BenRaines

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  1. BenRaines

    Is there a "reconciliation" or middle ground?

    I believe that there are those who believe and there are those who know. The 46th section of the Doctrine and Covenants covers that some. 10 And again, verily I say unto you, I would that ye should always remember, and always retain in your minds what those gifts are, that are given unto the church. 11 For all have not every gift given unto them; for there are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God. 12 To some is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby. 13 To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world. 14 To others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life if they continue faithful. 15 And again, to some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know the differences of administration, as it will be pleasing unto the same Lord, according as the Lord will, suiting his mercies according to the conditions of the children of men. 16 And again, it is given by the Holy Ghost to some to know the diversities of operations, whether they be of God, that the manifestations of the Spirit may be given to every man to profit withal. 17 And again, verily I say unto you, to some is given, by the Spirit of God, the word of wisdom. 18 To another is given the word of knowledge, that all may be taught to be wise and to have knowledge. 19 And again, to some it is given to have faith to be healed; 20 And to others it is given to have faith to heal. 21 And again, to some is given the working of miracles; 22 And to others it is given to prophesy; 23 And to others the discerning of spirits. 24 And again, it is given to some to speak with tongues; 25 And to another is given the interpretation of tongues. 26 And all these gifts come from God, for the benefit of the children of God. I believe that many who say "I know" do so out of tradition or wanting to appear to know. I believe that most believe and some know. As a young missionary I taught I believe these things to be true. It wasn't until my mid 40's that I received a witness that they were true and I could say "I know". There is nothing wrong with believing ones whole life that the things are true. Good luck in your search and know that it is ok to just believe and live by faith. Ben Raines
  2. This is my two cents worth and that is all it really is worth. For those of you who are willing to accept ongoing infidelity of a spouse, male or female, how do you do it? For those who are sisters who have husbands who cheat and sleep with other women and then come home to you, do you have them tested first? Are you willing to catch whatever they have and perhaps lose your life while you still have children at home who rely on you, heck or ever. A man who sleeps with a woman other than his wife sleeps with all the other men she has slept with and true the other way around too. I hear that you want to have a Celestial marriage. My idea of working towards a Celestial Marriage is two people working in the same direction towards a common goal. I don't believe that death will change someone. They are not going to become a Celestial partner when they die. The same traits they had in this life will move on to the next. Same nature. Sorry if it seems a bit harsh but I believe that a lot of people want to gloss over gross sin with the hope of being someone's Celestial partner and I don't believe that is how it works. Ben Raines
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    What was your first contact with lds.net?

    As Pam and Roseslipper have mentioned I was here before here was here. When I started I had a lot of free time in the evening and enjoyed visiting with people from all over the world. Have had some great chats with people and gained some friends along the way. Some I have met and others I only know on here but there is still time. Ben Raines
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    The Fall of Man and the justice of G-d

    Traveler, I have enjoyed your two most recent threads. Thank you. Ben Raines
  5. BenRaines

    Somebody please explain seat saving in church?

    We should have an area for those with handicaps and the elderly. All the rest is first come first served. We raised four kids and were at church 15 minutes early every Sunday of their lives. We got the seats we wanted and never had to save. Went half an hour early to Stake Conference and got the seats we wanted. That is the way I see it. No saving. No reason no excuse. Ben Raines
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    In the event of the Zombie Apocalypse...

    Both of you have posted beautiful places. I am still looking for the best BOL Bug out Location for when I want to get away from it all for good. Ben Raines
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    World goes back to normal on July 15th

    Phew, my stash of Twinkies from March was about ready to run out. That and Donettes too. All is right with the world. Ben Raines
  8. If daughter is adult needs to have own endowment to be sealed to parents, I believe. If daughter is a minor then only mother needs to be endowed and have a recommend. Mother is then sealed to deceased father, once his ordinances have been done. Then someone will stand-in as proxy for father to be sealed to mother in sealing room. Then daughter will be brought in and sealed to already sealed parents. Ben Raines
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    Hey, Anatess! and anyone else...

    Each time I have gone on cruise we rent a room near the port and they allow you to park there all week for free. Able to get there a day early and rest up for the cruise. Ben Raines
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    Husband might be in trouble

    Let's not coddle the teens. Righteous indignation has it's place. The true lesson will come in seeing someone come forward, of their own volition, and apologize for something that probably was appropriate but in the wrong place. Much better would have been to have this offending sister called in to the Bishop's office and then let your husband let her have it. Ben Raines
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    Are we alone?

    My two cents. Didn't read all posts but some. Earth was created from elements existing in space. Was it part of prior worlds? When the elements were combined in to our planet were there existing bones and things from prior inhabitants of the other planets that were used to construct this one? Those are some of my thoughts. Ben Raines
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    Am I a Jack Mormon?

    Sounds to me like you are someone who is struggling to have faith. Remember, even though from Testimony you would not believe it, most live by faith and not knowledge. Doctrine and Covenants 46 says that some are given the gift of knowledge and others to believe the testimonies of those who know. Don't get hung up on knowing. Have faith. My experience is that most who were active and become less active it is because they find other things to do with their Sunday time. Not because they don't believe but because they think there are better things to do. Good luck Ben Raines
  13. BenRaines

    A Difficult Situation

    Having worked as a 911 dispatcher let me say that 911 is for life threatening emergencies. Someone is dying, about to die, could die or have great harm caused. Kidnappings in the moment, etc. 911 is not for a crime that happened hours ago, yesterday or last week. We would repeatedly have calls from people because of non life threatening emergencies, which takes time and line capacity away from a real emergency. Now back to the thread: How old are you that another man could molest you? Were you under the influence? How does this happen? Ben Raines
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    Underwear & infidelity?

    A friend of mine used a sound activated recording device. The kind that will fit in your pocket. Left it under the bed. Went to work. Came home and found it was the manager of a store that he delivered to regularly that was coming over to visit his wife while he was at work. Ben Raines
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    It's been awhile but...

    Welcome back SF. It has been a long time and as you can see "Old Pam" is still here and kicking. Ben Raines