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  1. Personally excited to hear the prophet’s council for the next 6 months this weekend.
  2. We finally got our 27.2 kWp solar array (80 panels) and Propane Kohler 30 kW generator installed. Took almost 2 years. Permits, unexpected hazards, roof repairs, excuses, rescheduling, supply chain issues. Was a bit spendy. But now I have a surplus of energy production and run the A/C whenever I want - at any temperature. Next car I get will likely be electric. PG&E (pacific gas & electric) is crazy expensive. Summer monthly electric bills over 1K are no joke. And they will turn off the power with a threat of high winds (forest fire threat / prior lawsuits) for days at a time. We had to buy a second propane tank 500 gallons dedicated for the generator. When we bought the house 2 years ago I got a used propane tank for $500. The one I bought last month cost 4K. Unbelievable… The break-even point is likely 15 years or so. But I love to watch the power production and review PG&E bills with a credit instead of 4 figure payment request. Previously I would get a warning that I was using too much energy for a single family on the 10th of the month and I would get charged on the 4th tier for energy usage. Ridiculous.
  3. BYU vs. Baylor commentary: Everyone has been talking about the Jaron hall / Jake Oldroyd hug But I thought the Sitake / Siaki "Apu" Ika was even more impressive
  4. Anyone getting excited? Il’m stoked.
  5. D&C 130 18 Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. 19 And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come. For example say I want to go to medical school. But during my first 2 years in college I acquired a 2.00 GPA. It is possible to overcome this pitfall, but highly improbable.
  6. We know that everyone who comes to earth will be resurrected. Some may feel that that is an unconditional arrangement. That is incorrect. We fought in the pre-mortal existence for this opportunity. And becaused we fought and prevailed with Jehovah, we conditionally recievied the opportunity to come to Earth, be born, tested, die, and resurrected. Where we go after the resurrection is conditional upon our performance of said test.
  7. I agree. It is esoteric doctrine to the extreme. It does no good to base your salvation on esoteric doctrine. Although, it's fun to consider the possibilities... Personally, I will base my salvation on core or eternal doctrine like Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and repentance.
  8. http://www.newcoolthang.com/index.php/some-pro-progression-between-kingdoms-quotes/
  9. Participation ribbons are given unconditionally. If mercy was given out unconditionally, you wouldn't need an omnipotent omniscient God to dispense it. A monkey in a box with a single easy button could dispense it unconditionally.
  10. Yup. Whenever we have a legitimate gospel question, we should turn to the scriptures, study, pray and then meditate and listen. Google search engine is great. But on gospel issues the Holy Ghost is vastly superior. Scripture always trumps commentary.
  11. Revelations 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. This is pretty concerning. Not to mention all the political problems and suffering that the loss of water is causing. Turkey and Syria are damming the headwaters. Mesopotamia ( the cradle of civilization ) abundance is no more.
  12. Thats just a sidewinder in wing formation. Also just gliding - not flying. Also seriously terrifying.
  13. Some have suggested that this curse was directed at the snake and not Satan. And that prior to this cursing snakes either had feet or wings. Or both 🐉 1 Ne 17:41 “He sent fiery flying serpents among them.”
  14. So you want us to understand your irritation / confusion as to what theoritically would have happened to us if Christ had not performed the Atonement? I’m pretty sure that your point of view is one of the main arguments that Lucifer employed to deceive the third part.
  15. First off, the phrase "paid the price' is not found within the scriptures... Many times when we get into trouble, it starts by fixing onto a tangential doctrinal topic and ignoring the scriptures in order to make sense with our limited understanding. From D&C 19:15-18 we get an inkling of the sufferings that the Savior experienced. Focus on the statement "how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not." We don't know what he suffered. And we don't want to know. I trust him in this statement. Spiritual Death means that we cannot go where God is. But I'm not sure that it means that we are restricted from any of His influences. From D&C 76:77 we learn that those that earn the Terrestrial Glory receive the presence of the Son. And from D&C 76:86,88 we learn that those in the Telestial receive "the Holy Spirit through the ministrtation of the terrestrial" and "administering of angels." Likely everyone in any Degree of Glory will be able to perceive the Holy Ghost, and sense the Light of Christ. And if the Holy Ghost and Jesus have an influence that sustains us, it is highly likely that Elohim has an influence that sustatins us as well. I think that we just don't talk about it. And if I had to give that influence a name I would call it LOVE. It counters the despiar that Satan tries to saddle us with. I don't think that Elohim will withdraw his love from any of his children after the final judgement (excepting possibly those sons of perdition...). Finally when we look at what happened during the Atonement, we remember that Christ suffered both body and spirit (D&C 19:18). Curiously the suffering of both body and spirit did not kill Jesus. From Mark 15:34-37 we learn that Elohim withdrew his presence from Christ after all that He had already suffered. And when Elohim withdrew his presence (LOVE) this is what actually killed him. D&C 76:107 I have overcome and have trodden the wine-press alone. I don't think that any child of God has experienced this depth of despiar other than Christ. Nor do we have to.
  16. We don’t really believe in a location of hell. We recognize that spirit prison is what many other religions refer to as hell. It is temporary. The Telestial Kingdom is a state of Glory. Outer Darkness is a state that other religions likely do not appreciate. No Glory. We don’t know what it is like there. But definitely no light or influence from God.
  17. Amen brother. Ether 12:27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them. D&C 130:18-21
  18. There seems to be a conflict when we read “Men are, that they might have joy” vs. “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before him.” Unless you recognize that the Lord wants us to learn how to hit a curve ball and delight in so doing.
  19. D&C 76 You need a refresher.