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  1. Although it’s been referenced in the handbooks and in General Conference talks I find that many Saints don’t know a lot about disciplinary councils. As a teenager I knew what was in the scriptures, and for a standards night the wife of one of the high councilors shared with us about her husband’s change of demeanor when he sits in such a council; but it was decades later before I asked a high councilor directly about his experience and he shared with me that the first meeting is not supposed to be the last. That part of the intent is to have a plan in place for the member to come back into full fellowship. It was a tremendous witness to me of how such discipline can be done with the sort of love shown by the father of the prodigal son: the son may be reluctant to come home and face him in his shame and humiliation but the father embraces him before he has a chance to apologize. if you have had similar experiences, you don’t need to discuss your days as a swineherder but you can certainly testify to the incompleteness of a single meeting and the love of God shown by His servants. And you can share how that love is expressed in your own life as you’ve embraced the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
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  2. I struggled through all sorts of panic and fear around giving talks in my '20's. The first time I was asked to speak in sacrament, I ran my talk past my wife. She said "this isn't a good place to beat yourself up like that." I rewrote the whole thing and it went much better. I was thinking if I didn't say all that stuff, I wasn't being honest in my talk. The key learning was: "It's a talk, not an opportunity to clear the air and repent. You're here to bless them, not you." So tell 'em what you think they would be blessed to hear. If that means sharing a personal anecdote or two, then fine. But it's not required.
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  3. The Folk Prophet

    Musicals

    So, I've been kind of wondering how Steven Spielberg planned on improving West Side Story. In some ways, the original movie is put together very well. There's some obvious flaws, and I think fixing those is likely...but in some ways I wondered if it would just be "different" instead of better. But one way this trailer indicates he may have improved on it is in the "movie score" part of the movie. Like backing the dialogue scenes with big orchestral emotional stuff like in the trailer. That could really up the ante with the emotional punch. I also think the original missed the boat on the ending with the acting (or director's direction on acting) choices, and that will probably be more punchy too. And I expect the rumble to be more intense. And I know that Steven Spielberg will improve the overall cinematography and lighting and what have you, which in the original was hit and miss...sometimes great, and sometimes terrible (like the monochromatic lighting during the song Maria which just looks terrible.) Either way, I expect this to be a shining example of how to do musical films now-a-days correctly. I hope that's true, that it's a hit making tons of money, and it inspires other great musical movies to be made.
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  4. I'm feeling much better this morning about it. I talked with my wife and my sponsor about it. I also have a meeting already scheduled with the bishop this week, so I'll get his input as well. Thank you all for letting me vent a little . I'm still open for more suggestions, also.
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  5. Maybe just pick up from your point of rebaptism -- how you apply the Atonement of Christ and the principle of repentance today.
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  6. Several days ago my company paid out a profit share into a retirement account for me. I hope good things are happening to all of you out there.
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  7. Id call the bishop directly, if he has been with you through the process he will likely have recommendations or inspiration as to the tone of the talk. Don’t waste any time worrying about his expectations. Ask him.
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  8. I just received a text from a bishopric member asking if I can speak in two weeks on the topic of the Atonement and Repentance. He also mentioned the other person speaking. She's someone I know has also been re-baptized. (in case anyone isn't familiar with my past I was excommunicated in 2019, and baptized again in 2020). Speaking in sacrament has never been a very scary thing for me in the past. I'd get a little nervous, but no real issues. But thinking about this topic now, I'm near a panic attack thinking about being vulnerable enough to share anything from the last 3 years with the entire ward. I know I don't have to, that I can go at it from an analytical, doctrinal view, but I get the feeling that I'm supposed to, or need to, take a personal approach. It's really got my spinning. I haven't even responded to him yet. Any advice, thoughts, references, examples I could share, etc. would be greatly appreciated.
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  9. The Folk Prophet

    Musicals

    I think that it depends on a multitude of factors and that there is no yes/no answer. I believe some are better as movies. West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof are two examples. The stage versions lose something, in my opinion. Man of La Mancha is an interesting example that loses something in both forms. The stage loses the realism of the real inn and the gritty reality of real life. The film loses the creativity of the play within a play. The movie does that too...sort of. It's a play within a movie....but the play then is shown as reality....but it doesn't have the same, "that's clever" sort of feel, etc... Really though, it depends on so many factors. Some things work better as a stage play. Dance numbers are one example of that (usually). Dance numbers on stage usually work. Those same numbers in a movie can sometimes kill the show. But even when they don't, they still don't work as well as live. Live orchestra also has something about it that just can't really be recreated with a recording. You feel the timpani hits and the loud brass melts your face. Live orchestra is something to hear! Recordings don't translate -- ever. Even a small orchestra playing live can punch in ways that movie music can't. Alternatively, small orchestras can also stink, and a movie allows for a bigger orchestra and perfected takes. So...... It really just depends. Mostly though, I think skill is skill. The right director/producer/talent/etc. will sell a movie. The same is true of a stage play. People who understand the property and build it right for the medium in which it's being presented will create art. Most musical movie failures are failures of the creators, not the property.
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  10. This is really interesting. I looked at Macrotrends, because I look at data analysis, and this is what I saw: <a href='https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/USA/united-states/death-rate'>U.S. Death Rate 1950-2021</a> I'm curious as to why some sources of the death rate seem so different to others. It's unprecedented to see such vast disparities in the data and I'm unsure why. That doesn't have the same number of deaths as your source. I'm very confused. Why are different sources for the death rate showing different options? Why are some showing such a vast difference? EDIT: Actually, since mine is deaths per 1000 rather than raw data, if there was a massive influx of immigrants in the US, that would explain the discrepancy. Or just a huge... HUGE... MASSIVE baby boom. Cloning could also explain it. Or incorrect data from one source. Any of those would work. Some are more likely than others.
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  11. You're supposed to do what the spirit directs. If you were given the topic, and that's it, I wouldn't worry myself with what I think the Bishop wants. I'd ponder and pray, then speak what needs to be spoken.
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  12. I personally don't even think that is relevant to the topic. We each have our own way of sinning and the consequences of those sins vary. But repentance is essentially the same for all of us and that is where you will connect with the audience. Even the smallest sin will keep a person out heaven and to that extent we are all on the same level.
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  13. If you make personal references - I believe that such should be uplifting, encouraging and centered in Christ (not so much personal beyond what is necessary for helping others). The Traveler
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  14. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2778234
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  15. Yup. IIRC, the Federalists under Washington and Adams wanted to build a navy to fight back, whereas the anti-Federalists under Jefferson wanted to keep paying them off. The federalists got funding for some frigates (the USS Constitution among them) rammed through Congress over the objection of the Jeffersonians; but President Jefferson ended up using the new navy against the pirates to great effect (earning a line in the Marine Corps’ hymn about “to the shores of Tripoli). I believe that in their late correspondence, Jefferson even congratulated Adams in having been right all along about the need for a navy where Jefferson himself had been wrong.
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  16. MarginOfError

    The Holy War

    I do believe that was what you meant to say.
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  17. @Traveler Yep! I can hear some of them now when the heavens are opened saying - "Oh my, you let clwnuke into the Celestial Kingdom?? You blew that judgement. He hated cats, listened to disco music, snored at church, and had a secret picture of Jaclyn Smith in his wallet. No way I'm going in there!".
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