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  1. 41 minutes ago, Grunt said:

    My most impactful small world experience was my trip to San Diego.  I won't bore everyone with the details again, but it played a role in my decision to be baptized.  

    Do you have the link to that or direct me where to find it? I don't remember your story. 

  2. Got the song stuck yet? :P

    What weird small world examples do you have?

    I have one from church....a friend and I were vacationing in Florida and went to church on a Fast Sunday. One of the women who bore testimony mentioned that that day was the anniversary of when she entered the MTC. When she said that, I remembered that it was the same anniversary of my MTC entrance, so we entered on the same day. After the meeting, I went up to her to thank her for her testimony and tell her that she and I share the anniversary. She then said, "Wait...didn't you serve a mission in Bulgaria?" Found out that she and I were on the same floor in the dorm at the MTC. She remembered me because I would lead singing time in the evenings on our floor (our floor would gather together and sing hymns before lights out). Weird!

    My other weird small world was on my mission in Bulgaria. My companion and I tracted out a woman who had a friend over. They invited us in to hear us and as we were talking about ourselves, I stated that I was from Indianapolis. The friend said that her best friend growing up moved to Indianapolis because her father became the priest at the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in Indy. Well, that priest was the same priest who baptized me as a baby (I was baptized in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church not long after I was born) and I remembered him as the church was literally down the street from where I grew up and we attended a few functions on occasion.

    Let's see what ya'll have!

  3. That link from earlier is not a recommendation, it is information. As a missionary, I was asked many times, "what do I wear to church/activity?" People are not familiar with our church so they want to know what to wear. Just like if you were invited to a party or a work function, you might ask, "what's the dress?" Notice the structure and language in that link, for the whole thing, not just the's explaining what to expect. Men do generally wear suits/ties to church and women, generally, do wear dresses/skirts. Some people might feel uncomfortable not knowing what to expect, so they dress casually then find out that in general, LDS services are not casual dress. That doesn't mean that you won't find men in clothes other than suit/tie or won't find women wearing something other than dress/skirts. It means that for the most part, the majority of the congregants wear suits/ties or dresses/skirts.

    BTW, I'm not aware of any guidebook or leadership manual that actually instructs us to tell people to wear suits/ties or dresses/skirts. Again, I know that it says for us to wear "Sunday best," but they leave that to the individual to interpret. And the closest I can think of was Elder Holland's talk a few years ago (but even then I believe he said to not be Pharisaical about it).

    Talking to the bishop is a very wise course. If someone is speaking to another member in such a way (without authority), then the bishop is the one to take care of the issue. My advice would be to speak to the bishop. Be honest with him but also listen to him. And then let it go. Allow others to be human, make mistakes, and do the best they can in this life and church, do your best to forgive, and just learn from the experience. I know I've said some really dumb things to people in my lifetime (in or out of church) or made decisions that I thought were correct only later to learn it probably wasn't the best decision. I've always appreciated people who love and forgive me despite my own stupidity, ignorance, or learning curve.

  4. 4 hours ago, anatess2 said:

    Both my grandmother and my mom used a Whitman's box for their sewing kit.  So, it wasn't until I got to the US that I found out, Whitman's is not a companion to Singer but actually a company that made chocolates.  But I still couldn't get over the thought of eating chocolates in a sewing kit so I never took a liking to Whitman's chocolates!

    Maybe that's where the idea of needles in Halloween candy started.... 

  5. On 2/16/2018 at 1:04 AM, Carborendum said:

    So, I was looking at this box of chocolates in a heart shaped box and considering that many of these flavors are things that men simply don't like.  But for some reason women seem to like them.  Even my wife who normally can't stand the smell of those more flowery scented ones love having Valentine's chocolates.  But I have yet to find a man who will eat a whole box by himself within a week.  So, I'm confuzzled as to why that is so.  In the meantime, I believe I have come up with the perfect gift to give a man for Valentine's Day.

    I'll introduce you to my husband sometime. He gets the Stover's and Whitman box of chocolates for himself (I'm not a huge fan of them). 

  6. On 2/12/2018 at 12:25 PM, anatess2 said:

    Makes me wonder where in the world is @beefche and @Dravin?  I miss those 2!

    I'm here! It's been a crazy time for the past few months with my dad and his various health issues. I try to check in, but can't do it always.

    Thank you for missing me! I feel so special! 

  7. 5 hours ago, seashmore said:

    It's a snow day, so I'm watching the 1959 Ben-Hur. Already watched it straight, now it's playing with commentary.

    This past week, I've watched Pay It Forward and Forrest Gump, also with commentaries.

    And since I'm here, anyone have any particular commentaries they like? Sense and Sensibility has excellent ones, both with Ang Lee and Emma Thompson. 

    I love the commentaries. Some of the best are the Lord of the Rings with the cast members. Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd (Merry and Pippin) are simply hilarious. 

  8. On 12/19/2017 at 12:44 PM, anatess2 said:

    Kylo Ren is my favorite Disney Star Wars character even as I try to detach him from the Jacen Solo/Ben Skywalker old-universe characters so I have nothing else to base him on but the movies.

    Wow, Anatess, really?? He is the ultimate emo teenager that needs to be seriously grounded. My husband and I saw TLJ today and discussed how we kept waiting for someone to take Kylo over the knee and give him a good spanking. He acts like a whining 12 year old. Not menacing at all.

    We actually discussed that perhaps it is the writer's intention that he fails miserably to be menacing like Darth Vader. Vader is such an iconic bad guy. Even in this universe, he is the ultimate baddie. And Kylo just....fails. Maybe it's deliberate? His obvious temper tantrums are more comedic than they are scary.

    From the very beginning, I've said that I honestly hope that he isn't "redeemed" as Vader was. Not only do I not like him, but I would like to see Hollywood actually defeat evil....not just explain it as being "misunderstood" or "conflicted" and just in need of a friend. 

  9. 37 minutes ago, mirkwood said:

    I bought one refurbished.  I also have iPod's.   I hate the iPhone.  Galaxy for me.

    I've looked into the Galaxy tablets. But, this Kindle was so flippin' cheap that I figured that even if I hated it, it was still better than my dysfunctional, current tablet. 

  10. I did a 

    On 12/2/2017 at 7:48 PM, mirkwood said:

    Good luck.  I had a Kindle Fire for about 3 years.  It started having problems and eventually locked up at the boot screen.  Now I have an iPad. 

    It was super cheap (Cyber Monday deal). My other tablet has so many issues (I had it about 6 years). And we are an Android family--no Apple products for us (and they are way too expensive). 

  11. I took advantage of Black Friday for Amazon and bought an Amazon Fire. I downloaded the Gospel Library app and while downloading the tons of information (not the app itself, but downloading the scriptures, magazines, etc.), I got a download failed notification. I am unable to delete this notification.

    I've tried uninstalling the app. I've tried rebooting. I've tried going through the download manager. Nothing works. The only thing that I find that will get rid of the notification is to uninstall the app and not reinstall it. That is not an option as one reason why I got this tablet was so I can use it for that app.

    Any suggestions? I've tried Googling this but so far, nothing has worked. 


  12. On 10/4/2017 at 6:57 PM, Grunt said:

    How am I supposed to know that?  I see a podcast about Mormons, their views, and their culture and think I'll dive right in.  It needs a disclaimer.

    Just ask me. I excel at telling people what to do and what to think. :P

  13. I've been a member for over 25 years. I've never had an issue with being called a Mormon. I would simply say, "Yes, I am Mormon." If they ever called the church the Mormon Church, then I would correct them with the actual church name. If I were asked what religion I was, I would reply, "I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, otherwise known as Mormons." And I don't ever remember being told that I couldn't call myself a Mormon. 

  14. @Grunt I just want to pop in here to say thank you. You have been one of the more pleasant, patient, and rational posters asking questions about our faith. I really do appreciate you not assuming what I believe and instead asking. I'm sorry for some of the misunderstandings and rude comments, but it's the internet. You get what you pay for. Thank you for sticking around.