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  1. estradling75

    Student Loan Forgiveness Antireligious?

    I am a big fan of personal responsibility... If you acquire a debt you should discharge it. Simple personal responsibility. Religiously speaking there are tons and tons of examples of everyone failing to be personally responsible and needing help digging out of the pit we put ourselves in. (AKA Sin and Forgiveness) There are also lots of stories where others see the help given to others and do not like it. They think it is unfair to those who did not screw up in that manner. (Aka the Older son in the Prodigal Son, the day laborers). They are wrong to do so. So from a theoretical and principle perspective, I can not call it Anti Religious. But it is not in government we should be placing our Faith... that would be Anti Religious. This whole problem exists because the government isolated student loans from corrective market forces which has allowed it to spiral out of control and take several educational aspects with it. I would much prefer that we hold the government accountable for causing the problem and have it revisit that choice, and find another answer to the problem it was trying to solve. I am very much against slapping yet another not clearly thought out patch that goes on top of a different poorly thought out patch.
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    Having a rough time at church

    The older I get the more I realize that having a issue with a church leader, can be a total trial of faith for many members. I think this is in many ways because of the duality of our leaders. We have as an Article of Faith that our leaders are called of God. We also know from Scriptures that they are imperfect sinners who make mistakes. And that is a hard duality to balance. We want to go to one extreme or the other but the extremes are wrong... On one hand we want to say will they are called of God so everything must be right and perfect... Then we see very clearly that they are not, and we want to flip to the other well they are imperfect sinners so why listen to them at all. God has called and will call very imperfect people to his work. God knows the mistakes, errors and the harm/hurt that will happen and he calls them anyways. And that can be a hard thing to accept. In many ways we can have a 'prosperity gospel' mindset when it comes to our leaders. We expect that following our leaders leads to immediate prosperity in an earthly sense. And that has never been the promise. Reading the scriptures and our own history shows that some times that happens, but just as often it does not. Yet many believe it anyways and so when a Leadership induced hardship appears we call into question their 'Calling.' Lets take a well know scripture story and liken it to this context. God tells the Prophet Lehi... "Get the Brass Plates" The prophet tells the Local Leaders the command of the Lord. The Local Leader (Nephi) leads his congregations (His brothers) to perform the work. But as is often the case local leadership and members have to figure out how to complete the commandment given. Their first attempt they draw lots and Laban goes and nearly gets killed. So everyone knows how dangerous it is... So the local leader (Nephi) knowing how dangerous it is comes up with a plan. Get the wealth they left behind and trade it for the plates. They do Nephi's plan and he nearly gets everyone killed. We know how this story ends, and with that knowledge we can better understand what is happening. But I want to stop the story here, because we do not know how our story is going to end yet. How would we respond when a Church Leader nearly gets us killed, or threatens our ability to provide for our family by their requests? Or otherwise cause us pain and suffering? Sadly when I ask myself this question I find myself with answers that more closely resemble the response of Laban and Lemuel and that is not a good place to be, not for me, and not for anyone else. Yet we do need to respond and that response needs to balance having both faith and our responsiblities to be good steward of what we are called to be steward over (Including our own health and happiness)
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    Passed the Technician Class test for Ham Radio today

    Yes it was... Kinda of an unintentional birthday present to myself
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    Passed the Technician Class test for Ham Radio today

    I just passed the test for all three levels last night. The FCC just issued my call sign. Woo Hoo
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    Kyle Rittenhouse

    Indeed many horrible things have happened over the years, decades and centuries. Something horrible happening is not an indicator that things are getting worse... The indicator that things are getting worse is that we are not uniting in the face of the horrible things and collectively condemning them... Rather too many on all sides (depending on which horror) are trying to justify it as Ok, or not that bad, or only fair or expected because of X...
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    A Pentacostal Reads the BoM

    As a general rule I agree... But there are too many examples in the scripture where even the prophets themselves ask why the Lord is not responding (Take Joseph Smith and Liberty Jail for example) and there are many teaching in the church how blessing do not always instantly follow obedience. (Nor punishment instantly following disobedience). Thus expecting instant answers, once we have done our part is not something we should expect, but often do. Many times in my own life I have had to take that leap of faith, and step out into the darkness with nothing but faith, hoping that the Lord will light the path once I am committed to it. Once I've done that... then the many of promised answers have came, but some I still wait for... knowing that they will come.
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    A Pentacostal Reads the BoM

    In matters like this... we tend to forget that the Lord will keep all his promises... in his time... That last bit is kind of important. For example if we are talking to a faithful and true member who desires the blessing of being sealed... we have no problem believing that it will happen, but the timing might not be for a while or even in mortality, but the Lord will work it out and keep all his promises. Yet when we hear someone who is not getting a testimony of the Book of Mormon... we assume they are doing something wrong.. and while that is a good thing to check... We also have to acknowledge that the Lord is in control, and it will happen on his schedule, in his timing. While we might not understand the delay we do need to accept that it is for a wise purpose.
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    Could education really be fully privatized?

    Which raises the question? What do we consider the 'basics' We live in a very complex society, and adults are expected to navigate lots of different things. I consider my job as a parent is to turn my kid into a functional adult... That can look like a lot of different things to different people.
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    Could education really be fully privatized?

    The bottom line is... Parents... Parents that are engaged and active in their children's education can make just about anything work. The parents that can't be bothered.. will find that just about everything will fail.
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    Possible overturn of Roe vs Wade?

    I have no problem with a line... I have a problem when we are hypocrites about the line. Take fetal homicide laws. If a person attacks a pregnant woman, and causes her to miscarry... not only can the attacker be charged with the assault on the mother, but for killing the unborn child as well (where these laws exist). To me this law just feels right and correct. But if it is right and correct... then I can not turn around and say but it is ok if the mother gets a doctor to do it or does it herself. We can either have fetal homicide laws or we can have legal abortions but it is very hypocritical to do both. And I prefer the first
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    Possible overturn of Roe vs Wade?

    Some the greatest crimes and tragedies that one person (or group of people) have inflicted on another has been enabled by seeing them as 'less' than human... Holocaust, Racism, Slavery etc. In many of these cases we have said NO and Never again. To justify abortion we have to call the unborn... not human... That is only way we can feel good and justify our actions, of what would otherwise be horrific. Given that these unborn simply need a bit more time to be unarguably human... It seems that saying that they are not old enough to be human.... is as weak as saying someone is not human because of skin color, or ethnicity, or religion
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    Pulling internet into another structure

    Wi-Fi node is a generic term for Wi-FI hardware. @mikbone has posted some good examples. (And he did the weather protection which I hadn't been thinking about. That is important too)
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    Pulling internet into another structure

    As been pointed out the trailer being a faraday cage is a big factor limiting wifi (and cell service too). Running a cable is something is something you need to do to get past it. Now if running the cable through your house is an issue and your wifi outside the house is good.. Then you could put a wifi node outside to take it back to cable and route it into the trailer. Once inside you could continue the cable or do another wifi node on the inside. You would have to do some looking to see if that kind of thing would make sense for you (Cost wise and making sure you still have enough speed.)
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    Does the Church Have a Pension?

    Indeed.. The corporate side of the church does have an obligation... The obligation it to whatever it agreed to/offered as part of it employee compensation... whatever that might be. (It seems clear that no one here can really answer that question) The idea that the corporate side church should "do more" then its obligation raises the very logical question of where does that end? After all the command for charity does not end with a singular persons aunt. If they "do more" for her then they should do more for everyone else. And if they are busy funding everyone retirement what is happening to our Temples, the temple work, the church building and missionary work? Funds are limited... That work is also commanded us of the Lord. So the church has to balance all the commands of the Lord, all of which require funding. The church will not ignore the Aunt if she runs into problem in retirement because she neglected to prepare for it... but it will not be solving it with piles of cash... It will be in the local ward leaders trying to help her and her family solve it themselves.
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    Food Storage Assessment

    Having fresh vegetables as food storage is totally doable. You just need to commit to a slightly different set of preps. In this case you learn to garden, you eat what you 'grow' and your food storage isn't massive containers of wheat or beans or whatever... but a seed bank, plus whatever incidentals you like on your vegges. Of course gardening is not without its own set of challenges... which is why you need to figure it out before you need to live off it.