carlimac

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    carlimac reacted to Backroads in temple garments?   
    It's kind of a grey area, but I say that if you're looking for a reason to take them off, you're sinning.
    Generally speaking, people find garments that best suit their comfort. I think the number of people who truly can't tolerate garments is tiny.
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    carlimac reacted to Bini in temple garments?   
    I agree it's a gray area when it comes to wearing or not wearing garments. It certainly isn't black or white because there *are* times when removing them is appropriate or necessary. Members should use their best judgement.
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    carlimac reacted to Palerider in So... Mitt Romney might run for President again....   
    I am with Ya on that one. That's why I said it's a fear.
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    carlimac got a reaction from PolarVortex in So... Mitt Romney might run for President again....   
    Oops, you're right. I looked at the chart wrong. So Boehner would have to be under the same tree when  lightning strikes. What are the chances of those three going golfing in a thunderstorm together?
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    carlimac got a reaction from Palerider in So... Mitt Romney might run for President again....   
    Please no!
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    carlimac reacted to Crypto in So... Mitt Romney might run for President again....   
    I bet the federal agents fit right in with their suits and ties!
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    carlimac reacted to Vort in So... Mitt Romney might run for President again....   
    That would be the Speaker of the House. As you say, the president pro tempore is third in line, not second.
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    carlimac got a reaction from Palerider in So... Mitt Romney might run for President again....   
    Well here is an interesting tidbit. Orrin Hatch was just recently made President pro tempore of the senate which means that he is 3rd in line for the presidency. Or in other words if  a lightning strike takes out both Obama and Biden at the same time, Orrin Hatch would take over as president till another election took place.
     
    I am aware of this because he is in my daughter's ward and now comes to church with three federal agents. My husband and grandsons sat next to him- literally, 6 months ago and Senator Hatch was very nearly pelted with fruit snacks pitched by the 2 yr old. I wonder how the agents would react to that kind of assault? 
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    carlimac reacted to Windseeker in So... Mitt Romney might run for President again....   
    is this Hypocrisy happening or is this like one of these political cover-up's that only exist in our imagination? 
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    carlimac got a reaction from Backroads in Stay lifted on gay adoptions. This one really disturbs me.   
    Hi Soul. Nice to see you again!  I mean that sincerely. What have you been up to?
     
    One thing I know you're up to is your same old tricks of trying to twist this thing and place blame only on straight couples. This sounds like the silly argument I've heard recently that the only reason there are gays is because straights had sex and produced a gay child.   Uh huh!  Talk about spin!
     
     If not one single straight couple ever gave their child up for adoption, gays would go to another way to get a child. Invitro, surrogates, whatever it takes. They want to have kids and they really want their "marriages" to be validated and seen as virtuous and normal. By golly no one is going to deny them that "right".  I know that they are adopting a percentage of the "unwanted kids" but unless someone shows me some documentation I can't believe that they are adopting special needs kids at any higher rate than straight couples.  
     
    I'd have to guess that most of the infants up for adoption are from single women plus a man who may not even know she conceived, or he's too young to be a dad or for some other reason it makes no sense for the couple to try to raise the child together. The mistake of sex outside of marriage when a child is conceived is something that can be remedied, repented of, never done again, child placed in loving hetero home. Hopefully, lesson learned and all is well.
     
      But the "problem" we see of gay marriage and then compounded by that couple adopting children is that it's ongoing. And as this whole thing becomes more acceptable in society, the "problem" is that it's going to grow. 
     
    I realize that dysfunctional hetero couples and families will always exist. There will always be a need for loving homes for kids rejected by their biological parents. That's sad. But I completely reject the notion you seem to be trying to put out there that it's only because of the dysfunction of heteros that makes these kids available and that gay couples are somehow heros for "swooping in" and saving the day.   That's a caricature of gay marriage that buries the serious issues that will result for many of these children.
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    carlimac reacted to Windseeker in Michael Brown's Parents Set to Speak at the United Nations   
    This whole mess really makes me sad. 
     
    "I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
     
    After this country elected a black President I was sorely amiss thinking we had moved beyond race. I actually thought we had finally achieved Martin Luther Kings dream. Sadly this President, those who support him and his sycophants in the press, feel the best thing for their agenda is to ensure that this country remain as divided as possible and that people continue to look thru racial lenses.
     
    My father served his mission in Brazil and I remember him discussing some of his experiences there with occasional visitors in hushed tones. I found out later that at the time my father served his mission the members in Brazil were experiencing a huge number of possessions. The missionaries were sharing their experiences and testimony of the power of the Priesthood in casting out evil spirits. The more the missionaries worked keep people clean the more it seemed to occur. I believe it was President Kimbal (Not the Prophet of the time) who went to investigate. He told the missionaries to stop talking about it and guess what...it went away. It all just stopped.
     
    I think racism in our society is allot like that. Even with powerful examples of people of color, that easily make it to the pinnacle of power and wealth, the message being sent is that they are victims.  Our own President somehow manages to portray the victim despite doing everything he can to obstruct, ignore, and dehumanize his opposition on a level we haven't seen in our life time. 
     
    I look at my kids and I at least have a hope, that if the populace can't wake up and identify and put a stop to the perpetrators of hate and division, than at some point we will breed away their racist cash cow...because race won't exist.
     
    I suppose they will always have gender, at least they can count on that in all it's man made varieties. 
     
    In the end these kids getting shot are criminals. At the same time I do think the Police are out of control. Another point of awareness that is common sense to me but perhaps lost to those blinded by their ideology, is that Police will respect the people as much as their current government respects the people. It's that simple. If our government actaully acted like it was "by and for" the people our Police would follow suite. Run away disrespectful government = run away disrespectful police.  Those who hold their hand out and bray for more and more government yet at the same time whine and demand less and less enforcement and intrusion are engaging in wishful thinking. 
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    carlimac reacted to jerome1232 in GOP sweeps the nation.   
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    carlimac reacted to NeuroTypical in GOP sweeps the nation.   
    I think I'm happiest when both houses of congress are on my side of the fence, and the president is on the other side of the fence.
     
    I'm very much not happy when Pres and congress are all on the same team.  That doesn't go well, even when it's my side in charge.
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    carlimac got a reaction from Iggy in Favorite Day(s) of the Year   
    The first day of spring or summer when it's warm enough to walk barefoot in the grass.
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    carlimac reacted to Iggy in Favorite Day(s) of the Year   
    What is one of your favorite days of the year?
     
    Mine is Thanksgiving. Especially now that we are in this Branch in Oregon. We all gather at Church on Thanksgiving around 1pm for a real feast. Roast Turkey, Ham, mashed potatoes, funeral potatoes, variety of salads, breads, desserts (including pumpkin pie (this year I am making my Grandma's deep dish pumpkin pie - actually two of them). I may even make 4 or 6 loaves of homemade whole wheat (grind the grain myself) bread. 
     
    Then we linger and visit for several hours. The Branch is my family now - and I really enjoy being with them. 
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    carlimac reacted to dahlia in Praise to the Man   
    Even now, after 3-ish years as a convert, I can feel the 'Protestant-ness' of LDS hymns. It didn't turn me off from the Church, but certainly made me know I wasn't in a Catholic church anymore. I used to talk to the missionaries about this - I don't know if I can put a finger on it - but it just feels and sounds different.  It's like the first time I watched a Conference video and 'How Firm a Foundation' was playing under the announcer's voice. Yep, we aren't in Rome anymore, Toto.
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    carlimac reacted to The Folk Prophet in It's just not fair...   
    This holds no interest for us "Mormons". Nor should it be your objective. Our objective, all of us, should be to alter our ideas so they are compatible with God's. Nothing more, nothing less. We believe that revealed truth (which does not play into politics much) gives us the truth of God's ideas, and therefore, we believe it behooves all mankind to alter their ideas to become compatible with said revealed truth. All we can do is testify that we have the truth and exhort others to pursue the same methods we did in finding that truth. Beyond that, no mortal persuasion or agreement holds any meaning.
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    carlimac reacted to yjacket in Stay lifted on gay adoptions. This one really disturbs me.   
    This is such hogwash. 1st off the incentives and motives between straight couples and homo. couples is quite different.  Only 12% of married couples have issues conceiving, 100% of homosexual. couples cannot conceive.  Many married couples will have issues with the idea of having a child not their own blood. Homosexual couples are guaranteed that the only way they can raise a child is through some un-natural method or to adopt.
     
    So it is very natural that straight couples are not lining up to adopt.  On the other hand, homosexuals will be much more likely to adopt simple because it advances the homosexual agenda of making homosexuality normal acceptable and moral.
     
    The premise seems to be that it is better for children to be in a completely abnormal, unnatural, immoral "family" than to be in foster homes.  That is absolute pure rubbish.  My grandmother had foster kids for 20+ years, she has had probably over 30 foster kids in her home and I guarantee ever single one of those children is better off today than they would be if they had been in adopted into a homosexual couple.
     
    And no, homosexual men in a couple cannot show children how to treat a woman.  The wife isn't the only woman in a man's life, but she darn will better be the only one that counts.  No Fathers do not always provide the best example . . . but this is such a weird thinking:  Devalue fatherhood because some aren't that great, yet extol homosexual couples (who cannot provide what a father is like)  because obviously every homo. couple is so much better than hetero couples.
     
    Which is worse children in foster care or children in homosexual couples?  Children in homosexual couples every single time.
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    carlimac got a reaction from Backroads in It's just not fair...   
    I remember my Sunday School teacher pointing this out to our class when we were in high school. He called it the Jacob 2 Principle:
     
    Jacob 2:12-19
     
     12 And now behold, my brethren, this is the word which I declare unto you, that many of you have begun to search for gold, and for silver, and for all manner of precious ores, in the which this land, which is a land of promise unto you and to your seed, doth abound most plentifully.
     13 And the hand of providence hath smiled upon you most pleasingly, that you have obtained many riches; and because some of you have obtained more abundantly than that of your brethren ye are lifted up in the pride of your hearts, and wear stiff necks and high heads because of the costliness of your apparel, and persecute your brethren because ye suppose that ye are better than they.
     14 And now, my brethren, do ye suppose that God justifieth you in this thing? Behold, I say unto you, Nay. But he condemneth you, and if ye persist in these things his judgments must speedily come unto you.
     15 O that he would show you that he can pierce you, and with one glance of his eye he can smite you to the dust!
     16 O that he would rid you from this iniquity and abomination. And, O that ye would listen unto the word of his commands, and let not this pride of your hearts destroy your souls!
     17 Think of your brethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with your substance, that they may be rich like unto you.
     18 But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of God.
     19 And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.
     
    Another perspective... I started out pretty poor (compared to many of my friends) when I was first married. We worked hard, lived in a humble little house, drove old cars, shopped at Deseret Industries and clipped coupons.  Now 29 1/2 yrs later we live with abundance, have a house that's too big, can afford to help our kids with tuition and  housing in college, have way too much stuff that needs maintenance and attention- including an expensive and annoying dog. Really, we want for nothing (except new cars but my husband, bless his heart, refuses to buy new ones when the ones we have- all over 130,000 miles still run...more or less) ( sigh!)  
     
    But I look back on those days of scrimping , being resourceful, stretching our pennies as happier in many ways than now.**  I felt more productive then for sure. I was stimulated by the need to survive and to keep feeding and clothing our little ones. I gained more satisfaction from small things, and I believe I was spiritually richer, too. More dependent on the Lord.
     
    NO it's not fair.   Being wealthy can rob people of peace, contentment,spirituality and motivation in life.
     
    **Even Bill O'Reilly backed me up just now. His Tip of the Day was: "The fewer things you want in life, the happier you'll be."
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    carlimac got a reaction from classylady in It's just not fair...   
    I remember my Sunday School teacher pointing this out to our class when we were in high school. He called it the Jacob 2 Principle:
     
    Jacob 2:12-19
     
     12 And now behold, my brethren, this is the word which I declare unto you, that many of you have begun to search for gold, and for silver, and for all manner of precious ores, in the which this land, which is a land of promise unto you and to your seed, doth abound most plentifully.
     13 And the hand of providence hath smiled upon you most pleasingly, that you have obtained many riches; and because some of you have obtained more abundantly than that of your brethren ye are lifted up in the pride of your hearts, and wear stiff necks and high heads because of the costliness of your apparel, and persecute your brethren because ye suppose that ye are better than they.
     14 And now, my brethren, do ye suppose that God justifieth you in this thing? Behold, I say unto you, Nay. But he condemneth you, and if ye persist in these things his judgments must speedily come unto you.
     15 O that he would show you that he can pierce you, and with one glance of his eye he can smite you to the dust!
     16 O that he would rid you from this iniquity and abomination. And, O that ye would listen unto the word of his commands, and let not this pride of your hearts destroy your souls!
     17 Think of your brethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with your substance, that they may be rich like unto you.
     18 But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of God.
     19 And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.
     
    Another perspective... I started out pretty poor (compared to many of my friends) when I was first married. We worked hard, lived in a humble little house, drove old cars, shopped at Deseret Industries and clipped coupons.  Now 29 1/2 yrs later we live with abundance, have a house that's too big, can afford to help our kids with tuition and  housing in college, have way too much stuff that needs maintenance and attention- including an expensive and annoying dog. Really, we want for nothing (except new cars but my husband, bless his heart, refuses to buy new ones when the ones we have- all over 130,000 miles still run...more or less) ( sigh!)  
     
    But I look back on those days of scrimping , being resourceful, stretching our pennies as happier in many ways than now.**  I felt more productive then for sure. I was stimulated by the need to survive and to keep feeding and clothing our little ones. I gained more satisfaction from small things, and I believe I was spiritually richer, too. More dependent on the Lord.
     
    NO it's not fair.   Being wealthy can rob people of peace, contentment,spirituality and motivation in life.
     
    **Even Bill O'Reilly backed me up just now. His Tip of the Day was: "The fewer things you want in life, the happier you'll be."
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    carlimac reacted to Just_A_Guy in It's just not fair...   
    That's very commendable; but what would happen if government said that no one could accrue a net value of more than $9,000? How do you incentivize a first-world worker to stay at his job once he has reached that threshold--and what happens to the economy if you can't do it?
     
    How does putting a formerly-wealthy person in involuntary servitude create spiritual health?
    Is communist China a spiritually healthy place?
    Cuba?
    Venezuela?
     
    You know, two hundred years ago it was commonly argued that black slavery was actually a spiritual benefit to the individuals so subjugated--by the majority, at least.
     
    As an American, I would reply that there are two facets to what you're saying: the domestic and international facets. Internationally: it doesn't matter how much of my income gets sent to, say, China or South Africa or the PLO, because it will wind up in the hands of those nations' corrupt political classes (which is why I said earlier that aid to such countries needs to be determined on a case-by-case scenario). And domestically: the social safety nets in this country are such that no one need starve to death IF they are aware of, and use, the resources that are already out there.
    Beyond ensuring a subsistence level of food, clothing, and shelter, mere redistribution without regard to spiritual benefit of the parties concerned boils down to little more than state-sanctioned envy. And that isn't very Christian at all.
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    carlimac reacted to PolarVortex in It's just not fair...   
    Discussions of this topic can be hard because so few people understand the concept of "zero sum."
     
    If I go on a diet and lose 100 pounds, that doesn't force some unlucky woman on the other side of the world to gain 100 pounds.  And yet I know many people who would claim that any act of generating wealth, even something as simple as choosing to work overtime or selling lemonade, must necessarily cheat someone else out of money that they rightfully deserve.
     
    This whole debate is poorly framed, in my opinion.  The question should be whether any act of generating wealth in a modern economy steals from others or makes it harder for others to generate wealth.  If not, we're going to have rich and poor people, just like we have fat and skinny people.  But I guess I shouldn't say this too loud, or else the liberal progressives will start thinking about new government fat-redistribution programs.
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    carlimac reacted to 2ndRateMind in It's just not fair...   
    Do not presume you know my motives.
     
    Best wishes, 2RM.
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    carlimac reacted to Traveler in Stay lifted on gay adoptions. This one really disturbs me.   
    in such cases we call it the lessor of 2 evils.  The operative word is evil.  But we should never accept the argument that sexually abusing children is equal to all other possibilities that saves children from being eaten by crocodiles. We should be able to make preferences based on benefits and values. 
     
    For these reason I do not mind so much that some may want a same sex marriage - my objection is the argument that such a marriage should be considered equal to a marriage between a man and a women.  Not so much because they ought to have equal rights - just that we have so devalued marriage and children so much that modern society can no longer see the benefit of lasting biological families.
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    carlimac reacted to omegaseamaster75 in What if you pray sincerely for something, receive it and then change your mind?   
    So I pray for the winning lottery numbers, and I actively play the state lottery. Lets say I win. Did God answer my prayers? Or did I get lucky and chose the correct numbers?
     
    What if I need a new job, and I pray for the Lords guidance and help in getting one. I dust off the resume and hit the streets. In a couple of weeks I get a job offer.
     
    Were my prayers answered? Or did my hard work pay off?
     
    When does "he" step in?