grandmother was in, rather a lot of the staff and other families adopted it. So it's not just "ours". Or even originally ours. Similarly (family beliefs)... The fluidity and grace of childhood comes from he spirit being new to its body, the pain of old age the spirit preparing to leave its body. Also meaning that the natural consequence of Spirit Gone Walkabout are physical consequences. That there is no, lubrication?/ vivacity/ fluidity, with the spirit gone... So things go a bit pear shaped on the home front. Plaques, sclerosis, calcifications, atrophy. The idea being that when the spirit isn't home to mind the shop, things aren't taken care of as they ought to be. Also my family has gallows humor. Anything possible to smile at, we do. I should mention, my family isn't LDS. Mostly totally secular research scientists, military, medical types. Q
  24. 1 point
    lucid dreaming is harmless, since all it is, is you are almost awake (or almost asleep) and your mind still is active enough to control your imagination. since most of my novels come from my untainted dreams I leave them alone
  25. 1 point
    The best person to talk to concerning this would be the Lord and a priesthood leader. If prescribed (out of need)* by a doctor I would not personally consider marijuana to be a Word of Wisdom violation. That said there is the issue that while your state may consider it legal federal law still considers it a controlled substance so there is more than just the Word of Wisdom considerations. * Hydrocodone can be prescribed for legitimate medical reasons, if you're hitting your doctor up to get high off it though you are violating the Word of Wisdom in my view.