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  1. Just_A_Guy

    Parenting is plummeting

    I would hazard to guess that a big part of it is that the normal support systems parents (especially stay-at-home moms) have traditionally relied on—grandparents and aunts/uncles, neighbors, church and other social groups—are, to some extent, eroding. Additionally—COVID parenting is just plain harder. Fewer functioning preschools/social activities for kids to go to that give parents a respite for part of the day. Fewer functioning youth programs, restaurants, amusement parks, and other available activities with which parents can incentivize good behavior. I know that at work, I usually handle 3-4 new DCFS child welfare petitions per month. But between yesterday and today alone, I’ll have drafted six. Things are tough out there, and parents are snapping.
  2. Just_A_Guy

    BYU confuses LGBT discussion by offering data

    “Just one study”? You talk as if this is a lone voice in the wilderness, bucking some presupposed mountain of evidence that suggests that there is a causal link between LDS observance and LGBTQ suicide. But in fact there is no such evidence, as Michael Staley himself has said so (repeatedly). I’d love to agree that “no one is sad about this”; but the fact is that humans have been willing to let other humans die in furtherance of their pet political objectives for literally millennia. For folks who claim to get the sadz when gay Mormon kids off themselves, LGBTQ advocates sure have fine-tuned the art of making those deaths politically useful. The Mama Dragons have even been caught with their hands in the statistical cookie jar—claiming more LGBTQ LDS youth suicides for a given region in a given time frame, than the total youth suicides reported to the legal authorities in those jurisdictions for that same time frame. To use a slightly dated analogy that still light to be recognizable to most of our LGBTQ-“ally” friends: If you’re determined to implement regime change in Iraq, Saddam not having WMDs is a very bad thing; and the number of human lives actually at stake matters not at all.
  3. Bah. Give me that old time religion . . .
  4. Just_A_Guy

    Website bug?

    It does it on my phone, too.
  5. Just_A_Guy

    What Thinkest Thou of My Food Storage? Bad or Good?

    I hope this doesn’t sound flippant, but . . . What’s the point of preserving commercially-purchased meat that you’re going to eat in 2-3 months anyways? I mean, I can understand the rationale for preserving home-grown produce you want to eat out-of-season; but meat? Or is this hamburger you raised/slaughtered/butchered yourself?
  6. Just_A_Guy

    Doctrine and Covenants 76:24

    D&C 76 is in many ways a response to the Gospel of John—it is thick with allusions to and quotations from that book of scripture. 76:24 reflects John 1:3 and 12; but with an important modifier: whereas John says Jesus gave us power to become children of God, Joseph Smith clarifies that actually we’ve been children of God all along.
  7. Just_A_Guy

    Mark 4 - The Parable of the Sower

    1) Elder Oaks himself explains: The different soils on which the seeds fell represent different ways in which mortals receive and follow these teachings. Thus the seeds that “fell by the way side” (Mark 4:4) have not reached mortal soil where they might possibly grow. They are like teachings that fall upon a heart hardened or unprepared. I will say nothing more of these. My message concerns those of us who have committed to be followers of Christ. What do we do with the Savior’s teachings as we live our lives? In other words, he doesn’t feel that particular group concerns his particular audience in light of the broader points he is trying to make in that particular sermon. 2) Mr. Collins’s view of the role of birds in the parable of the mustard tree is intriguing, but it’s worth noting that in similar allegories of trees that give shelter to birds (Ezekiel 17, Daniel 4) the emphasis seems to be on the virtue/usefulness of the tree itself. I see the appeal of Collins’s interpretation for folks who hate Catholicism or are otherwise predisposed to find corruption in a church; but from what I can gather, his interpretation seems to be very much a minority view among scholars. 3) The parable of the sower was not, I think, intended as a doctrinal exposition about what actions lead to a person winding up on what kingdom of glory; and I’m not sure how useful it is to try to overlay it onto the LDS doctrine regarding the kingdoms of glory (and frankly, I have some concerns that the way you lay out the Terrestrial and Telestial kingdoms aren’t quite scriptural—can you provide a link to the source you’re citing?). The primary LDS scriptures that apply to the topic are D&C 76 and 88, which say what they say and place our individual salvations within the context of a broader divine plan (and frankly, to my mind, more properly describe potential degrees of ultimate reconciliation with God rather than promising the magnitude of one’s reward or punishment). Christ’s parable, by contrast, is less about other people’s destinations, and more about how to foster attitudes and behaviors that establish our trajectory towards our destinations.
  8. Just_A_Guy

    Remaking America

    I agree with, like, 75% of this; but the context we’re omitting is that nearly identical tactics have been widely adopted by leftist groups for going on ten years now—not only Antifa/BLM-related riots and physical assaults, but attacks on federal and state government buildings that have significantly disrupted the work of the entities that met in those buildings. This isn’t just “whataboutism”—when you’ve got the Brown Shirts and the Red Front brawling it out in the streets, and *all* the newspapers and radio shows are saying it’s exclusively the fault of those dastardly Red Fronters even though you’ve seen the Brown Shirts in action too—at some point one starts wondering whether there’s a Goebbels pulling some of the strings; and you wonder what else he and his associates are planning. Even this hand-wringing about questioning electoral results—yes, it’s socially and civically toxic; but have we forgotten that others spent four years attacking the 2016 election as somehow fraudulent? That many from that same side even now condemn the constitutionally-ordained electoral college as “illegitimate”? Yes, the former American value of accepting electoral results without question and submitting to the authority of elected officials we disagree with is pretty well shot at this point; we’re over the Rubicon now and in a heap of trouble, and Trump and his acolytes had a yuge role in piling on the straws that ultimately broke the camel’s back. But this suggestion that it’s exclusively or even primarily the Trumplings’ fault is, again, the kind of “me-or-your-own-lyin’-eyes-ism” that evokes the agendas of others who told “big lies” in ages past. 2. I deal with some of Jacobson’s distinctions here; and let’s bear in mind that the Jacobson majority was joined by a certain SCOTUS justice who would later approve forced sterilizations of disabled people on the grounds that “three generations of imbeciles is enough”. In terms of evolving social values, we may as well appeal to the moral precedent of Dred Scott as Jacobson. 3. Absolutely, 100% agree.
  9. You and me both, brother; you and me both.
  10. Maybe; but I’ll bet you like them. And I wouldn’t overthink the distinction between those two terms. The Church, in some ways, is linguistically behind the times—we developed our doctrines in Victorian days, following the lead of people reading scriptures written in Jacobean English; and we still use terms like “love” in ways that were popular then, but not so much now.
  11. Do we really, truly believe (not just in the abstract, but in practice) that life is better when one loves God and Jesus Christ? Do we really, truly believe (not just in the abstract, but in practice) that life is better when one avoids various forms of sin? If so, inviting someone to repentance should be at least as natural as inviting someone to try a new restaurant.
  12. Just_A_Guy

    Remaking America

    Frankly, there’s such an alphabet soup of agencies involved here that it’s hard to know what real, tangible action might result from this letter. In most other eras of American history, the letter as-worded would be innocuous (except insofar as it points out to a vast slough of federal agencies whose existence wouldn’t even have been contemplated sixty years ago). Of *course* threats are bad, and should be investigated. And frankly, there *is* a certain stripe of conservative that seems to have an affinity for getting into physical altercations, and threatening more of the same. We’ve had a few of those kinds of folks on this very board, in the past; and a high school principal/former bishop in my ward whose school recently drew the attention and public scorn of Eric Moutsos has run up against a bit of that himself. And January 6, while certainly overblown, casts a shadow that is very long indeed. That said: it seems these allegations of threats are primarily anecdotal in nature. I don’t know that, statistically, it’s an issue worth the FBI’s concerted attention; especially in light of the kinds of things they’ve largely let pass over the last two years and some spectacular failures of late that raise serious questions about their overall competence. I long for the good old days when the main thing the FBI fought was crime—and when they were actually somewhat good at it.
  13. Just_A_Guy

    “Into the millennium”

    I don’t think it’s quite accurate to suggest that foundations ordinarily need to be redone periodically (though I imagine most city codes contemplate buildings with lives of decades, not centuries). The impetus for the SL Temple project (and the Tabernacle project before it) wasn’t that the foundations were old per se; it was that when these structures were built, we just didn’t know how to do foundations that could stand up to the sort of seismic activity geologists now know is possible in Utah.
  14. Just_A_Guy

    Conference Ready?!

    Prediction: A GA will reiterate some totally elementary doctrine, and a bunch of progressives will act all outraged over it. Here’s a graphical representation: https://tenor.com/Q5p5.gif