• Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by bytebear

  1. 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?
  2. 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
  3. 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)
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. LDS Doctrine is canonized in the standard works. Everything else is commentary. Some of it more authoritative than others. And some statements are misinterpreted. For example, Joseph Smith have a vision of his brother in the Celestial Kingdom, but that could/must be a future vision, and Alvin, like everyone else is waiting for the Earth to receive its paradisaical Glory (Article of Faith, D&C 88). The Earth is (or will become) the Celestial Kingdom. The meek will literally inherit the Earth.
  9. They are in the Spirit World. Either Paradise or Prison.
  10. I love my Roku. I have HuluPlus (an alternative to Sling, which was slightly more costly), which is a pay service that gives me local tv, sports etc. I live in California and I actually watch Utah news in the morning. What fun. Love it.
  11. That's what I said. But I guess I am too ignorant to comment. I'm out of here. So rude.
  12. And the verse before is pretty important too. "And as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof even so shall another come; and there is no end to my works, neither to my words. "
  13. "For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. " Moses 1:39 God has but one purpose, and this is it.
  14. Perfectly logical to me. God creates man. Man progresses. As such, God progresses via his creations. But he doesn't gain knowledge, or power. Just more creations.
  15. Man continues to progress, but not in knowledge and potency. Neither does God. But God's creations grow and progress until they become like Him. And therefore he progresses, as his creations progress. When we become glorified, that adds to His Glory. And so it is with our creations. But it's not knowledge or power, or worthiness or experience. It's creation. Progression is the opposite of damnation. Damnation is the end of creation. If we do not achieve celestial glory, we are no longer worthy of creation. So, the Devil and his followers were damned by rejecting Earth from the beginning.
  16. I think of it as being the beginning of a life cycle. Created/organized as spirit Created physically Enter mortality Reborn spiritually (via baptism of water) Die Reborn physically (resurrected to glory) We and the Earth have the same life cycle (more or less). But neither our existence began where the Bible begins, nor does it end where the Bible ends.
  17. It's interesting to discuss time in eternal measures and then Biblical measures. For example "In the beginning..." is not the beginning of God or His creations, but only in the context of the Earth's journey beginning. It doesn't even mean the beginning of the spirit children of God, who rejoiced at the creation of the Earth.
  18. I do think that genius is a gift from God, and something that God releases at His designated time. I think the discovery and harnessing of electricity, the invention of movable type, the invention of flight, of the telegraph, telephone and internet. All given to mankind at a time when the gospel needed a boost. I think God placed people with the gifts and the intellectual nudge to figure those things out at the right time and place.
  19. Eternal progression and the resurrection are not the same thing and really not related. Resurrection is a step in a process, but it isn't repeated eternally as an individual. The notion that we will be born, die, be resurrected, and then repeat the process is incorrect. There is only one birth, death, and resurrection for each of us. Every person born mortally will eventually receive an immortal body, that will exist eternally. Progression does not come from improving that state of being. But if you read 1 Corinthians 15, you can get a glimmer of how Paul described the resurrection.
  20. A friend swears by Hibiclens, which is an antibacterial wash used medically that you can get behind the pharmacists desk. I guess the idea is you kill the bacteria that create the stink. I tried it for a while, but I like deodorant because when I sweat it gives off a nice smell. I hate antiperspirant, as it makes my armpits feel weird not sweating. And a little baby powder on a humid day works wonders on sweaty parts.
  21. I have sensitive skin and I get breakouts and ingrown hairs if I do not do my standard routine. Before I shave, in the shower I wash my neck with a salicylic acid acne body wash. Neutragina has one but CVS has a generic for half the price. It's an orange pump bottle. The acid keeps away the rash and ingrown hairs. I use a single blade disposable. I do not change the blade often, using the same blade for at least two weeks. The duller the better. I use standard barbarsol foam, since it has the most foaminess and lasts forever. Then I rinse and pat dry (never rub) my face. Then I wipe my face with an oxy pad which also has salicylic acid. This has cleared my face 100%.
  22. I bet when he received the mantle of the presidency, a lot was opened up to him spiritually.
  23. Not knowing the details, and that's important, I can't judge. What I can glean is that your son confessed to the bishop, which means he isn't hiding it anymore, and most likely feels remorse. He also probably knows he needs help. These are all good signs. Repentance and forgiveness should be the goals, and unfortunately, in our legal and cultural atmosphere I fear those things may not be possible. I wish you the best and please don't abandon your son or let the state destroy him.
  24. My favorite pizza is the Greek at the Pie Pizzeria near the University of Utah. Sadly I can only get it when I am visiting from California.
  25. I found this article interesting.