mrmarklin

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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Sunday21 in What do you think about WoW?   
    Regardless of how one may feel about the merits of the "big four", since 1930 it has been the policy of the Church that use of them is cause to deny one admittance to the temples.
    Personally, I can live with this as being similar to the Jewish food rules. Those rules are obsolete in these modern times, but the Jews still observe these rules as commandments as well as part of "Jewishness".
    Observing the prohibition of the big four is a part of Mormonness!
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from MrShorty in What do you think about WoW?   
    Regardless of how one may feel about the merits of the "big four", since 1930 it has been the policy of the Church that use of them is cause to deny one admittance to the temples.
    Personally, I can live with this as being similar to the Jewish food rules. Those rules are obsolete in these modern times, but the Jews still observe these rules as commandments as well as part of "Jewishness".
    Observing the prohibition of the big four is a part of Mormonness!
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    mrmarklin reacted to classylady in Can you handle the heat?   
    Sushi or wasabi?  No way!
     
    Something sweet.  I'm thinking I'll have a Lindor milk chocolate truffle.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from omegaseamaster75 in I don't know anymore...   
    Well......this^^^^
     
    But personally, as an above average Poker player, I would cut my losses on this short marriage and stop "throwing good money after bad".
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    mrmarklin reacted to Backroads in Have you ever (HYE)...   
    Not seriously hurt, as far as the physical body. Pride is another story.
    Have you ever skinny dipped?
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Sunday21 in Is it okay to marry a foreign man?   
    I married a foreign woman and so did one of my sons.  So far................so good.  I've been married 43 years!
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Misshalfway in Am I Asking Too Much?   
    Really not enough information to render any serious advice from me.  I'd see an independent counselor if you really want things to work out.
     
    But I'm curious:  How did the bishop make you let him move back in? 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from JohnnyRudick in do apostates "deny the spirit!"   
    You state that your wife had a witness of the spirit because she was raised Mormon and went on a mission.  That doesn't mean she ever had a real testimony. 
     
    There are a lot of what I call "social Mormons" that go along to get along, so to speak.  Many here in California.  
     
    Some want to return to Utah to feel comfortable in society and in their religion as well. 
     
    I've known several Mormons that as soon as they left Utah and their families went immediately "inactive" and do nothing in the church.
     
    So the idea that your wife is sinning against the spirit is likely very far fetched.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Leah in Am I Asking Too Much?   
    Really not enough information to render any serious advice from me.  I'd see an independent counselor if you really want things to work out.
     
    But I'm curious:  How did the bishop make you let him move back in? 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Vort in Am I Asking Too Much?   
    Really not enough information to render any serious advice from me.  I'd see an independent counselor if you really want things to work out.
     
    But I'm curious:  How did the bishop make you let him move back in? 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from bytebear in Salt Lake City -- Opinions?   
    SLC is a typical big city in many ways, but there is a lot to do there.  Certainly worth a couple of days.
     
    Eat at the Red Iguana.
     
    Terrific Mexican.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from sxfritz in Necessary confess to bishop if looked at one questionable picture on the internet?   
    I've seen that picture, and all of you that have viewed it should immediately go to the Bishop and confess your total lack of any semblance of good taste and judgement.
     
    Frankly it's about as prurient as the chairs in my office.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Backroads in Salt Lake City -- Opinions?   
    SLC is a typical big city in many ways, but there is a lot to do there.  Certainly worth a couple of days.
     
    Eat at the Red Iguana.
     
    Terrific Mexican.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Backroads in A controversial topic, to make MoE happy :)   
    It was the best of times, it was he worst of tmes....to paraphrase Dickens.  This on the eve of the French revolution.
     
    Anyone who thinks we live in the worst of times has no sense of modern history.  Think about 200 years ago.  Euorpe was in the midst of the Napoleonic wars, most of the people in the world were totally illiterate and even the Europeans and people in the US had the standard of living now extant in the Cameroons.  You couldn't even light a match-there were none- your toilet was an outhouse or if you were well off, a chamber pot.
     
    Even more important, the political systems were more about monarchies. Democracy?  Forgedaboutit.  Only English speaking countries had any semblance off this.
     
    Wickedness?  There was plenty....read about the Marquise de Sade.  Sadly, he was not particularly unique.
     
    Remember this:  For the prophecy in Daniel to be fulfilled, the world must be a better place or the work of  the Lord cannot go on.  It took a revolution for Joseph Smith to be able to present his ideas, and survive long enough to be heard. 
     
    We live in the best of times, and they are only getting better.  Even in my lifetime the Lord has presented new and better ways for the gospel to be heard around the world, getting ever closer to fulfilling the prophecies.
     
    Of course as nephi said there must needs be opposite in all things, and some of the tools te ord has given us can be and are being abused
     
    But overall, I'm very optimistic. :) 
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from jerome1232 in Christanity and the Middle ages   
    There is a very good book on the subject: 1493.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from mirkwood in Do you own a gun?   
    As I write this I'm on a hunting trip in Wyoming.
    I own many guns, too many to list.
    Here in the US, the primary reason the framers of the constitution provided this right was for the ultimate defense, and potential insurrection of the citizenry against a corrupt and abusive national government.
    All other reasons are secondary.
    Guns are great sporting tools that can be used for hunting,
    Shooting sports, (lots of great fun competitions for those so inclined)
    Self defense
    And general "plinking"
    Many of these uses require specialty guns, there is a large variety of handguns and rifles as well as shotguns to serve these various markets..
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    mrmarklin reacted to believingisachoice in Am I Justified to Leave for Lack of Love?   
    The simple question is if I do not have my sexual needs fulfilled after a sustained period in my marriage then am I justified to leave my wife? This is of course after trying theraphy, "doing more around the house" and such.
     
    Esspecially since after a while of no romantic contact you start having bad thoughts to divert attention to someone outside your spouse.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Windseeker in Do you own a gun?   
    As I write this I'm on a hunting trip in Wyoming.
    I own many guns, too many to list.
    Here in the US, the primary reason the framers of the constitution provided this right was for the ultimate defense, and potential insurrection of the citizenry against a corrupt and abusive national government.
    All other reasons are secondary.
    Guns are great sporting tools that can be used for hunting,
    Shooting sports, (lots of great fun competitions for those so inclined)
    Self defense
    And general "plinking"
    Many of these uses require specialty guns, there is a large variety of handguns and rifles as well as shotguns to serve these various markets..
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from The Folk Prophet in The gates of hell shall not prevail against it   
    As LDS myself I can certainly see the problem any Catholic would have accepting Joseph Smith's claims of a restoration. We must remember that even from LDS point of view, the Catholic church used to be the true church!
    While the "gates of hell" scripture is clear to me, I freely admit that it's ambiguous enough to be open to interpretation. And both religions acknowledge that Peter was the head of the ancient church.
    I personally believe that there have been enough doctrinal deviations from the bible in other so called Christian churches to constitute apostasy. Therefore making a restoration necessary, but of course other religions claim that their bible interpretations are correct.
    In the end it boils down to faith, backed by study, and prayer.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from dahlia in Cant live up to LDS Standards   
    You're fine with public transportation.  Buy ahead on beverages.
     
    But even so, I don't consider you're breaking the Sabbath.
     
    I'm a reprobate.  Don't follow my example.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Backroads in 25, Haven't Started Dating Because of Health Issues.   
    A lot of this is cultural.
     
    I know in Utah for example, a lot of people (Mormons) marry in college after missions, have children right away and struggle.  BUT there are a lot of similar couples in the same boat, and in addition, a lot of family and community support for this lifestyle.  Clearly the "advice" of the GAs over the years has led to this lifestyle as interpreted by some on this forum.  Although careful reading of the quotations contain no specific injunctions to do this.
     
    From what I have read and heard over the pulpit the GAs are cautious, because everyone is different.  And I don't blame them at all for the possible faulty interpretations of their counsel.  People hear what they want to and what suits their desires.
     
    Clearly students are in debt statistically, nationwide.  How to deal with these debt levels has been elevated to a national crisis.  So to play that down as a problem is silly.  I'm sure church members are not immune to national trends despite possible anecdotal evidence to the contrary.
     
    The reality is this:  Financial problems are one of the three leading causes of divorce. 
     
    So why would you marry before you are fully prepared?  Have a plan that can at least mitigate that problem.  You'll have plenty of others! :)
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Leah in Beware Of This Scam   
    Why would anyone answer a phone call from an unknown number.  I don't answer unavailable, anonymous, or any other thing I don't recognize.
     
    Saves a lot of hassle.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Backroads in Something fun planned for this summer?   
    Spend as much time at my summer home as possible. The whole family will be there the week of July 4th.
    Fishing, BBQ, swimming, riding motorcycles, hiking, and participating in local 4th events.
    My travel vacations are usually in the autumn or winter. Exception this year was visiting UK for Chelsea Flower and Garden show in London. Also did Portmeirion and Scotland.
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    mrmarklin got a reaction from Maureen in Earrings   
    I really don't think that cultural bias has anything to do with whether our leaders are prophets of God.  They are.
     
    But the idea that somehow they're not influenced by their life experiences in what they say is a little silly because it's so obvious.
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    mrmarklin reacted to Maureen in Earrings   
    So JAG, what you're trying to say is that it wasn't really the student loan that was the problem it was your career choice?
     
    M.