mrmarklin

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    mrmarklin reacted to The Folk Prophet in counsel vs. commandment   
    I'm not following. Was this statement by the brethren not realistic in other venues at the time it was given?
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Backroads in can murderers hope for anything above the Telestial kingdom?   
    D&C Sec 42:
     
     18 And now, behold, I speak unto the church. Thou shalt not kill; and he that kills shall not have forgiveness in this world, nor in the world to come.
     
     
    I think all murderers will get their comeuppance.  Their forgiveness is clearly limited.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from pkstpaul in Do you feel positive, neutral or negative about Evangelicals?   
    I'm fairly negative toward evangelicals because of the intolerance exhibited by some in deciding who is "Christian".
    Mormons obviously don't qualify, being a cult and all. But surprisingly, Catholics don't make the cut either.
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    mrmarklin reacted to carlimac in Any reactions to this approach to the Jenner gender thing?   
    https://amateurwifetips.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/ill-call-you-caitlyn/
     
     
    I want to know what other people think before I add my own response. 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Crypto in The Second Civil War   
    History never quite repeats itself, really.  If one keeps one's eye on the prophecies of the last days it is very clear, that for the gospel to "fill the whole earth" we must have a more liberal society than today exists.
     
    Of course there will be wars and suffering to accomplish this goal ie.. the destruction of the wicked if you will.  The sufferings and wars enumerated in the scriptures have already happened and will continue to happen.
     
    But there is a pattern emerging.
    In part,
     
    The American revolution was the first democracy seen since ancient days
    The French revolution soon followed
    Civil war in the US freed the slaves.  The US was, sadly, the last nation to have this activity as a legal institution.
    The First World War toppled all the major monarchies of Europe leading to more freedom
    The Second World War among other things created the groundwork for a Jewish homeland.
    The Cold War eventually toppled several evil empires of communism and oppression, a process that continues currently.
    The internet has been invented, along with methods of communication unknown previously.  This makes it more difficult for dictators and oppressors to stay in power because it's more difficult to lie to the people.
    Of course as LDS we see the implications of conflict in the middle east as apocalyptic, even if the rest of the world doesn't.
    This conflict will eventually lead to many countries and peoples being open to receiving the gospel.
     
    The trend over the last several hundred years is more liberalization of the world and more openness to the teachings of the gospel beginning with the invention of the printing press.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Windseeker in The Second Civil War   
    History never quite repeats itself, really.  If one keeps one's eye on the prophecies of the last days it is very clear, that for the gospel to "fill the whole earth" we must have a more liberal society than today exists.
     
    Of course there will be wars and suffering to accomplish this goal ie.. the destruction of the wicked if you will.  The sufferings and wars enumerated in the scriptures have already happened and will continue to happen.
     
    But there is a pattern emerging.
    In part,
     
    The American revolution was the first democracy seen since ancient days
    The French revolution soon followed
    Civil war in the US freed the slaves.  The US was, sadly, the last nation to have this activity as a legal institution.
    The First World War toppled all the major monarchies of Europe leading to more freedom
    The Second World War among other things created the groundwork for a Jewish homeland.
    The Cold War eventually toppled several evil empires of communism and oppression, a process that continues currently.
    The internet has been invented, along with methods of communication unknown previously.  This makes it more difficult for dictators and oppressors to stay in power because it's more difficult to lie to the people.
    Of course as LDS we see the implications of conflict in the middle east as apocalyptic, even if the rest of the world doesn't.
    This conflict will eventually lead to many countries and peoples being open to receiving the gospel.
     
    The trend over the last several hundred years is more liberalization of the world and more openness to the teachings of the gospel beginning with the invention of the printing press.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Just_A_Guy in Interracial Marriage   
    My kids are lucky. Coming from a racially mixed marriage doubles their cultural choices. They can safely marry either Caucasians or Latins!
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    mrmarklin reacted to The Folk Prophet in Interracial Marriage   
    That is not what I'm choking at or asking WHAT over. I'm questioning your ridiculous claim that the church has "refuted" parts of the Book of Mormon -- you know..."the most correct of any book on earth"...
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Blackmarch in Husband is talking about getting a motorcycle :/   
    Relax. Unless he rides regularly with friends or a club, he won't be on it much. Average motorcyclist rides 1,500 miles per year.
    If he has no experience, insist he take a rider safety and proficiency class. Most States require this for novices anyway.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Backroads in (Death and) taxes.   
    Sorry, Anatess. Just noticed the date of your story.:-)
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Blackmarch in (Death and) taxes.   
    Any one who has a business or rental property needs professional help whether they realize it or not. The laws are increasingly complex in these areas.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Just_A_Guy in (Death and) taxes.   
    Any one who has a business or rental property needs professional help whether they realize it or not. The laws are increasingly complex in these areas.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Backroads in Billed by the church for missionary equipment, is this a new thing?   
    Quite a few years ago my son was sent home from his mission because he was in a vehicle accident and broke his jaw.  The mission wanted us to take care of his medical care.  He later returned to finish an honorable mission.
     
    While he was gone, a missionary expropriated his bicycle and totally unbeknownst to me he (my son) was provided a new one.
     
    After he got home, many months later, I received a bill from the church for the bicycle.  Can't remember the amount but it was not inexpensive.
     
    I initially refused to pay it, as I felt the mission had some responsibility in letting another elder use his bicycle.  We ended up negotiating something, but I really let the mission President have it.  I absolutely refused to pay the full amount, because my son left the machine behind.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Just_A_Guy in Billed by the church for missionary equipment, is this a new thing?   
    1 One is allowed $800 of items free of duty. Most missionaries are not buying many things.
    2 As a person who travels extensively, I can tell you that carrying an iPad around is the functional equivalent of wearing a jacket. It would never occur to me to declare this. iPads are ubiquitous.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from lagarthaaz in What is Priestcraft?   
    It's defined in the Book of Mormon as using religion to "get gain".
    I really can't think of any examples off hand...................;-)
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    mrmarklin reacted to Just_A_Guy in Attending a Gay Wedding   
    Granted, from a legal standpoint; but I'm still interested in the moral/ecclesiastical perspective.
     
    Your aged, widowed grandfather wants you to join him at a family dinner in honor of the call girl he's been seeing regularly.  He maintains that she has made him supremely happy and that it's very important to him that the extended family share in his happiness. 
     
    Do you go?  If so, can you at least understand and sympathize with the positions of those of your cousins who elect to avoid the event?
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Daybreak79 in Do you have to believe 100% that the BoM is true to be baptized?   
    If she believes the church is true and will follow the prophet she should be baptized. There is an interview system to determine this. I think the missionary is out of line.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from omegaseamaster75 in Attending a Gay Wedding   
    I'm shocked at some of the bigotry on this thread.
    If I had a gay friend at work (or any work friend for that matter), and he or she were getting married, I would go to the wedding as a friend.
    How much closer friend can one have than a brother? The OP should go to the wedding, as he would for a mere friend-to celebrate a life event. How this condones anything else is beyond me.
    I've been to many weddings of friends of other religions. Not because I support the religion, but because these people are friends and it's important to support them in what they want if they're not harming others. How are two gay people marrying harming anyone?
    I've even been to weddings that were totally secular. So what?
    It's obvious that many here have had no contact at all with the gay community. I'm going to give you all a hint: they're just like regular people.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from AngelMarvel in Do you have to believe 100% that the BoM is true to be baptized?   
    If she believes the church is true and will follow the prophet she should be baptized. There is an interview system to determine this. I think the missionary is out of line.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Latter Days Guy in Gun opinions   
    Very typical European attitude.  We Americans should realize that someone who has not grown up with the 2d Amendment tradition would have a very difficult time understanding it.  Even here, as the US becomes increasingly urbanized, there are many who have never owned a firearm and don't understand those who do.
     
    Nevertheless, gun ownership is a right here in the US, although I live in a State of the union where many would take it away, and in fact have done so for many types of firearms.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Gun opinions   
    Very typical European attitude.  We Americans should realize that someone who has not grown up with the 2d Amendment tradition would have a very difficult time understanding it.  Even here, as the US becomes increasingly urbanized, there are many who have never owned a firearm and don't understand those who do.
     
    Nevertheless, gun ownership is a right here in the US, although I live in a State of the union where many would take it away, and in fact have done so for many types of firearms.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from mirkwood in Gun opinions   
    I think you're all missing the point of the second amendment. The principal reason it was placed in the constitution was to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government.
    All else, such as hunting, self defense, etc. is a side benefit
    Americans largely accept the trade off that freedom is worth the price of a relatively few nut jobs misusing firearms.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Vort in Gun opinions   
    I think you're all missing the point of the second amendment. The principal reason it was placed in the constitution was to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government.
    All else, such as hunting, self defense, etc. is a side benefit
    Americans largely accept the trade off that freedom is worth the price of a relatively few nut jobs misusing firearms.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Latter Days Guy in Gun opinions   
    Having been to Europe many time as well as having a very good fried who is English living near Manchester I think it's fair to say that the average European has a completely different attitude regarding gun control than we have here in the US.
    There is no such thing as a Second Amendment AFAIK in any part of Europe. People who live there historically grew up under monarchies, and a fair amount continue to do so, even if the constitutional variety. In the UK for example, there is no written constitution, even though it is regularly discussed.
    Hunting is largely the preserve of the wealthy because all land is privately owned and a hunting lease must be purchased from the landowner. It's not cheap. Having big tracts of public land to hunt for free like we do here in the western US is simply not an option. In my discussions with people in Europe I sense a lot of reverse snobbery against hunting which is class driven IMHO. In the UK the Labor government banned fox hunting just because they could--sticking it to the Nobs so to speak.
    So trying to convince someone in Europe how we feel about gun ownership is an act of cultural futility.
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    mrmarklin reacted to Latter Days Guy in Gun opinions   
    I guess that's another area that the UK and the US differs on, hunting.  Bloodsports (other than fishing) are seen as brutal and inhumane to animals in the UK.  Target shooting does happen but not with pistols as they are banned.  Archery is a minority sport and we have on occasion done it as part of the PE curriculum in the school I work at, but then I don't believe there is any regulations or checks put in place for bow ownership in then UK (afaik).