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    Joseph Smith, HC 6:605. - source: https://byustudies.byu.edu/content/volume-6-chapter-33
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    Yeah. It's been mentioned and harrumphed over when the Church advices to use anything available as a weapon and fight to incapacitate the person... after they just told us not to bring the weapon we are trained to use and carry everywhere else to incapacitate a person.
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    Grunt

    Freemasonry (edited)

    It's up to each state's Grand Lodge. Many states have said "holy crap, we'd better start recruiting". Massachusetts even runs radio ads I believe.
  4. 2 points
    Grunt

    Freemasonry (edited)

    It's weird. The "lodge in every town" has gone away. Many small town lodges have closed or merged. My lodge is small. We'll get 15 or so members (about 10-15% of our total current membership) at the monthly meetings and half that (plus townsfolk) at the Saturday pancake breakfasts. I really like Freemasonry, but you get out of it what you put into it. Probably 40% of our active members are under 50 years old. The age of the members doesn't necessarily bother me, though it is trending older. People with families are just busy. After retirement, they look for things to do and a group of men bettering themselves is a great past time. Many members join younger in life, disappear, then come back later in life. With many lodges, money isn't the issue (they have old money that has been left to them) it's getting members to actual show up so they can perform the rituals. Freemasonry will be around for many years to come, in my humble opinion, but it's going to shrink WAY back to a sustainable size. Some of your appendant bodies may shrink to almost nothing. Someone from the Royal Arch chapter the next town over was asking for members of that body to transfer.
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    marge

    Come Follow me 2020!

    I'm not LDS but my New years resolution is to stick to come follow me for the year, and its on the book of mormon, which is perfect, because I really should read the whole book. Anyone else excited for come follow me this year?
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    1. A disembodied God, yes. 2. Before God was a man, what was He? Can you tell? 3. That’s because you don’t want it to be the same. The role you have clearly chosen to play on this forum is what the Hebrews would have called ha satan—the accuser.
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    Jane_Doe

    Primary Activities

    You can if you want to. I've never done so as the Activity Days leader. ~ Ages 18 mo - 12 years = Children = Primary ~ Ages 12 years - 18 years = Youth = Young Men and Young Women's. Now that being said, you obviously want to tailor things to your particular class. If you think something in the "youth" booklet will be good for your mature 10's year olds, then use it. And on most days, you probably don't want to use the little kids wiggle stuff for older primary kids.
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    From the security guidelines it states: "If the intruder (armed intruder) demands cash, including donations, give him what he asks for without hesitation. After the intruder leaves, call the police immediately." Much of what I've read or been trained on seems very universally generic, meaning very similar to the policies of a gas station, bank or even a fast food establishment. Perhaps these are generically used because statistically they really are the 'safest' practice for those involved? Perhaps they are the least legally damaging to the organization after the fact should things go 'extra' wrong? Perhaps...? Perhaps...? Perhaps all of the above? Who knows... I don't write the policies. Either way, I still believe revelation is a tool used in the process of implementing all Church related policies.
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    I have been obedient as well.
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    Why wouldn't it be? The leaders of the church are the ones that train us how to receive revelation for our stewardship. The process is exactly the same for theirs. To imply that it is not would be to imply a certain hypocrisy and failure of the church leadership. Instead the church is giving the general instruction to masses. There are a whole lot more members of the church that are totally unqualified to carry. (I'm one of them). As a general instruction to the masses it makes perfect sense. The only real problem is when people declare that a personal revelation given for a limited circumstance can not in anyway even appear to contradict a more general revelation given by the leaders. This scriptures show this is not true. It is just an area we need to be very careful about navigating. We want to be sure we are clearly following the Lord and we want to be careful about sharing it so that we do not encourage others into rebellion when they do not have there own revelation
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    Absolutely, thinking through 'what if' scenarios is critical, should one actually happen. And "Run/Hide/Fight" is excellent advice to just about everybody. The more you learn about deadly events in public, the more you see people frozen in shock or standing there with looks of concern on their faces. Complacency is deadly in such situations. Inability to bust out of your complacency and do something (run/hide/fight, in that order), basically makes you comatose. In the current church shooting video making the rounds, it's interesting to see a chapel full of people and how they react. A mixture of people escaping, people just sitting there, people leaning forward to "help" but having no clue what action to take. The way I put it to my kids since they were 8 years old: "We learn 80 ways to not be there in the first place, 10 ways to run the heck the other way, 8 ways to hide, and 2 ways to fight back." When I picture myself in such a situation, armed or not, the video will show two little dust trails early on, and the back part of one shoe. That's where my wife and I each grabbed a kid and ran the crap the other way.
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    I have been obedient to this policy, but I'm nowhere near convinced that it is right, nor that it was the direct result of revelation.
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    NeedleinA

    Come Follow me 2020!

    Great goal @marge, I'm excited for you. I too am excited for the Book of Mormon - Come Follow Me 2020. You may already be aware, but if not, there are a series of Book of Mormon Videos released by the Church to help in your studies. The videos can be accessed in chronological order (click here) Below is a trailer, enjoy!
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    I skimmed through most of the posts in this thread, if this was already mentioned, I apologize. Each Ward & Stake Council should have received training on Meetinghouse Security Guidelines. Inside of this training is an active shooter response. The actual full training document is not for general distribution, but it does say "the information it contains may be shared as appropriate". FYI: Those of you on Stake or Ward Councils can/should ask for this training if you have not received it. When it comes to an active shooter, the response is first "Run" and/or "Hide". If running and/or hiding are not options, as a last resort (bold by me) "use anything available as a weapon, and fight to incapacitate the person". It also says "if others are present, organize to defend yourselves and to attack the assailant". Perhaps this little bit of information that may be helpful to someone.
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    MormonGator

    Freemasonry (edited)

    Good, that makes me feel better. I don't want to see them fade away.
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    MormonGator

    Freemasonry (edited)

    That's a bit of a surprise because they generally don't recruit. 2 B 1 ask 1 is their "marketing" slogan. I'm not saying it never happens, but it's sort of uncommon from my experience. I've been asked if I was interested, but never asked to join.
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    Perhaps if I take a different approach - I am not sure that everyone that wants to - ought to carry. I observed this while in the army. It may seem strange but there are some that do not have the mentality to carry and are a threat when things get exciting - but it is impossible to tell them. The Traveler
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    It's like you read my mind. My first thought when I read the OP was something like, "And they wonder why women feel second-class in the church." Also, why I took time to try and see the Bishop's possible perspective to distance myself from that idea.
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    NeedleinA

    Freemasonry (edited)

    Newish video by the Church.
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    Traveler

    Personal Revelation

    I thought to share something from my life. I served in the army during Vietnam - I also served a mission. When I returned home I was having difficulty dating - it seemed to me that the ladies I dated were immature and disconnected from reality. From my reading of ancient scripture I noticed that often marriages were "arranged" by divine direction. Through fasting and prayer - I concluded that G-d ought to arrange a marriage for me and I "told" G-d how he ought to do it (provide me with a sign) so he and I could be on the same page. Within a few months all the sign elements were given - but the problem was that I did not like the particular lady all that much and likewise she somewhat resented me. I attempted to discuss the matter with her - but she would have none of it. Truth be - I was quite relieved but also much spiritually confused. Eventually I determined to listen more (interesting this came through a friend that was a Buddhist priest). There were many ladies that seemed right but I just could not get spiritual confirmation. In essence I would ask if this was the one I should marry. I met a particular young lady that according to all my logic seemed right - but still I could not get spiritual confirmation. Without the spiritual confirmation we (mostly me) decided to break it off. By the next day things did not seem right but I could not get spiritual confirmation to continue with the break up or to try to reconnect. After much prayer and mediation a very strong thought came - in essence that thought was that G-d would not tell me what to do - I had to decide and be responsible for my choice - if my marriage failed it would be my fault and not G-d's. I contacted a lady I had asked out during all this and told her I would not be taking her out. I then call the young lady I had broken off. We got together and I told her of my difficulties and that I had decided to ask her to be my wife. She accepted and we married - It has been over 45 years and I can clearly say that this strange epoch in logic and spirituality has been the single greatest accomplishment (spiritually and logically) of my life. I could not have chosen better - My greatest goal is to complete her and love her as she has me. I thought to also add that in looking back - I do not think I could have been prepared better. Marriage has been quite difficult - and had I not been so prepared and committed - I do not think I would been the husband and father that I must. It is not really about making decisions you think you want to make; as it is making the decisions you realize you should. The Traveler
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    mirkwood

    Freemasonry (edited)

    You realize that means a boot to the door too.
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    zil

    Freemasonry (edited)

    Right, I'll get on that in the morning. Or maybe the afternoon (it is New Year's Eve). Dang cops. And I'll put the "Come Back With A Warrant" doormat back out.
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    MormonGator

    Freemasonry (edited)

    Speaking of bodies, have you cleaned out the crawlspace yet? @mirkwood has been asking questions.
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    zil

    Freemasonry (edited)

    A common New Year's resolution.
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    I didn't go to church this last Sunday...