mrmarklin

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    mrmarklin reacted to Grunt in Kyle Rittenhouse   
    Funny watching people blame this kid for the deaths of violent rioters that assaulted him.
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    mrmarklin reacted to Traveler in Neutrinos   
    One of the theories of the universe coming from the Big Bang is that our universe is a 4 dimensional sphere.  Let me to explain a little.  We have a lot of experience with 3 dimensional spheres - especially in sports with various balls.  If we think of two dimensions that are curved that all lines (including straight) in two dimensional space will eventually intersect with all other lines including with itself.  In science such a two dimensional space is called non-Euclidean.  The theory is that our 3 dimensional space is curved (proven through Einstein's theories) and forms a 4 dimensional sphere.  What this means is that all points in our universe are both center points and boundary points.  This also means that if you travel in the same direction long enough you will end up back at the same point from which you started.
    Since light travels as fast as is possible - it is possible that very powerful telescopes could see into our past.  And if certain principles hold (such as some way to see in a way that exceeds the speed of light) we could also see into the future. 
    At this point I would like to introduce the concept of the Kardashev scale of civilization.  Anyone interested ought to Google it and read from several links - which is why I have not provided a single link.  Other theoretical scientist have added two additional types but others have suggested that such is in essence an extension of the final or third scale.  I would suggest that this is not so fare and a good and explanation of the 3 degrees of Glory in the resurrection that I have encountered.  BTW our current civilization on earth is considered a type 0 but approaching a type 1 - perhaps 60% or so and quickly advancing.
    Why do I bring up the Kardashev scale of civilization?  because what we are currently discovering concerning neutrinos brings us closer to a type 1 civilization that will unlock many current mysteries.  I have often wondered what would happen if we could go back in time and bring one or a few of our restoration founders (Joseph Smith's time) to our day and time and take them on a trip with our motor cars and a jet airplane to anywhere in the world in just hours - if they would say of such a civilization as ours - that it would be worth it to die just to be here!
    Honestly I do not know of a religion in this world that is better aligned and prepared to take on and be involved in the current advances of science than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 
     
    The Traveler
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    mrmarklin reacted to Traveler in Food Storage Assessment   
    I have long been of the mind that we should not store food that we do not currently use.  Last year the wife and I (now empty nesters) went through our food storage and through out non dry food pack that was close to 40 years old.  We did not dare open it or try to use it.  I can understand keeping some freeze dried back packing kind of stuff in a 72 hour kit but freezer stuff is not likely to last a year after being stored in the freezer for 7 years and cycling frozen meet in food storage seem most foolish to me.
    I do believe in home storage and providing what you can by your own means - but I definingly do not believe in waisting stuff - especially food.
     
    The Traveler
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from NeuroTypical in mirk and the Stake President on the speaking tour   
    Been a long time since I’ve heard a food storage talk. I didn’t know it was still a thing. Here in CA we don’t have basements, so any serious storage is problematic at best. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from NeuroTypical in mirk and the Stake President on the speaking tour   
    Been a long time since I’ve heard a food storage talk. I didn’t know it was still a thing. Here in CA we don’t have basements, so any serious storage is problematic at best. 
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    mrmarklin reacted to LDSGator in Trick or Treating on the Sabbath   
    I think trick or treating is “good, clean fun” that you can do with your family and friends. I don’t see an issue with it-I think it falls under Christian freedom. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Anddenex in How will you follow the Prophet’s Counsel?   
    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. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Anddenex in How will you follow the Prophet’s Counsel?   
    As a US citizen I do not obey mandates from wannabe dictators. YMMV.  Frankly, I’m ashamed that the average American appears to be a sheeple  
    I view the recent advice from the GAs as PR. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Judgement and attributing motives   
    I’m the owner/manager of an office of around twenty people. If someone is behaving inappropriately, they will be let go. Can’t work here anymore. Their motives and or reasons for the problems are not my problem. If they refuse to correct it, they must be gone. 
    I won’t jeopardize the other employees or the business with problems, even if I’m sympathetic. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Judgement and attributing motives   
    I’m the owner/manager of an office of around twenty people. If someone is behaving inappropriately, they will be let go. Can’t work here anymore. Their motives and or reasons for the problems are not my problem. If they refuse to correct it, they must be gone. 
    I won’t jeopardize the other employees or the business with problems, even if I’m sympathetic. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Judgement and attributing motives   
    I’m the owner/manager of an office of around twenty people. If someone is behaving inappropriately, they will be let go. Can’t work here anymore. Their motives and or reasons for the problems are not my problem. If they refuse to correct it, they must be gone. 
    I won’t jeopardize the other employees or the business with problems, even if I’m sympathetic. 
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    mrmarklin reacted to mikbone in Judgement and attributing motives   
    You must have a kindler gentler work environment than I do.
    This is not appropriate for my workplace.  
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    mrmarklin reacted to Fether in Doctrine Fallout   
    Your brother is either creating a straw man out of desperation, or deeply misunderstood the gospel and that is why he left.
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    mrmarklin reacted to Just_A_Guy in Hebrews 13:9   
    From the NET Bible’s translation:
    Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke God’s message to you; reflect on the outcome of their lives and imitate their faith.  
    13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!  
    13:9 Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings. For it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not ritual meals, which have never benefited those who participated in them.  
    13:10 We have an altar that those who serve in the tabernacle have no right to eat from.  
    A footnote acknowledges that the Greek word here rendered as “ritual meals” is literally better translated as “food”, but that the context indicates the author is talking about the “food” involved in Mosaic sacrifices.  Contextually, the author is warning against “Judaizers” in the Church who insisted on compelling others to continue the observation of Jewish rituals.  
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    mrmarklin reacted to Fether in What if the Church’s Position on Homosexuality Changed?   
    I believe whole heartedly on the Family Proclamation, and if Elder Holland’s recent talk at BYU told me anything, it’s that the first presidency still backs it 100% and is concerned with the direction many Saints are going in.
    As for your question. I do always leave room in my heart for any changes. I can see, doctrinally, how homosexuality may have room in the church doctrine and is perhaps just a current issue of the times that needs to be over come. However, I don’t think this is the case. (AGAIN. I don’t believe this to be so (and just one more time, I believe the family proclamation to be the word of God)).
    So what if they changed it? Then cool 👍 if they don’t… also cool 👍
    truth is truth and this is a living church with continuing revelation. I would be foolish to think my current understanding of the gospel and the nature of celestial glory is fully understood.
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    mrmarklin reacted to Vort in What if the Church’s Position on Homosexuality Changed?   
    In my opinion, this is not a useful hypothetical question.
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    mrmarklin reacted to Vort in What in Sam Hill is the Point of there Being an LDS Church at All?   
    Your entire premise is flawed. Other than Jesus Christ, no one "lives a life worthy enough to be admitted to the Celestial Kingdom." No one. There is no such man (or woman).
    Entrance into the celestial kingdom of God happens only because of the atonement of Jesus Christ. The atonement of Christ is received only on conditions of acceptance. Acceptance of the atoning blood of Christ means repenting and obeying Christ's teachings. Such repentance and obedience includes making and keeping divine covenants.
    Only Latter-day Saints are in a position to make and keep such covenants.
     
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    mrmarklin reacted to clwnuke in What if the USA's position on polygamy changed?   
    On a more serious note, I think this is highly likely in the future as the legal reasons to keep it unlawful seem to be on ever more shaky ground.
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    mrmarklin reacted to mikbone in Why Do We Reference Heavenly Mother and Not Heavenly Mothers?   
    1 Corinthians 8 
    5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
    6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
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    mrmarklin reacted to Vort in BYU - Call to Arms   
    BYU was still on his list until the Seminary teacher shared the talk with the kids yesterday. You can say the musket backfired...
    Backfired? On the contrary, having such a young man forego BYU is successfully placing a musket ball right between the eyes. Would that all such young men (and women) would take BYU off their lists and go to a "real university" instead.
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    mrmarklin reacted to Vort in BYU - Call to Arms   
    He literally just said he was not. If you refuse to take his words at face value, why should you expect to have yours so taken?
    I heartily disbelieve this. For the past 25 years, I have raised my family on one unimpressive salary (and sometimes no salary for months at a time) in one of the more expensive markets in the nation. We did not live in a huge house. We had three boys sharing a triple bunk bed. We never ate out. When we took the occasional vacation, it was to someplace within a day's drive. We owned used vehicles.
    And despite whatever failures you may assign to my efforts to provide for my family, we were and are happy. On one income. In the Seattle area.
    So no, I don't buy the weak excuse of "we HAVE to have two incomes just to make ends meet!" For every family who makes that claim truthfully, I can show you ten who simply live above their income.
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    mrmarklin reacted to LDSGator in LGBTQ+ Missionaries   
    I don’t care about the sexual preference of a missionary.
    But, I feel strongly that an LDS mission is NOT the time to express your sexuality, no matter what it is. 
     
    LGBTQ+ or not, if you can’t control yourself you really should not go on a mission. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Anddenex in How will you follow the Prophet’s Counsel?   
    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. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Anddenex in How will you follow the Prophet’s Counsel?   
    As a US citizen I do not obey mandates from wannabe dictators. YMMV.  Frankly, I’m ashamed that the average American appears to be a sheeple  
    I view the recent advice from the GAs as PR. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Anddenex in How will you follow the Prophet’s Counsel?   
    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?