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  1. I think the reason you don't want to go on a mission is totally dumb. And extremely vain and selfish. Sounds like all you can think about is yourself. Such a shallow shallow person. I hope you don't go on a mission to represent the Church with that kind of attitude.
  2. Only 6 women in the Book of Mormon are actually mentioned by name: Sariah Isabel Abish Eve Sarah Mary
  3. I hope you noticed that he used the tongue out emoji. What he said was pretty much tongue in cheek.
  4. Mosiah 5:7 can be a bit confusing. Here is what Joseph Fielding Smith said: "The Son of God has a perfect right to call us his children, spiritually begotten, and we have a perfect right to look on him as our father who spiritually begot us. "Now if these critics would read carefully the Book of Mormon, they would find that when the Savior came and visited the Nephites, he told them that he had been sent by his Father. He knelt before them, and he prayed to his Father. He taught them to pray to his Father, but that did not lessen in the least our duty and responsibility of looking upon the Son of God as a father to us because he spiritually begot us." (Conference Reports, Oct. 1962, p. 21)
  5. I love the part where King Benjamin starts telling his people all about Christ to be born. That his mother will be Mary. Of all the wonderful things he will do. And this was about 124 BC. So already he was letting people know the Messiah was coming.
  6. Don't be sorry. It made me do a little research and study which is always good. Never apologize for your questions here.
  7. Thanks for the answer to my question. I totally missed that in vs 5.
  8. This is what I found in the Book of Mormon about seed. It doesn't mention mustard seed but it does mention a seed and a tree springing up. If we give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed…behold, it will be to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within your yourselves–It must needs be that this is a good seed. Alma 32:27 If we nurture that seed patiently and diligently, Alma says, eventually “it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life” (Alma 32:41). Alma later explained to his son Helaman, “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6).
  9. So I do have a question that might be silly but it just hit me as I was reading in Mosiah 2. (Yes I'm behind). I was always under the impression that all people in the land were invited to come hear King Benjamin speak. Yet in this chapter, King Benjamin uses the term "brethren" a lot. So were only men there? Or was he speaking more to the heads of households so that they could teach their families?
  10. Could you imagine having to make a written copy of King Benjamin's speech for every single person there? Not like in our day today with video/audio recording devices and all of the technology we have.
  11. In Mosiah 1:3 it mentions the "mysteries of God." Just what are those mysteries that King Benjamin is referring to? "The term mysteries of God as used in the Book of Mormon denotes the saving principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are termed mysteries because they are unavailable to the natural man, not because they are mysterious or difficult to understand. They must be revealed from God through faith and obedience. They are designed to lead God's children to eternal life."
  12. So I've known that the Book of Mormon was written in Reformed Egyptian but what I didn't know is something that Hugh Nibley (LDS Author and Apologist) said: "'We now realize that the ancient Jews could write quickly and boldly (in Hebrew), in an artistic flowing hand, with the loving penmanship of those who enjoy writing.' And the Nephites got rid of this to learn in its place the most awkward, difficult, and impractical system of writing ever devised by man! Why all the trouble? Simply to save space. What space? Space on valuable plates. When did the custom begin? With Lehi. Where and when did he learn 'the language of the Egyptians'? In Palestine, of course, before he ever thought of himself as a record-keeper. Did the wealthy Lehi learn Egyptian characters so that he could sit in his house in the land of Jerusalem and by writing Hebrew with demotic (a form of Egyptian writing which differed from classical Egyptian hieroglyphics; it was used for recording deeds, books, etc.) symbols save a few cents a month on writing materials? And did he command his sons to learn Egyptian so they could save space when they kept records? Of course not: when they learned the language, neither Lehi nor his sons had any idea that some day it would be useful to keepers of records on metal plates. They had no other reason for learning Egyptian characters than to read and write Egyptian. It was only later when historians became cramped for space that they saw the advantage of continuing to write in Egyptian. And the Egyptian characters can only have been preserved for their use because the language was also preserved..." "The fact remains that the abridging and editing of the Book of Mormon was in a language known to no other people on earth but the Nephites." (Hugh Nibley, Lehi in the Desert and The World of the Jaredites , pp. 16-17) In conclusion, what was the language used by the writers of the Book of Mormon? The short answer, "reformed Egyptian," is probably more helpful and accurate than the long answer discussed above.
  13. Intelligence is so much more advanced than it was during your time in Vietnam. This was just outright embarassing on all parts that their intelligence nor the U.S. saw this coming. Somehow Hamas was able to keep this so much under wraps that even with our advanced intelligence it wasn't detected.
  14. @Lumen8 I'm curious to know what part of San Diego you live in.
  15. The comic books today definitely aren't like the comic books I grew up with.
  16. Portland does have a temple. It may be to take some of the pressure off of it.
  17. I'm happy to hear of another temple in Alaska and also Maui will now have one of their own.
  18. Savai’i, Samoa Cancún, Mexico Piura, Peru Huancayo, Peru Viña del Mar, Chile Goiãnia, Brazil João Pessoa, Brazil Calabar, Nigeria Cape Coast, Ghana Luanda, Angola Mbuji-Mayi, Democratic Republic of the Congo Laoag, Philippines Osaka, Japan Kahului, Hawaii Fairbanks, Alaska Vancouver, Washington Colorado Springs, Colorado Tulsa, Oklahoma Roanoke, Virginia Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  19. I think AI is great. To a point. However, when it comes to some things I prefer being able to research instead of having someone or some thing answer it for me. I learn more that way. Or maybe I retain it better when I have to actually do research.
  20. Is the Church developing its own AI? This one that NT just showed us isn't affiliated with the Church at all.
  21. I was just saying I personally watch on their website.