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  1. Here is a book that puts a serious knock on the Mesoamerican theory.

    Joseph Smith at one time, posited that the original landings happened near Valparaiso, Chile.  The book about BoM ecology supports this idea.

    I've always liked a South American location for the majority of events in the BoM.

    As an aside, Murdock-Morris  travel agency provides many LDS oriented tours to "BoM" lands as well as Israel etc.  This agency is not affiliated with the church although it has its origins as BYU travel.

    Another aside is that the Darien isthmus is basically not passable, even to this day.  Much more that 24 hours if even possible.  There is a reason that the Pan American Highway, built during WW2, skips this part!  Not buildable either.


  2. On 10/31/2021 at 5:31 PM, clbent04 said:

    I’m curious if the Church ever commissioned 3rd parties unaffiliated with the Church to ever translate the BOM to a certain language.

    I’m sure only high ranking GA’s translated the BOM to the world’s most popular languages, but even then, I have no idea.

    I don’t think there’s a rule that says you have to be a high-ranking GA to translate the BOM, but idk. The BOM has been translated to so many languages, many of which aren’t widely known.  

    Does anyone have insight on this topic?

    The Spanish version of the Book of Mormon that I used on my mission was translated by a prominent member of the Church who was Mexican.

    As one who speaks fluently a foreign language, I can say that  it is not an easy job.  Language can be very nuanced.  It was interesting to me that the translation used in that BoM used the Spanish word desert for wilderness.  I don't think of wilderness as desert, necessarily, but wilderness certainly encompasses desert.

  3. On 10/25/2021 at 3:31 PM, mirkwood said:

    ANYONE handling a firearm is responsible to handle it safely.  That includes press checking it to see if it is loaded.

    AFAIK this was a single action revolver. Those guns have a loading gate behind the cylinder and any one checking the gun via that gate would have seen the back of a primed cartridge.  From that angle there would be no way to tell the type of round loaded in the revolver. One could check the gun looking at the front, but then one would have to point the barrel at oneself. And depending on lighting, it would be uncertain whether a live round would be recognized. 

    I believe that press checking involves semi automatic pistols. 

  4. We have a 72 hour kit at our second home. This because the area is subject to occasional power outages. 
    Here in CA, most homes don’t have basements, making any serious storage impractical for most families. Not enough room. 
    The real problem in any serious emergency is access to water. Without water one will not live very long. Luckily, in both my residences, the water table is high, and I own a shovel. 😃

  5. 15 hours ago, Fether said:

    Moroni 7:45 

    “Charity sufferereth long”


    what does this phrase mean?


    secondary questions:

    Is it correct to say that charity is an all encompassing view of the world? i.e. If I love my children, my wife, but gossip about those I disagree with, then can I say I have charity for my family? Or is it more accurate to say I do not have charity at all?

    It means:  No good deed goes unpunished. 🤐

  6. 10 hours ago, Fether said:

    Sources? Can you provide a background on why you think congress, the senate, the president, and the Supreme Court are all wannabe dictators?

    Because according to the US constitution, there is a bill of rights. Abridging things such as church attendance, or any peaceful assembly is specifically prohibited. Where, except in a politician’s feeble brain, is the government’s right to mandate me doing anything I don’t want to do in this phony emergency?

  7. 10 minutes ago, LDSGator said:

    Do you know how arrogant this makes you sound? Who are you to call the average American “sheep”? 

    I’m a royally arrogant guy, but the average American is much smarter than we give them credit for.


    I repeat:  I don’t obey mandates from wannabe dictators. I won’t argue the merits, but it’s in the US constitution. 
    Obviously, if one doesn’t live in the US there can be different rules. 

  8. On ‎9‎/‎7‎/‎2020 at 12:50 PM, Jonah said:

    In a communication to Peter, the verses say "Yea, he has undertaken a greater work; therefore 
    I will make him as flaming fire and a ministering angel; he shall minister for those who shall 
    be heirs of salvation who dwell on the earth.  And I will make thee to minister for him and 
    for thy brother James; and unto you three I will give this power and the keys of this ministry 
    until I come

    Why would John minister for all those on earth whereas Peter would minister for John and 

    John was the Apostle who asked to not die, but minister to the people until the Millenium.

  9. It's difficult to believe that a 14yo can give consent (in absence of parental supervision) to a sexual act to any adult.  Much less someone almost ten years older.

    While not actually condoning this situation, the law, by mitigating the penalties of such an act, is immoral IMHO.

  10. On 8/12/2020 at 8:08 AM, Still_Small_Voice said:

    I am wondering though how much debt our country can continue to take on.  Current United States national debt is close to $26,600,000,000,000 (26.6 trillion) today.  At some point in the future the debt bubble will explode.  When it does it will cause great financial ruin.  It could be many years from now but it will happen if Congress and the President do not restrain financial spending.

    The US has over $300 trillion in assets..  Not close to broke. 

  11. 6 hours ago, NeuroTypical said:

    Do you ever advise people to buy low and sell high?


    Maybe I'm missing your point - are you saying buying at 2000 and selling at 3500 is only possible because we're in a SHTF moment?


    Unless you are a market insider you cannot time the market. And even then.............

    If you want to sell high and buy low, get into a “balanced” Mutual Fund. This is your best chance.  And even then...........