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  • Birthday 10/17/1958

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  1. Congratulations on the new arrival!
  2. Hello and welcome to the site! We are pleased that you have decided to join us.
  3. If you are both single I don't see anything wrong with dating each other. However, speaking as a High Priest Group Leader, I would counsel that the Home Teacher should bring the fact that he is now dating one of the people that he home teaches to the attention of his Priesthood leaders and suggest that someone else be assigned as your Home Teacher. This will help to prevent any awkward situations from occurring and/or any misconceptions on anyone's part. In any case all things should be done with wisdom and discernment.
  4. When I was a member of the Bishopric, putting together the program for each week's bulletin was one of my responsibilities, so I always tried to make it a practice to ask people the week before if they would be available the following week to give the invocation or the benediction. That way we avoided having "TBD" in the spot where the names of the prayers should be. I also agree with Beefche that it is always best to ask people in advance to give the prayers. May I also add that we should avoid asking for volunteers to give prayers. Everything decent and in order should always be the pattern that we follow for all of our meetings.
  5. I appreciate your honest and sincere questions. I was born and raised as a Baptist. In fact, my heritage is predominently Methodist, my upbringing was Baptist, and in 1998 I became a Mormon. I have heard the argument used over and over again using the passages found in the book of Revelation. I believe that what most people don't understand is that first of all the Bible is not written in chronological order. Second, and there are a lot of Bible scholars who will agree, the passages found in the book of Revelation are referring to that particular situation. There is a similar passage found in the book of Deuteronomy. If we are to follow the thought patterns of the passages found in Revelation that we are not to add to nor take away from Scripture, then would it not logically follow that after reading the passage in Deuteronomy that we should not read any further? The Bible is indeed the Living Word of God. Having read it several times in its entirety, I know it to be true. Having read the Book of Mormon several times in its entirety, I also know it to be true. As Latter-day Saints, we are not in any way preaching any thing that is new. We preach and teach of Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. THe Book of Mormon does not take anything away from the teachings of the Bible, but in fact it enhances our understanding of the Sacred Scriptures. Sadly, I have found in some cases that people base a lot of what they think they know about the Book of Mormon from what they have heard not necessarily on what they have actually read from the Book of Mormon. Having been raised as a Baptist, I find this very similar to an atheist who refutes the Bible and what it says based on things he has heard not necessarily on anything that he has read from the Bible. I have read and studied both the Bible and the Book of Mormon and know of a surety that both are the Word of God and both testify of a Savior that loves us all. In my humble opinion, we cannot judge something based on one statement (i.e. one passage of Scripture). We need to read and understand the context in which that Scripture is being used. When I was in Bible college my professors taught us that we should read the verses before a particular passage and sometims the verses after in order to get the full meaning. Many a misconception and wrong teaching has been the result of lifting one passage of Scripture out of context. The Bible is just as much a part of our teaching and preaching as the Book of Mormon is. Both testify of and teach of Jesus Christ. I hope that my response is of some help.
  6. I was blessed during my Naval Career to serve for a period of one year in the country of Iceland. I was stationed in Keflavic Iceland. I was baptized at the LDS Chapel in Reykjavic Iceland on 10 March 1998. At that time the LDS Chapel was an old store front building that was shared by the American LDS service members and the Icelandics. I was also blessed to be the first American in Iceland to be ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood. I would truly love to return there some day as a missionary. That would be an awesome, blessed experience. This is an interesting article that I found in the Church News about the country of Iceland.
  7. As the High Priest Group Leader of my Ward, when I have a meeting with my Assistants I always notify them in advance in person or by email as to when I would like to have the meeting and I email them a copy of the agenda for the meeting. In my humble opinion, unless there is a real purpose for having a meeting, then the meeting can become a waste cof everyone's time. So, do not call for a meeting just for the sake of having a meeting. I also try to keep all of my meetings within a 1 hour time frame. I am a firm believer that "Meetings do not have to be everlasting to be eternal." One other thing that I would suggest is to keep all members of your quorum actively engaged. One thing that I am going to be working on for the High Priests is a teaching schedule in order that others besides myself and my Assistants have a chance to teach the lessons. I hope this helps.
  8. Root beer is back. Across the country, people are talking about "craft" root beer and "premium" root beer. Artisan root beer is among the "flavor trends" identified for 2010 by Flavor & The Menu magazine, a publication for chefs and restaurateurs. In 2008, the McCormick spice and flavoring company named root beer as an up-and-coming flavor trend. But in Utah, where a large segment of the population doesn't drink alcoholic beverages due to their LDS faith, it's not a question of people getting "back into" root beer. You can read the full story by going to Root beer renaissance: Old-time soda is back with a bang.
  9. As the sun crept over the Wasatch Front early Tuesday morning, its rays not only fell on a new, 20,000-square-foot LDS Church meetinghouse in Farmington but also powered it. Featuring 158 panels mounted over about a third of the soon-to-be-opened stake center's south roof, the solar power system is one of several innovative uses of energy-efficient construction and utility technologies being tested by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can read the full story at Mormon Church unveils solar powered meeting house
  10. I came across this interesting article this morning in Meridian Magazine and after reading it, I feel that it is something that we all should take time to read and seriously consider what the writer is saying. I believe that some very wise counsel is being given here. I know for myself personally, I am beginning a hous...e cleaning campaign particularly as far as group invitations and application requests. I have already blocked many applications and will be blocking more. I will also be taking a closer inventory of the groups that I am a part of now as well as any future group request. I applaud the author of this article. I would be interested in your responses. Link: Meridian Magazine:: Ideas and Society: Why I’m Wary of Facebook
  11. Hello and welcome to LDS.Net. Thank you for sharing your blog with us. I am now one of your followers.
  12. Hello and welcome to the site.
  13. Though I would agree that whatever took place concerning the affair(s) that Tiger Woods had should be between him and his wife and not something for the world to discuss and give their opinions on openly, the fact still remains that he made vows to his wife when they were married. He not only violated those vows, but in turn he violated her trust in him to be a faithful and loyal husband. Not only did he betray her trust, but by his actions, he also violated the trust that his children have put in him as their father. It is a snowball effect. It is admirable of him to want to make things right and for him and his wife to try and stay together. I applaud that. However, saying that one is sorry about something and truly being sorry are two entirely different things. If Tiger only says he is sorry to try and appease his wife, then his apology is nothing more than vanity. Being famous never has, nor will it ever, give a person a poetic license to do as they please. Sin is still sin whether it is committed by a billionaire or by the poorest person who may live on the streets. There has been a lot of criticism towards Tiger and his unfaithfulness, but may I interject a thought here. I was always taught that it takes two people to tango. What about the women that were involved in these affairs knowing full well that Tiger is a married man with children. Their behavior doesn't say a lot for their reputation or character either does it? My dear mother and grandmother would have names for women like them, none of which I dare repeat here. Another thing to think about is how innocent is Tiger's wife in all of this? How long had she known that these affairs were going on without saying or doing anything about it? My friends, remember, there are always two sides to every coin.
  14. Welcome to the site. Glad to have you join us.
  15. Hello and welcome to the site. We are glad to have you join us. All the best with your move to Calgary Canada. I am sure that there is someone here who can fill you in on the area and Church activities there.