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  1. carlimac

    Mormon vs Trump

    Making some off the wall decisions that don't sit well with either party. Troops at the border? Seriously? I can't remember what else but it was just this niggling thoughts along the way that his mental health doesn't seem really strong.
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    Mormon vs Trump

    I sense that Trump is burning out. He's making less and less sense in every big decision or action he takes. Dementia?
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    Mormon vs Trump

    That was clear as mud to me. I guess I just don't speak the language. I've given up any hope or desire to speak it. My opinion is that, as much as I like him, Romney could never win a presidential election, even if he could oust Trump in the Primarys. He's too much of a chameleon. What about Huntsman?
  4. Same from our SP. No music in Sacrament meeting unless it's in the hymnbook. I look at this as missing out on the joy of finding truth and beauty everywhere we go- not just within the confines of the LDS hymnbook, lesson manuals, scriptures, etc. There are some wonderfully talented musicians who have written religious music that would inspire and lift our souls. But we aren't allowed to sing or share it in our church. Here's something really ironic though. We are participating in an interfaith program this Sunday and a song in our Primary songbook is being sung in the Catholic church by the interfaith choir.
  5. Happy Birthday isn't in the hymnbook.
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    Missionaries Going the Way of...

    One of my sons was exposed to it at his friend's house- the home of youth pastor from another church, at age 11. We were just so naive, thinking that "our family doesn't do those kinds of things", that his addiction went on for 6 years before his brother discovered it on the family computer and told us. He's 26 now and we don't talk to him about it anymore. I don't know if he still deals with it or not. But when we first found out he had counseling. We didn't punish him- just tried to get him the right kind of help. When he confessed to our bishop he was essentially dis-fellowshipped. Couldn't take or pass the sacrament for months even though he wasn't viewing porn at the time. He tried so hard to quit and would for awhile- months at a time, but he always found ways to access it again. He wasn't defiant- just addicted. We moved to a different state. Son went to BYU but wasn't perfect during that time. The new stake president was less hard on him and helped him get ready for a mission. He went, served honorably although struggled with masturbation during his mission- he'd wake up at night in the middle of it. It was really frustrating for him. After his mission he returned to porn off and on. His BYU bishops tried to help but there was a limit to what they could do. This was all during the time when the addicting nature of porn was less stressed than the sin of viewing it. So my son felt really lousy about himself most of the time. Ultimately he left the Church. I think it may have been too hard to keep feeling so bad about himself because of the external pressure. He also lost his testimony of God- at BYU of all places. But he remains a very good-hearted person who tries his hardest to help those in need and is studying medicine. He keeps the Word of Wisdom and doesn't sleep around- hasn't even had a girlfriend for 4 years. It all makes me so sad. But even if he didn't see it in the home of this particular friend, he would have encountered it somewhere else- teenage boy parties were notorious for viewing it and he would probably have had this problem anyway.
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    Self-defense poll for US Saints

    Inside the waist of your pants? Isn't that uncomfortable?
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    LDS Library

    I don't know what was wrong with it. Probably just frozen. DH fixed it.
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    Missionaries Going the Way of...

    My daughter went on a mission. I wish she hadn't. She is now behind in her schooling because taking that break got her out of the habit of university level studying. She got straight A's her first semester before leaving. Now she barely gets Bs and probably won't get into her major of choice because of it, let alone losing her scholarship. I actually advised her not to go but to get her degree first and then to go on a mission after. But she was determined. She's really struggling now. I think her mission changed her in not-so-positive ways. She loved it, but strangely enough, came home more tentative and insecure than she was before. And way, way more serious!! Another daughter had a mission call and then turned it down to feel out a new promising relationship. She ended up marrying the guy and now is raising a young son. She is strong spiritually, serves those around her with her whole heart and from my perspective is no less of a person because of it. All three of my children who have served missions have been in areas with high LDS populations and to be completely honest, despite their best efforts, it was a drag much of the time. They struggled to find people who were interested. I think they blessed people's lives in spite of not being able to teach all that much. But they listen to the stories of their cousins who served in foreign countries and were involved in tons of conversions and feel a little "less than" for not having had as much success. I went on a mission. It was a fascinating cultural experience. But I wasn't involved in any conversions that lasted. Three baptisms and only one of them ever came back to church after. And the rest of my work as a welfare missionary really didn't result in any great changes in anyone. So truthfully, it was a waste of time. I could have gone on to get a higher degree and maybe married a couple years earlier. If I could go back and do it again, I wouldn't go.
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    Missionaries Going the Way of...

    I disagree. Licentious society has entered the walls of our homes. It comes in through the tiniest of cracks. You would have to be a complete hermit to not be influenced by the world around us.
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    Self-defense poll for US Saints

    Can i ask a really dumb question? How and where do you conceal on your body? I can't figure any way to dress aside from wearing a moo moo that would allow me to conceal anything. How do you keep it from accidentally being seen?
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    LDS Library

    Is the app not working on anyone elses phone? I can't get it to come up in the app store either.
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    More "restoration" to come

    What happened to this thread?
  14. I think you have to look at each group individually. My daughter's ward is the same as yours. Very poor morale. Kids just don't participate in anything if it isn't fun. But our ward is really amazing. These kids are very active and supportive of each other. Every activity is well attended. Service projects bring them out in droves because they just love to be together no matter what the activity is. Personal progress was slacking but is going well now with lots of motivation to finish. We just had two finish with a couple more almost done. At this stake training, I felt as if we were talked down to, and that he really doesn't relate to the youth very well. Again...it's this particular man's personality informed by his cultural upbringing which was one of extreme discipline. He is very strict and his delivery is pretty awful. It could be that there are some wards in our stake that are struggling more than ours is. After talking with others in our ward, I'm backing off of feeling offended, and realizing that I don't have to be personally offended by him. He's may be reacting to feeling like his time is almost over as SP.