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    Military Spending

    And yet, the numbers bear out that these actions actually save more lives than they take. Because of our inactions in the Middle East, for example, we saw the rise of ISIS, an organization that could easily have been stomped out, had we been paying more attention. Even in Iraq, it wasn't that we took out Sadam, but it was that we stopped policing the area.
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    Veterans Day

    I think the poppy tradition varies from region to region. Here in Southern California, I have seen them being handed out outside shopping centers.
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    Military Spending

    Would it surprise you to learn that US military spending has continually gone down since WWII (as % of GDP), while entitlement spending has exploded in the same time period. No, our budget issues are not from having a strong military. Also, would it surprise you that we are in an era of unprecedented peace globally? That death from wars is almost non-existent.
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    Tampering with votes

    I work in fuzzy data every day. People are constantly wanting exact counts of things. Things that you think would be easy to count. It's not. Ballots are far more complex in terms of counting than what I count. Just getting a valid list of eligible voters is impossible.
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    When I was a missionary in Boston (some 30 years ago) we had to have a few missionaries learn Cambodian and Laotian, due to the high number of immigrants.
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    Third Party Names

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    Third Party Names

    Federalist party, but no one would interpret it correctly. Just as the Democratic party is not particularly in favor of democracy.
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    Heading to Utah

    I would go up to Park City. The Olympic park and training center is at the turn off from the freeway, and has a lot to see. A small museum, and you can see the bobsled run, and the jumps. And then you continue to drive up to the city itself. Small mountain town ruined by a Hollywood film festival, but still a lot of historic mining things to see. And they have various activities, but a bit early for skiing. Still a fun place to check out. You can also visit Snowbird which is up a different canyon, and they have a tram and various activities as well. You just missed the leaves changing in the canyons, but the city should be turned nicely now. I was there a week ago, and it was hit or miss, some trees green, others vibrant red and orange. Of course, it's nothing compared to New England, so you probably won't be impressed. I would also consider a tour of the State Capitol. Pretty cool building. Drive around the University of Utah campus, and the surrounding neighborhoods (The Avenues) Most people go to the top of the Joseph Smith building for a view, but do the Church office building. That's absolutely spectacular. Tours are free of course. You can also do a Beehive house tour. They shortened it, sadly, and it's done by foreign sister missionaries, so not particularly historic and a bit preachy. But what can you do. The Lion house next door has a decent cafeteria. You might want to consider hiking up Ensign Peak. It was the place where Brigham Young and others laid out the plans for the valley, and they had some fairly substantial spiritual experiences, including visions of the future of the Salt Lake valley. Covenants were also made there, so it is holy ground. "This Is the Place" monument is a good stop for the tourist and history buff. Not sure if this link will work, but here's a map I made of the various activities we did a few years back.
  9. It's not about forgiving others, although that's important. it's about atoning for our sins. We could atone for our own sins, pay for them ourselves, but the pain and sorrow are too great for us to endure. Christ took that burden from us, and atoned for our sins, so we wouldn't have to endure the pain of atonement. And I don't even think of it as physical pain, but the emotional and spiritual toll. We, as imperfect beings, are simply incapable of doing it ourselves. Christ was perfect and as such, he alone could do it.
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    attending ward out of boundary

    What an opportunity. You get to meet and become a member of a while new ward, and still get to see and associate with your old ward family. Win-win.
  11. I was at the open house in the parking lot tent when the lightening struck the Oquirrh Mountain temple. I have before and after photos of the statue to prove it. The storm was so loud you couldn't hear the video presentation, or even talk to your neighbor. Inside the temple, it was quiet and peaceful. The Temple literally and figuratively is the calm within the storm.
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    A movie we all love

    You have no soul.
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    I am so angry right now

    Open up an incognito (private) window in your browser and copy the url.
  14. But marriages can be performed by proxy for deceased ancestors, so everyone who is worthy will be given the opportunity for a sealed marriage.
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    A movie we all love

    Rudy Field of Dreams Titanic (yes, I do like this film) Steel Magnolias Sound of Music Harry Potter I'm sure I'll think of some others.
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    Was jesus married

    I wonder if God was telling him what He tells a lot of young men today. Don't get married, go on a mission. But that doesn't mean to never get married. Just that you have things to do first.
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    Adam, Eve, and the Holy Ghost

    Do you believe God has created worlds without end? If so, then how did God populate each world? How many Eves are there? And what's to assume that Heavenly Mother was the first of her planet? She may very well have been the Mary, or the Ruth. Lots of assumptions on Mormon (and non-Mormon) belief.
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    Step Function?

    Wait until she gets a European teacher, and then you have to deal with commas uses as periods and periods as commas and the minus sign is the backslash. Ugh, I hated that teacher.
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    article in Mormon Light

    What I would like to see change? An emphasis on fellowshipping neighbors. I feel like we don't emphasize visitors to our services or activities enough. I would love to see 20% of the congregation be visitors/non-members. We get so cliquish. Also, it always bothered me that we have a "visitors Welcome" sign but no sign telling you what time the services are. How are visitors supposed to know when to come, other than when a bunch of cars are in the parking lot?
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    Does this confuse anyone else?

    I don't know that they thought of his name being "Christ" any more than we do. Jesus is THE Christ. it's a title, more than a name. "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6
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    Does this confuse anyone else?

    I looked up the word "Christ" and the word “Christ” comes from christos, a Greek word meaning “anointed.” To be anointed, literally, is to have sacred oil poured on one’s head, because God has chosen the person for a special task. Priests and kings were anointed, and occasionally prophets. Kings were anointed during their coronation rather than receiving a crown. So, the translation could have been "word of the anointed one" or the one designated as king. It also ties into the LORD being used, since that is another designation of a holy ruler. So, I feel like we are arguing over synonyms. Far be it from me because of the LORD that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’S anointed (mashiach), to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the LORD’S anointed (mashiach). (1 Samuel 24:6)
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    Does this confuse anyone else?

    The Bible has translated Jehovah as LORD all over the OT. Smith (or God) seems to prefer Christ to LORD. I have no problem with it
  23. When Grunt mentioned "Linger Longers" I was reminded of my mission (same general geographical area) and we had them too. Members lived somewhat far from the building, so we did a potluck after church. I never heard of it before that, and we don't have them here. But even here in California, I have a several chapels within a 15 minute drive.
  24. Interesting since the 3 hour block was established in the 70s (I think) because the church grew outside of the Mormon belt and church was two hours on Sunday but separate times (Sunday school in the AM, and Sacrament meeting in the afternoon. Priesthood/Relief Society/Mutual (YM/YW) and primary were during the week. So, to stop people from traveling so much, they consolidated all the meetings. In Utah, it was easy to walk to primary. Church was closer than school. And I wonder if they are going to basically revert to the same. Move the meetings that were during the week back to during the week. So, the change wouldn't really be that radical. In fact, it's more like it used to be.
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    LDS Tabernacles

    The Ogden Utah one is very Stake center like. Not particularly inspiring. The Logan Tabernacle is beautiful. My mom had Stake Conference at the Assembly hall in Salt Lake when she was young. Basically our buildings have undergone separation of function. First the Kirtland temple was a multipurpose building. The Nauvoo Temple separated the temple functionality from cultural and civic usage. In Utah, Temples and Tabernacles were further separated, and then later Stake centers and ward buildings replaced tabernacles, but still had cultural halls. Older ones have stages, and my stake center growing up had bleachers for sporting events. Later, the ward buildings became less cultural hubs, and the stages removed, and cultural halls removed. So I guess as town centers became less prominent, tabernacles disappeared, and ward buildings became simpler. Also, as Utah separated church functions from civic functions, state buildings replaced church buildings for that functionality. at least, that's how I see it.