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  1. I believe Moroni, being a Nephite, and the fact that Joseph Smith knew the Nephites called them Interpreters, that they were not called the U&T by Moroni or anyone else in the Book of Mormon. Maybe Smith was told by God, or maybe he or Cowdry figured it out, but the record implies to me, that Moroni would not have called them the U&T.
  2. So I understand it, Joseph Smith was told by the angel Moroni that they were "interpreters". And only later equated with the U&T when some church leader put two and two together. Honestly, as you study the restoration process and Joseph Smith's Revelations and insight, this after-thought connection is very common.
  3. As I understand it, they need not be ordained to the office, but they still must be called of God, and set apart as the steward of a ward. And I believe this applies today. In other words, you can't just walk into church and say, "I am a Levite and therefor your new bishop."
  4. I think when you first go, you should go again after some thoughtfulness. You'll discover a lot you didn't even get the first time. The logistics of the ceremony are daunting at first, and you are so concerned about what you are doing you aren't pondering what you are doing. Also, when you are in the temple, you are free to discuss the details, and get insight from temple workers, or even the temple president if you so wish. I remember two very specific revelations given to me. One was just a flood of "oh wow. Never thought of that before" and another was a specific detail given by a temple worker, and I still hold those truths today, things I never would have gotten were it not for the temple experience. Also, when I was a younger man, I attended several temple weddings of friends, including acting as a proxy father for my best friend at his ceremony (basically a glorified witness). You can perform proxy sealings as well, if you want to experience that ceremony as well, and I recommend it. Also, remember, children are sealed to parents if not born under the covenant of marriage. And since we believe in work for the dead, you may want to look into your own ancestry, possibly including (depending on circumstances) being sealed to deceased parents. Anyway, just wanted to bring up the idea that even though you've been endowed, you still have some future temple adventures besides proxy work for strangers. And of course, we'll be waiting next year for news of other potential sealings.
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    So... Solo. The Han Solo Movie. The.... yeah.

    I also have a problem watching a prequel/sequel when an actor portrays a known character. And that is the voice. If the voice doesn't match, I have a hard time. The actor in Solo did not have the deep resonance of Harrison Ford. Similarly, that Saving Mr. Banks movie had Tom Hanks playing a squeaky version of Walt Disney's deep gravely voice, and it was downright distracting. Surprisingly, I have no problem with two Dumbledors. Must be the magic.
  6. bytebear

    So... Solo. The Han Solo Movie. The.... yeah.

    Side note: The rule of two applied. For Luke to turn, he had to kill the emperor, and then Vader would become the master. Main point: The Star Wars franchise died for me the day I sat in a theater and watched episode I. After that I honestly only watched the movies out of loyalty to the original, but honestly, I feel like when you shop at Sears and remember how department stores used to be, and wish they were again. But they aren't. Solo was the closest thing so far though. Everything else is hollow.
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    Endowment

    They always have. This is not a new thing.
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    Endowment

    Honestly, the ceremony is so symbolic and spirit driven, no real amount of secular study on the subject will prepare you. In fact, the more matter-of-fact your study is, the less you will understand. just go in with a pure heart, a faith in Christ, and an eye to the Glory of God. This is learning beyond books and factoids. It's pure spiritual learning, and cannot be understood from the outside. I almost think of it as if you are learning the story of the three witnesses or the visitation of Christ at the alter of the temple, vs actually being there, as a witness yourself. Words cannot do justice, and the unprepared will simply be confused.
  9. bytebear

    Questions About President Nelson

    Recycled paper.
  10. Depends on how you define "Christian" If you believe in Christ, you are a Christian. But, you are not of his fold until you covenant with him through baptism, from those with the proper authority, and that is only found in His restored church. The Book of Mormon simply helps you find His flock.
  11. bytebear

    Questions About President Nelson

    You should edit it, print it, and put it with your journal.
  12. bytebear

    Questions About President Nelson

    I can't say that i have had a direct confirmation of Nelson specifically, but I have had confirmation on the church he leads, and the apostolic process we follow. Also, of all the Latter Day Saint churches that are out there, only the CoJCoLDS has fulfilled prophecies of the true Latter Day church both ancient and modern.
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    Completely crazy anti-Mormon novel

    When was this novel written? It sounds like a rehashing of A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes novel.
  14. bytebear

    Another Star Trek Rant (Sort of)

    The Borg is the best villain of all, simply because (at least before the queen) it was just the nature of the beast. They weren't being mean. They were just being Borg. Now, living in proximity of theme parks, I do miss the Star Trek experience at the Hilton in Las Vegas (now gone for a good while), and I do think the Star Wars overlay in Tomorrowland of Disneyland is the wrong theme, and since they are getting a new land, we'll see if they can perhaps do the future justice since Star Wars is technically "a long time ago." That said, I do think the prequels are crap, the sequels are mediocre, but the addendum to the original series are worthy of canonization. By the way, Disney is doing cartoon series of episodes based on the original trilogy. Have fun with that one. Oh, and Voyager is the best of the Star Trek series.
  15. I came across this article today. https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-day-dostoyevsky-discovered-the-meaning-of-life-in-a-dream-762477006 In it, the author describes a short story written by Dostoyevsky about how in contemplating suicide, a man runs into a small child, and that encounter led him to go home, at which time he contemplates the meaning of life. He talks about how if he were the only one on Earth, and killed himself, he would essentially destroy the world since he was the only thing in it. And so, his life is an isolated event. He then contemplates the chance encounter with the little girl, and realized that she changed his fate, and that he wasn't actually alone. And then has a dream that he does kill himself and enters a different realm, and there sees people who are truly joyful, and discovers that life is about others not just himself. Conceding that “it was only a dream,” he nonetheless asserts that “the sensation of the love of those beautiful and innocent people” was very much real and something he carried into wakeful life on Earth. Awaking in his easy-chair at dawn, he exclaims anew with rekindled gratitude for life: Oh, now — life, life! I lifted my hands and called upon the eternal truth, not called, but wept. Rapture, ineffable rapture exalted all my being. Yes, to live… Dostoyevsky concludes with his protagonist’s reflection on the shared essence of life, our common conquest of happiness and kindness: All are tending to one and the same goal, at least all aspire to the same goal, from the wise man to the lowest murderer, but only by different ways. It is an old truth, but there is this new in it: I cannot go far astray. I saw the truth. I saw and know that men could be beautiful and happy, without losing the capacity to live upon the earth. I will not, I cannot believe that evil is the normal condition of men… I saw the truth, I did not invent it with my mind. I saw, saw, and her living image filled my soul for ever. I saw her in such consummate perfection that I cannot possibly believe that she was not among men. How can I then go astray? … The living image of what I saw will be with me always, and will correct and guide me always. Oh, I am strong and fresh, I can go on, go on, even for a thousand years. […] And it is so simple… The one thing is — love thy neighbor as thyself — that is the one thing. That is all, nothing else is needed. You will instantly find how to live. I found the story fascinating and how well it fit into gospel principles on several levels, from the lesson learned about loving one's neighbor, to the use of dreams and visions, to our understanding of the spirit world and the afterlife.
  16. bytebear

    Military Spending

    I think SS should be 1) optional and 2) set up like a 401k or a retirement account, maybe something like a Roth IRA. I don't like the idea of the money being locked down until retirement, or being sucked back into the system if you die early, or don't have a proper heir. I generally don't like the idea of schemes to redistribute wealth. You earn it, you keep it. Just make it worthwhile to invest it, and make it easier for people not financially savvy to invest it decently. Even if it's just a basic S&P500 account. As for medicare, send it down to the states and let them figure out their own programs. We were better off overall before Obamacare, so just reverse it. Some states will over spend or under cover, but that's too bad. Not having a limit on funding is a real problem, and states have to learn to live within their tax means, unlike the Federal govt, who can print money, and rack up trillions in debt.
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    Military Spending

    My point is this. We are keeping the peace. Even when we are bad at it, the US is a force for peace, and it's working. And we are doing it with fewer resources every year. In the meantime, we are spending massive amounts of money into entitlements, that aren't solvent, and that don't actually solve the problems of poverty or health care, and in fact, in my opinion make them worse. We don't save for retirement like we did, and we assume the government will bail us out. And we aren't charitable as we should be because we assume government will do the job, making us even resentful for those in need. I believe it goes against the gospel. I think that learning compassion and charity are lost when we rely on government. So, aside from the waste and corruption, we lose out on our own spiritual growth.
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    Military Spending

    Sure, i can do that too. The numbers are still far lower for Iraq than Vietnam. In fact, all Middle East wars combined are still less than Vietnam.
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    Military Spending

    Both SS and Medicare didn't exist 50 years ago, and neither program is solvent, and in fact, SS was taxed beginning in the 80s, and they are still working on ways to keep it maintained. It's a tax disguised as a savings program. it should be abolished, or at least put into personal funds that are maintained by the recipient, rather than general fund.
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    Military Spending

    But much of Iraqi deaths were due to civil war, not US intervention.
  21. bytebear

    Military Spending

    Well, you said military spending was 50% of the budget. But even your own source lists it as 15%. And if you look at historical numbers, military spending went down since WWII, whereas entitlement spending (or what you would call Social Security and Medicare, among others) went from zero to about (33% + 27%).
  22. bytebear

    Military Spending

    Not really. WWII was high, but so was post WWII Communist rule both in China, Vietnam and Russia. But even still Vietnam was a blip in comparison, but looks like a mountain compared to the wars in the Middle East.
  23. bytebear

    Military Spending

    I have attached a spending chart, and a chart on deaths from war. Here's the detailed video with the stats.
  24. bytebear

    Military Spending

    They are entitlements, under the budgetary definitions of our government. And you are wrong on your budget numbers as well. Perhaps you are doing the old switcheroo by looking only at discretionary spending and not overall spending. And no, we aren't suddenly saving millions of lives on the battlefield. We just aren't killing as many people. And, no, the Middle East conflicts are not equating the numbers of Vietnam either. We can go over the numbers in detail if you want.
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    Military Spending

    Yes, but compare that to wars of the past. 10,000 is actually minor to the deaths of millions under Communist rule, in China, Russia, etc. And that's not even counting WWII.