mikbone

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    mikbone got a reaction from JohnsonJones in Neutrinos   
    Yeah, that is a theory.  I don't think it is widely accepted though.  Current understanding leads us to believe that the Universe will end as a cold empty place.
     
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    mikbone got a reaction from askandanswer in Neutrinos   
    When we talk about the big bang and the origin of man / God, we are on a pretty sandy foundation both scientifically and doctrinally.  
    Dark matter and Dark energy can easily be categorized as immaterial matter.

    And since God is a Kardashev 6 type being, He can manipulate space, time, energy, matter & created the multiverse. 
    Some scientists theorize that life and the universe as we know it are just an impressive computer simulation.  If that is so (and I think that it is an tempting idea to perceive the plan of salvation as a simulation) then there is no way that we would be able to discern god with our physical eyes...
    Well this is hard to say.  

    From the above picture, the artist is demonstrating the beginning of the universe as we know it as a nebulous cloudy something or other.  We just ldon’t know what it was.
    Due to our scientific limitations, we cannot predict the state of the universe prior to 10 -43 seconds.  We just don't know.  We lack the math to unite: General Relativity (our understanding of gravity) & Quantum mechanics (which best describes our understanding of the strong nuclear, weak nuclear, and electromagnetic forces).  We are trying to understand a theoretical Grand unified theory GUT (the combination of the strong, weak, and electromagnetic forces into a single force) which we haven't yet.  And understanding a singularity would require us to comprend the so called Theory of Everything ToE - which would allow us to unite Gravity with the GUT.  
    There are some Latter-Day Saints (count me as one) whom believe that we (spirit children of Elohim) predate the known universe.  The following quote is from Joseph Smith's April 7, 1844 general conference talk. 
    And Abraham 3: 24 clearly states that we assisted Jehovah in the creation of at least this Earth, more likely the Milky Way Galaxy, or even possibly the entire Universe.
    I love that the temple narrative uses the term "matter unorganized."  I like to think of a  singularity as matter unorganized.
    Oh this hasnt stopped them from trying.  
    And this is just a 7 min clip that I looked up.  There is an entire episode on what happened before the big bang.  It gets crazy. 
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    mikbone got a reaction from askandanswer in Neutrinos   
    Not necessarily.
    The statement is:
    D&C 93:29 Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be.
    Joseph Smith was not talking about matter as we know it.  He was talking about either the intelligence or spirit of man - neither of which can science either detect or care to acknowledge.
    And from Einstein’s theory E=mc^2 we know that energy and matter are interchangeable.
    Regardless, from the BB theory. We theorize  that in the beginning, all matter and energy was compressed into a singularity - state of infinite density.  So matter and energy were already there.  What was created was space.
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    mikbone got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Mark 4 - The Parable of the Sower   
    This is my favorite part of the parable!  
    The fowls can be a welcome assistant instead of an adversary.
    You never know what will happen with your testimony.  And if I were a Mission President, I would share the following with my missionaries on a routine basis.  The sower sows where he will.  And sometimes the seeds may pass on the wayside, and that's OK.  Occasionally, when the birds devour the seeds, they do not digest them completely.  Eventually, the bird will fly away and deposit the partially digested seed onto a healthy location with some fertilizer and that seed will take root in a new location that had never previously had that species of plant. 
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1988/01/i-will-not-burn-the-book?lang=eng
    The above is a perfect example.  When Brother Francesca found the Book of Mormon it had been partially digested, "because the cover and frontispiece had been stripped off."
     
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    mikbone got a reaction from Anddenex in Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)   
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/southwest-fllght-cancellations-pilots-association-president/
    https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/10/13/politics/tsa-covid-vaccinated-employees-deadline/index.html
    Darn COVID.  I’d hate to be traveling now…
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    mikbone got a reaction from Anddenex in Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)   
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/southwest-fllght-cancellations-pilots-association-president/
    https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/10/13/politics/tsa-covid-vaccinated-employees-deadline/index.html
    Darn COVID.  I’d hate to be traveling now…
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    mikbone got a reaction from Traveler in Neutrinos   
    Watch
     Secret Lives of Neutrinos • 2021 • episode "S9E8" • How the Universe Works
    One of my favorite TV productions.
    And the following quote from the same production (one of my top 10 favorite science quotes) is from Paul M. Sutter discussing the theory of inflation and particularly why it stopped inflating. 
    “We don’t know. We got nothing. Well we got something. It’s tough...  It’s tough.”

    These 2 episodes shouldn’t  be missed.
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    mikbone got a reaction from Anddenex in Am extremely important question   
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    mikbone got a reaction from askandanswer in responses requested death as return to normality   
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/1992/04/doors-of-death?lang=eng
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    mikbone reacted to Anddenex in Neuro's seitch for fremen fanboys   
    So...my brother was at a conference in Paris and on a slow evening he decided to see Dune. He said it was an extremely good movie; however, this is part 1 of part 2 for just the first book. He actually got me excited to watch this.
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    mikbone got a reaction from Anddenex in Am extremely important question   
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    mikbone reacted to laronius in responses requested death as return to normality   
    Of some Jesus said it were better had they not been born. This would seem to imply that what was to come was in fact not better than what they had before.
    But for the vast majority there are definite benefits to exiting this fallen world. Though I would hesitate to call it a return to normality because that short stay in the spirit world will quickly yield to a whole new phase of existence with resurrected bodies coupled with a degree of glory.
    But I would agree with your main assertion that for most better things do await us. Alma I think speaks to this point when he said: "Now behold, it was not expedient that man should be reclaimed from this temporal death, for that would destroy the great plan of happiness." (Alma 42:8) This existence is very necessary but in so many ways it offends God and he looks forward to it ending. So I guess we should view it in a similar way.
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    mikbone got a reaction from Anddenex in Holy Spirit of Promise   
    In this instance, I would lean toward 3 Ne 18: 28-29 as my guide, instead of McConkie's entry in Mormon Doctrine.  
    All I'm saying is that sometimes we oversimplify and take terms that are written in the scriptures and use them in a way that was not intended.
    For example, we were on vacation yesterday and we saw the most beautiful sunset.  But the term sunset is a misnomer.  The sun does not set or rise.  The Earth rotates.  No doubt those terms pre-date Copernicus (referencing the geocentric model), we just use them because they are convenient.  But they are erroneous.  Likewise, one of my favorite NASA pictures is called Earthrise.  But if we had a base on the Moon you would never see Earth rise.  The near side of the Moon is always pointed at the Earth.  So if you were on the Moon you would see the Earth hung up in the same spot in the sky every day (but you would be able to watch the earth rotate).  
     
    I do acknowledge D&C 132:7, but I read it as follows.  Blessings from the Lord are conditional, requiring: 
    1) covenant, contract, bond, obligation, oath, vow, performances, expectations (ordinance)
    2) Sealing power of the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit of promise. 
    3) Performed by one who is anointed.
    If the ordinance does not fulfill all of the above, it is null and void.  
     
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    mikbone got a reaction from KScience in What if the USA's position on polygamy changed?   
    Asking for a friend.
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    mikbone got a reaction from Anddenex in Holy Spirit of Promise   
    My point is that McConkie took a term found in the scriptures and redefined it to fit his needs.
    If you read the 5 verses in the scriptures that contain the term Holy Spirit of Promise, they don’t really support his definition.

    The first doesn't even have reference to an ordinance
    The second is about Baptism
    The third I like the most - is relating that faithful saints receive the same promise that was given to the disciples - that of eternal life, the Celestial Kingdom and the Church of the Firstborn.
    The fourth is about Patriarchial blessings.
    The fifth is about how all vows etc. that are not performed correctly, without authority, or without the Holy Ghost are not binding.
    The fact that we use the term to point out that so and so’s ordinance (or our own in a moment of despair) was non-binding is tragic.
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    mikbone got a reaction from scottyg in Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)   
    In my hometown about 20 nurses (who we had been calling health care heroes) refused to get the vaccine and have been escorted off the hospital premise.
    We then had to call in help from the National Guard and the news outlets are saying that the national guard were called in due to the delta variant bump in cases  (instead of the imposed loss of staff).
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/04/national-guard-california-hospitals-covid
    /face palm
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    mikbone got a reaction from scottyg in Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)   
    In my hometown about 20 nurses (who we had been calling health care heroes) refused to get the vaccine and have been escorted off the hospital premise.
    We then had to call in help from the National Guard and the news outlets are saying that the national guard were called in due to the delta variant bump in cases  (instead of the imposed loss of staff).
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/04/national-guard-california-hospitals-covid
    /face palm
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    mikbone got a reaction from scottyg in Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)   
    In my hometown about 20 nurses (who we had been calling health care heroes) refused to get the vaccine and have been escorted off the hospital premise.
    We then had to call in help from the National Guard and the news outlets are saying that the national guard were called in due to the delta variant bump in cases  (instead of the imposed loss of staff).
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/04/national-guard-california-hospitals-covid
    /face palm
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    mikbone reacted to Anddenex in Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)   
    It's nice to see some NBA players who are properly reasoning through this and not trying to speak for a narrative:
     
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    mikbone got a reaction from Anddenex in Holy Spirit of Promise   
    I think that there might be a misconception within the minds of some saints about this term. 
    Bruce R. McConkie wrote:
    From his interpretation, I think that some have cast doubts upon the veracity of their ordinances.  
    I don't think the scriptures that discuss the Holy Spirit of Promise actually justify McConkies's simplification.   And I don't think that it benefits anyone to judge the ratification process of ordinances based upon perceived deception, unworthiness, etc.
    If it did, boy howdy there would be a huge problem within the church.  I am positive that many current priesthood holders can trace their line of authority thru elders that were unworthy during the time of confirmation or ordination.
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    mikbone got a reaction from mordorbund in Conference Ready?!   
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    mikbone got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Conference Ready?!   
    My daughter was a missionary @ Temple Square and got home just over a year ago (and already married).  She related that this week was always a big week for the sisters in the mission there.  They were extra busy and had to have everything just right. During the week, you would hear their warcry often - Conference Ready!
    I love October conference. The autumn is so refreshing, especially after a literally burning hot fire season.
    We will be making our signature lasagna. And hope that we can welcome the spirit into our home.

    Wonder if we will get the new Hymnal or anything else even more exciting.
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    mikbone got a reaction from Anddenex in Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)   
    Im encouraged to see 100,000+ people in the stands watching the Oregon vs. Ohio St football game. They did not require proof of vaccination.  
    General conference will again be closed to the public next month.  
    I realize that conference is an indoor event so it is appropriate.  Maybe if this social plague continues we can plan to have conference in an outdoor venue in the future.
    I love to see the patriotism of Americans, and their refusal to be cowed by fear.  
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    mikbone got a reaction from mordorbund in Conference Ready?!   
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    mikbone got a reaction from Manners Matter in Should I say something?   
    YES!