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  1. zil

    I need a word

    So, Brandon Sanderson teaches a creative writing class at BYU. Admission is by application only (for the workshop portion of the class). I will apply in October and hopefully get in (there are only 15 seats, unless something's changed). The coursework requires writing a novella (~35,000 words). I have been pondering my unwritten story ideas and am tweaking one of them down from something epic-ish to novella-ish (which is good because I never could figure out a satisfying ending for the epic-ish version, but I have a good ending for the novella-ish version). I have a good idea of the plot, a basic idea of the characters, now I'm doing worldbuilding. These doohickeys positioned around this kingdom is significant. I also need names for everyone / everything, to figure out what the magic can and can't do, if it's even called magic, how it works, and more details about the structure of the political states involved. At the moment, I'm leaning toward a sort of federation of small kingdoms held together by a class of people who can do magic - they sort of keep the peace and settle disputes, and keep the federation united against some common enemies beyond their mutual borders.
    3 points
  2. omegaseamaster75

    Tattoo

    The fact that you are trying to draw parallels to the temple tell me that you are trying to justify something that you know inside of you is wrong or incorrect. Take a woodshop class and make a sign that says the same thing, hang it someplace you look everyday
    3 points
  3. person0

    I need a word

    leechmire
    3 points
  4. Is this the record for necropost?
    3 points
  5. Okay. Thank you for this. So, please answer the following: 1) Do you think I am trying to trick you? 2) Would you agree that taking 70 posts for you to answer my original question I had in my first post is a bit excessive? 3) Why do you think you are so hesitant to answer plainly the questions that I ask? That last one, you don't have to answer. Just know that it is coming across that way, and I want you to consider - At least to yourself - Why you are so resistant to providing an overarching framework whereby we can actually have a discussion.
    2 points
  6. All right - I want you to go back. Take a deep breath. Reread the thread we have here. Go ahead - I'll wait. Back? Good. Now, what I want you to consider is: Do you think I have been trying to trick you, or deliberately misinterpret you, or attempt to mislead you? For the most part, I have been asking questions. And when I have attempted to reiterate your points to make sure I've understood, you have told me I was wrong in every single case - Every one. You have stated that our morals are subjective, but that overarching morality is objective. You have stated that you would create a morality based upon consensus and, when the problems with consensus morality were pointed out, you shifted tack and said that 'appropriate, informed people' would make the decisions rather than a consensus. And despite the fact that I have clearly misunderstood your meaning every time I have attempted to clarify your own beliefs in an attempt to speak to you in a language you understood, you are getting irritated as I attempt to clarify what it is that you believe. Would you say that's a fair assessment?
    2 points
  7. mordorbund

    I need a word

    capacitor Also, you can use the backronym MAW. (Mass Attracting Well or whatever) If it gains sentience, name it Kirby.
    2 points
  8. I believe this has started to become circular: So Rationality is the standard by which universal truth may be known? I believe you stated 'Not exclusively' before. Could you care to elaborate on what other standards you will apply?
    2 points
  9. Fair enough. I am simply asking - As any student would ask a teacher who is assessing their work - How you plan on doing that. You have admitted that you have no framework by which my responses will be judged, nor do you think any framework is currently possible. I have asked repeatedly, "How will you know that you know the essence of right when it is presented?" And you have stated that you have no way of knowing. If you have no way of knowing, you have no way of assessing. Were you a student and a teacher said, "I want you to make an argument that I will be assessing. I will not share the assessment standards, nor do I think there is any reasonable way such a standard could be reached. I will simply respond according to a whim I admit is arbitrary." How well do you think one could prepare for that argument?
    2 points
  10. I will and would love to, as soon as you answer my original question: How will you know that you know the essence of right when it is presented?
    2 points
  11. Jamie123

    I need a word

    Reservoir?
    2 points
  12. “May the Good Lord bless and keep the Tsar . . . . . . far away from us!!!”
    2 points
  13. ... What? So they've been barred, not because of a failure of teaching or because of a measurable and verifiable act of harm, but because of values? Well, that sucks.
    2 points
  14. I'm so excited!!!!! Check it: https://www.lds.org/church/news/church-announces-plans-for-new-hymnbook-and-childrens-songbook?cid=HP_MO-18-6-2018_dPTH_fCNWS_xLIDyL1-B_&lang=eng Big highlights-- More international hymns / hymns orientating in non-English language Standardize hymn numbers across all books / languages (currently they're all over the place) Members encouraged to submit suggestions and/or their own music Doing updated translations and recordings for all songs Getting the rights for all languages / formats (right now some rights don't exist in certain languages or digital formats) This is a loooooong way off-- submissions are open until summer 2019, so getting something published by 2022 would be light speed. Still, uber exciting! Honestly I am hoping for a larger variety in tempos and play styles too. Yes, reverence is important, but that doesn't mean we need to sing "Now come let us rejoice" like we're at a funeral.
    1 point
  15. Sunday21

    I need a word

    @zil The Coolest!
    1 point
  16. zil

    I need a word

    ...Once done, I'll likely attempt to self-publish it (as an eBook) while trying the traditional publishing route for my other novels (unrelated to all this). If someone wants to then collaborate with me on an animated version (or a video ad for the book) set to music, I'd be game, but don't have the skills for that. And if I e-publish, you'll all get added to the acknowledgements.
    1 point
  17. One last thought: the first purpose of saying things isn't because the bishop needs to hear them, but the sayer needs to say them-- get the filth out rather than holding it in. That way so Satan can't play the "well you won't have been forgiven if you said X" lie.
    1 point
  18. anatess2

    Teaching the Youth

    My husband was in the Young Men Presidency. The way Youth Sunday School was done when he was in the presidency was that the teacher simply facilitates the class - the students teach each other. So the teacher simply presents the topic and the students discuss it. The teacher corrects false teachings and manages where the discussion is headed and the time constraint.
    1 point
  19. I think you are avoiding the central contentions I have put to you. I am sure you have understood it, (and no, I don't think you are attempting any sort of trickery), but for the benefit of casual readers of this thread I will spell it out again. Objective morality exists, and it is God's Will for us. Because God loves us, His Will is for our best interests, individually and collectively. However, humanity does not know, and would be absurd to claim to know, the specifics of God's Will. But we do have our several intimations as to what that Will might be... ...And by discussing it amongst ourselves, we may arrive at a better, wider appreciation than we would on our own... ...And over time, generations hence, catastrophes excepted, we might indeed converge ever more closely on God's Will, objective morality. Best wishes, 2RM.
    1 point
  20. person0

    I need a word

    could you use your fancy fountain pens to draw us a picture of how you think this item would be used and what it might look like? As excellent as was your description, I would be better equipped to name the device if I have a picture. Side note: Does the name of the item have to be related? In a show I really like called 'Grimm', the magic healing stick was refereed to simply as 'The Stick'. Edit: I gave leechmire before, but I just thought of leechrod.
    1 point
  21. zil

    I need a word

    Neither was I. I was only thinking about the object having a name until you mentioned "leechery", at which point I starting wondering if the act/what the object does has a name. No, no alluring or seducing involved - it's more mechanical, sort of like a vacuum - it operates without the victim even being aware that it exists or what exactly is happening to them. We're approaching RAFO territory (read and find out - though you'll have to wait until May 2019 or so for that). Enleechinator.
    1 point
  22. All of it. He should leave nothing un-confessed. When that happens, it festers. Did he really fully repent? Is he really forgiven? Is he really worthy, or just living a lie and hurthing himself and pretending to be something he isn't? Yeah, you don't want to go through life having to think those thoughts.
    1 point
  23. Overwatch

    I need a word

    :C sad day. hmm. how about ... Zilch Box, Zilch Rod, Zilgem
    1 point
  24. zil

    I need a word

    This thread is even more fun than I hoped it would be. You guys are good at this.
    1 point
  25. Fether

    I need a word

    Consume?
    1 point
  26. FunkyTown

    I need a word

    Soul Prism? The Eldritch Stone? The Soul Mirror?
    1 point
  27. FunkyTown

    I need a word

    You mean like a battery? Your cell phone battery does exactly this when you recharge it. If it's to do with heat, just call it an "Endothermic battery".
    1 point
  28. Men are dumb! Actually, I've noticed this issue in Canada, the US, Britain... The YSA aren't dating. And I don't think the issue falls on the women - For some reason, men are retreating from responsibility and I have no theory on why. In the church, this responsibility is a blessing. We shouldn't be facing the same difficulties the rest of the world is. I am a Dad and eternal family is the greatest thing ever.
    1 point
  29. To know a truth Alma asks us to live the commandments, this is planting the seed. If you want to know if the Mormon approach to truth is true, obey the commandments and sincerely humble yourself before God and ask if the church is true. No shortcuts, https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/32.21
    1 point
  30. Then why ask about it? Someone could hand you the objective truth - The answer to life, the universe and everything, and all you would get out of it... All you would gain... Is the chance to either massage your ego by arguing or, in the case of an argument you cannot counter, a chance to feel frustrated and angry that the person you are speaking with does not agree with you. Neither of those sound particularly appealing to me. You claim to be a seeker - One who seeks after truth - But the 'truths' you claim to have are that you have no truth, nor is there any framework by which you may accept a truth given to you by another. Like a boat in the tempest, unmoored, you are tossed to and fro without any grounding or anchor. Others can help someone in that position, but you have to at least recognize what a rope is for you to catch one thrown to you.
    1 point
  31. How can I know the difference between right and wrong: https://www.lds.org/youth/learn/ss/apostasy-restoration/difference?lang=eng
    1 point
  32. Ah! Then we are in a conundrum and we are now back to the very first question I asked: How will you know if you know the essence of truth? Because either you believe we are incapable of knowing universal truth or we are capable. If we are capable, then there must be a measuring stick for deciding universal truth. What is that measuring stick, in your estimation?
    1 point
  33. Light of Christ - lds with scriptural references https://www.lds.org/topics/light-of-christ?lang=eng Lds guide to scriptures https://www.lds.org/scriptures/gs/light-light-of-christ
    1 point
  34. Let's start with the very basics, then: How will you know that you know the essence of right when it is presented? Will it be logic? A 'feeling' of truth? Some third thing?
    1 point
  35. classylady

    I need a word

    Reminds me of “I am Legion.” Kraken Leviathan
    1 point
  36. Jamie123

    I need a word

    LOL that only makes me think of Sonny and Cher!
    1 point
  37. I don't envy the amount of work it will be for those on committees who will ultimately compile the feedback and make the decisions what will stay, go or be added to our musical canon. Just reading through here I can see that I agree and disagree with song selections being put out there, sometimes within the same post I both agree and disagree. For instance, I would also love to see Come Thou Fount added, but would find it such a shame to see In Our Lovely Deseret Go. I am diametrically opposed to the notion of pulling If You Could Hie to Kolob, but would generally agree that Ring Out Wild Bells could go. I wouldn't mind seeing something as rousing and fun as Our God is an Awesome God by Rich Mullins, but it's not doctrinally or instrumentally appropriate. I do think it could be nice to have some familiar songs that aren't in the hymnal become a part of it, perhaps Oh Lord My Redeemer or I Heard Him Come, but perhaps they don't quite rise to the standard of hymn? I'm honestly a bit frightened at the idea of new submissions - mostly because I'm a creature of habit and don't want to learn new hymns. It will likely take years for me to feel like they belong. I have the same problem with musicians performing live and ad-libbing little bits into their songs that aren't on a studio recorded album or when hymns are re-arranged for conference or primary presentations I've just never enjoyed it. It ruins the whole thing, it's a strange form of musical massacre that I'll never understand why some people like it.
    1 point
  38. mdfxdb

    Tattoo

    You know they paint the temples as well right? What does that have to do with a Tattoo? If you went through hard times, why do you want to remember them the rest of your life or be reminded as if you would forget?
    1 point
  39. Lee

    The Man Shack

    To be fair my wife and I lived separately so we could both attend grad school. She wasn't a bad wife for not following me and I wasn't a bad husband for not following her. I will defend him. Change is scary for anyone, she has been without him for a while it seems so she is used to that. Why would she be scared to still live apart from him? It makes more sense that she is scared to emigrate than to stay in Costa Rica. It isn't living with JayKi she is afraid of, it is living in a different country. It shows that she loves JayKi if she is willing to marry him
    1 point
  40. Far too many Christians, particularly from my Evangelical camp, try so hard to prove that salvation is not by works, that long after they are saved they continue to produce no works. In the Works. vs. Grace debate the correct answer is not one or the other, but YES. Grace-empowered good works "preach" Jesus powerfully.
    1 point
  41. Hello Brothers and Sisters, I am fairly new to the LDS religion, but I love it. One of my very good friends was born in the LDS, and I made a comment about polygamy. He quickly corrected me without getting mad. He invited me to come and learn about the religion and he and some missionaries are teaching me along with the help of the LDS library app. I can truly say that I wish I would have found this religion sooner.
    1 point
  42. If you go to the back of the hymnal where they list author/composer names, you'll see that some of them have an asterisk by them. The asterisk marks members of the Church. That and "Once in Royal David's City" are my two favorite Christmas hymns, partly because they're both fabulous, and partly because the rest of them have been done to death!
    1 point
  43. Oh wow - I wonder if Amazing Grace might find it's way in. If they get rid of Phelps' 'The Spirit of God', the brethren and I are gonna have words. (I'm still ticked off at LDS culture for not having "Lead, Kindly Light" be a sacrament meeting staple.)
    1 point
  44. I just re-listened to this talk, upon hearing your question. (And because it was a good talk to listen to while cleaning). It was really good talk, and provides good insight as to what revelation is. As to your question "Is it possible for personal revelation to contradict general Church or local leadership revelation?" I don't think that this question can be addressed as one umbrella, but instead needs to be broken down into different things. ---Using your example " can a Bishop get a revelation that you should have a particular calling, you pray about it and come up with a different answer", I would say "yes 100%". Callings are something you need to confirm with the Lord directly too. If there's a disagreement on things, talk about it. Thinking of one instance in my life: I was called to be in Scouts, which met Tuesday night. This calling came from the current Scout leaders, who felt the Lord telling them I would be a great addition to the team. And I would have been-- but I had to work every Tuesday and could not serve then. So I told them, and it was agreed that would not work. Still... being extended the call made me feel thought of, and was a blessing in my life. --- For a different example: "can I get a revelation that it's ok for my girlfriend and I to have sex, despite what the prophet teaches on the Law of Chasity?" No. Just no. --- There are other examples which can also be examples of two people describing different parts of the same elephant. And many more. When in doubt, approach each case with prayer, consulting God's words, and wise counsel.
    1 point
  45. I don't believe God contradicts himself, nor forgets what he told to whom when. So, how do we explain your example, which I'll bet happens fairly often. First, the bishop likely discussed the calling with the ward council (and / or presidency over the area in question) and accepted suggestions. After consideration, discussion, and prayer (probably with his counselors), he comes to a decision. Then he takes it to the Lord. He (or they) likely feels an impression that this is right (or wrong and we start this loop over). It's probably quite rare to receive something more firm (for lack of a better word) than the impression that he's made a good decision. I suspect that the impression he's received thus far is that it's right to extend the call. Being humans who are big fans of "cut to the chase", we tend to assume this means the Lord wants that person in this calling. Any more, I assume it means the Lord is good with the bishop extending the call to that person. Next, the person either agrees to meet with the bishop or not. If so, they hear the call extended, and respond in some way. If they feel the need to pray before answering, that is their privilege and the Lord will guide them as much as they are able to receive said guidance. Could the guidance they receive be to decline to accept the calling? At least in theory, yes. Perhaps the Lord was good with extending the calling because of some side effect it would have. Perhaps this person needs to discuss some struggle they're going through. None of that necessarily means the bishop or the member erred in understanding the Spirit's guidance (though in any given instance, these are possibilities). And yet, I'd bet most of the time, people would assume it does mean that someone was wrong (and if they're personally involved, it's the other person who was wrong). If I were teaching a talk about revelation, I would refresh my memory of Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge, and I would review the numerous (ok, at least 4) talks from General Conference that relate to following the Spirit, so that I had a variety of perspectives and teaching approaches. And one of the points of my lesson would likely be that we shouldn't assume more than what the Spirit actually tells you. A positive feeling about asking someone out does not necessarily mean you're going to marry them - it means asking them out is good. A positive feeling about moving to a new place may not mean life there is going to be rainbows and unicorns - it might mean there's hard work there and you're needed to help with it. It seems the Lord doesn't like to skip to the ending, he wants us to pay attention to the here and now.
    1 point
  46. I have been taught throughout my life to pray while kneeling or standing, and generally agree that it is a manner to show respect to our Heavenly Father. However, I have personally determined that it is most important that I pray in a way that is conducive to staying focused on the Lord and on the intent of my prayer. Sometimes that means going outside the norm in order to be most effective at focusing.
    1 point
  47. This sounds horrible as I say it but I can't think of better phrasing: I get on my knees (if the situation allows) if it's an important prayer, asking for forgiveness or asking for something. Otherwise, I prefer to stand rather than sit, and have no problem sitting if standing or kneeling is problematic.
    1 point
  48. This is a sad day for Canadian freedom.
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  49. Make a test dish of some sort. Or cook one ear to try. If it's bad, he'll notice.
    1 point
  50. Jane_Doe

    Missionaries

    Ok, I need to define "get it"-- after all one of the prophets was quoted in saying "I'm just starting to understand the endowment". I'm not talking "get it" as in head knowledge. But heart knowledge instead-- does this resonate with you? Do you hear the Spirit's call and follow? Do you feel and in your heart know the Lord?
    1 point