mrmarklin

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    mrmarklin reacted to kapikui in A new data point on Utah birthrates   
    I'm finding 31% of births being medicaid funded to be abhorrent.  The fact that it's one of the lowest in the nation nauseating. 
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    mrmarklin reacted to SilentOne in Who thinks the Word of Wisdom needs updating?   
    My opinion is that if it was prescribed by a good doctor, you can take it as medication. Tea could very well be intended for such uses.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Maureen in Somewhat frustrated with the culture of marrying super young.   
    I think you are being very wise.  I don't know where you live, but laying a foundation for life, ie.  getting an education, a good career and purchasing a home is appropriate for the vast majority.  I don't get the LDS culture of early marriage either.
    The happiest couples I've ever known have laid these sorts of foundations.  It eliminates a lot of problems such as lack of financial means, maturity, etc.
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    mrmarklin reacted to zil in Religious Fanaticism   
    It doesn't trump observing the Sabbath, it is observing the Sabbath.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from classylady in It's snow crazy in Idaho right now!   
    Very sunny here in Monterrey MX. I'm here for a wedding 
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    mrmarklin reacted to anatess2 in Plural Marriage: Old Test. Vs Church History   
    Vort and Estradling gave the answer to the LDS Church.
    As far as the rest of Christianity, the Christian Church adopted ancient Roman Law where monogamy was the lawful standard.  This marital standard distinguished the Romans and the Greeks from the rest of Europe.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Maureen in Who thinks the Word of Wisdom needs updating?   
    WOW should be revised to allow coffee and tea. Whatever rationale was used originally to name these as hot drinks is no longer extant. Studies in general, show these to be relatively benign, even beneficial. 
     
    Certainly they are arguably healthier than sugary sodas and energy drinks loaded with chemicals. 
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    mrmarklin reacted to Fether in Who thinks the Word of Wisdom needs updating?   
    I know there was a bit of humour in what you are saying here, but I don't think we should let this decide what commandments we enforce. Imagine the amount of converts we would get if we began allowing coffee and tea. I can't tell you how many people on my mission wouldn't even hear us out because we didn't allow those 2 drinks. That doesn't stop the presidency from enforcing this conmandment. 
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    mrmarklin reacted to Just_A_Guy in I feel silly doubting a relationship over career prospects, but there it is   
    I think there's sort of an undercurrent in a lot of answers here, which presumes that an American youth living today cannot reasonably expect to be able to live a middle-class lifestyle given hard work, careful planning, and prudent living.
    Individual cases will always vary, of course; but speaking in generalities:  I do not think that America is so far gone.  Speaking generally, in first-world countries abject poverty is avoidable; and I think we do our youth--especially our young women--a grave disservice if we don't teach them how to avoid it and how to spot a potential marriage partner who seems to be moving in that direction.
    And while I recognize that modern American culture is a hodge-podge of double standards where gender issues are concerned, I am sick unto death of folks (not here) who seem to think that fresh-faced Mormon girls have a God-given duty to enter into matrimony with the first nominally Mormon boy who expresses an interest in them.  Sisters:  dating is not a charity program, and you are not theologically bound to "give him a chance" or "refrain from judging" some skull full of mush just because he's a Priesthood Holder™.  This is your future life partner you're talking about here; and if a guy isn't meeting your standards and you're willing to be single rather than compromise those standards--cut him loose.
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    mrmarklin reacted to Vort in Are Native Americans the Lamanites?   
    Actually, I'm not sure I believe this any more. The Book of Mormon does not specifically say this; it only mentions that the Lamanites became far more numerous than the Nephites. Since "Lamanite" was a term applied to anyone who wasn't a Nephite, or at least to anyone who fought against the Nephites, it would likely have been applied to any hostile indigenous peoples. I would suppose that Laman and Lemuel and their descendants "went native" and were, in effect, adopted into the larger existing population. This seems to me a far more likely explanation than that the Lamanites had higher fertility and/or survival rates.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from anatess2 in Some of My Thoughts about Christmas   
    I agree. A cave can certainly be used as a stable.
     
    i misstated and should been more exact in my comment.
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    mrmarklin reacted to anatess2 in Some of My Thoughts about Christmas   
    Just because the site is a cave doesn't mean it wasn't a stable.  We are talking about Bethlehem in approx 32 BC... it's a desert.  Trees are few and far between.  People built shelter around caves.  So, a house might be free standing or on a mountainside and built using rocks but stables are more likely to go the easier and simpler route of shallow caves... or just have the animals live on the lower room (as opposed to the more fancy upper room of Last Supper fame) of the house with the servants.
    The thought that Jesus was born in a stable is, of course, derived from the Biblical narrative of the manger.
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    mrmarklin reacted to Latter-Day Marriage in Panic Over Dating and Marriage   
    My wife says when it comes to dating:  Don't look for the one, be the one somebody else is looking for.
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    mrmarklin reacted to anatess2 in Panic Over Dating and Marriage   
    I grew up in a country where divorce is illegal.  In that culture, marriage evolves differently than in a culture where marriage can have a "do over".  So, this is how I see dating and marriage:
    Dating is about the journey that goes from "I like her because..." to "I don't like her because... and I'm just fine with that..." to "I choose to love her regardless of ANY other thing I would discover about her in the future".
    So, as long as you are still looking at a girl and thinking what if I find someone better/more compatible/etc... you are not ready for marriage.  This is not about the girls.  This is about you. 
    You are ready for marriage when you can look at that girl and say with complete honesty to yourself - "If I meet the perfect girl tomorrow I can look her in the eye and tell her - you're an awesome woman and you will make some lucky guy very happy but I chose to love my not-as-perfect wife and I am happy to spend my entire life bringing her with me closer to Christ."... it is THEN that you are ready for marriage.
    Love is not just a feeling.  Love is a decision.  A choice made by free agents.  This is a decision that you will make and re-affirm everyday for the rest of your life through richer/poorer/sickness/health/etc...
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    mrmarklin reacted to anatess2 in Ok everyone - you need to denounce white supremacists.   
    Well, as I'm brown, I don't need to.  If you haven't noticed, only White People can be racists and neo-nazis.  They're the only ones that need to publicly denounce it.  Black or Brown or Yellow ones can say the most racist things and not have to worry about it.   
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    mrmarklin reacted to anatess2 in Trump Can't Win   
    No, it doesn't arise out of thin air.  It arose out of decades of masterful choreographed political strategy of the Democrat Party and a complicit media that then got piggy-backed on by the e-GOP to eat their own.  So, no, we don't cast disdain on those of the American rank and file that believe Trump (and all Republicans before him) raise concerns about racism, sexism, and religious bigotry.  We cast disdain on the political and media elites who are the architects of the modern stigma of racism, sexism, etc. on those who want to protect the Constitution and the Rule of Law and its tenets of Freedom for All.  After all, the LDS Church may say, "we were persecuted", but I am very sure they don't say, "so please break the law and immigrate to America" or even "please don't vet Muslims to find Muslim terrorists".
    Edit:  This battle against the political elites and their collusion with a politicized media is still ongoing.  Tuesday did not resolve that in any shape way or form.  So yes, the work continues.
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    mrmarklin reacted to omegaseamaster75 in Trump Can't Win   
    Well then between you and your friend it's conclusive evidence, I stand corrected
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from spamlds in Mormon hill cumorah   
    There's no evidence Moroni had to walk very far at all. 
     
    The Mesoamerican geographic model is far from proved. 
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    mrmarklin reacted to mirkwood in An Odd Situation   
    I got enough of my own sins to be worrying about to get too worked up over someone else's.
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    mrmarklin reacted to Just_A_Guy in Mormon hill cumorah   
    The provenance for the story that Moroni dedicated the Manti Temple site is pretty dodgy--it boils down to Manti bishop Warren Snow, who in other reminiscences showed himself to be a little bit of a confabulator.  The Moroni-as-site-selector story is conspicuously absent from the records of sermons given at the Manti temple's cornerstone ceremony as well as its dedication.  See this link.
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    mrmarklin reacted to omegaseamaster75 in An Odd Situation   
    It's none of your business, I'd put the items back or just load them in the truck. Were the boxes open?
    No one likes a snitch.
    Again none of your business, it's their business. What if you found a sex toy would you have the same pious attitude?
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from NeedleinA in Anybody married to a foreign guy? Asian, Latino, etc?   
    I'm married to a Guatemalan. I'm white. 
    One of my sons married a Mexican. 
    My daughter married a Vietnamese. 
    I was in the ice cream parlor with my daughter, her husband and my Asian looking granddaughter.  I was treating them to ice creams.  While paying, the girl behind the counter asked "Do you know those people?".  True story  
     
    Were mongrels.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from classylady in Anybody married to a foreign guy? Asian, Latino, etc?   
    I'm married to a Guatemalan. I'm white. 
    One of my sons married a Mexican. 
    My daughter married a Vietnamese. 
    I was in the ice cream parlor with my daughter, her husband and my Asian looking granddaughter.  I was treating them to ice creams.  While paying, the girl behind the counter asked "Do you know those people?".  True story  
     
    Were mongrels.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Backroads in What advice would you give someone considering divorce over income?   
    30k a year?  It's not much. My housing costs $3,500 per month in the PRK and I consider that cheap. 
     
    Of of course there's no input on where this guy is in his career and/or his future prospects. When my wife and I married we lived on two part time minimum wage salaries. We were smart enough not to have kids until we could afford it. I graduated and as I made more $$$$ we moved on with kids, house etc. 
    The wife needs to take a step back and evaluate her life and what she really believes.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Jane_Doe in I was doing so well on the polygamy issue until institute last night   
    Trust me, one wife is more than enough. In almost every way!