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  1. KuriChan

    Getting Food Storage Started

    Yeah, food storage is a huge pain and every person you talk to will give me a different answer. Trust me on that one, I've been highly involved in food storage for about two years now. I'm not allowed to sell or anything on these forums, so I'll just tell you that I highly recommend going with freeze-dried food. There are tons of benefits: tastes great, lasts for over 25 years, no chemicals or preservatives, etc. You can do all sorts of research on it online.
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    Book of Mormon evidences and defenses

    Lol, yeah, the typing sound drove me nuts Great videos though.
  3. KuriChan

    Getting Food Storage Started

    There are many, many confusing ways to do food storage and everyone has their own ways to simplify it. In general, what is best is a 3 month short-term supply (food that you will eat normally) and a 9 month (if you want a year) long term supply. For reasons I will never understand, most go with wheat and dried beans even though they don't know how to use them (would you buy bullets without owning a gun?). I actually represent a company that specializes in making food storage easy and affordable for families. Send me a message and I would love to help you out.
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    Where to put the food storage?

    Iggy certainly has it right. To find out what you really DO have and what you are missing, you have to experience the "emergency" first. I actually sell food storage to families as an occupation and it is ridiculous what some people think. A few days ago I had an appointment with a woman that couldn't possibly have more than enough food in her house to feed herself for two months, but she was totally convinced that she had enough to feed her whole family for 9 - 12 months (a pretty big spread if you ask me...)
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    Need for advice/reassurance in dealing with an ex

    One of the best quotes I have ever heard is "Let repentance take care of yesterday and let faith take care of tomorrow, live today by the Spirit"
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    Nice Guys

    I kinda thought this thread would cause a stir! Isn't it great that we are all seeing each others' views? Whether or not we believe a single word someone might say, it does not change the fact that those comments are that individual's REALITY. And it is others' realities that we are discussing. People are interesting...
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    dry beans

    Also, a pressure cooker does miracles for beans
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    going on a missionquestions...

    Mission calls to Brazil sometimes take up to 7 months because the visa system there is ridiculous
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    Nice Guys

    If there is one thing I have learned in life and my psychology major about people is that people are governed much more by emotion than reason. And, as we know, emotion has little to nothing to do with reason.
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    Can mormons drink...

    Hey Heavenguard, thanks for sharing your experiences but I would be really careful about "adding" things to doctrine. In my mission we had some members and missionaries teaching that caffeine was what was against the word of wisdom and not actually tea/coffee. So, instead, the investigators and members started drinking "non-caffeinated" teas/coffees. Upon discovering that chocolate has caffeine in it, we inevitably lost a few members because Mormons love their chocolate, so the church couldn't be true. Here is a quote from the D&C Institute manual - D&C 89:9. Are Other Drinks Forbidden by the Word of Wisdom? What about cola drinks, kava, some health or sports drinks, or other drinks containing stimulants? An official statement by the Church’s leaders reads: “With reference to cola drinks, the Church has never officially taken a position on this matter, but the leaders of the Church have advised, and we do now specifically advise, against the use of any drink containing harmful habit-forming drugs under circumstances that would result in acquiring the habit. Any beverage that contains ingredients harmful to the body should be avoided.” (Priesthood Bulletin, Feb. 1972, p. 4.) In other words, no, caffeine is not against the Word of Wisdom. Is it a bad idea to consume, I certainly think so (just like its a bad idea not to get any exercise which is also part of the WoW). Also, to paraphrase the very first verse of D&C 89 - the WoW is for "the weakest of saints" aka "the bare minimum". If you want to go above the "bare minimum" and not drink caffeine, that is a good thing, but it is false to preach drinking it as a sin or an explanation for the WoW. Side note - there is sugar alcohol in apples. Doesn't that make some of us think twice before eating an apple!
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    Can mormons drink...

    I don't think anyone can rightfully call themselves an "expert" or know the answers to this particular question. I served a mission in Japan and, yes, there are absolutely certain types of teas that are perfectly fine for us. The rule of thumb that I followed (which as far as I can tell is accurate) is that any (I use the word "any" with caution) teas that are not made from leaves are ok. We drank jasmine, lemon, wheat, and other teas. According to what I have heard, there has been recently discoveries about a certain chemical in non-edible leaves (like tea leaves) that eats away at bone (which might explain the old hunch-back grandmas/grandpas we saw in Japan)
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    Nice Guys

    This is a blog I posted I while ago. Let's get the LDS perspective. I honestly can not count the number of times I have heard girls announce their frustration about how they can't find any nice guys, that all men are selfish pigs, and all they want is a guy that will treat them well. It is a rarity when I am around women who are talking about men and these opinions are not unanimously agreed on. I suppose you can all guess where this is going, but obviously it has not been said enough because nothing has changed. Flaw 1) If you are looking for a nice guy, bars or clubs generally aren't the best places to begin your search. Is it really necessary for me to say that? Flaw 2) Women, admit it, you are attracted to high-testosterone, assertive, take-charge type guys. If a guy is controlled primarily by selfishness and hormones (aka: jerks), what do you expect? Thoughtful consideration of your feelings in your times of need? Yeah, right... Besides, those kinds of guys get fat and bald much faster than those who have more self-control (just in case preserving your emotional health and self esteem wasn't motivation enough). Flaw 3) Stop making the same mistakes. If someone you date ends up being a jerk, don't date his friends. I guarantee he is the same. If you don't like the guys you have found in one location/group, change locations/groups! Same is true for personality traits. Flaw 4) I read a quote recently about how women nowadays "castrate the horse, then tell it to be a stallion." We can either be kind and considerate or we can be macho and take-charge, not both. Please make up your minds. Flaw 5) If he only goes for the dumb, hot chicks, odds are he is shallow. Don't encourage him by compromising yourself to meet what he wants. Let them be. They deserve each other. Their kind will eventually die out anyway - Darwinism. Cure) I am sure that the small percentage of women that actually got all the way through this blog without deleting my "friend" status with them is curious as how to cure this social epidemic. Where is one to find nice guys? That is really quite easy, actually. I compiled a few methods: 1) Go through your list of friends' phone numbers on a Friday/Saturday night. The nice guys will be the ones that are home to answer the phone. Either that or their line will be busy with them listening to the tears of a friend. Leave a message, he will call you back. Really. 2) When he talks to you, he spends more time looking at what is above your neck instead of below. 3) Ask him what your favorite food/song/movie is. That would be easy for someone that has taken the time to learn about you and care enough to remember (likely because he wants to surprise you with some meaningful gift etc. later on). 4) Try to picture in your mind your "best guy friend(s)" and "we are like brother/sister" type friend(s) because you "can always talk to him" and "trust him with anything". Yes, those guys that you never even considered because he doesn't have that "unapproachable" type of appeal that women crave so much. I guarentee he is perfectly capable of becoming that "unapproachable" type of guy for you, but he doesn't do it because your feelings are more important to him than inflating his ego. That is why he has spent so much of his time on the phone listening to your crying about how hard your life is because you keep making the same mistakes. You don't like hearing a guy you have a crush on talking to you about his love life with other girls. We don't like it either, but the nice ones will listen anyway. Then, over and over again, you will find another guy and your friend's time and services will no longer be necessary... until you get hurt again by another jerk. I could continue for a long, long time, but this is more than enough to get you girls going on your "starter's course" to dating success. I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek into guys' views on dating. You have a phone. Practice starts now. Ready... go!
  13. After she has been a member in solid standing for a decent amount of time (maybe a year or so) I would say "definitely". In fact, I think I would prefer one. In general, many many of the church members born into the covenant never really have been challenged and simply take the church for granted. A convert, however, knows what the "other side" is like and was wise enough to escape. That wisdom will serve her well for the rest of her life and will be a blessing to those she speaks to.
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    Paradise = Heaven?

    Though the terms are obviously very confusable, paradise is not heaven. The quote in Alma that you mentioned terms that upon death there will be two groups, one of joy and one of pain/regret. Certainly sounds like heaven and hell to me too, but it is actually referring to Spirit paradise and Spirit prison. What evidence is there to show this? One solid statement is that there is no reference in any of the standard works that says paradise is anything more than a place of rest and joy created by God. Anything more would be an assumption. Also: We, and most other Christians believe that the dwelling place of God is heaven. God lives in heaven; I think we can all agree with that. Here is an interesting scripture that many Christian churches have used to "prove" that baptism is not necessary to go to heaven - Luke 23:43 - speaking to the thief on the cross next to him, "And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise." Under the assumption that the thief was not baptized AND that paradise is heaven, they would be correct. However, the Bible shows that at least the second assumption is incorrect. In John 20, three days after Christ's death, Mary has come to Christ's tomb but discovered he was no longer there. After Mary was called by Jesus in the garden, verse 17 says, "Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God." Therefore we know two facts - "to day shalt thou be with me in paradise" on Friday (the day of His death) and three days later Christ says "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended unto my Father". Christ had not gone to the presence of God yet, so we know that God is not in paradise. Hence we can determine that since God lives in heaven, and Christ entered paradise the day of his death but had not been in the presence of God until three days later, we can rightfully determine that paradise is simply spirit paradise, separate from heaven.
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    Dehydrated vs Freeze dried

    It is a special process that, instead of cooking out all the moisture like in dehydration, you actually pour liquid nitrogen into the food you make which takes out the water and oxygen. Because all the water and oxygen is out, obviously nothing can grow, decompose, etc inside. Since nitrogen is about 70% of our atmosphere, you know it is completely harmless. None of the nutrients, taste, or anything is affected by the process. All you do is add water and its like it never happened... proven up to 40 years so far with the special style we do.