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  1. bytebear

    Here’s a tough one!!

    Maybe, maybe not. Most family members of hoarders don't end up hoarding themselves. She may have simply stayed to keep the situation stable. Probably got a lot of flack if she attempted to clean up. Frankly I am surprised you aren't getting more pushback about throwing things out.
  2. bytebear

    How Modern Anti-Racism Hurts Black People

    The point is, those examples of racism are often experienced by people who aren't a minority. It's like you are comparing bad experiences of one group to the ideal life of white people. Fact is, a lot of white people are shot by cops. And per-encounter statistics show that whites are actually more likely to be shot than blacks. But we never, EVER hear about these stories, because they don't fit the narrative.
  3. bytebear

    How Modern Anti-Racism Hurts Black People

    I have my own story involving unfair treatment from the police. If I told you the story, and didn't tell you my race, you could easily call it a racism thing, or profiling, or whatever. I just realized that some cops are unfair and, frankly, jerks.
  4. bytebear

    Joseph Smith and Polygamy

    I have an unpopular belief, and that is that Fanny Alger was not a plural wife. I believe she was accused of an affair with Smith, and that the rumor was false, and it ended up being elevated to the status of her being his first plural wife, but the timing is all wrong. One bride years before any others? No, I think whatever went down with Alger, it had nothing to do with plural marriage.
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    God ceasing to be God

    This just sparked an idea in my head. A missionary is defined by his role, but also by his actions. If a missionary decides to stop doing the work, stops wearing a suit an tie, abandons his companion and decides to just start living as a regular person, is he still a missionary?
  6. bytebear

    Help with an investigator question

    That's not true at all. Eternal progression has no start and no end. We know that God the Son went through a progression from spirit to mortal to spirit to immortal. But that doesn't mean that God didn't exist any differently between those transitions, or that there is some kind of finite beginning to God. Because there was a time when God the Son did not have a celestial body of flesh and bone. The state of being of one personage is independent of the existence of God. Both past and future. Infinite and forever.
  7. bytebear

    God ceasing to be God

    I understood the point is God still has free will. He can sin, he can oppose his own plan, but that would make him not God.
  8. bytebear

    Help with an investigator question

    God is a state of being, not an individual person. You could even say it is Logos, or conscienceless as he says. Fits perfectly within LDS doctrine. "God is that primordial intellect in its totality" But that intellect is shared among individual beings, the Father, and the Son specifically. And we are promised we can achieve the same state. I think the only question is how does intellect and physical tangible beings correlate. How do we share a common Godliness but still retain individualism? Don't know, but it does seem to be how it works.
  9. bytebear

    Hi my name is Abram

    Do you really need to ask?
  10. bytebear

    Episode IX Trailer

    I almost cried when I saw Lando. Sorry, but I am one of those old farts who saw the original trilogy in theaters at the perfect age (7, 9, 11) and have a nostalgic heart. Also, nothing can be worse than Episode I. Nothing. And I actually enjoyed Episode VIII maybe even more than VII. And they both are way better than Episode I. I have no connection to the new characters. I finally can remember their names (mostly). Leia flying across space is still better than anything in Episode I. I also enjoyed Solo quite a lot, and am disappointing that it didn't get more attention and praise. The capes alone made it a worthy addition to the Star Wars canon. Now I have no idea what will happen in the next movie. I imagine it will have a lot of random, illogical, nostalgic touches. Ewoks on Tatooine fighting Wompas. Sure. why not? But I suspect that we will find out that Ray and Kilo Ren are actually twins (or cousins) and were separated to protect them, and she trains with ghost Luke while reading up on those text books that Yoda said were useless. I just hope the plot is passable, and at least slightly different than the standard Star Wars plot - Big death star threatens the galaxy. One team to turn off the force field, another group awaits the attack and when it goes down does a miraculous shot to blow it up, while a lone hero confronts the villain. Whatever happens, I will enjoy the ride. Did I mention that Episode I sucks?
  11. bytebear

    The 12 Apostles of the Lamb

    I believe it means that the house of Israel (i.e. the remnant of the tribe of Joseph, i.e. descendants of Lehi) will be judged by the 12 apostles that Jesus chose in Israel. Now, does that mean the original 12 men (because Judas would be difficult). I think rather it means the apostles of that dispensation, whoever they may be. But Peter, James and John would be the top picks I would assume.
  12. I find it interesting that the prophet of the Lord just allowed the blessings of baptism be given to the children of gay parents. And yet, we are still questioning that that child will not receive the blessings of the Lord? I have no reason to believe that such a child will be blessed any less than that of a child of a non-member. I also take heed from the scriptures for those who reject this decision, just as I did those who rejected the decision made 3 years ago. "Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’…" Driving out demons?
  13. Well, I look at sin from two angles. One is the sin of the outsider, and the other is the sin of the insider, who decides they are superior because they can point and mock the sin of the outsider. Both sins, in my opinion, will keep you out of the presence of God.
  14. No, it's not. You might as well be doing studies on children raised by Mormons over Lutherans. Or Amish vs Methodists. There are principles that help people be good parents, but there is nothing inherit about your sexual orientation that makes you a more loving one. So, no, God did not look at the studies on how parents would do, and created this law accordingly.
  15. I think you misinterpret the verse. The law exists because it has eternal ramifications. Gay couples cannot be sealed to their children. But neither can parents who prefer a beer at the end of the day. And neither can a parent married to a non-member. And neither could those who married black people prior to 1978. You seem to be singling out one group of people because of cultural issues, but ignoring all the other sins out there. it's almost as if you want to use God's law to be a bigot. And that is unfortunate. Particularly when the Lord and the prophet have clearly invited these people into His church with love.
  16. I could go on, but it really is irrelevant. Because the law is not about the temporal well being of children.
  17. 34 Wherefore, verily I say unto you that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal; neither any man, nor the children of men; neither Adam, your father, whom I created. - D&C 29.
  18. Do you want clinical studies? There is no doubt it exists. There is no reason to think that gay parents can't do as good a job or better a job at raising kids than a heterosexual couple. Again, God did not make the law because of the temporal ramifications of the gender of parents. There are some pretty horrible,awful, rotten straight parents. Parents who made choices that have seriously detrimental ramifications to their children. Divorce and abuse are not absent from people who are straight. In an ideal world, every child will be raised by their biological parents, in a loving and eternal way. But we don't live in a perfect world, and I would much rather have a child raised by loving adoptive gay parents than by biological abusive parents.
  19. I agree that a long term relationship is different than clothing choice. However, the notion that gay couples can't be loving parents is hogwash. There are gay parents who are far better role models for parental love than some (many) heterosexual couples. Being gay doesn't mean you are a bad parent, or an unloving person. No more than a straight marriage automatically makes you a good candidate for raising kids. The church isn't condemning gay marriage because of the social sciences of raising a child. There are eternal ramifications. But those same ramifications exist for single parents, or even parents who are restricted from temple sealings due to various sinful behavior, including things like alcohol use. So, please don't think the church is condemning gay marriage because gay people are incapable of raising children successfully, even spiritually. That's simply not true, and it's not the reason for the initial ban, for that matter. The ban was so that children wouldn't have to choose the church over a parent. The policy was siding with the parents. And now that the new policy is in place, I think some members will have to learn to love gay parents who's children may be in their ward. It may be a spiritual test they are unable to pass.
  20. Sorry, I am late to the game. But how is this any different than a kid who's parents smoke, or drink, or who's parents work on Sunday, or who's parents have questionable taste in clothing or occupations that are not in line with the gospel? I remember having a friend from the neighborhood who was in our scout troop. Non-member single mom, at a time where that was rare. We didn't care, and the church leaders wanted to make sure he was welcome in every way. His mom didn't want him baptized, but she recognized the good that the church did. Now, whenever I see a church policy that lasts only a few years, I immediately think "separating the wheat from the chaff." This policy really affected only a tiny fraction of families. But it sure did reveal those who would cast off the church and not follow the prophet. I am sure they won't be back, and frankly, I see it as a way for the church to clear out the dead brush. Once the brush is cleared, the Lord restores fertile ground for those who remain (including gay members).
  21. bytebear

    Computer cord endings

    Technically it's a 15 pin connector (male or female). The other common one is 9 pin. The particular style is a DE-15 (D being the connector, A,B,C,D, E being the size, and the number being the pins in the connector. More commonly called a D-Sub for D-Subminiture. Cute how they thought that connector was small, eh? Yes they have standard uses for computers like VGA connectivity, but they can be used for anything. PCs use the 9 pin as a serial port. Atari video games used them for joysticks (among other things).
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    Nonbeliever's questions about your faith

    I should point out that Moroni's promise isn't restricted to the truth of the Gospel, or the Book of Mormon, but is something that can be used on any matter of truth. Simply put, God does answer prayers.
  23. I have to laugh. We had some issues with the Newport Beach temple. The original design was too big and too white. So they changed the style and made it more of a tan color. The irony is that the area is a flood with mega churches (including Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life campus). The temple is actually smaller than the LDS chapel next to it. Here's a map to give you comparison. And by the way, the Mariner church was kind enough to allow their parking lot be used during the open house.
  24. bytebear

    Colorado is targeting Christian baker Jack Phillips — again

    Of course they are targeting him. This is what happens when you pick and choose which liberties apply.
  25. I would prefer a party that was for small government, weed out corruption, fiscally conservative, and state run social programs. Is that too much to ask? I hate that congress even discusses welfare, health care, education, infrastructure, etc. etc, let alone tries to run them.