mrmarklin

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    mrmarklin got a reaction from mdfxdb in How much would you support married children?   
    That too, I suppose. I guess I've stumblied into some kind of Zone here. Not only the son has no apparent means to provide himself certain basics, but I'm told that by adding a wife he will somehow be able to take care of her as well as himself.
    Sounds like drivel.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from classylady in Would you travel to Europe right now?   
    I'm in Berlin now. I just did Berlin Walks which is a take off on the original London Walks. Spent most of the time east of the wall, which pre WW2 was the cultural and governmental part of Germany. Very interesting. Our guide was a history Student of Humboldt university in Berlin. Saw the wall or what's left of it, and many other very cool sights. In a few years the former Imperial palace will be restored, then I'll return.
    Off to Munich tomorrow.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Backroads in When Friends Ain't Members...   
    I personally wouldn't take offense at that particular joke. They were just trying to add additional realism to the movie.
    AFAIK, and I've read most of his books, Heilein was an admirer of the church. He always saw it as a cohesive group standing on the correct side of an issue. I think the writers of the movie (which has the delicious Denise Richards in it) maybe took a little much license,
    As for me personally, all my best friends are not members. So take this joking with a grain of salt. I'll give as good as I get in this joking area.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Maureen in Lottery tickets/raffles/draws   
    You are, in effect, doing this. Typically the prize has been donated. I never have any expectation to win (and I never have!). I look at it as a donation only.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Backroads in Lottery tickets/raffles/draws   
    You are, in effect, doing this. Typically the prize has been donated. I never have any expectation to win (and I never have!). I look at it as a donation only.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from yjacket in How much would you support married children?   
    In General, this. If one cannot support a wife, one has no business marrying.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from classylady in Would you travel to Europe right now?   
    I'm leaving for Germany the 21st. Heading to Berlin before going to the Toy Fair.
    Will only be passing thru Cologne for a train change so I shouldn't have any problems. I'm a guy anyway.:-)
    Hopefully the Munich train station will be open when I get there on the 25th!
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from classylady in Would you travel to Europe right now?   
    Thanks for the report! I decided to go to Nuremberg on the spur of the moment! I'm invited to the annual Toyfair exhibition held at the end of January each year. My hobby is model trains, so it's a fairly big deal since the fair is normally only open to trades. I'm getting a special pass.
    Sorry you didn't care for the Christmas market there. Of course they're always crowded. Even though Germans seem very secular, they do get into their religious holidays!
    I'll be staying mostly in Munich (impossible to get a room in Nuremberg during the fair), but may get as far north as Hamburg. The biggest model train layout in the world is there.;-)
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Backroads in Pots and Pans   
    Go to Costco and buy restaurant quality kitchenware. You'll have it for the rest of your life. Not cheap.
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    mrmarklin reacted to pam in How much would you support married children?   
    I'm sorry but if one can take on the responsibility of getting married, one can take on their own financial responsibilities.   Just my opinion.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Backroads in Starting a family early vs Deciding your family is complete   
    We can't judge others. Everyone lives in a different situation economically as well as socially and location. All these factors (and more) enter into the when and how many children a couple may have.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Backroads in Looking for personal advice stemming from marriage woes.   
    Not really enough info to give you any kind of decent advice. We're only seeing your side, and you have omitted mention of any children except very obliquely.
    Have tried marital counseling? I'd check it out.
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    mrmarklin reacted to erog84 in All Is Well In Zion   
    When I think about members today, I mostly think about the Pharisees back in Christs time.  It seems to me that now a days we focus sooooo much on the letter of the law, and forget why we have it.  The law was made for Man, not the other way around.  I, like everyone else is guilty of this, but it seems like we have bought into that we were made for the law.  Just my 2 cents.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from classylady in Would you travel to Europe right now?   
    I go to Germany every year.  IMHO it is the safest country in Europe. 
     
    In Nuremberg, see the Christmas markets and the National transportation museum near the train station.  Try the Nuernberg sausages with sauerkraut at the HeiligerGeist (Holy Ghost) restaurant in town.  Go to Lebkuchen Schmidt in the Pedestrian zone for the best in the world cookies and pastry.  Very German.
     
    All this is walking distance.
     
    Yeah, I'm a fan. :)
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from LilyBelle00 in I feel like we're in a cult   
    Nine months pregnant!  I'm a guy, but I still feel her pain...............
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Backroads in Babylon, I love thee   
    Some of you don't get out much.
     
    I've travelled extensively in the US and Central Europe.
     
    By and large, the people I've met are good, kind and helpful.  Go almost anywhere in the US, even New York and people are trying to be friendly and nice.
     
    Is there crime?  Of course, but it's still a very small minority.  Nothing like one sees on the daily news shows.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Backroads in I feel like we're in a cult   
    When I was in a bishopric many years ago and the meetings seemed to last forever, I would pre arrange to have someone call me on my cellphone at a pre determined time.  Then, I could gracefully leave to handle the "problem or emergency".
     
    Sounds crass, but after my time in another church organization whose leader would not control the time element, I made a decision to never accept a church calling where I couldn't control the meetings.  This stuff can really get out of hand.
     
    So I sympathize with Lilly in the meeting element.  The above is a suggestion on how to control it.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Blackmarch in Clearing up misconceptions: Where does God live?   
    Check this out:
    https://www.lds.org/music/library/hymns/if-you-could-hie-to-kolob?lang=eng
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from pkstpaul in a scenario   
    The idea that what this man said is any sort of sin is ludicrous and dignifies no reply.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from omegaseamaster75 in a scenario   
    The idea that what this man said is any sort of sin is ludicrous and dignifies no reply.
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    mrmarklin reacted to Ironhold in Syrian Refugees   
    Anime News Network (no direct link because some of the site's content is risque) is reporting about a major social media uproar going on in Japan right now. Back on September 10th, an already controversial artist published a drawing claiming that the refugees aren't seeking freedom but the right to live in freedom on other peoples' money. This isn't the first time the artist in question has provoked others through her artwork, but because it's so topical and involves platforms like Facebook & Twitter it's gotten attention on both sides of the Pacific.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from puf_the_majic_dragon in Was there Death Before Adam   
    Until relatively recently, it had never occurred to me that the pre Columbian Indians were anything other than descendants of the Lamanites. I'm now convinced that this is not so.
    So with regard to pre Adamic life, if the timeline of the Bible is even close to correct, it's obvious that there was death.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from omegaseamaster75 in My husband feels teaching our future children the gospel is abusive.   
    The guy is a control freak. Leave this farce of a marriage now, and get a real partner. You deserve better. Luckily, you haven't brought any children into this "relationship".
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Saint Peter in Fear for my son's soul   
    Very perceptive SP.
     
    I have a nephew that basically left the church at a very young age due to a lack of "socialization".  Actually, it was more than a lack, it was hostility from Aaronic priesthood members.This is likely what is really happening.
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    mrmarklin reacted to Vort in counsel vs. commandment   
    Indeed. Yet again, please quit dodging the question. What is unrealistic about Elder Kimball's teachings?