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  1. Connie

    To Gain a Fuller Understanding

    In no particular order: Jesus the Christ & The Articles of Faith by Talmage The Miracle of Forgiveness by Kimball Our Search for Happiness & When Thou Art Converted by Ballard Christ and the New Covenant by Holland A Marvelous Work and A Wonder by Richards Saints Volume 1, they are also starting to print chapters of volume 2 in the Ensign every month The Ensign Conference Spend some time in the Gospel Topics on the church website The Teachings of Presidents books Come Follow Me Teaching in the Savior’s Way Study helps such as the Bible Dictionary and Guide to the Scriptures have a lot of useful information The Proper Role of Government by Benson The Infinite Atonement by Callister Anything by Neal A. Maxwell and Things As They Really Are in particular Lectures on Faith The Lord’s Way by Oaks Spiritual Patterns trilogy by Bednar
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    MCU's new HERo

  3. Connie

    What is that word???

    Maybe sloganeering? "Reductionism: (also, Oversimplifying, Sloganeering): The fallacy of deceiving an audience by giving simple answers or bumper-sticker slogans in response to complex questions, especially when appealing to less educated or unsophisticated audiences. E.g., "If the glove doesn’t fit, you must vote to acquit." Or, "Vote for Snith. He'll bring back jobs!" In science, technology, engineering and mathematics ("STEM subjects") reductionism is intentionally practiced to make intractable problems computable, e.g., the well-known humorous suggestion, "First, let's assume the cow is a sphere!". See also, the Plain Truth Fallacy, and Dog-whistle Politics." from:
  4. Connie

    So um... I have an announcement.

    Congratulations! That's awesome!
  5. Domestic violence perpetrators, I imagine.
  6. Connie

    Luke 22 and swords

    Talmage only spends one paragraph on this in his book, Jesus the Christ. I lean more toward the spiritual swords idea. Maybe something along the lines of the armor of God from Ephesians 6--the sword of the Spirit.
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    Here’s a tough one!!

    That's pretty horrific. Maybe see if your area has something like Adult Protective Services. You can report cases of self neglect.
  8. JAG looks like such a nice guy. It's hard to imagine him as a hardened lawyer.
  9. Yes. A person can still take institute classes if they are attending a family ward. That's what I did.
  10. I went to a YSA ward a couple times after high school graduation. I didn't really like it. I preferred the age variety of a family ward--learning from the experience of the older ladies in Relief Society as well as the bright, young testimonies of the primary-aged kids. I stayed in my family ward. No one ever pestered me about going to the YSA ward that i can recall. It didn't feel awkward to me, but I was a bit of an odd duck. I never gave much thought to what anyone else thought of my choice. I think family wards are very benefited when young single adults chose to stay. I had a calling as primary pianist. I think it just depends on what you're looking for and where you do your best learning. I have lots of family and friends who love their YSA ward and benefit greatly from meeting and serving with people their own age.
  11. "Artificial insemination of single sisters is not approved. Single sisters who deliberately refuse to follow the counsel of Church leaders in this matter are subject to Church discipline." Wow! There it is. When in doubt, check Handbook 2. Thanks, @zil.
  12. A single woman has so many options. There are so many people in this world who are in need of mothering. There are tons of career paths to take such as teaching, daycare, nursing, social work, etc., etc., etc. What is her job? There may be opportunities there to mother. If not, there are so many volunteer opportunities. She could look on to find volunteer opportunities in her area.
  13. "Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity." --from The Family: A Proclamation to the World
  14. I would absolutely love that! And that's pretty much what i mean when i say i wish it wasn't so entrenched with the public school. Even thinking of my own experience in high school. It would have been wonderful to have early morning seminary and then get to take some more extra curricular classes. I don't know about other areas of Utah, but there is very little concession made here for alternative education styles. We are pretty much expected to gain intimate knowledge of the public school schedule, which is frankly quite asinine, and never fits in very well with the online school our kids go to. There is one early morning class across the two high schools in my area. They make it very clear to any who ask that that class is reserved for public schooled kids who need to take extra courses and cannot do released time. They do offer home study but only if you make it clear that there is no time your kid can possibly attend during one of their class periods. There is also an online class, but they don't even mention that option unless you've gone a while doing home study. The online class is awful.
  15. They did something similar back when I was in high school and they wanted things a little more aligned with what was happening in Sunday school. They had to offer a special class for the seniors so they wouldn’t miss out on the book they hadn’t done. So seniors were studying one thing while everyone else started on the new one that the seniors had already done. I have longed to see seminary less entrenched in the public school schedule, especially here in Utah. It is incredibly hard for homeschoolers and those who chose alternative education to find a good time for seminary for their kids here in my area. This seems like it may be a step in that direction. This is going to be quite the transition.