carlimac

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    carlimac reacted to Vort in David Archuleta Reveals He Is Part Of LGBTQIA+ Community   
    I would never do such a thing.
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    carlimac reacted to Fether in David Archuleta Reveals He Is Part Of LGBTQIA+ Community   
    I’m just here to add to the quote chain
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    carlimac reacted to Traveler in David Archuleta Reveals He Is Part Of LGBTQIA+ Community   
    There is an advertisement on TV about "good enough" - sorry I do not remember what was being advertised but the concept is that good enough is a road to failure.  I remember a quote from my first mission president, "Your best is not good enough and good enough is never your best."
    I have a trusted friend that does construction work for me.  He struggles with a smoking addiction.  For years I have encouraged him to quit.  I do this because I know he wants to quit.  I offer any assistance or encouragement whenever I can.  A week ago he said he had quit for several days.  I praised him for his efforts.  On this day his #1 assistant was with him and I noticed that he also has a smoking addiction.  I pulled him aside and told him how much I like his boss and then asked him if he could refrain from smoking around his boss that was trying to quit.  He said he would and I thanked him.  I have discovered that such discussion are all but impossible with the LGBTQ+ community - even (and perhaps especially) those that have connections to the Church.
    It would seem that things are more open for discussion - but there seems to be a caveat.  That is - that we speak in "support" of the taboos?  We are warned in scripture not to call evil things good and also not to call good things evil.  I have discovered that speaking of such things from a perspective of religion is what is becoming taboo.  Though it is not as rejected - it does appear to me that even science is ignored if it does not support the desired narrative. 
     
    The Traveler
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    carlimac reacted to Carborendum in David Archuleta Reveals He Is Part Of LGBTQIA+ Community   
    I think we talked about Stacey from Studio C.
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    carlimac reacted to Traveler in David Archuleta Reveals He Is Part Of LGBTQIA+ Community   
    Both Pavlov and Skinner demonstrated that learning by association (lowest cognitive level of learning) that we may not be aware of the association - thus we may wonder, as the dog, why we are salivating when a light is turned on.   Freud believed that there was a lot of learning going on in infancy and because mothers are the primary care givers that mothers are critical to a child's learning.  Other research has demonstrated that learning is taking place in the womb even before a child is born.   As I stated before - because there are so many varied physical attractions is strong evidence that such types of behaviors are learned or acquired.  If a behavior does not vary across a species it is evidence that such behavior is not acquired but rather genetically imbedded (aka - from G-d).
    As for Dave - I believe he has to power to make choices.  I also believe that we make choices difficult by our own inner conflicts that we create for ourselves.  Mostly I fell sad because our society has made it impossible for David to get professional help if he wants to change his sexual conflicts with his chosen religion.  Thus he is only left with his own devises and his personal faith.   I believe that there are ways David can be helped but any help has been defined, not only as bad or evil but illegal.  I believe this creates more inner conflict that leads to more inner inabilities to deal with such issues.
     
    The Traveler
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    carlimac reacted to Traveler in David Archuleta Reveals He Is Part Of LGBTQIA+ Community   
    I do not want to create condemnation but there are things that are scientifically obvious that do not seem to be socially obvious.  There has been a great deal of research into behaviors and how different species acquire behaviors.  But before I go there I would point out that the scientific definition of intelligence is the ability to learn and alter cognitive behaviors or cognitive responses.  It is obvious that one must be cognitive or aware for controllable behavior or response.  In the human species there are three physical neurological responses - the sympathetic and the parasympathetic both of these systems are associated to cognitive awareness.  Sexual arousal is well defined as a parasympathetic response that can be altered by what is called the lowest cognitive levels of learning.  This was proven by the famous Pavlov's dog experiments.  The third system is called enteric and has nothing to add to this discussion.
    The point is that science has demonstrated that parasympathetic responses (including sexual arousal) can be alter and controlled by various learning processes - including the lowest cognitive level of learning.  The other point that demonstrates that sexual arousals are not "G-d" given or genetic imbedded responses in the human species is the vast variety or means by which individuals are sexually aroused. 
    At this point I will add my personal conjecture for a reason that sexual attractions may seem unobvious is because - like with Pavlov's dog we may not be aware when and how we are acquiring various parasympathetic responses.  This can also accrue with various fears, like fear of spiders, heights, fire or any number of fears.  In addition in 1973 the American Psychiatric Association, without what I would consider a viable explanation, defined sexual attractions as a none treatable behavior - despite knowing full well that sexual attractions are parasympathetic.   It would seem that in our modern society that many scientist are not very scientific.
    Something else that we need to understand is that any cognitive behaviors that are directly connected to the release of endorphins present unique problems in learning override behaviors; especially when addictions are involved at any of many levels.
    The final thought I would add is that of "Agency".  As a firm believer in the LDS doctrine of agency - I believe that G-d has given the human species (with the cognitive ability to be "accountable") the power of agency.  The primary concern I have for the LBGTQ+ community is a claim that their responses are not within their ability of agency.  It is my personal belief that one can lose their agency - I am not sure that the loss of agency is something that can be completed in this life.    I could be convinced on way or the other by significant scientific evidence or by revelation that is confirmed to by by the Holy Ghost - that has not happened to my understanding.
    I remain unconvinced that a railing accusation is NOT the best or primary means to call anyone to repentance -rather from the D&C 121:
     
    The Traveler
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    carlimac reacted to Just_A_Guy in David Archuleta Reveals He Is Part Of LGBTQIA+ Community   
    On a personal note, I certainly wish Archuleta the best.
    On a broader cultural note:  I wonder whether we will ever see the day when men who publicly commit to chastity while maintaining that their attraction to children was God-created and God-approved, can get the same degree of sympathy and support and acceptance as men like Archuleta who publicly commit to chastity while maintaining that their attraction to other men was God-created and God-approved.
    I rather don’t think we will.
    Because I think that in our heart of hearts we all know that when someone says “this is how I was created and God doesn’t mind”—they are, consciously or not, laying the foundation to justify a future course of tangible action.
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    carlimac got a reaction from dprh in Bruce R. McConkie’s Legacy.   
    People can be who they are but there are consequences. The main thing I felt missing from Elder McConkie's style was any love or genuine concern for the individual. I feel Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven would be more accepting of mistakes and imperfections in us that McConkie was. And besides that, he was wrong on at least one issue so I lost trust in him and his very assertive and, frankly, scary style of preaching. 
    But Vort I can see why you would like him. Your style isn't too unlike his. Just an observation. Not meant to be a cut. Some people are more straight liners than others.  
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    carlimac got a reaction from MrShorty in Bruce R. McConkie’s Legacy.   
    People can be who they are but there are consequences. The main thing I felt missing from Elder McConkie's style was any love or genuine concern for the individual. I feel Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven would be more accepting of mistakes and imperfections in us that McConkie was. And besides that, he was wrong on at least one issue so I lost trust in him and his very assertive and, frankly, scary style of preaching. 
    But Vort I can see why you would like him. Your style isn't too unlike his. Just an observation. Not meant to be a cut. Some people are more straight liners than others.  
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    carlimac reacted to Phineas in Bruce R. McConkie’s Legacy.   
    Good point.  He was an apostle of Christ.  But all apostles and prophets are people with different styles and personalities.  Just look at the current 15.  They’re all unique.  They preach the same gospel but do so in different ways.  Just like we have four different  writers of the Gospels.  
    Individual church members often gravitate toward some General Authorities  more than others.  I have my favorites.  You probably have yours. 
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    carlimac reacted to Jersey Boy in Bruce R. McConkie’s Legacy.   
    Yes, you are right. 😀
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    carlimac reacted to Jersey Boy in Bruce R. McConkie’s Legacy.   
    Just as an aside, I’ve been trying to understand why so many people in today’s America say, “No, you’re right” (and other such similar incongruous expressions) rather than saying, Yes, you’re right.” As a consequence,  I’ve been trying to locate some kind of English language expert who can explain to me why this strange linguistic phenomenon is happening so often lately?
    “Am I right in my assessment?” Yes. “If so, is it good?” Yes. So maybe someone can explain to me why so many 21st century Americans start affirmative answers to yes and no questions with a ‘no’ rather than a “yes?’
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    carlimac reacted to scottyg in Bruce R. McConkie’s Legacy.   
    Unfortunately I see this almost every week. We have a neighboring stake that hasn't followed much of the recent counsel from church headquarters regarding activities, sacrament meetings, etc... The Stake President was openly holding mass activities last year, and no mask wearing was enforced by him or the bishops under him. Some wards have even been holding in-person 2nd hour meetings, weekly youth activities all year, etc... I work in healthcare, and know that a lot of the issues surrounding covid-19 are completely bogus and baseless. However, I try to follow the counsel of my leaders, and would not go against their wishes as many in the church currently are. It is discouraging to see so much cherry-picking going on with regards to counsel and/or commandments.
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    carlimac reacted to Just_A_Guy in Bruce R. McConkie’s Legacy.   
    The Church has to meet people where they are; and the simple fact is that a critical mass of people today don’t respond to Elder McConkie’s style the way they would have a couple of decades ago.
    I think this is perhaps both good and bad.
    On the one hand, I think there can be some nuance to the Gospel that—while I’m sure Elder McConkie was aware of it—it often isn’t fully captured by his rhetoric.  (But then, maybe that’s just the nature and constraints of teaching over the pulpit;  because I can’t really think of many modern apostles whose Conference talks are significantly more nuanced than McConkie or whose understanding of the Atonement are clearly deeper than his.)  Moreover—while Elder McConkie was indeed a giant, he is only one apostle out of over a hundred that we’ve had since the Restoration.  Twenty-two more apostles have been called after Elder McConkie.  There are only so many weeks (and therefore, Sunday School lessons) in a year, and it’s inevitable that the influence of old apostles will to some degree fade away as the Curriculum Committee tries to update its materials to include the light and knowledge we’ve received since Elder McConkie’s day.
    On the other hand:  I think it’s pretty obvious that our society is plunging headlong into a state where it is ever less-willing to endure ideas it doesn’t want to hear, and willing to go to greater and greater lengths to silence and punish those who engage in WrongThink.  Elder McConkie stridently condemned sin, in ways that tend to alienate people today.  McConkie was also very fundamentalist in issues like creationism and scriptural interpretation; and our “science”-worshipping youth for whatever reason feel like there isn’t room enough in the Church for both McConkie and themselves. To the extent that modern Church discourse cites Elder McConkie less than it used to—I think this is probably part of the reason why, and I’m not sure it reflects well on the people that the Church is trying to reach.
     
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    carlimac reacted to Jane_Doe in In the phrase "Hear Him"...who is "Him"?   
    Doesn't matter: they're all give you the exact same answer.  Just like my daughter is going to get the exact same message from both my hobby and I when she asks "Can I play my tablet in the middle of the night?".  Father, Son, and Spirit are on the exact same page caring for us all.  
     
    (Speaking my personal thoughts)
    In the eternities, we'll get to know each of the three different persons individually.  But for right now, it's more of a combined thing.  Our understanding of God is SO basic right now.
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    carlimac reacted to NeuroTypical in President Nelson vaccinated   
    I'm agreeing with you carlimac.  The notion that our prophet is "acting as guinea pig" by taking a vaccine that has been tested on tens of thousands of people, found to be safe and effective, is preposterous.
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    carlimac reacted to NeuroTypical in President Nelson vaccinated   
    *sigh*.   Ok, person0, let's quote directly from your link.
    So again, here's where ignorance about mortality and control groups and double-blind studies and whatnot, really do a number on someone's ability to understand what's truth and what isn't.
    No really - put 30,000 people in one room and give 'em the shot, put another 30,000 people in another room and don't give them any shot.  Track everyone's health, symptoms, and deaths.   The 30k unvaccinated folks have about the same amounts of deaths, syndromes, cancer, rotting teeth, erectile dysfunction, and cell phone reception as the 30k who got the shot.   So when we hear that someone got the shot and died, we ask why, and we hear "yep, they were sick and at death's door already.  Nothing to do with the vaccine."
    Can you understand that, person0?
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    carlimac got a reaction from NeuroTypical in President Nelson vaccinated   
    It is being reported if it's the virus that actually killed the person. The FDA would shut it down in a nanosecond. My husband works in the industry. Also we have close friends who are researchers. They have a list of friends who won't take the vaccine till they do. They offered to put me on their list. I declined. ☺️
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    carlimac reacted to NeuroTypical in President Nelson vaccinated   
    That makes sense - you're using your imagination, instead of understanding how vaccines are developed and tested before being released into the general population.
    FYI: The vaccine has already been tested on old people, both in good health and poor health.  Like, back in August.  They didn't die of being vaccinated.
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    carlimac reacted to Nordic saint in President Nelson vaccinated   
    Yeah... if the vaccine was so dangerous, God would have stopped the prophet from doing it and even urge others to do so.... I'll get the shot
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    carlimac reacted to NeuroTypical in President Nelson vaccinated   
    What an odd thing to feel the urge to consider...
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    carlimac reacted to Backroads in President Nelson vaccinated   
    I for one appreciate him getting it and making a to-do of it. I have heard so many awful and blatant lies and intentional misinformation about vaccines, even members of the church considering them so spiritually evolved they condemn those who do vaccinate. I think it's good for the Prophet to stand up for truth even in something probably so worldly as a vaccine.
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    carlimac got a reaction from Anddenex in Wokeness in schools   
    This was in Meridian magazine today. (Is it OK to repost here? There is an acknowlegement of where the article came from. )  I only read about half of it before I felt compelled to send it to my daughter with five kids. Is this where we're going as a nation? I'm so uncomfortable with this! Luckily my two youngest kids are 11th and 12th grade and moving on to conservative colleges. But I fear for the education my grandchildren will face. The oldest of eight of them (from three families so far, with hopefully many more to come) is in 5th grade.  Their mom is homeschooling this year since their district is closed, then open then closed about every three weeks. Looks like the rest coming up the ranks are going to face some "re-programming" if they attend public schools. This makes me sick!! (Katie Couric, I used to like you. )
    I see the only alternatives to public school as being home school, private Christian school- depending on their curriculum or finding the rare charter school that is grounded in conservative values.  We sent our youngest to a charter school in Idaho that was fantastic but then we had to move. Is there any way to stop this?
     
    https://latterdaysaintmag.com/ultra-woke-illinois-mandates-are-top-threat-to-u-s-education/?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=scot-maurine-proctor&utm_content=Thursday+21+January
     
     
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    carlimac reacted to JohnsonJones in Church Leaders Condemn Violence and Lawless Behavior   
    I have a family member that has come t the US legally (not immediate family member, extended family) who has not been able to become a citizen for over 5 years now.  It would strike me as particularly cruel in a turn of fate if those who come in illegally gain immediate citizenship vs. those who try to go the legal route.
    On the otherhand, the US could have easier routes for those who wish to immigrate.  There are reasons to be fearful of many of those coming from the South of the Border.  They are coming from poverty and many are seeking a better life from it.  I imagine if there were others of us that had the choice between seeing our children and families starve to death or trying to save them from that hardship, we would choose to try to cross over borders and nations anyway we could find.  At the same time there is a vast amount of violence (in Honduras for example) which propagate a massive amount of suffering and death from the savage gangs and daily skirmishes they bring upon the citizens of the nations they reside in.  Many are fleeing this violence in order to find a better life in a society they see as more stable.
    Unfortunately, many of them simply think they can travel and get a better life rather than changing their own families first.  This has caused the rise of many of those same gangs found in those nations which cause such violence to be established in the US.  In some of the cities in the Southwest and California there are areas where police now do not go as much and the threats are just as real as any of those nations South of the Border.  Those immigrants have brought the same gangs and violence with them.  Instead of changing, they simply brought it with them.  They have brought the problem to us and with every new immigrant of that same mindset, brings us closer to that same anarchy found in their nations which they say they are fleeing. 
    I don't have the solution to this problem.  You want to be compassionate to those that truly want to immigrate to the US and want to be a benefit to our society, but at the same time if we do not screen the bad elements out, we eventually could become just like those nations filled with violence that they are trying to escape from.
    Bringing this full circle..of course, with the route that many are following currently in the US both on the Far Right and the Far Left, it may be that we create our own violence among each other soon enough.  If we do not heed the wise counsel of our Prophets and Apostles (and honestly, almost all Americans are not members of the Church and not listen to the leaders of our church...but perhaps it would merely just take the members of our church to be an example first if nothing else) it could be that we devolve into such dissension that violence will continue rising among those who are divided in our nation.