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    I feel awful.....

    I am not a hunter and candidly feel much more sympathy for the cute little deer than the big cat. Cecil likely brutally killed anything that was weaker and smaller that came in his path and ripped it to shreds and ate it. Cecil met someone smarter and more powerful than Cecil. Such is the code that animal lived by.... It may have been illegal to kill Cecil, but as I understand it it is not illegal to hunt big game in Zimbabwe and it is not illegal to kill lions. What really is stunning, is what issues people want to get all disturbed by versus the ones that are truly horrific that they mostly ignore or somehow justify. The fact that people want to see this dentist extradited to Zimbabwe and have his life destroyed and perhaps his families for killing a lion is pretty twisted.
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    Why do you think LDS doctrine is "cool"?

    Cool because it is a doctrine that one day will make the earth a heaven and man a god.
  3. To off set my near excessive consumption of diet soda, I mix it with a bit of non diet soda. So, that way some nosy and more righteous member can't judge me for drinking too much diet soda.
  4. Too bad the church and other major supporters didn't abandon the BSA sooner....maybe they would have gotten the message. 2.5% of the population claims to be homosexual....I wonder how small a number of homosexuals want to be involved in scouts? Homosexuals IMO are the most selfish, self centered people and sadly, the silent majority has allowed it all to happen, from ss marriage to this to......
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    How do I post a poll?

    Whenever I set it up and select "finished" ....nothing happens after the window closes.
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    How do I post a poll?

    No...I have tried that and nothing. Guess, I am missing sumpin...
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    Yard tools...

    After my heart attack I promised....no more doing my own yard, pool, etc. Well, now that I feel so good again, I am back doing everything :-) Thought I would post some thoughts on a new toy I acquired today. First of all, I did buy a riding mower after my kids went off to BYU, missions etc and that has been nice. It is a Snapper...(think Forest Gump) and it has a mulching blade which is really nice. I think I started a trend as two neighbors bought the same Snapper after me. I also have a Honda push mower and a really old Murray that I have had for 25 years. I have a straight shaft Echo weed eater that I have owned for several years and it it is awesome, never, ever had a problem with it. I also have a really old Craftsman that hangs in the pool house and would probably start if I worked on it a bit. I have a Toro electric blower and a Stihl gas blower as well as a Stihl chainsaw....oh and an Echo gas hedge trimmer. Today I bought a Stihl Kombi system...which is basically a power head and a shaft that you can attach various tools. I bought the edger and the pole saw (basically a chain saw on a stick) and I am thus far very pleased. Stihl makes excellent equiptment and I must say the edger is amazing and has literally turned a 30 minute job into a 5 minute job. I was using an electric edger and as you can imagine, it is a process hauling around extension cords etc. The whole purchase today was about $600.00...but oh so worth it! My son would say, Dad, you could have hired someone for the entire summer for what you paid for that tool . I live in the South and have a big yard with lots of azaleas and things that need lots of attention and of course it rains nearly every day and the grass grows like mad...so, yeah, I am happy with my purchase. What do u use?
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    Yard tools...

    My son used the edger today and the pole saw and declaed it the best of all the tools I have ever purchased!
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    Must LBGT freedom be pitted against religious liberty?

    LGBT freedom will be pitted against religion that still refers to their lifestyle as sin.....except of course Islam. Christianity will be seen as acceptable once it conforms to the image of the world and the liberal agenda.
  10. Thought this quote from Elder Maxwell is spot on: “Make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters, in the months and years ahead, events are likely to require each member to decide whether or not he will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to halt longer between two opinions. (See 1 Kgs. 18:21.) President Marion G. Romney said, many years ago, that he had ‘never hesitated to follow the counsel of the Authorities of the Church even though it crossed my social, professional or political life’ (in Conference Report, Apr. 1941, p. 123). This is a hard doctrine, but it is a particularly vital doctrine in a society which is becoming more wicked. In short, brothers and sisters, not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ includes not being ashamed of the prophets of Jesus Christ! We are now entering a time of incredible ironies. Let us cite but one of these ironies which is yet in its subtle stages: We will see a maximum, if indirect, effort made to establish irreligion as the state religion. It is actually a new form of paganism which uses the carefully preserved and cultivated freedoms of western civilization to shrink freedom, even as it rejects the value essence of our rich Judeo-Christian heritage.” “Your discipleship may see the time when such religious convictions are discounted. M. J. Sobran also said, ‘A religious conviction is now a second-class conviction, expected to step deferentially to the back of the secular bus, and not to get uppity about it’ (Human Life Review, Summer 1978, pp. 58–59). This new irreligious imperialism seeks to disallow certain opinions simply because those opinions grow out of religious convictions. Resistance to abortion will be seen as primitive. Concern over the institution of the family will be viewed as untrendy and unenlightened.” “Before the ultimate victory of the forces of righteousness, some skirmishes will be lost. Even in these, however, let us leave a record so that the choices are clear, letting others do as they will in the face of prophetic counsel. There will also be times, happily, when a minor defeat seems probable, but others will step forward, having been rallied to rightness by what we do. We will know the joy, on occasion, of having awakened a slumbering majority of the decent people of all races and creeds which was, till then, unconscious of itself. Jesus said that when the fig trees put forth their leaves, ‘summer is nigh’ (Matt. 24:32). Thus warned that summer is upon us, let us not then complain of the heat!” Elder Neal A. Maxwell
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    I am being released...

    I have served as Elders Quorum President for just over five years and will be released this Sunday. I am happy......and sad all at the same time. I taught Gospel Doctrine a couple times lately and lot's of folks told the Bishop how much they enjoyed my lessons. I jokingly told my wife that I would be released soon and called as GD teacher....well, sort of jokingly. I had the feeling that it was going to happen. Sunday, our Bishop asked how I felt about being called as.....Gospel Doctrine teacher. I of course said, whatever the Lord would have me do Bishop. As I ponder my stewardship of the EQ....I am feeling kinda blue thinking about being released. Anyone else feel that way after being released from a long time calling?
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    Supreme Court ruling

    A tad off subject...sort of... Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches (in SLC of all places) "Among the changes to church laws on marriage, gender-specific language will be dropped. "Husband" and "wife" will be replaced with "the couple.""
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    I am being released...

    I hear ya EJ. Our SP says I am the best EQP in the Stake and how he wished every EQP was like me...blah, blah, blah. All I am thinking is....man, I could do so much more, be so much better and how horrible I really am. Sigh....
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    High Priest class

    You could always attend EQ. Just as older bethren who are not HP attend HP. We have some younger HP'sthat attend EQ quite often.
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    I am being released...

    I really enjoy the calling...but, alot of people in the Ward don't have callings and I feel bad taking a calling when so many others don't have one.
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    I am being released...

    The odd things is I was the Gospel Doctrine teacher before I was called as EQP.
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    I am being released...

    Three sounds about right to me. I have been through (3) Bishops and (3) HP Group leaders.
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    Supreme Court ruling

    Statement from First Presidency
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    Supreme Court ruling

    In 1999, President Gordon B. Hinckley told the members of the Church the following: "We regard it as not only our right but our duty to oppose those forces which we feel undermine the moral fiber of society. Much of our effort, a very great deal of it, is in association with others whose interests are similar. We have worked with Jewish groups, Catholics, Muslims, Protestants, and those of no particular religious affiliation, in coalitions formed to advocate positions on vital moral issues. ... Latter-day Saints are working as part of a coalition to safeguard traditional marriage from forces in our society which are attempting to redefine that sacred institution. God-sanctioned marriage between a man and a woman has been the basis of civilization for thousands of years. There is no justification to redefine what marriage is. Such is not our right, and those who try will find themselves answerable to God. Some portray legalization of so-called same-sex marriage as a civil right. This is not a matter of civil rights; it is a matter of morality. Others question our constitutional right as a church to raise our voice on an issue that is of critical importance to the future of the family. We believe that defending this sacred institution by working to preserve traditional marriage lies clearly within our religious and constitutional prerogatives. Indeed, we are compelled by our doctrine to speak out. Nevertheless, and I emphasize this, I wish to say that our opposition to attempts to legalize same-sex marriage should never be interpreted as justification for hatred, intolerance, or abuse of those who profess homosexual tendencies, either individually or as a group. As I said from this pulpit one year ago, our hearts reach out to those who refer to themselves as gays and lesbians. We love and honor them as sons and daughters of God. They are welcome in the Church. It is expected, however, that they follow the same God-given rules of conduct that apply to everyone else, whether single or married. I commend those of our membership who have voluntarily joined with other like-minded people to defend the sanctity of traditional marriage. ... You are contributing your time and talents in a cause that in some quarters may not be politically correct but which nevertheless lies at the heart of the Lord’s eternal plan for His children, just as those of many other churches are doing. This is a united effort." - President Gordon B. Hinckley LDS General Conference, October 1999
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    Dylan Roof arrested in church shooting

    Yes....about 25% were non native in the Union vesus about 5% in the CSA
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    Dylan Roof arrested in church shooting

    Charlie Daniels wrote the following: I was born in 1936, a mere 71 years after the Civil War ended, when the South was looked upon by what seemed to be a majority of the Northern States as an inbred, backward, uneducated, slow-talking and slower-thinking people, with low morals and a propensity for incest. This was in the days before television, and about all the folks up North knew about Southerners was what they heard. There were a lot of people who took great pleasure in proliferating the myth, and some still do it to this day. As you might suppose, people in the South bitterly resented this attitude of superiority, and in some quarters the words “damn” and “Yankee” became one word. And a somewhat fierce type of Southern pride came into being. The Confederate battle flag was a sign of defiance, a sign of pride, a declaration of a geographical area that you were proud to be from. That’s all it is to me and all it has ever been to me. I can’t speak for all, but I know in my heart that most Southerners feel the same way. I have no desire to reinstate the Confederacy. I oppose slavery as vehemently as any man, and I believe that every human being, regardless of the color of their skin, is just as valuable as I am and deserves the exact same rights and advantages as I do. I feel that this controversy desperately needs to be settled without federal interference and input from race baiters like Al Sharpton. It’s up to the individual states as to what they allow to be a part of their public image. What the majority of the people of any given state want should, in my opinion, be their policy. Unfortunately, the Confederate battle flag has been adopted by hate groups – and individuals like Dylann Roof – to supposedly represent them and their hateful view of the races. Please believe me when I say that, to the overwhelming majority of Southerners, the flag represents no such thing, but is simply a banner denoting an area of the nation and one’s pride in living there. I know there will be those who will take these words of mine, try to twist them or call them insincere and try to make what I’ve said here some kind of anti-black racial statement, but I tell everybody who reads this article, I came up in the days of cruel racial prejudice and Jim Crow laws, when the courts were tilted against any black man, when the segregated educational system was inferior and when opportunities for blacks to advance were almost nonexistent. I lived through the useless cruelty of those days and did not get my feelings out of some sensitivity class or social studies course, but made my own decisions out of experience and disgust. I hold no ill feelings and have no axes to grind with my brothers and sisters of any color. The same God made us; the same God will judge us; and I pray that He will intervene in the deep racial divide we have in this nation and make each person – black or white – see each other for what we truly are, human beings. No better, and no worse. It’s time to do away with labels: Caucasian-American, African-American, Asian-American, Native American and so forth. How about just a simple “AMERICAN”?
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    Dylan Roof arrested in church shooting

    The confederate battle flag has been co-opted by some pretty ugly groups. Sadly, the public school teaching that the good folks from the north fought the evil folks from the south to free slaves is so pervasive that most blacks and all liberals see it as a symbol of hate. I am angered when I see garbage like skin heads and the KKK use the flag as a banner for their hatred. But they also use the cross and the US flag as well. Most narratives don't take into account the human aspect of the period or the war. The build up to seccession was born of politics, money and political power and certainly the southern politicians felt that power was rapidly shifting to the northern states because of the population explosion that occurred in the decade before the war. Of course the good folks from the north owned slaves as well....until it became more profitable to not as they were becoming increasingly industrialized. The average enlisted soldier did not own slaves, though the exact percentage is debatable, it is usually agreed upon that less than 10% owned slaves. Many slave owners, like Robert E Lee's father in law had made provisions in there wills to free slaves at their passing. Lee was charged with doing just that after Mr. Custis passed. Of note, Lee and Jackson did not believe in slavery and Lee particularly opposed secession. A common element of the times was state identity rather than national identity. Lee was a son of Virginia, first and foremost. He was married to a great grandaughter of George Washington and his own father a revolutionary war hero gave the eulogy at Washingtons funeral. "First in war, first in peace and first in the heart of his country men". Lee was offered command of all Union forces but declined because Virginia secceded and as he stated he could not lead an army against his familiy and his home. Such was the prevailing allegiance of the time. US Grant flatly stated that if he thought the war was fought over slavery...he would offer his sword to the other side and he infact had black body servants given to him by his father in law...a slave owner. During the Vicksburg campaign, Grant returned runaway slaves to any slave owner who pledged allegiance to the union. Southerners formed regiments from their local counties and were musterd into the CSA and just like their northern counterparts fought for the glory of....not the CSA or USA....but for the state from which they came. Southerners saw themnselves as the rightful heirs of the continental army and saw Lee as Washington. They did not want to be ruled by european rabble that had migrated in ever increasing hordes to the North. Much of the union armies were made of men who did not speak a common langauage and after the emancipation proclamation and the draft began, Lincoln had to send troops to put down riots in New York because the very idea that northern boys coming home limbless and/or in boxes by the thousands were fightimng now to free slaves was repulsive. I have been a student of this period of history literally all of my life and have probably forgotten more than I remember as I do not study it often any longer. That said, it was a complicated time and politics and politicans aside, the great tragedy is the soldiers of both sides and the damage that it caused....damage that reverberates even in 2015. My great-great-great grandfather was a soldier in the Army of Norgthern Virginia as were many uncles and cousins and my family owned many slaves and a 5000 acre plantation. I make no apologies for their decisions....it was a different time. Ironically, my father married a woman from New York and grandfathers and uncles and cousins fought for the union...perhaps on thesame fields as my fathers family. Slavery was and is dispicable and is a national tragedy....not just a southern one. Money, politics and consolidating power led to war and the average american, north and south paid the price in blood and treasure. I own a confederate battle flag and understand it's place in history. That said, the southern cross should not be flown over any statehouse or capital buildings, but should rightfully be displayed at historcal places honoring the brave men who fought and died for a cause that most of us in 2015 cannot fully understand.
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    Supreme Court ruling

    Sorry...I don't wish to hijack the thread. So, I will just say...no. War is contrary to the will of God and is a result of man's wickedness.
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    Supreme Court ruling

    Oh this is just the beginning... Because of legal restrictions on speech, if you say or write anything considered “homophobic” (including, by definition, anything questioning same-sex marriage), you could face discipline, termination of employment, or prosecution by the government.
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    Supreme Court ruling

    Welcome back plural marriage... “As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage,” Justice Kennedy wrote. “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right..